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Running In Bhutan – Run Wild in the Kingdom of Happiness

Welcome to Bhutan, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Embark on a running adventure unlike any other, where serene landscapes, ancient monasteries, and vibrant culture converge to create a truly unique running experience. Lace up your shoes and immerse yourself in the magic of running in Bhutan, the Kingdom of Happiness.

When to Run in Bhutan

Bhutan’s climate offers favorable conditions for running throughout the year. The ideal time to run in Bhutan is during the spring and autumn seasons. From March to May, witness the breathtaking bloom of rhododendrons and enjoy mild temperatures. In September to November, experience the enchantment of vibrant autumn foliage and cooler weather. Whether you prefer the vibrant colors of spring or the crisp air of autumn, Bhutan welcomes runners with open arms.

The Must-Run Spots in Bhutan

Start your Bhutanese running journey in the capital city, Thimphu. Explore the charming streets, run along the banks of the Wang Chuu River, and catch glimpses of the iconic Tashichho Dzong. For a spiritual running experience, head to Paro and take on the challenge of the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) trail, an iconic pilgrimage route that rewards runners with breathtaking views.

Escape to the peaceful valleys of Punakha, where you can run alongside terraced fields and ancient monasteries, including the majestic Punakha Dzong. For a taste of Bhutanese wilderness, explore the Phobjikha Valley in Gangtey, known for its scenic trails surrounded by pristine nature and the migratory black-necked cranes.

Run Travel Events in Bhutan – 2023

Bhutan Running Holidays


Tour de Trails & Trail Run Adventures – Bhutan 2023 – October 27 – November 10, 2023

Bhutan, known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, is a place shrouded in centuries of mystery. Not just a fascinating insight into a Buddhist, this run adventure is a way to experience Himalayan landscapes of amazing, untouched beauty.

Running Retreats in Bhutan


Run Wild Retreats – Bhutan Mindful Running Retreat – April 12 – 21, 2023

This 10-day running retreat is about more than just the trails; it’s a cultural immersion in a place that embodies mindful living. Experience yoga with local instructors, meditations led by Buddhist monks, release stress in a Bhutanese hot stone bath, and cook local delicacies. Oh, and there will be running, too, through rice paddy terraces, villages, blue-pine forests, and more as you find yourself in these Himalayan valleys.

Run Wild Retreats – Bhutan Mindful Running Retreat – April 23 – May 2, 2023

Unleash Your Running Wanderlust

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