Trail Running - The UltraChampsaur

Holiday Overview

Trail running event in the Alps with two distances to suit all levels, one of 55km with 3700m of ascent and one of 26km with 2800m of ascent.

This is a great package for runners wanting a quick weekend running challenge in the Alps with the possibility to gain two qualifying points for the Trail de Mont Blanc.

Situated on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, the Champsaur valley is a hidden marvel of the Alps; little known, wild and unspoilt, with rolling foothills evolving into dramatic mountain summits. It is perfect mountain running country for nature and mountain lovers.

There are two trail routes, the UltraChampsaur and Les Fonds de Roxanne which both take place on the Sunday.

The UltraChampsaur 55km and 3700m+ of ascent - a tough but beautiful trail on mountain footpaths taking mountain passes and one of the best views in the Alps over the Lac du Serre Poncon. All finishers of the UltraChampsaur race receive 2 qualifying points for the Trail de Mont Blanc.

Les Fonds de Rouanne 26 km and 2800m+ of ascent - this is a great route following the second half of the UltraChampsaur upto the ridge and finishes on a summit with a breathtaking view of the Lac du Serre Poncon.

All the trails are way marked (no navigation requirements) and there are refreshment stops providing soft drinks and snacks such as dried fruit, biscuits and bananas. Some people do carry water and energy bars so as not to be dependent on the refreshment stops but this is entirely up to you!

Safety and security are well managed with first aid posts strategically positioned around the courses manned by the rd cross and other volunteers and a red cross tent at the arrival. So all you have to do is turn up and run!

There are no kit restrictions so you can wear whatever you like and you don't need to carry any of your own security or safety equipment.

The ambiance is friendly and supportive with most participants in it to finish rather than win. It really is a fantastic running experience!

Have a look at our trail running kit list which should give you ideas about what you need. You may also be interested in another trail running event The Gapencimes .



The weekend will be dictated by your race times.

If there are people doing different races in your party we will make sure the logistics work!!


Race start time: Sunday at 6h in Pont du fosse. Shuttle from Ancelle leaves at 5h

Please note this race has a time limit in place for the security of runners. You need to be at the Col de Rouanette (km 31) at 13h30 to continue the race. This is susceptible to change depending on weather conditions and you will be updated at the beginning of the race.

Les Fonds de Rouanne:

Race start time: Sunday at 8h30 in Orcieres Base de Loisirs. Shuttle from Ancelle leaves at 7h15


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You need to get to Gap train station where we will collect you from. Gap has rail links from Paris (via overnight sleeper), Grenoble, Marseille and Valence.

The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps.

We can help you plan your journey here so please ask.

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