Bhutan International Marathon 2018 ( half & full marathon events)
We offer running enthusiasts to participate in the Bhutan International Marathon event. The event is organized by the Bhutan Olympic committee on 3rd March every year. Over the past two years, the race have blossomed into a popular event for participants from all over the world. Many runners come to experience the splendors of Bhutan and while at it enjoy the thrill of running a half marathon or a full marathon. We take pride in also mentioning that our team comprising of office staff, guides and drivers also participate and complete the course every year.
As a country blessed with topographical diversities, the route traverses through wide open valleys, scenic mountainsides, idyllic countryside, rice fields, monasteries, wayside markets and pristine forests before arriving at the finish line.
We facilitate all aspects of your stay in Bhutan from your visa, air tickets, marathon registrations, hotels, guides, transport and also cultural sightseeing in Bhutan to allow you to maintain focus on your race preparations and more so enable you to take back plenty of good memories along with your well earned medal.
The following tour has been designed to provide an unforgettable experience and tailored to ensure you experience the essence of Bhutan. The vibrant culture of Bhutan, the imposing himalayan peaks, friendly people and one of the most scenic marathons in the world are enough reasons for you to run in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Day 1 / 28th February 2018/ Arrive in Paro, country orientation followed by a cultural sightseeing of the Paro fortress/monastery, national museum and a stroll in the market.
Day 2 / 1st March 2018 / Acclimatization hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery Or you may also choose to ride a horse on the ascent to rest the legs ahead of the marathon. Later in the afternoon we drive one hour to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 3 / 2nd March 2018 / We enjoy a morning drive via the panoramic Dochula pass and then descend into the sub-tropical Punakha valley before noon. In Punakha, we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong (the castle of happiness) and explore both the full and half marathon routes. The drive will give you a sense of the place and prep you well for the challenge tomorrow. Later in the afternoon, we will attend the mandatory pre-race briefing and collect our race packet.
Day 4 / 3rd March 2018 /Today is the Bhutan International Marathon day. The program for the full marathon kicks off at 6 AM as you make your way to the starting point on the foothills of Gasa. The half marathon begins from north Punakha. Both the events finish at the grand Punakha Dzong.
In the evening, we attend the awards presentation ceremony and the celebratory dinner hosted by the Bhutan Olympic Committee.
Day 5 / 4th March 2018/ We drive from Punakha to Thimphu. While in Thimphu, we will be visiting all the major areas of interest.
Day 6 / 5th March 2018/ After sightseeing in Thimphu, we drive one hour to Paro. In the afternoon, there will also be plenty of options to enjoy some sights in the valley.
Day 7 / 6th March 2018 / Transfer to the Paro Int’l airport for your onward travels.