Thunder Dragon Marathon

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Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is mystical, enchanting and like nowhere you have ever been. Voted one of the world’s top travel destinations, Bhutan remains accessible only to the privileged few. The Himalayan Kingdom Mountain Marathon highlights all of the aspects of Bhutan that makes it so special. Running through the beautiful Paro Valley the route takes in fantastic scenery and passes many iconic landmarks, like the Tigers Nest Monastery, Paro
Dzong and many religious Chorten - a true mountain and cultural experience. Mostly on trails and mountain paths with some road sections, the route has a number of climbs but with an altitude variation that stays between 2,200m and 2,530m there are no tremendously difficult sections although it remains a suitable challenge.

The Route

The race route starts at Udumwara, underneath the cliff that the Tiger’s Nest is built on. The route isapprox. half road surface and half farm trails, on the full marathon there is a 4km section of single track.

The first 8km are on road surfaces and slightly downhill alongside the Paro Chu (river). At 8km the half marathon splits off to the right and makes its way up and behind Paro Dzong (Fort). The full marathon carries straight on with a long and gradual climb alongside the Wang Chu (river) on farm tracks above rice fields.

At 18km the marathon route crosses the river and returns towards Paro on the other side on a gentle downhill gradient to 25km. Here, the route has the toughest climb, for about 4km on road, rising above the Paro National Museum, then on single track for 1km to the highest point of the race at 2.560m.

Dropping back down to the Paro Chu the marathon and half marathon re-join beneath Paro Dzong to cross the famous wooden bridge. The last 10km for both distances are on a gradual but long uphill climb on a mix of road and wide farm track, rising above Paro Chu, with views of the river and rice fields, before dropping into the finish back at Udumwara.

The total height gain on the marathon is 995m and for the half 450m. The altitude at the start is 2.400m and the lowest point, in Paro Town, is 2,200.

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TUESDAY 21 MAY 2019

Arrival from Bangkok available at a supplement. Drive to Punakha via Dochu Pass (approx. 2.5 hours). Afternoon sightseeing in Punakha; visit the Devine Mad Monks Temple (Temple of Fertility) and the remarkable Punakha Dzong, past home to the King of Bhutan.
Overnight in Paro. Lunch, dinner

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2019

Today we start our acclimatization activity with a hike to Soela Gompa via Khamsum Yuelley Nagyel Chorten. This hike is approx. 20km with a moderate level of difficulty and will take around 8 hours.
Overnight in Punakha. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

THURSDAY 23 MAY 2019

Drive to the capital city Thimphu (2.5 hours). Hike up to Buddha Point and the giant seated Buddha, the Takin Reserve (National animal), Thimphu Dzong and craft workshops. After lunch drive on to Paro (1 hour) visiting the National Museum with the chance to hike part of the marathon route before visiting Paro Dzong.
Overnight in Paro. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

FRIDAY 24 MAY 2019

Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest) 6 hours. On the way back visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang Monastery.
Overnight in Paro. Breakfast, lunch, dinner

SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019

Free time for shopping in Paro
Race day briefing 
Overnight in Paro

SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019: FULL & HALF MARATHONS

Early breakfast before 8am start of both races. Celebration dinner and cultural show at Olathang Hotel
Overnight in Paro

MONDAY 27 MAY 2019

Fly out to Bangkok

Tour Packages

 

Prices of tour packages are listed in Sin$

Below are a list of items that are included and excluded in the tour package:

 

  • Accommodation in choice of 3, 4 or 5-star hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner in hotels each day
  • Lunch in local restaurants as determined by the day's itinerary
  • Guides for each tour option throughout the tour from arrival to departure
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation in Bhutan from arrival to departure in 22-seater Toyota Coaster buses or 8-seater Toyota Hiace bus
  • Visa for Bhutan
  • International airfares to tour starting point
  • Accommodation in Bangkok
  • Visa for Thailand
  • Travel & Personal Accident Insurance
  • Drinks (except water on the bus)
  • Personal items such as laundry and souvenirs
  • Additional tips for guides and drivers

 

 

  • Race Weekend & Cultural Tour

    3 or 4-star hotel @ $ 3,180 (per person)

    Race Fee @ $ 300 (per runner)

  • 5 Days 4 Nights

    Single Room
    Race Weekend & Cultural Tour

    3 or 4-star hotel @ $ 3,680

    Race Fee @ $ 300 (per runner)

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  • Cultural Tour including Thimphu & Punakha

    3 or 4-star hotel @ $ 4,280 (per person)

    Race Fee @ $ 300 (per runner)

  • 7 Days 6 Nights

    Single Room
    Cultural Tour including Thimphu & Punakha

    3 or 4-star hotel @ $ 4,820

    Race Fee @ $ 300 (per runner)

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optional packages & registration form

 

Optional package: 

9 Days 8 Nights Druk Trail Trek with Race Weekend (Sun 19 May to Mon 27 May 2019)

Registration is done via a hard copy. Please write to us for the registration form

 

  

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