Bhutan Race Calendar

Bhutan International Marathon: March 7, 2020

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Hosted by the Bhutan Olympic Committee, the Bhutan International Marathon attracts the most international and domestic talent of any race in the country. Both full and half marathon distance options are available and they follow a point to point route traveling southward down the Punakha valley. Runners wind through paddy fields, remote villages, and cross the longest suspension bridge in the country before coming to the finish line at the entrance of the dramatic Punakha Dzong (fortress).

Bhutan Ultra: April 4, 2020

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The first single day ultra-marathon in the country, the Bhutan Ultra offers 50k and 25k distances for both running and mountain biking. This trail race takes you on a scenic loop of the high-altitude Phobjikha valley. Famous for being home to the endangered Black Necked Cranes, Phobjikha is an wide glacial valley dotted with serene villages. Bhutan Ultra takes place annually in April.

Bhutan Coronation Marathon: June 2, 2020

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The Bhutan Coronation Marathon completes a grand circumambulation of the Paro valley. Runners climb to the airport lookout and then proceed to the ancient Drukyul Dzong before returning to finish in the center of Paro town. Held annually on June 2 to commemorate the 4th King's coronation, both full and half marathon races take place.

Laya Run: October 2020 Date TBD

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Marking the start of the Royal Highland Festival, the Laya Run is a challenging 25k trail race that takes you to elevations of nearly 12,500ft (3,800m). The course starts in Gasa and ends at the remote village of Laya where the annual festival showcasing the traditional nomadic culture takes place. The Laya Run and the Royal Highlander Festival are held in mid-October.

Bhutan Marathon Tours x Globallimits

GlobalLimits Bhutan 2020: The Last Secret

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Bhutan Marathon Tours is a proud partner of GlobalLimits stage racing. The 2020 GlobalLimits: The Last Secret race runs a stunning 200km course through Bhutan and is the country's original multi-day ultramarathon. GlobalLimits Bhutan begins at the imposing Punakha Dzong and concludes at the iconic Paro Taksang (the Tigers Nest).

Important Information

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  • GlobalLimits offers a fully supported 6-day stage race in Bhutan
  • Runners must carry a mandatory kit and what they need for the stage with them at all times
  • GlobalLimits transports a 10kg bag from camp to camp that runners will have access to each night of the race
  • An additional bag may be left at the hotel on the first night and will be transported to the hotel in Paro after the final stage
  • During the race participants will stay in camps that include tents, monasteries, and traditional farmhouses

An All Inclusive Experience

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  • Airport pick-up  and ground transportation in Bhutan
  • One night hotel accommodation in Thimphu and one in Paro
  • Full board food and non-alcoholic beverage supply for the duration of the race and at hotels
  • Aid stations with water every ~10km
  • Medical support provided by the GlobalLimits medical team from the USA
  • Finisher medal, shirt, and hat
  • Award ceremony with cultural show
  • Transport to Paro International Airport

2020 Itinerary

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  • May 29: Arrive in Bhutan and race check in.
  • May 30: Transportation to the first camp and pre-race briefing
  • May 31: Stage 1 (31km) Camp at monestary
  • June 1: Stage 2 (29km) Stay in traditional farmhouse
  • June 2: Stage 3 (28km) Stay in monastery
  • June 3: Stage 4 (38km) Stay in traditional farmhouse
  • June 4: Stage 5 (54km) Camp outside fortress
  • June 5: Stage 6 (15km) to Paro Taksang
  • June 6: Depart Bhutan or begin extension program

How to Register

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Contact the Bhutan Marathon Tours team for more details on ultramarathon stage racing in Bhutan with GlobalLimits. We work directly with the team at GlobalLimits.