The Swiss Alps could be considered the home of trail running. Mountain runners have been weaving their way along alp paths for decades, and are practically exalted here. Be prepared to be greeted with an Allez-Allez!
or a Bon Chance!
when you run by local farmers. With a fantastic network of trail and huts, and a long history and appreciation of running, Switzerland is a trail runner's dream. We've been running around the Alps on our own for years, and we're very excited to team with Doug Mayer from Run the Alps
to offer what we think are the best guided trail running vacations in the Alps.
The Eiger Ultra Trail Race is just three years old, but already it quickly fills to capacity each year. It's understandable why - consisting of a 16 km, 35 km, 51 km, and an epic 101 km course, the Eiger Ultra incorporates unrivaled dramatic mountain scenery. Run the Alps has reserved spaces for our clients in these races, including a private gathering with Eiger Ultra race managers. There's a distance for every level, and we look forward to sharing this stunning race with you.
Our week starts with two nights in the car-free mountain village of Mürren, which offers a wide range of high-elevation running through alp pastures in stunning surr9ounding. We'll follow this with four nights of trail running in and around Grindelwald, at the base of the North Face of the Eiger. We'll run through some of the most scenic terrain Switzerland's Bernese Oberland has to offer. Saturday is race day, with participation entirely up to you. Care for a rest day? Hike or run and cheer the rest of our crew on!
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives us the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn trail running. Soon we'll be out on the trail, perhaps 6 miles for those who want a more casual day, or an all-day outing of 12-15 miles for the more ambitious runners. Each day there will be options for an easier or more ambitious run. Each morning, we'll bring out a variety of trail snacks for you to choose from, and many of our runs will include stops at mountain huts or alp farms where we can tank up with a hot soup or fruit torte.
Most of these stages can be hiked in a full day or run in half a day, and we should finish each day with plenty of time to wash up and relax. You will have your own bedroom every night. In the evening we'll enjoy dinner together at our hotel. These are multi-course feasts, often featuring local Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious. We will leave one dinner in Grindelwald free, where you will have a chance to explore on your own.
Dates don't work? Check out our Bernese Oberland
, or Matterhorn Ultraks
trail running tours.