Chamonix, France

18th-21St september 2020


in collaboration with


Run for the hills…

Adharanand teams up with two of the stars of his new book The Rise of the Ultra Runners, elite trail runner Tom Bonn Payn and his wife, Rachel Bonn Payn, for a long weekend in the mountains around trail-running mecca Chamonix. This is a camp for ultra runners and those wanting to run in the mountains. It is here that the famous UTMB ultra marathon starts and finishes, and over the course of three days we will explore some of those trails in the company of our hosts as well as two experienced mountain guides. The runs will be long but the pace will be easy, with plenty of time to explore the mountains and take in the incredible scenery. In the evenings we will return to recover in the comfort of the wonderful La Folie Douce Hotel in Chamonix.



(full itinerary to come but camp will include):

  • Up to three guided runs through the mountains, on the trails that form part of the famous UTMB route (including a night run)

  • Talks from Adharanand, Tom and Rachel on their experiences of ultra running, as well as tips and advice for getting through and competing in an ultra marathon or mountain race

  • Yoga-for-runners sessions with Rachel

  • Training tips and advice on preparing for an ultra

  • Time to relax in the beauty and splendour of Chamonix


Meet the team…


Adharanand Finn

The retreat is being co-hosted by Adharanand Finn, the author of two critically acclaimed books, Running with the Kenyans and The Way of the Runner. Adharanand went to live in Kenya and Japan to learn the secrets of the great runners from those two nations, and this is a chance for you to spend the weekend with him and to personally grill him on everything he has learnt along the way.


Tom Bonn Payn

Tom is a GB international ultra trail runner and has represented England over distances from 10km to 100km. He loves the transformative nature of running, and using his knowledge and experience to empower runners of all abilities. He first met Adharanand while living and training in Kenya, and says he is looking forward to sharing stories and the trails near his home in Chamonix.


Rachel Bonn Payn

Rachel is an exercise physiologist, yoga teacher and a fountain of positive energy. She loves the way running connects you to the earth and says ultra running satisfies the scientist in her – allowing her to explore the world with curiosity. What is around the next corner? Can I go a little further, higher? How will my body respond? Each time, finding the answer is a lesson in empowerment and an inspiration to reach higher.



Our basecamp for the weekend is the wonderful La Folie Douce Hotel in the heart of Chamonix. As well as comfortable rooms with spectacular views, the hotel is equipped with a pool, spa and wellness centre for the perfect post-run recovery.


The cost of the camp includes:

  • Three nights accommodation in La Folie Douce Hotel, including use of the spa and fitness room

  • All meals, including packed lunches on the runs

  • Qualified guides to lead the trail runs in the mountains

  • Talks by Adharanand, Tom and Rachel

  • Yoga sessions with Rachel

The cost doesn't include:

  • Transport to and from Chamonix

  • Massage and any extra treatments offered by the hotel spa


  • £750 per person (accommodation is in shared twin rooms or double rooms for couples)

For our cancellation policy please see our terms and conditions


Running in the mountains can be tough, so even though the pace on the runs will be steady and relaxed, with plenty of rests, we recommend that as a minimum you are able to comfortably run a half marathon on trails without stopping


  • trail running shoes and running kit for cold weather, including a waterproof jacket, warm base layers, gloves and a hat

  • a running backpack with water reservoir or bottles

  • travel insurance (that covers being in the mountains up to 2,500m)


The routes were challenging but manageable and the distances about right. Pace was about right with the speedsters and tortoises catered for. Guides very inclusive and made sure no man/woman was left behind.
— The Way of the Runner guest, May 2016