1-4 September 2021 - Registration open!

Tour de Monte Rosa Running Camp

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 de Monte Rosa. See here for further information about this long established long distance footpath and here for other interesting information.

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 Lizzy if you have any questions or want further information and advice.


Course director: Lizzy Hawker (instruction in English)


  • 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)


930 euros

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


something approaching 170km with more than 11,000m ascent over four running days. You can see a map here! And click on the thumbnail to see a diagrammatic version.

tourdemonterosa map

Book here!



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. 39.7km, +2850m, -2870m
  • Overnight in Zermatt with a meal in a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Stage II: Running tour from Zermatt to Gressoney (IT) ca. 41.2km, +2720m, -2700m
  • Overnight in Gressoney with a meal in a local restaurant

Day 4

  • Stage III: Running tour from Gressoney to Macugnaga (IT) ca. 46.5km, +3140m, -3460m
  • Overnight in Macugnaga with a meal in a local restaurant

Day 5

  • Stage IV: Running tour from Macugnaga to Grächen ca. 44.1km, +2830m, -2510m
  • Overnight in Grächen with evening meal in a local restaurant

Day 6

  • Breakfast, individual advice and departures

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!


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


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.


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.


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!


If you would like to extend your time in these beautiful mountains we are happy to offer suggestions. Please do email us to ask.