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The route is a river valley course with impressive views of the surrounding mountains and fantastic views down the Paro Valley, but without any extreme climbs, keeping within an altitude range of 2200m and 2535m.
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.
From the start at Zhiwa Ling, the first few kilometres are downhill on the road before crossing a metal swing bridge festooned in prayer flags. It then follows the Paro Chu River downstream where runners are at 2200m altitude. The route remains undulating along the Wang Chu tributary – going up one side for several kilometres, crossing a bridge and returning down the other side.
Arriving back on the road near Paro the half marathon is reached and the runners in the 21.1km will stop.
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The entry fee for the Thunder Dragon Half Marathon Bhutan is included in the price of the Marathon package.
The Thunder Dragon Half Marathon starts early in the morning and the exact time will be confirmed during the tour.
There is an 8 hour cut-off for the Thunder Dragon Half Marathon to ensure that all runners finish during daylight.
Your race pack will be given to you upon your arrival
There are no official pace setters for this event
Drink stations will have water every 5km in the valley and water and bananas at approx 5km distances on the mountain.
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
There are no provisions for runners to leave personal refreshments along the course
Transfers to and from the race is included in the price of your package.
Finishers T-shirts, Medals and Certificates
All travellers will get the event t-shirt, all runners who finish the event will get a medal and a certificate.
Prizes will be awarded at the Celebration Dinner
The expected temperature on race day is 23 degrees Celsius
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.
Nestled between Tibet and India it is a country of raw natural beauty; from stunning mountain scenery to tropical plains. This pristine scenery is home to exotic wildlife and is one of the last refuges of species like the Black-Necked Crane, the Golden Langur and even the Royal Bengal tiger. The Bhutanese people with their Buddhist beliefs have a strong sense of identity and of the interdependence between man and nature. This is expressed in the national policy of Gross National Happiness and concern for the environment.
The Thunder Dragon Half Marathon highlights all of the aspects of Bhutan that make 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.
- Guaranteed Race Entry (runners)
- Flights Kathmandu to Paro
- All meals included
- Celebration dinner & cultural show after the Marathon
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- Guided hike to Taktsand Monastery
- Invitation to Travelling Fit exclusive VIP Facebook Group - Exclusive to Travelling Fit Runners
- Visa for Bhutan
- ITINERARY 1 ALSO INCLUDES 4 Nights' Accommodation - Check-in 25 May Checkout 29 May
- Guided tour of Capital City Thimphu
- ITINERARY 2 ALSO INCLUDES 6 Nights' Accommodation - Check in 23 May Check out 29 May
- Sightseeing in Punakha
- Guided hike to Soela Gompa
- Drive to the Capital City Thimphu & hike to Buddha Point
- ITINERARY 3 ALSO INCLUDES 8 Nights' Accommodation - Check in 21 May Check out: 29 May - Including 3 nights camping
- Guided 4 day Druk Path Trek
- Flights from Bangkok or Delhi available – Surcharge applies
an AU$850 deposit is required to secure your booking
Final balance is due 90 days prior to departure