1-4 September 2021 - Registration open!
monte rosa

Tour Monte Rosa Running Tour

23 - 28 June & 13 - 18 July 2021

We offer a four-day running tour over the full 170 km route of the UTMR following the high, wild trails of the Tour Monte Rosa. See here for further information about this long established long distance footpath.

This is ideal training and preparation for the UTMR, both stage race and ultramarathon, as well as other multi-day or ultramarathon races. This is where Lizzy fell in love with the mountains, come and join her! Please do email us if you have any questions or want further information and advice.

Course director: Lizzy Hawker (instruction in English)

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Dates

  • 23 – 28 June 2021 – All levels (meet on Wednesday evening, depart Monday morning)
  • 13 – 18 July 2021 – All levels (meet on Wednesday evening, depart Monday morning)

Cost

930 euros (based on a minimum of four participants, maximum of eight).

  • 4 day running tour led by Lizzy Hawker, with training tips and discussions
  • 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in shared/twin room (plus dinner in Gressoney)
  • baggage transfer from start to finish of each running stage

ITINERARY

There are options to use public transport and uplift on some days. So if you are recovering from a previous race, training for an upcoming race or recovering from injury there may be options to make the days more comfortable for you!

Stage 1: Grächen to Zermatt

charles kuonen suspension bridge

40 km on the Europaweg, crossing the bridge, the world’s second longest “Hängebrücke” at 494m.

Stage 1: Grächen to Zermatt

Stage 2: Zermatt to Gressoney

trail running on glacier

Over to Italy, via an icy crossing of the Theodulgletscher with awesome views of the Matterhorn on the way up.

Stage 2: Zermatt to Gressoney

Stage 3: Gressoney to Macugnaga

The wild stage. More big climbs, narrow trails, and hours of mountain solitude on the Turlo pass.

Stage 3: Gressoney to Macugnaga

Stage 4: Macugnaga to Grächen

monte rosa ultra trail runner

The final stage with awesome views of the impressive East Face of Monte Rosa and the wild höhenweg leading you home to Grächen.

Stage 4: Macugnaga to Grächen

Day 1

  • Arrivals
  • We meet at your hotel in Grächen at 18:30 to discuss the plan for the days ahead and to check kit. I introduce you to the village and we eat together at a local restaurant in preparation for an early start the next day.

Day 2

  • Stage I: Running tour from Grächen to Zermatt ca. 40.6km, +2840m, -2830m
  • Overnight in Zermatt with a meal in a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Stage II: Running tour from Zermatt to Gressoney (IT) ca. 41.2km, +2730m, -2720m
  • Overnight in Gressoney with a meal in the hotel

Day 4

  • Stage III: Running tour from Gressoney to Macugnaga (IT) ca. 46.5km, +3190m, -3510m
  • Overnight in Macugnaga with a meal (good pizza!) in a local restaurant

Day 5

  • Stage IV: Running tour from Macugnaga to Grächen ca. 44.1km, +2900m, -2580m
  • Overnight in Grächen with evening meal in a local restaurant

Day 6

  • Breakfast, individual advice and departures

Equipment

A recommended kit list will be sent to you on receipt of your booking. Bags will be transported from start to finish of each day’s stage – so we only need to run with a rucksack with what is needed for the day. Please note that you will need to carry sufficient clothing for alpine trails and mountain weather conditions!

Insurance

Insurance in case of accident, emergency or illness etc. is the responsibility of the participant. You must have personal accident insurance sufficient to cover the cost of search and evacuation in Italy and Switzerland, valid for the duration of the running camp. Please bring your insurance document with you. We also recommend that you take out a normal travel insurance to cover cancellation.

Arrival

Grächen is easily reached by public transport from Geneva, Zurich and Milan airports. Please see sbb.ch/en for information, timetables and price. There are easy train connections to St Niklaus and then a connecting post bus to Grächen.

Registration

Of course we hope that the situation with the covid-19 pandemic will be greatly improved by the summer of 2021. We trust that in any case we will be able to go ahead with small group tours, adhering to federal regulations and with all precautions in place, just as in 2020. Registering now simply reserves your place, you are under no obligation at this stage. We will assess the pandemic situation on 1 May and be in touch after that to request a deposit and explain any cancellation conditions. Register now to let us know you are interested!

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