The adventure to follow the UTMB®: We asked Courtney Dauwalter and Pau Capell, the winners of the 2019 edition of the UTMB (and Courtney just did it again in 2021, congratulations!), to share their most iconic spots of the race with us.
The UTMB, or Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, is a 170-kilometer (105 miles) long mountain ultramarathon starting and ending in Chamonix, France. With a total elevation gain of about 10,000 metres (32,940 feet), it is widely considered as one of the toughest trail running races in the world.
Set between France, Italy and Switzerland, the UTMB takes runners up magical mountain passes and down splendid valleys. We created different routes with those five epic spots recommended by Courtney and Pau for you to live this adventure your way. From Chamonix to Grand Col Ferret, these are UTMB classics. Time to lace up and run!
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
Col du Bonhomme (2,329m)
Located at km 43 of the UTMB®, this Col is not the highest mountain pass of the route, but it is the longest one to ascend.
Take it easy on the softer start from Saint Gervais or Les Contamines because from La Balme the most demanding part awaits you.
You’ll be rewarded by epic singletrack and outstanding views.
La Fouly (1,600m)
Located at km 111 of the UTMB®, Fouly is a small town in the Swiss sector of Mont Blanc.
It is a perfect starting point on the path to Grand Col Ferret (2,537m), which marks the border between Switzerland and Italy.
An ascent with switchbacks of about 1,000 meters takes you up the highest mountain pass of the UTMB. The views are quite simply spectacular.