Himalayan Kingdom Marathon
The first international trail event to be held in Bhutan - the route takes you into the beautiful Paro Valley with views of 8000mt mountain peaks and the dramatic Tigers Nest Monastery.
This staggeringly beautiful route is 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.
Package Option 1 - 4 Day Druk & Trail Trek with Race Weekend (9 Nights)
Day 1- Arrival from Kathmandu. Arrivals from Delhi and Bangkok also available at a supplement. | Overnight Paro.
Day 2 - Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest) [6hrs]. On the way back visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. | Overnight Paro
Day 3 - This morning we have a little low key ‘warm up race’ on part of the Marathon/Half Marathon route. Time to visit Paro Town, National Museum and Paro Dzong. | Overnight Paro
Day 4 - DRUK PATH trek (Day 1). Climb gradually upwards from the Paro Valley to the camp at 3650m. Most of the altitude gain is done today through Forest. 20km Moderate difficulty. | Overnight camping.
Day 5 - DRUK PATH trek (Day 2). Leaving the camp climb fairly steeply for 1hr the follow a ridge with views of Mt Jomolhari. A steep descent takes you to the campsite next to a beautiful lake. 15km. | Overnight camping.
Day 6 - DRUK PATH trek (Day 3). Today is a tough day of ascents and descents up to 4150m. 11km. | Overnight camping.
Day 7 - DRUK PATH trek (Day 4). The day begins with a gradual climb with views of Mt Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan highest mountain before dropping into Thimphu. | Overnight Thimphu.
Day 8 - In Thimphu. Visit the painting school, folk heritage museum, textile museum, Budda Point, Takin Reserve. Afternoon visit to craft bazaar and weekend market. | Overnight Paro.
Day 9 - FULL & HALF MARATHONS | Overnight Paro
Day 10 - Fly out to Kathmandu, Bangkok or Deli.
Package Option 2 - 2 Day Bumdra Trek and Race Weekend (5 Nights)
Day 5 - Arrival from Kathmandu. Arrivals from Delhi and Bangkok also available at a supplement. | Overnight Paro.
Day 6 - After breakfast start the BUMDRA trek. Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College in the Paro valley (2,800 m) to a Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m). [4hrs - Moderate difficulty] | Overnight camping.
Day 7 - BUMDRA trek: Return hike from Bumdra Monastery camp via Zangto Pelri Monastery to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) then back to the Paro Valley. | Overnight Paro
Day 8 - Excursion to the Capital City (1 hr journey by coach). Visit the painting school, folk heritage museum, textile museum, Budda Point, Takin Reserve. Afternoon visit to craft bazaar and weekend market. | Overnight Paro
Package Option 3 - Race Weekend and Culture Tour (4 Nights)
Day 6 - Arrival from Kathmandu. Arrivals from Delhi and Bangkok also available at a supplement. | Overnight Paro.
Day 7 - Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tigers Nest) [6hrs]. On the way back visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. | Overnight Paro.
Day 8 - Excursion to the Capital City (1 hr journey by coach). Visit the painting school, folk heritage museum, textile museum, Budda Point, Takin Reserve. Afternoon visit to craft bazaar and weekend market. | Overnight Paro.
All Tours include:
Tour Hotels in Paro
Udumwara Hotel (3 Star Accommodation)
The resort has10 rooms at the main block and 5 cozy villas with 4 rooms in each villa, which are all deluxe twin bedded rooms decorated in a traditional style with modern facilities like security boxes, TV and free wireless internet connection. Pakshing Bar made wholly of bamboo which serves only local drinks and a handicraft shop with all the antiques on display just next to the bar in the main block will surely mesmerize you. To add on to the existing natural beauty of the resort, a traditional bridge is constructed which passes over a small brook. The resort is a blend of traditional look with a touch of modern architecture.
Naksel Hotel (4 Star Accommodation)
Naksel, a community-based project that is eco friendly and Energy Saver efficient, blends the heritage of traditional Bhutanese architecture and the comfort of modern amenities. Main construction materials for Naksel are indigenous and locally purchased. Traditional windows, mudbricks, framework and even furniture were locally crafted here in Ngoba Village, connecting Naksel to the surrounding forest. Standing tall above the Paro Valley is Jumolhari, the iconic mountain of Bhutan. At 7,300 meters, Jumolhari is the source of Paro Chu (Paro’s River) as well as the wall of separation between Tibet and the Paro District of Bhutan. Every room, cottage, and suite of Naksel Hotel features dramatic views of Jumolhari towering in the distance… a rare sight in Paro.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel (5 Star Accommodation)
The 45-room Zhiwa Ling Hotel combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st Century technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel's elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with today's cutting-edge technology. The spa offers all the amenities of a modern fitness centre - sauna, steam room, gym - as well as a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath. The hotel located amidst beautiful landscape and evergreen forest houses fully equipped business centre, a tea house, two fully-equipped conference rooms, a meditation house and multi cuisine restaurant. Honouring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom, a temple has been built into the second floor of the hotel, made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery, the crowning glory of this new ten-acre cultural landmark
Tour Hotels in Thimphu
The following hotels will be used after the Druk Trail Trek on Tour Option 1
With 3 Star Paro Option: Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, translated as the place of great contentment, is located in the heart of the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The hotel offers its guests an exceptional experience from the classic Bhutanese architecture to the traditionally hand crafted furniture. The rooms welcome you with the unique Bhutanese touch and warmth. Hotel Phuntsho Pelri provides a multi cuisine restaurant, a great bar, a well equipped business center, a Spa,a coffee shop, souvenir shops and a modern conference hall.
With 4 Star Paro Option: Druk Hotel
The Druk Hotel , Thimphu is situated right in the heart of the Capital’s business and shopping areas, with a choice of Executive and Regular rooms and suites. The only Hotel with all modern facilities under one roof. Apart from 53 well appointed, recently upgraded and refurbished rooms, the hotel also has a health club equipped with a modern Gym, Sauna, Steam, Massage, a Beauty Parlour and a Business Centre, a multi-cuisine restaurant that is one of the finest in town, a Bar, Banqueting facilities and Room Service.
With 5 Star Paro Option: Taj Tashi Hotel
In keeping with the enchanting surrounds, the hotel is a blend of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern design. Adorned with classical hand-drawn Buddhist murals, its 66 elegant guestrooms afford guests striking highlights of the region’s art and colour. Besides breathtaking views of the mountains that rise above the Thimphu valley. Continuing the journey into mystical Bhutan at the Taj Tashi, guests can sample Bhutan’s fiery cuisine, gaze at the mesmerising prayer wheels through its panoramic windows, make short but rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets, pleasantly while their time in one of the hotel’s traditional themed café’s and restaurants, or find yet more ways to relax with a special ‘ Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath ’ at the Jiva Spa.
Accommodation on the treks is based on two person tents with groundsheets – bed rolls are provided but clients need to bring their own sleeping bag. The camp is broken down and moved to the next overnight stop by horses with the camp set up and ready for clients as they finish the trek. There is also a dinning tent where tea and cake or biscuits is served as clients arrive back and where a three course dinner is served. A hot lunch is served at a suitable meadow each day.
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