starts on Friday, May 27st 2016, with a meeting of all runners at the team hotel in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and will end in Paro on Saturday, June 4th. The event host is GlobalLimits, a group of professionals that have done many extreme races themselves.
The race will start 80km east of Thimphu and finish in the most spectacular monastery on earth, Taktshang Goemba (The Tiger’s Nest).
All runners will be picked-up at Paro International Airport and transported to the team hotel in Thimphu.(45min drive). The race is projected to be 200km, held in 6 stages. Most of the course is in remote areas and not accessible by vehicles.
All runners must bring the mandatory equipment required and their personal belongings. The race is designed as a full board event. Breakfast, light lunch and dinner accompanied by non-alcoholic drinks will be provided at each camp.
During the race week, all competitors and organisers will stay in the same camp. Camps can be tents, monastery or farmhouses. Toilet facilities are available at each camp but mattresses are not provided.
Each runner has to carry his personal and mandatory racing equipment as announced.
Personal belongings, packed in one bag, and not exceedeing 8 kg in weight, will be transported from camp to camp. Personal belongings (one bag per person) that are not needed by competitors during the race week will be transported directly from the hotel in Thimphu to the hotel in Paro (only one bag per person allowed)
The award ceremony including a buffet dinner and a local cultural show will take place in a hotel in Paro on Friday night, June 3th.
On Saturday, June 4th participants will have the option to extend their stay in Bhutan by choosing an extension program or will be transported to Paro International Airport.
Most of the route is on off-road tracks with gravel or forest soil. Only in very few cases will there be solid ground.
Three passes of about 3500m have to be crossed. At the finish line, the famous Tiger’s nest , a final climb to 3050m will have to be managed. Corresponding descents have to be run.
En route, you will go through prime forest, pass numerous small villages and Buddhist sites.
C1Camp 1 (1200m)
Located approx. 80km east from the capital Thimphu next to Punakha Dzong. (tents)
31km, first 22km are flat and follow a river valley, then a climb to approx. 1750m
C2Camp 2 (1750m)
Located at the hill in the forest. (tents)
29km, climb to a mountain pass (3500m), then a descent to 2500m through a forest.
C3Camp 3 (2500m)
Located in a farmhouse in a small village
28km, First section flat, then a climb to a monastery (2800m). The course then follows the ridge before the climb to the Phajoding Monastery (3600m).
C4Camp 4 (3600m)
Located inside the Phajoding Monastery.
The biggest desire of the young monks in this monastery is to play a short soccer match against the runners in the late afternoon. All runners and the Lama of the monastery have agreed to fulfill this wish.
38km, ups and downs, mainly through forest and villages. Crosses a mountain pass of about 3500m, last section is a descent to the camp at 2280m.
C5Camp 5 (2280m)
Located in a farmhouse
54km, mainly flat
C6Camp 6 (2500m)
Near Paro (tents)
15km, at first the course follows a river and is flat. The final 4km are a steep climb to the finish-line at the monastery of Taktshang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest) (3050m).