6 days
Half board
Luggage transfer
Tour type

Run the giants: Tor des Geants – Conquer the scenic trails of Aosta Valley

Experience the thrill of trail running paired with stunning vistas and a touch of comfort on the “Tor des Geants: Trails of the Giants” tour in the breathtaking Aosta Valley. This exceptional journey retraces the inaugural stage of the legendary Tor des Geants, guiding you from La Thuile to Cogne. Accompanied by experienced guides, you’ll savor single tracks, explore awe-inspiring landscapes, and indulge in delectable cuisine while bonding with fellow running enthusiasts.

Tour Highlights:

  • Trail running paradise: “Trails of the Giants” caters to passionate trail runners looking for the perfect balance of challenge and comfort. You’ll enjoy accommodations in three and four-star hotels located in charming villages along the route, ensuring that your well-earned rest complements your trail running excitement.
  • Uncover the Tor des Geants: Your adventure kicks off with a pickup in Courmayeur, followed by a scenic drive to La Thuile, the starting point of your trail running expedition. Strap on your trail shoes and prepare to conquer several mountain passes around 3,000 meters high, including Col de la Crosetie (2,838 m), Col Fenêtre (2,840 m), and Col Entrelor (3,002 m). Along the way, you’ll be captivated by views of snow-capped peaks, serene glaciers, and cascading waterfalls.
  • Taste trail magic: After an exhilarating day on the trails, you’ll descend into charming valley villages, where the flavors of local cuisine await your eager palate. Indulge in delicious regional dishes to replenish your energy before retiring to the comfort of your hotel room for a well-deserved rest.

Guided by trail experts

Our experienced guides are intimately acquainted with this challenging terrain, ensuring your safety and enhancing your enjoyment of this extraordinary journey. The trails you’ll conquer aren’t just beautiful; they are renowned worldwide for their breathtaking splendor.

Embark on this exciting adventure:

The “Tor des Geants: Trails of the Giants” tour delivers not only a thrilling trail running challenge but also an unforgettable journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Italy’s Aosta Valley. So, lace up your running shoes, prepare to be enchanted by breathtaking views, and gear up for the adventure of a lifetime.

Included Services

  • Half board
  • Five nights in refuges or 3-star hotels
  • Five day point to point trail running tour
  • Min. two persons
  • Guided tour
  • Flight / Transport to Milan Malpensa
  • Lunch


What is your refund and cancellation policy?

If you cancel your tour 60 days or more before the departure date, you will lose your deposit. If you cancel your tour between 60 and 45 days before the departure date, you will lose 50 per cent of the total tour price. If you cancel your tour within 45 days of the departure date, you will lose the full amount. If you fail to turn up on the first day of your tour, Outdoor Europe may not be able to make arrangements for you to join the rest of the tour, and you will lose the full payment. If, for any reason, Outdoor Europe has to cancel your tour, you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund.

How do I book my tour?

You can book your tour directly on the Outdoor Europe website. Choose the tour from the dropdown menu, select the date you would like to start, and the number of participants in your group. You can either pay a deposit (60 days or more from the start of your tour) or pay the full amount. Click ‘book’ and follow the instructions. Once we have confirmed your payment, you’ll receive your confirmed tour itinerary within 10 days. There may be seasonal variations in the time it takes us to arrange everything. Please note that programmes on the tour pages are only examples — there may be several differences in the final programme you receive.

How do I pay for my tour?

When booking your tour, you can choose to pay by credit/debit card or direct bank transfer. Direct bank transfers will generally take longer to process, while credit and debit card payments are processed instantly. You are, by default, asked to pay a deposit of 25% of the total cost of the tour. If you choose this option, you will be asked to pay the remaining 75% one month before your tour. Please be sure to follow the payment links you receive in your invoice or reminder email, which we will send you when the second payment is due.

Do I get my own room?

This depends on the individual tour and when you book it. When hiking in the Alps, most people stay in dorms or shared rooms as the availability of single, double and family rooms are limited. We can only guarantee your own room on certain tours such as in the Lys and Ayas Valleys — but only if you book in time. If this is your preference, we will do our best to ensure you get your own room, but please expect to spend some nights in shared accommodation if there is limited availability.

Is baggage transfer included with all your Alpine tours?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service with all our packages. Often, the huts or hotels we work with are in locations that can only be reached by foot or helicopter. Indeed, when choosing a tour that includes baggage transport, there may be one or two exceptions depending on the route. This will appear clearly on the tour page and in the program you receive when your booking has been confirmed.

How many days do your tours last?

All our tours include the day of arrival and the day of departure. This means that a six-day tour will include five nights of accommodation, a seven-day tour will include six nights, and so on. On the first day, guests are usually expected to arrive in the afternoon. And the program does not include any activities except for a briefing by our representative on the first evening. On the day of departure, guests are free to decide if they want to leave directly after breakfast or go on a shorter tour before their journey home.

What meals are included in your Alpine adventure tours?

Most of our tours will include Half Board (HB) services, which means breakfast, a three-course dinner, and a light-packed lunch. Please check the individual tour page for details, however, as variations occur with certain tours.

What is a self-guided tour?

We specialize in self-guided tours. These tours are designed for travelers who love the independence of hiking, skiing, or running on their own but want to know that everything else is taken care of. In some cases, we are able to offer luggage transport to lighten your load as you enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Do you offer group tours?

Whether you’re already a group of friends, business colleagues or a sports club looking for an active mountain adventure, we can design and organize your Alpine tour for you. We also offer guided group tours for individual participants on fixed dates.

Can you create a tour just for me and my friends?

Yes, absolutely! Outdoor Europe can design the perfect mountain adventure for you and your friends or colleagues. Whether you want to hike, ski, run, cycle or climb, we have the expertise and experience needed to create a bespoke package for any level of experience or physicality. Please contact us if you would like us to create a customized package for your group.

Are your outdoor adventure tours family-friendly?

There are few better ways to spend time with your children than with an active holiday in the mountains. Sharing a mountain adventure with your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. We try to design child-friendly variations (marked ‘family’) of all our Alpine tours. Children can hike, ski or bike a lot longer than you might expect, as long as you make it entertaining for them. However, they will respond instantly to the way you behave, so please consider whether you are able to create a safe environment for your children when faced with the many different challenges of an alpine environment.

Do you offer discounts for children?

Yes, we are able to offer a discount for children on most of our tours, provided they are not yet 13 years of age on the first day of the tour. Please see the individual tour page for our child discounts.

Can I travel on my own?

Many single travellers chose Outdoor Europe due to our high level of service and our expertise in self-guided mountain tours. And the safety of one of our representatives will only ever be just a phone call away. However, please expect additional costs, as our prices are based on two persons — the industry standard for outdoor tours of this nature. Private rooms and other services are often more expensive for individual travellers. You can find information about any additional costs for individual travellers on the tour page.

Will I manage?

We are all different. Some of our clients are 70+ and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others may be twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental ability of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for level of physicality, which you can learn more about here. You are of course welcome to call us and we will do our best to advice you. Find your level of physicality here (link to Find your level page).

What if I get lost?

Our local partners know every square inch of this beautiful Alpine region. During the introductory briefing, you will receive an app, physical maps and a phone number to call if you need advice. In some cases, you’ll be able to forward your location to a local guide with the press of a button. This may prove helpful if you become lost.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you speak to your insurance provider to ensure your existing policy covers mountain-based activities such as hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Please note that any costs relating to emergency situations and the potential need for evacuation are the sole responsibility of the client.

Will I be able to cope with the physical challenge?

We are all different. Some of our clients are more than 70 years old and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others are twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental capabilities of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for the level of physicality involved, which you can learn more about on our Find Your Level page. You are, of course, welcome to call us, and we will do our best to advise you.

Can I bring my dog?

Enjoying the mountains with your best friend can be a joyful experience, which is why we try to make our tours dog friendly wherever possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to local rules. Selected tours are marked ‘Dog Friendly’ on the tour page. This means that your dog can stay with you in your private room or, in a few cases, the hut will have a separate or external room for dogs. Please refer to the individual tour page for more information.



Day 1

Arrival at hotel in Courmayeur. Welcome briefing by guides.

Day 2

Stage description: La Thuile to Valgrisenche

Breakfast and transfer to start. The tour offers a spectacular ascent along the Cascate Rutor waterfall, where along the way there is the opportunity to get up close to the rushing water on bridges and viewpoints. The tour passes Rifugio Deffeyes (2494m) and Lago Rutor as well as the Rutor glacier. Lunch at rifugio Deffeyes and view of the glacier. Then passage of Passo Alto (2860m) and past Bicvacco Promoud. On the way on, the Col de la Crosatie (2838m) is passed and on the way down the lake Lac du Fond very close. Both passes that have to be climbed are very spectacular with fantastic views. in Planaval and take bus transport to Valgrisenche where we spend the night in a good hotel.

  •  27 km
  • 2463m
  • 2356m

Day 3

Stage description: Valgrisenche to Eaux Rousses

We start by going towards the Chalet de L’Epée before passing the Col Fenêtre (2840m). Then follows probably the most technical and difficult descent of the entire route towards the town of Rhêmes Notre Dame, where a stop is made for lunch. Then it goes up towards the passage of Col Entrelor (3002m), which marks the start of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Then follows a fantastic and very long descent towards Eaux Rousses, where along the way there is a view of Grivola and beautiful mountain lakes. Today’s route ends at Hostelleria du Paradis, which is the depot on the TOR route. Here we spend the night. Transfer to Pont Valsavarenche the next day

Hotel example: Hotelleria du Paradis

  •  30.3km
  • 2526m
  •  2502m

Day 4

Stage description: Traverse between Rif Vitorrio Emmanuell II and Rif Chabod

The round trip between the two high refuges offers fantastic views of the many peaks in the Valsavarenche valley. Among other things. can be seen both Gran Paradiso and Mont Grivola. We take the bus down to the large parking lot at Pont, which is full of mountain enthusiasts who want to hike, climb or ski. There is a wonderful atmosphere and the area exudes the joy of the outdoors. Along the way, we stop at both refuges and enjoy the fantastic views. Afterwards, we spend the night in the Hotel Gran Paradiso and there is therefore the opportunity to explore the area further – in other words, there is free play.

Hotel example: Hotel Grand Paradiso

  •  15.1 km
  • 1128m
  • 1006m

Day 5

Stage description: Eaux Rousses to Cogne

Transfer to Alta Via 2 at Eaux Rousses to start today’s stage.The day first offers the passage of Col Loson (3299m). This is the highest point of the trip, which offers a really demanding ascent through fantastic surroundings. We are enriched with a view that gives a stomach ache. Then follows a very technical section of route and descent towards Rifugio Sella (2584m). On the way towards Sella there is a very high probability of seeing ibex. Very often you see large herds up to 20-40 animals staying on and around the walking route. We make a stop at Rifugio Sella before the relatively simple descent towards Valnontey. From there it is a few easy kilometers until we arrive in Cogne. Transfer to hotel in Courmayeur.

  •  25.4 km
  • 1814m
  • 1700m

Day 6

Breakfast and departure

Do you like this tour?

Share it with your friends