Switzerland

Swiss Trail Running Camp

This trail running holiday will introduce and develop your running in the Swiss Alps. Extra activities and opportunities to undertake some once-in-a-lifetime experiences make this an Autumn camp unlike any other!

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Aigle and transfer to hotel

Travel to Aigle by train from Geneva Airport where you will be met and transferred to our hotel in a cute mountain village.

Hotel accommodation is included and is in a shared room (single supplement available). Our hotel has catering, a bar and areas to relax and socialise. The trail running guides will present the next day's route options in the evening. They can help you pick something that suits your abilities.

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Today we will settle into our routine. Different trails will be available for different abilities and expectations. Check out the FAQs for an idea of route options. In the afternoon, a shuttle to the Health and Wellness Centre is available. This is a great way to recover after a tough day on the trail!

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Once again, different runs will be available for varied abilities and expectations. These will have been presented to you by the guides in the evening before. Later on in the day, we will have a restorative stretching, yoga or pilates session. Plus, a shuttle to the Health and Wellness Centre is available. For those who are interested, will also hold a workshop on different aspects of trail running such as navigation, pole use, nutrition or photography.

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Today we take a break from running. Take the time to relax or enjoy some of the exciting activities on offer. Options may include via ferrata, e-biking, archery and wild swimming. In the evening we will visit a local brewery for a Swiss Fondue.

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The goal today is to run to another country - France is the nearest. Enjoy lunch there and then return to the hotel.

In the afternoon a shuttle to the Health and Wellness Centre is available. There will also be another informative trail-running workshop.

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Today you will have an opportunity to run to a local summit, again different options are available for different abilities

We will complete the week with a grand dinner followed by prize-giving to celebrate the week's achievements.

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This is a return travel day. If you have time, there will be an opportunity to visit the famous castle on the banks of Lake Geneva.

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What's Included

Included
  • Room based on twin sharing. 2* accommodation, (shared bathroom facilities). Single supplement available.
  • Food: 6 x breakfasts, 6 x dinners.
  • 4 x guided trail runs.
  • Ability to make packed lunch or buy on the trail.
  • Instruction and workshops.
  • Evening entertainment programme.
  • Transport from Aigle to the hotel and to other venues on the programme.
  • Prior information and support.
Not Included
  • Travel to Aigle.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Drinks, snacks, and other trail nutrition.
  • Tips and gratuities.
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FAQs

Before you go

This is a trail running camp for those who are already active runners. You should have completed some 10 km runs or 1/2 marathons, even if this was only road running. There are different ability runs and you can choose different levels each day. We will also be coaching you on technique so if you have never run on trails before then this is a good start. Don't be intimidated and think we are all super-fit, we won't be! We will certainly be walking uphill and attempting to flow down. Having said that the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it. So book the trip and then get training!

Documents: • Passport • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Cash – Euro and Swiss Franc - we recommend 50 Euros and 200 CHFs for each person. • Credit/debit card Footwear: • Trail running shoes - make sure you purchase a specialist pair and wear them in before the trip. • Shoes for the evenings Clothing: • 2 x t-shirts running* • 1 x comfortable shirt for the evening • 4 x trail running socks • 3 - 4 x pairs of underwear • Optional fleece • Light down or Primaloft jacket • Rain and windproof jacket with hood • Rain and windproof trousers • Comfortable trousers for the evening • Lightweight hat and gloves • Swimsuit *Note: Please make sure that you have non-cotton, fast-drying clothing for running. Other: • A trail running sac - 10-15 litres • Trail running poles - These are available for rent at the cost of 10 EUR. You can get these from your guide at the Vert Lodge. • Towel • Dry Liner or Dry Bag • Water bottle/s: 2 x 500ml • Snacks • Sunglasses • Suncream and additional sun protection such as a running cap or similar • Personal medication – inhaler, blister pads etc • General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed) • Electronics - phone, charging cable, USB plug (we sell Swiss compatible plugs, available from your guide) (see the FAQs about plugs) • Lipsalve • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes

The age limit for this trip is 18 years.

Absolutely! We get lots of solo travellers - it's a great way to meet like-minded people. Once you book you can message the other people in your group via the Skyhook messager service and get to know them before you meet in person. If you want your own room it is available for 200 Euro supplement or we will pair you with someone of the same gender.

Fly to Geneva and take a direct Train to Aigle (1h 10 mins). We will meet you at Aigle Station. We recommend you purchase a day ticket from Sbb.com ahead of time (25 chfs). You'll reverse the journey to get back to the Airport when you return home. If you are driving then follow map directions to Morgins. The hotel is at the top of the village just before the border with plenty of parking outside.

In Switzerland, they use the Swiss Franc (but normally accept Euros at a poor exchange rate). We are on the border of France so bring some Euros too. We recommend 50 EUR & 200 CHFs per person (depending on how much extra you eat and drink ). You will need money for lunches, drinks, souvenirs and tips. We recommend changing your money before you arrive as it is not possible once you've left the airport. The airport has cash machines you must walk by to get to the train!

On your trip

There will be different options each day from 10km to 25k., with varying ascents. The guides will present the runs they are leading the night before for you to choose from. Here is an example of route options; - Beginner (10km, max 500m ascent) - Intermediate (15km, max 1000m ascent) - Advanced (up to 25km with even greater ascent!) We always return to the hotel for socialising, dinner and to enjoy the bar.

The food will be filling and wholesome with limited choice - although you are welcome to eat out in the village.

We are staying in Hotel Le Victoria in Morgins. The price is based on a twin-share bedroom. A single supplement is available for 200 Euros. The hotel is comfortable with plenty of showers and hot water. There is also Wi-Fi, a bar and a great dining room and kitchen. There are also games available and even the ocassional disco!

Wonderful - its the mountains. We will run on tracks, gravel, rocks, grass - anythign you can imagine.

This is Autumn in the mountains so we have to be prepared for everything. Pack a rain jacket and trousers with the hope that you will not need them. The programme will still run no matter what the weather forecast is.

Other FAQs

Yes - if you've had a good time and learnt something a tip is always greatly appreciated. You can also give them a 5* rating and buy them a drink in the evening.

Yes - loads of it.

Your head guides are Louise and Tom

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run AlpsAdventures, based in Collombey Muraz.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Louise
Tom