Bhutan Marathon Retreat

Run above the clouds in the worlds happiest country.



Explore both detailed 2019 Bhutan itineraries (PDF) here:


7 day / 6 night
(February 27 — March 4)


10 day / 9 night
(February 27 — March 8)


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Runners from 20+ countries and marathon directors from around the world.

We're happy to customize trips of any length to suit your needs.

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Adventure Overview

The Sister Marathons Peace Initiative’s Exclusive Marathon Adventure in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is travel at its most iconic.

Amidst the wonders of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmarks against which all things are measured, you will experience the ancient and harmonious Buddhist traditions resonating in all living things, where the King rules by “Gross National Happiness."

Each day's rich slate of activities consist of scenic group runs and cultural encounters with local people and officials. As either a spectator, volunteer or runner, this once-in-a-lifetime adventure culminates with your participation in the Bhutan International Marathon or Half Marathon. To travel with the Sister Marathons Peace Initiative is to experience the mystical Kingdom of Bhutan as never before: where nature and cultural are center-stage and we are small, awed spectators, moved by wonder.

Philanthropy through Travel: 100% of this destination trip goes to charity!


2017 & 2018 runner feedback

Thank you so so so very much for providing such an amazingly awesome trip and experience for us in Bhutan ... My expectations were beyond exceeded, and a significant reason for that was the incredible trip experience you provided for us. Ann C. Orange County, CA
The Sister Marathons provided an amazingly inspiring insight to Bhutan! Paivi L. Helsinki, Finland
The trip was exceptionally well run. And what incredible scenery for the marathon! This was a great opportunity to take it nice and easy, stop for photos, and still get the thrill of crossing the finish line. Allan D. West Vancouver, Canada

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1: Arrive Paro, Bhutan
  • Introductions and welcome addresses
  • Private excursions with personal guides
  • Visit Paro fortresses and temples
  • Optional: Spas, massages and hot stone baths
  • Group dinner and lectures
  • Overnight Paro, Bhutan
Day 2: Tiger’s Nest Monastery Hike and Running Adventure
  • Hike the Tigers Nest (pictured)
  • Hang prayer flags
  • Lunch at base of Tigers Nest
  • Cultural sightseeing
  • Overnight Paro, Bhutan
Day 3: Punakha: Race Day Preparation at Danchen Resort
  • Transfer through stunning valleys to Punakha
  • Cultural interactions with Bhutanese runners.
  • Pre race briefing
  • Motivational talk
  • Group dinner
  • Overnight Punakha, Bhutan
Day 4: Saturday, March 2… Race Day! Full and Half Marathon.
  • The Bhutan International Marathon
  • Awards ceremony
  • Post race festivities
Days 5 & 6: Thimphu
  • Transfer from Punakha to the capital city of Thimphu
  • Visit the Buddha Dordenma
  • Visit the Motithang Takin Sanctuary
  • Visit the magnificent Tashichhodzong
  • Immerse yourself in cultural shows with mask dances.
  • Circumvent the National Memorial Chorten along with the locals.
  • Overnight in Thimphu
Day 7: Paro / Depart
  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Transfer to Paro.
  • Depart Paro Airport.

Travel Package

Included in the trip:
  • All Accommodations and meals in 3 star hotels
  • All government visas
  • All guides, vehicles and drivers
  • Standard non-alcoholic beverages.
  • All internal transfers
  • All cultural activities
  • All running retreat activities
Not Included:
  • Airfare from your hometown to the arrival city of Paro, Bhutan.
  • Passport fees and visa photos as required.
  • Bhutan International Marathon or Half Marathon registration fees
    ($175 for the Full; $125 for the Half).
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Spas and hot-stone baths.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Any overnight stays or costs in route to Paro, Bhutan.
  • Phone calls and Internet.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Phone calls and Internet where available.

Deposits, Payments and Cancellation

Please be advised: This trip originates and ends in Paro, Bhutan.

All participants are responsible for their international airfare to Paro, Bhutan.

Total including deposit:
                        $2,495 USD                           $3,295 USD
               7-Day Package 10-Day Package
Deposit: $500 USD $500 USD
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Once you make a $500 deposit, your space in the Bhutan Retreat is reserved and confirmed.

  • 30 Days after deposit: Final trip payment is required


  • 100% Trip Refundable: by October 31, 2018
  • 75% Trip Refundable: by November 30, 2018
  • 50% Trip Refundable: by December 31, 2018

No refunds after December 31, 2018.

*After December 31, 2018, all your flights, visas and accommodations have been paid to the
Bhutan government and can’t be refunded.


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Travel and Trip Planning Services

We're here to HELP!

Once your deposit has been made, a dedicated Sister Marathons travel planner will contact you to organize the details of your adventure package.

We can customize trip extensions for clients seeking a longer stay in Bhutan, or options to explore other countries such as Japan or Thailand after completing the Sister Marathon group adventure. With Sister Marathons, all you need to worry about is training, packing your suitcase and jumping on the flight – leave the rest of the planning to us!

We look forward to helping you plan this transformative adventure of a lifetime.

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