When we first ran the Bhutan Marathon in 2016 we discovered a one of a kind event with a spectacular course, charming volunteers, and a uniquely enchanting country. Our trips are designed by runners for runners. Since we accidentally founded our running club in 2010, more than 5,000 people have joined our local events.
After several years organizing trips to events in the US, China, and Bhutan with our club, we launched Run Bhutan to make running in Bhutan as accessible for you as it has been for us. Although we are experienced travelers, having spent time on several continents, our experience of Bhutan was of a country that is truly unlike anywhere else we have lived or traveled. Since 1995, our partner in Bhutan has led tours and treks throughout the country. They bring deep knowledge of the cultural, religious, and natural history of their country. We work with our in-country guides to develop truly unique trips designed for people like us - runners and adventurous travelers - with the goal of sharing this magical experience.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country of approximately 700,000 people in the Eastern Himalayas. India is to the West, South, and East. China is to the North. The Buddhist country has defied globalization and even today remains a hidden treasure among travel destinations. Monasteries and Dzongs overlook lush countrysides high in the Himalayan mountains.
Rather than look to GDP or other economic indicators, Bhutan is a pioneer in measuring Gross National Happiness - an index which is used to measure the collective happiness and well-being of a population. The country is a democratic, constitutional monarchy. The king and princes are often seen at the country’s festivals and sporting events including our running races. As a visitor to this very special country, you will feel the influence of the national emphasis on core values that include education and contentment for its people, social justice, and environmental protection.
Bhutan strictly limits the number of tourists into the country each year. Visitors wishing to be granted admission to the country must obtain an invitation and visa i, unless they carry a passport from India, Bangladesh, or the Maldives. Visas and invitations are included in our travel packages.
We look forward to sharing with you the truly unique experience of traveling and running in Bhutan.