UTMB – Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix
Distance: , Ultramarathon
Where: Courmayeur, , Italy
Seven valleys, 71 glaciers, 400 summits… The Mont Blanc range is fascinating.
Doing the Tour du Mont Blanc, allows one to discover an incomparable universe, the impressive and magical high mountains; it is sharing the eternal dream of the pioneers, crossing the magical gardens of Gaston Rebuffat and the stories of Roger Frison Roche and discovering the intimate geography of the summits: the roundness of the Mont-Blanc, the ridge of Bionnassay, the Noire de Peuterey, the Dent du Géant, the wall of the Grandes-Jorasses, the northern and southern peaks of the Aiguille du Tour, the Aiguille Verte, the vertical of the Drus.
The range is a permanent show of rocs, water ice and light. From the Chamonix Valley to Courmayeur, from the wild Val Ferret to Bovine, along the French, Italian and Swiss sides, the track ventures between pastures, glaciers et peaks, crossing the Cols du Bonhomme, Seigne, Grand Ferret, and Balme. The astonishing theatre of nature plays its best role. Successive forests on slopes, oaks, beeches, fir, spruce, pine trees, suddenly faint replaced by juniper moss and likens. On the ground, flowers are blooming: gentians, carnations, rhododendrons, sulphur anemones, sempervivum.
The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® invites you to live an adventure out of the ordinary by participating to one of the 4 races that we offer :
• UTMB® : approximately 166 km and 9 400 m of + altitude change- 46 h max. Start Friday 28th August at 6:30pm from the centre of Chamonix Mont-Blanc
• CCC® : approximately 98 km and 5 600 m of + altitude change – 26 h max. Start Friday 28th august at 9:00am from the centre of Courmayeur (Italy).
A race deep into wilderness using for the most the international path “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc (GR TMB)”.
The first kilometres, on an original route, different from the UTMB®, quickly lead to 2500m of altitude to one of the most exceptional panoramas one can imagine, facing the Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The passage of the Grand col Ferret (2537m) marks the entrance of the race in Switzerland, where the competitors will be warmly welcomed by the volunteers of La Fouly, Champex and Trient. Already in France but so close to Switzerland, anyone can enjoy the authenticity of Vallorcine, before discovering after an incredible ascension the Vallons des Chezerys, a true corner of paradise with a magnificent view on the Mont-Blanc chain. It is then time to finally reach the arrival arch in the heart of Chamonix.
• Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie : approx. 105km and 6700m + altitude change. Start Saturday 29th august at 5:00am from the centre of Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
• La Petite Trotte à Léon : approximately 250 km and 18 000 m +altitude change. Start during the night of 25th august from the centre of Chamonix Mont-Blanc.