The Southern French Alps is superb running territory with accessible mountain ridges where you can run with a view of snow capped mountains and valleys all day long! The other big advantage is the good weather with 300 days of sunshine per year!
There are many lower altitude mountains in the Southern French Alps on the edge of the Ecrins National Park on the border with Provence between 1500m and 3000m which are perfect for trail running. These tend to be a lot more accessible than running above 3000m where you are often hindered by snow and glaciers and require alpinism experience. We will show you routes you can do without technical obstacles where you can just run, run, run!
There is nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of freedom as you run in the mountains!
You can do trail running as part of a multi activity holiday – we can give you suggestions of routes you can do self guided or arrange a guided run if you prefer.
We have partnered with the organisers of the Gapencimes and UltraChampsaur to be able to provide holidays and packages around the race events in the Southern French Alps. For the long distance routes in either of these races you can gain points for the Mont Blanc UltraTrail
Have a read of Undiscovered Mountains director, Sally Guillaume’s personal trail running experience doing the Gapencimes in 2011 for an idea of what it is like!