GlobalLimits Bhutan - The Last Secret

Edition 8

Thimphu, Bhutan
26 May, 2023 (Fri)
Event size: 0 - 99 participants

Trail running

200 km


About the event

200km – 6 stages
Strictly limited entries only!!!
UTMB qualifying race!
Fully supported race including food at all time!

You have already run through the desert!? You have already run through the jungle!? You have already run in the mountains!? You have already run in the snow!?

But you have never run in the happiest country on earth!

Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures the progress of society in terms of “Gross National Happiness”.

Join us and experience the charm and magic of one of the world’s most secret countries.

Experience an amazing landscape, run through evergreen prime forest, pass amazing monasteries and immerse yourself in traditional Buddhist culture.

Start the race at the terrific situated Punakha Dzong, definitely the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan.

Run through rural villages and cross three 3500m passes.

Stay in farmhouses more than a century old, or in the small cells of the young monks in a monastery at 3500m.

Finish the race at the most spectacular and mystic monastery on earth, hanging in the cliffs at an altitude of 3000m with an outstanding view to the Paro valley, the Taktshang Goemba, also known as "The Tiger’s Nest".

Be part of this experience by participating in this international running event in Bhutan. We offer you a full board stage race that will leave you with deepest satisfaction.

Races offered by this event

GlobalLimits Bhutan - The Last secret -

26 May, 2023 (Fri) - 16:00
Trail running - Stage race
200 km
10800 m Elevation gain
UTMB qualifier
On site
Point to point
Mountain range

Course details

Course highlights

Most of the route is on off-road tracks with gravel or forest soil. Only in very few cases will there be asphalted ground. Three passes of about 3500m have to be crossed. At the very and finish at the 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. Camp 1 (1200m) Located approx. 80km east from the capital Thimphu next to Punakha Dzong. (tents) Stage 1 31km, first 22km are flat and follow a river valley, then a climb to approx. 1750m Camp 2 (1750m) Located at the hill in the forest. (tents) Stage 2 29km, climb to a mountain pass (3500m), then a descent to 2500m through a forest. Camp 3 (2500m) Located in a farmhouse in a small village Stage 3 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). Camp 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 and GlobalLimits team in the late afternoon. GlobalLimits and the Lama of the monastery have agreed to fulfill this wish!!! Stage 4 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. Camp 5 (2280m) Located in a farmhouse Stage 5 54km Camp 6 (2500m) Near Paro (tents) Stage 6 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).

Start address

Thimphu, Bhutan

Finish address

Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Trail, Paro, Bhutan

Route map

route map

What’s included in entry

These are included in your entry
Goodie bag
Event T-shirts
Photo Service
Pre-race meal
Post-race meal
Shuttle to Start Line
Shuttle from Airport
Drink Stations
Medical Assistance
Visa fee
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