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RUN THE ALPS & ELM : TOUR DU MONT-BLANC 6-DAY SELF GUIDED ADVENTURE RUN
JULY 23-JULY 31, 2020
9 days, 8 nights
Team ELM is teaming up with Run the Alps for our first European Travel Adventure! Circumnavigate the iconic Tour du Mont-Blanc, over 6 days, travelling 150kms, up and over metres , and through 3 countries - Switzerland, Italy and France. This epic endurance adventure, in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, will surely be one you will never forget. Spaces are limited, so please do sign up early if you are ready to join us for this unbelievable, mountain running adventure!
ABOUT THE ADVENTURE
A typical day on the Tour du Mont-Blanc Run will start with a continental buffet breakfast at your inn, and soon you will be out on the trail for your self-guided adventure, buddying up or travelling solo, as you wish, with all of the materials you need to navigate the trail easily and safely. With many passes to cross, the hiking and running is challenging, but there will also be opportunities for easier days. The self-guided route will go counter-clockwise around Mont Blanc, starting in Chamonix, then through Italy and into Switzerland, before coming back to Chamonix for a final night and Team ELM celebration of course!
Take your time and run highlights of the TMB in six running days, covering 20-35kms and one mountain pass each day. Overnights will include a mix of remote mountain inns and comfortable hotels in and around the Mont Blanc Massif, including Chamonix, France; Courmayeur, Italy; and La Fouly, Switzerland.
Most of these stages can be hiked in a full day or run in a bit more than half a day, and you should finish each day with plenty of time to relax. Your bags will be transferred separately, each night. In the evening we will enjoy dinner together at our inn or a local restaurant. Mountain Inn meals are multi-course feasts featuring local French, Italian and Swiss specialties, and will be hearty, filling, well-earned, and very delicious.
5 months of online group coaching with Coach Sarah Seads to prepare for the stage run. All athletes will receive a route specific, day by day training plan and monthly coaching support to ensure they are optimally prepared to thrive on the TMB.
12 months in Team ELM Online- Coach Sarah’s group coaching platform.
One facebook live team meeting at the start, middle and end of the training plan, to support the team with all training, travel and trip preparation.
Geneva-Chamonix and Chamonix-Geneva shared shuttle.
8 nights in 3-star, shared accommodation including 3 nights in Chamonix, France (2 nights at the start and one upon completion of the trail) and 5 nights in mountain inn accommodation on the Trail Du Mont-Blanc.
Breakfast each day of the trip and 5 dinners during our mountain inn stays- balanced meals each day. Our inns and guides are also very aware of food allergies and sensitivities, and there are typically lots of options for people who are vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, or have nut or other allergies. Please ask if you have questions about your situation.
Self-guided package from Run the Alps: Thorough travel instructions, regional information, Guide to Trail Running in the Alps, and detailed run descriptions printed on durable, waterproof paper, complete with a run profile, time estimates, cut-out options, emergency numbers, and a map.
Baggage transport each day during trip. Limit one bag per guest and strictly enforced 15 kg weight-per guest.
The best ELM swag bag!
Memories and photos to last you a life time!
What’s Not Included:
Airfare to and from Geneva, Switzerland.
Guiding is not included in this adventure. This is a self- guided travel adventure, organized by Run the Alps and facilitated by ELM.
Dinner in Chamonix and Courmayeur - 4 nights
Lunches / Snacks on the trail
Additional excursions, travel, accommodations or any other expenses not listed under included.
Travel insurance (recommended)
Gratuities - not expected, at your discretion.
Sense of adventure!
Starting distance of 8kms and 3-5 days per week and peaking with 4-6 days of 15-25kms in final weeks of training plan.
Although this is a running focused adventure, fit hikers who are able to complete the distance each day will be invited to join the fun as well. The specialized training plan will prepare both runners and hikers, as it is a distance based training plan designed to prepare for the demands of the route.
About the FACILITATOR & COACH
Sarah Seads is the owner of Equilibrium Lifestyle Management and passionate mountain runner. She is a Kinesiologist, Fitness & Lifestyle Coach, 200 HR Trained Yoga Teacher and is currently completing her diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy with the Canadian College of Clinical Hypnotherapists and Hypnotists. Sarah has been preparing athletes and facilitating ELM Travel Adventures around the globe since 2010. Her mission is to help others ignite belief in their own ability to reach their biggest dreams and goals. Learn more about Sarah’s background and passions here…
Trip guests will meet at Geneva airport in the afternoon of the arrival day, July 23, 2020, between 2-3 pm.
All pricing is per person in USD and includes all taxes.
$3000 USD per person - when paid in full
$3300 USD per person - when paid by instalments (see details below)
Early Bird $2800 USD per person - when paid in full
Regular $3100 USD per person - when paid by instalments (see details below)
All rooms are Double Occupancy. Single Occupancy may be available upon request for the nights of the trip when we are in Chamonix and Courmayeur. Single supplement for these 4 nights is an additional $600 USD.
INSTALMENT PAYMENTS OPTION
$1500 USD deposit and four (4) balance due payments of $450 USD each, on November 1, December 1st, January 1st and February 1st.
Billing Agreement, important dates and Cancellation Policy:
Please review our policies prior to submitting your payment as all payments are non-refundable. Mahalo!
Minimum four (4) spots must be reserved by February 1st in order to confirm this trip for 2020.
All payments are non-refundable once trip minimum numbers (4) have been confirmed.
Full payment is due February 1st, 2020.
We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance in addition to your medical travel insurance for all trips and speak with your insurance provider about the specific details of your policy before leaving your home country.
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