Trailrunning Base Camp

Trailrunning Base Camp

Bettmeralp (VS)

Start your adventure. Conquer trails. Experience flow.

Pure Aletsch Trails.

For beginners.

Trail running has become one of the trend sports in recent years. Particularly in countries such as Switzerland, Austria and other Alpine regions, but also in the unique landscapes of Scandinavia, more and more people are discovering the incomparable mix of sporting ambition and the feeling of gliding through the countryside on a trail.

Our trail running base camp for beginners takes place in the impressive surroundings of the Aletsch Glacier in the Valais Alps. We spend three intensive days with lots of input and even more sporting activity in this unique landscape and you will start your trail running career with lots of new know-how - whether you want to go for relaxed runs in the mountains or dream of taking part in a competition.

Pure Input.

Our program at a glance.
Our program at a glance.

The following program serves as an illustration. Depending on the weather and other factors, there may be changes to the planning.

Friday, September 13

  • 1.15 pm: Meeting point at the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car
  • 2 pm: Check in at the cozy Panorama Hotel
  • From 2.30 pm to approx. 6 pm: Getting to know each other and relaxed run on the Bettmeralp
  • 7 pm: Dinner together in the hotel restaurant
  • After dinner: Theory session on equipment for trail running
  • Outlook and information on Saturday's schedule

Saturday, September 14

  • Relaxed start to the day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel
  • 9 a.m.: Warm-up and introduction to the movement sequences for mountain running and trail running
  • 10 a.m. to approx. 4 p.m.: Scenic and varied trail run on easy mountain trails above the Aletsch Glacier with built-in lessons on running style, intensity, running technique in the terrain, video analysis and many other inputs
  • From approx. 4 p.m.: Cool-down and introduction to training planning
  • 19 p.m.: Dinner together in the hotel restaurant
  • After dinner: Theory session on tour planning and safety

Sunday, September 15

  • Relaxed start to the day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel
  • 9 a.m.: Warm-up
  • 10 a.m. to approx. 2 p.m.: Trail run with application of the techniques and movement sequences learned.
  • 2 p.m.: Course summary, feedback and farewell
  • approx. 3 p.m.: End of course and individual departure from the hotel

Pure Being.

Where you will be.
Where you will be.

Bettmeralp, situated at 2000 m above sea level, is part of the Aletsch Arena and lies far above the Rhone Valley in Valais. Traditional chalets alternate with modern buildings, the views sweep into the distance and are lost in the endless panorama of the Valais 4000-metre peaks. On the other side, the Bernese Alps await with the impressive Aletsch Glacier.

On the terrain between Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Eggishorn at altitudes between 1900 and 2900 m, we have a huge playground for trail runs of all levels of difficulty. We choose our trails based on the level of the group and the conditions.

Our hotel is the Panoramahotel Bettmeralp, an ideally located starting point for activities on the Bettmeralp. The valley station of the cable car to Bettmeralp is easy to reach both by car and by public transport. The hotel offers cozy rooms in alpine chic style with shower and WC. After an intensive day in the mountains, we enjoy dinner in the hotel's own restaurant, where a hearty breakfast will set us up for the day ahead.

The hotel has a limited number of rooms for single use, the other rooms are double rooms. All rooms have either a double bed (180 x 200 cm) or twin beds (90 x 200 cm each) with a view of the breathtaking surroundings.

Falko Burghausen

Your guide

Falko Burghausen

Since his childhood, Falko has spent every free minute doing some kind of sporting activity. Whether it's mountain sports, racing, gravel or mountain biking, cross-country or touring skiing or simply running - exercise is his elixir of life. He is particularly enthusiastic about trail running and mountain running in the Alps. He is currently in the middle of training to become a trail running guide with Swiss Athletics and enjoys sharing his passion and experience for running with others.

Prerequisites

Fitness for at least 60 minutes of continuous running on flat terrain at a pace of around 6 minutes/kilometer.

Stamina for ascents of 400 - 600 meters in altitude in around 60 minutes.

Shorter distances (also for subgroups) are possible. A "trail run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m." program block does not mean that we run continuously for six hours. We take regular breaks to insert practical lessons and practise the learning content.

Not sure if you meet the requirements? Just send us a message and we'll find a solution together.

Required equipment

Trail running shoes with off-road soles (road running shoes with smooth soles are not suitable)

Trail running backpack, trail running vest or similar with space for weather protection and food

Optional: Light trail running poles

Functional clothing for runs in different temperatures and weather conditions

Thin hat and gloves

Please bear in mind that we are in alpine terrain where weather conditions can change quickly. You should therefore be prepared for sun and clouds, wind and rain in equal measure.

You will receive a detailed equipment list in good time before the start of the course.

Food and drink during the runs

Please make your own provisions during the day. There is a small supermarket on Bettmeralp if you want to stock up on the spot. Carbohydrate products such as energy bars and isotonic drinks are ideal, as are other foods that you can pack in your running rucksack.

Included services

Overnight stay with half board in a double room or single room

Guided trail runs with an experienced guide (maximum difficulty T2 on the SAC scale)

Intensive technique training with practical exercises

Theory blocks on planning, navigation, tactics and safety on trail runs and mountain runs

Insights into specific training and injury prevention

Printed course materials with information on the course topics

High-quality oat energy bars

Not included in price

Mountain railways

Beverages

Catering during the day

Parking garage and parking fees

Individual arrival and departure

Personal trail running equipment

Cancellation policy

You can cancel free of charge until August 28.

Until September 04, 50% of the course costs will be charged in the event of cancellation.

From September 05 you will not receive a refund.

Additional information

We recommend cancellation insurance.

Insurance is the responsibility of the participants.

Questions about the course

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Book your course now.

Booking overview

Overnight stay in single roomYou will stay in a single room or a double room for single use.
CHF 849.00
TotalCHF 849.00