October 23 - November 6
Perched among the peaks of the mighty Himalaya, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan has been described as the last Shangri-La, shrouded in centuries of mystery. Bhutan offers a fascinating insight into a Buddhist culture where time has stood still and the chance to experience Himalayan landscapes of astounding, untouched beauty. It’s also a mind-blowing place to run. It happens that there is a trail perfect for a running adventure like no other, one based on the first half of the renowned Snowman Trek, one of the hardest in the world. While there are other adventures trail running in Bhutan to be had, this is the only trip that takes you deep and high into the Himalayas! In partnership with Tour de Trails and Blue Poppy Tours we offer a run adventure as remote as you can imagine on this planet. This is the high Himalaya. It is in fact the first half of the renowned Snowman Trek, billed by Lonely Planet as the ‘one of the most difficult treks in the world’.
Unlike most rough and ready expeditions, we’re softening the edges. The Bhutan trail running will remain tough given the steep terrain, the altitude, and the lack of facilities – on trail it will be as any other trail run, a true experience of Bhutan’s raw and pristine wilderness. But each afternoon you’ll run into a pre-set camp, sip some tea with biscuits, have dinner served up and we will even sneak up a bottle of wine. At each end of the trail, our Explorer guests will enjoy relative comfort of Bhutan’s accommodation the likes of renowned Tigers Nest Resort, and of course a massage to stretch out the muscles. Some runs will be slow moving, power hiking, steep, and technical so prepare accordingly. All runs will be measured in time rather than distance due to the vertical +/- and technical aspects of the trails.
Bhutan is considered a once in a lifetime destination, and thus we’ll make the most of your visit to this magical place. The Jomolhari-Laya-Gasa Trek itself, which forms our route, is considered one of the most scenic in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in the Himalaya. It is more often taken by the few lucky ones to have experienced it as a 14+ day walking journey that begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before finishing in Damji in Tashithang. Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan.