Tracks and Trails Newsletter - July 2018
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Activity Holidays in the French, Swiss, Italian Alps, Norway, Germany, Spain and beyond.

Walking | Snowshoeing | Cross Country Skiing | Trail Running | Family

The proliferate oxeye daisy in full summer glory

Glorious Summer Trails

The hills are alive with wild flowers and the cows are back in the meadows! Yes, it sounds like a line from the ‘Sound of Music’, but that’s what it feels like to be in the Alps right now, just glorious. The last of the winter snow is retreating and the mountains are once again reclaimed by the local people taking their herds to the high pastures.

You can experience this traditional way of life by joining us for a hiking trip this summer: imagine wandering through the flowers with ibex on the horizon, views to die for, a hearty dinner and a glass of your favourite tipple to round the day off. Add in the quiet satisfaction of knowing you’ve earned it, and it might just be your ideal trip! Whether you are a family, a hiker or a trail runner we’ve something for everyone.

Check out our available Six September Escapes, plus for anyone looking for a last minute trip we have space available on a Dolomites Alta Via Trail Run and Classic Tour of Mont Blanc both departing at the end of July. Do contact us for further details.

To make sure you are well equipped we’ve a review of Leki summer poles, and give you the top places to visit in Switzerland. As for the Tracks and Trails team - when we are not preparing your summer trips we are working ‘flat out’ on our brilliant, soon to be launched new website, which will make booking a trip even easier!

News from the Trails

Once again, Chamonix brought together runners from across the globe for the annual marathon weekend. Runners made the most of this fantastic playground in very hot conditions, competing in trail running events from the Vertical Km to 90km.

Bob Graham Round Record Shattered!

Just one week after winning the Chamonix Mont Blanc Marathon, Kilian Jornet broke the 36 year old ‘Bob Graham Round’ record in 12:52. Runners across the globe have been talking about it - the mountain running history book has literally just been rewritten!

Read all about Kilian's record breaking fell run

The Bob Graham Round is a 66 mile, 27,000ft route over the 42 highest peaks in the Lake District. 

Read more about the Bob Graham Round

Mont Blanc Ultra Trail Tour

Our first Mont Blanc Ultra Trail group for 2018 have completed their 6 day running Tour of Mont Blanc. There is still time to join us to explore this trail running paradise on our Chamonix Classic Trails or Mont Blanc Ultra Trail weeks.

Hood to Trail

A team of four Tracks and Trails running guides had the great pleasure last week to introduce urban running crews from across Europe to the joy of trail running on a project called ‘Hood to Trail’. Supported by world champion trail runner Ricky Lightfoot, this was an opportunity to showcase the world of running beyond the concrete and tarmac. Joining us in Chamonix, they were all blown away by the magic of the Alps, the skills they learnt topped off by a fun night in a remote French mountain refuge.

Leki Poles - 2018 Summer Range

Whether you’re walking, running or skiing, poles can be a major advantage to your speed and balance. Tracks and Trails have teamed up with Leki who have given us four of their latest summer poles that offer something for all your summer mountain occasions. Read the full article.

Trail Run the Dolomites - Last Minute Opportunity

We have a small group heading to the Italian Dolomites at the end of July to run the Alta Via trail from Dobbiaco with places available. If you would like the opportunity to run this magical trail then contact us for full details. This spectacular mountainous area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

  • Amazing high level running trails
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Fabulous Italian food and hospitality
  • Unique cultural experience in Sud Tirol
  • High mountain huts in amazing locations
  • Your luggage transferred for you
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Swiss Perfection - Top Places to Visit in Switzerland

Today two families completed our Haute Route Highlights tour walking from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. As a destination for nature and culture lovers, Switzerland offers an impressive choice of landscapes and traditions to enjoy. Whether hiking in the shadow of the Matterhorn, swimming in Lac Léman, or running beneath the Eiger, there’s something for everyone in this outdoor paradise. Read the full article

NEW Lapland Luxury: Cross Country Skiing

Beyond the Arctic Circle, the magical landscapes of Lapland, across which herds of reindeer roam freely, are bathed in a special light. December and January are months of surreal and beautiful twilight, though by February, the region enjoys nine hours of daylight. Consisting of two villages surrounded by seven fells, snow-sure Ylläs is a paradise for skiers.

Join us for a magical week of cross country skiing with first class tuition in the stunning landscape of Lapland, Finland.

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Six September Escapes!

Still in need of a summer mountain adventure? There’s still time to join us for either a last minute place, or choose from these Six September Escapes.

Check out our summer trip planner for the full list of trips guaranteed and with places available.

Tour des Combins


A fabulous and lesser-known Alpine trekking experience on this week long trip in the Swiss and Italian Alps.

1-8 Sept 2018 - NEW DATE

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Mont Blanc Ultra Trail Run


Join us on this multi-day trail running trip of a lifetime around the crown of the Western Alps.

2-9 Sept 2018 - TRIP GUARANTEED

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Verdon Gorge: the GR4


Hiking Europe's Grand Canyon. A trip for lovers of dramatic landscapes and the power of nature.

8-15 Sept 2018 - TRIP GUARANTEED

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Dolomites Alta Via 1 Trek


The ultimate Italian Dolomites walking trip among spectacular mountain peaks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8-15 Sept 2018 - TRIP GUARANTEED

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Haute Route Highlights


One of the world’s greatest multi-day treks between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland.

8-16 Sept 2018 - TRIP GUARANTEED

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Hiking in Hidden Tuscany


Trekking in Tuscany through an ancient landscape of breathtaking mountain walking and exceptional hospitality.

22-29 Sept 2018 - TRIP GUARANTEED

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