Guidebook

The High Trail Runs of Chamonix

A selection of runs taking you high above Chamonix, next to glaciers, and into wild valleys.

Run The Alps

Description

Chamonix is the world’s trail running epicenter. With hundreds of miles of world-class trail running, it’s a magnet for trail runners from around the world.

In this guidebook, we've rounded up the best routes up high around the valley—where you'll find the best views. You can run past glaciers, take a break at a mountain cafe, and in some cases, use the impressive cable cars and mountain trains to help with the ascent or descent.

Full directions and extra info for all the routes are available at https://runthealps.com

Col de Salenton

Col de Salenton

Chamonix
24.8 km
1,470 m
2,149 m
From Chamonix to Le Buet through the Aiguilles Rouges
Difficult
Private
Aiguillette des Houches

Aiguillette des Houches

Chamonix
14.7 km
1,715 m
240 m
A stunning ridgeline run opposite Mont Blanc
Difficult
Private
La Jonction

La Jonction

Chamonix
16.1 km
1,684 m
1,683 m
A tough climb to the junction of two glaciers
Severe
Private
Grand Balcon Nord

Grand Balcon Nord

Chamonix
17.6 km
1,374 m
1,374 m
A high balcony run below the Chamonix Aiguilles
Difficult
Private
Aiguillette des Posettes

Aiguillette des Posettes

Chamonix
14.1 km
1,069 m
1,069 m
A summit at the head of the Chamonix Valley
Difficult
Private
Grand Balcon Sud

Grand Balcon Sud

Chamonix
15.7 km
1,369 m
719 m
The premier balcony trail of the region with sensational views of the Mont Blanc range.
Difficult
Private