We're excited to share our 4th instalment of EVOSSI Explores taking place in Chamonix, France. Known as the world capital for trail running with iconic mountain valleys & stunning landscapes, join a group of 8 active people for an intimate adventure!
Get ready for a weekend of guided trails through "Aiguillette des Posettes", alpine hikes across "Aiguillette des Houches”, passing waterfalls & wildlife as we ascend to the summit offering panoramic views of Chamonix Valley. Afterwards we'll enjoy revitalising yoga & a chance to unwind in our 4* Hotel & Luxury Spa.
Dates: Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th June 2020
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Minimum Age: 18
Max People: 8
Minimum Experience: You must have some trail running experience & be confident on occasional uneven terrain
Recommended Kit: A complete kit checklist will be sent to you in your Welcome Pack, including; trail running shoes, a waterproof jacket & layers.
Option 1: Full payment upfront, £559
Option 2: Deposit of £169, then two instalments of £195 on 1st February & March
To ensure our holiday is as relaxing as possible we have chosen to stay in the Heliopic 4* Hotel & Luxury Spa which offers extraordinary stays at the foot of Mont Blanc.
At the centre of the resort is a rejuvenation & wellbeing Spa, in a cosy setting. Wooden architecture, luxury rooms and a NUXE Spa with state of the art pool, sauna & steam room make this the perfect retreat post trail runs!
You will be sharing in a twin room. We will do our best to accommodate group friends & male/female only rooms once all of the spots have been filled.
- Accommodation: For 3 nights in Heliopic 4* Hotel
- Wellness Spa: Full access to the pool, sauna & steam room
- Food: Continental breakfast buffet for 3 days
- Dinner on the first evening
- Qualified International Mountain Leaders
- Runs: Shakeout 5K on Thursday afternoon, Friday "Aiguillette des Posettes" 13 miles (mix of run/hike)
- Hikes: Saturday hike through "Aiguillette des Houches"
- Yoga: Revitalising yoga led by experienced local instructor Mariza
- Option for wild swim
- Talk: Adventure run talk & Q&A led by surprise athlete
- Free EVOSSI Performance Tee (worth £34)
- Sponsors: TRIBE Nutrition will fuel us across the weekend
- High res photos of the trip
- Full organisation & route planning taken care of
- An epic adventure with like-minded people!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Food: Friday lunch & evening meal
- Saturday evening meal
- Flights to Geneva Airport (see below)
- Shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Heliopic Hotel (roughly £30)
- Personal Insurance (roughly £15)
We will meet on Thursday 11th June midday onwards, with free time to explore the town whilst the group arrives.
The nearest airport is Geneva, Switzerland with frequent transfers to Chamonix which takes just over an hour & can be booked via one of the many minibus operators (e.g. Chamexpress, Mountain Drop-Offs, Alpybus or Easybus).
Flights are frequent & can be booked out of several UK airports including, EasyJet, British Airways & Swiss Air.
Example Flight: EasyJet, Return: £60.98
Thursday 11th June 2020
08:10 (London Gatwick Airport) - 10:45 (Geneva Airport)
Sunday 14th June 2020
15:55 (Geneva Airport) - 16:30 (London Gatwick)
TIMING & LOCATION
Arrival to Heliopic Hotel & Spa is from midday onwards on Thursday 11th June. The holiday will finish at midday on Sunday, though attendees are welcome to leave earlier if that is preferable. The weekend itinerary can be found below & further details will be shared in your Welcome Packs.
The arrival address is Heliopic Hotel & Spa, 610 Route Blanche, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
THURSDAY 11 JUNE
Midday onwards: Welcome to Chamonix!
Arrival to Heliopic Hotel & Spa, 610 Route Blanche, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Afternoon: Free time to explore the vibrant mountain town of Chamonix &/or enjoy a shakeout 5K run & introductory briefing
Evening: Welcome drink & dinner at Heliopic Hotel Restaurant (included in price)
FRIDAY 12 JUNE
Morning: Continental breakfast buffet before setting off for our trail run through "Aiguillette des Posettes". Led by an International Mountain Guide, we will travel up the ridgeline from Montroc with incredible views of Mt Blanc. Distance: 13 miles - we will run & hike the hills!
Midday: We will have a light lunch in a little local restaurant in Tré-le-Champ (not included in price)
Mid Afternoon: We will travel back to Chamonix town for naps, relaxation & Wellness Spa time
Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant (not included in price) & Adventure Run Talk!
SATURDAY 13 JUNE
Morning: Continental breakfast buffet with free time to explore Chamonix town, a light run or relax in the Wellness Spa
Mid Morning: Revitalising yoga led by experienced local instructor Mariza Smith (optional)
Midday: Packed lunch (included in price) en route to the start of our Hike through "Aiguillette des Houches" taking part of the Tour du Mont Blanc, with spectacular views of the Chamonix Valley! Led by our International Mountain Leader, Simon. The loop will take us 3-4hrs at a leisurely pace.
Mid Afternoon: Wild swim in a glacial lake (optional) & head back to our Hotel late afternoon
Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant & celebratory drink (not included in price)
SUNDAY 14 JUNE
Morning: Continental breakfast buffet with free time to explore Chamonix town
Mid morning: A light 5K run in the historic town of Chamonix or a chance to relax in the Wellness Spa
Midday onwards: Exhale & reflect on your adventures with new friends. Departure is from midday onwards
- The pace will be approximately 9/10min mile.
- We will run as a pack, however if there is a natural split we will regroup at photo & water break opportunities.
- Ideally you will be able to run 10K comfortably.
- Groups will be split according to abilities on the day.
Trail Running Guide
We are very lucky to be partnering with Cloud9Adventure & RunTheWild in bringing you International Mountain Leaders to lead our Guided Trail Runs & Hikes.
They are experienced professionals & know Chamonix like the back of their hand! They will ensure you are safe, confident & show you how to best traverse the stunning alpine trails.
Escape the fog of everyday life with revitalising yoga led by experienced local instructor Mariza Smith.
Nutrition provided by our friends at TRIBE
TRIBE are a natural performance nutrition brand, inspired by a 1,000 mile run across Eastern Europe, which the 3 co-founders ran to fight human trafficking. 250 runners joined them: this was the start of the TRIBE.
REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS EVOSSI EXPLORES GUESTS
"Wonderful weekend away with amazing people! First time on an EVOSSI retreat and it did not disappoint! Great weekend out of the city and into the countryside, exploring, eating, meeting people & yoga!" - Olivia
"Such a great weekend of adventure with EVOSSI. It's really an opporunity to get away from the city and daily stress. The weekend is great for getting out of your comfort zone & physically challenging, but there are a variety of activities for differing ability levels.
Overall the weekend is great for adventure, fitness, meeting new people and hearing some interesting experiences from guest speakers. I've recommended it to my friends and family." - Liam
"A really great weekend - everything ran smoothly, everyone was friendly and welcoming, food was great - I can't speak highly enough of it. Loved exploring new places with wonderful people. You know a trip is successful when rain has no impact on enjoyment! Great stuff!" - Georgia
"An action packed weekend of trail running, mountain biking, seak kayaking & yoga. Beautiful time in nature, thank you @evossiexplore" - Hari
We can't wait to explore Chamonix with you!
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