The World’s Toughest and Most Challenging Ultra-Marathon

There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players”.

 – His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

Like the words of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck, we all have equal role and stake in protecting our mother Earth. In keeping with the important and urgent role, Bhutan has made one of the world’s most far-reaching climate promises to forever remain carbon neutral and its forests helps keep the world’s climate change at bay by absorbing carbon dioxide. But climate change brutally impacts Bhutan. Here among the water towers of Asia, catastrophic floods caused by climate change have already washed away villages, killed people and wreaked havoc on livelihoods and wildlife.

the world’s toughest and most challenging ultra-marathon.

This could just be the experience you talk about until the end of your days!

Years ago, a glacial lake broke loose and flooded the country. Now, Bhutan has to contend with the looming danger of 2,700 glacial lakes that did not exist 20 years ago because global warming is melting Himalayan glaciers to the bone.

Similarly, more of these glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) will occur across the world as climate change continues. It is also predicted that climate change could result in a loss of up to 30 percent of the snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas.

Therefore, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan is gearing toward the first Bhutan Snowman Run, which will flag off from Gasa Dzong on 13th October 2020. The Run is aimed at bring the global community together to join hands in committing to combating climate change.

The Bhutan Snowman Run will be the most daring and exclusive where runners will be greeted by the breathtakingly beautiful and pristine Himalayan Mountains, forests, and glaciers. Covering more than 300 kilometers through the wild and challenging terrains with mountain passes as high as 17,454 feet, the Bhutan Snowman Run will challenge the world’s fittest and elite runners.

Webmaster. (2019, June 25). Small Kingdom, Big Dreams – Snowman Run Bhutan! Retrieved from https://www.snowmanrun.org/small-kingdom-big-dreams-the-bhutan-snowman-run/

Bhutan is gearing for the world’s toughest and most challenging Snowman Run, which will take place on October 13 next year, coinciding with the Royal Wedding Anniversary.

The 300 km ultra marathon – Snowman Run – will be held on October 13, 2020

The ultra marathon is estimated to be completed within a period of five days.

The adventurers who participate in this run will be able to witness the magical beauty of the landscapes of the Himalayan mountain range.

Snowman Run – 2019

The participants of the Snowman Run will be able to cover high altitudes of 5320 m and catch sights of beautiful lakes, glaciers, mountains and other magnificent natural wonders that unfolds before their eyes.

Promoting the marathon event and calling the runners to join the race, former Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on his Twitter handle stated: “Calling all ultra runners.”

“Here’s the ultimate marathon for you, one that is the most difficult; the most spectacular; and probably the most important in the world,” Tobgay added.

The runners will get to know about their daring strength and willpower through the ultra marathon.

snowman run

The ultra marathon, which emanated from the Bhutan king’s visits to the highlands, is being held with an aim to find a solution to the problems caused by climate change.

The Snowman Run will provide a perfect glimpse of the effect of climate change in the natural environment of Bhutan.

News, N. N. (2019, July 28). Bhutan gears up for world’s most challenging Snowman Run. Retrieved from https://nenow.in/neighbour/bhutan-gears-up-for-worlds-most-challenging-snowman-run.html

The marathon will take runners across the breathtaking, pristine landscape of Lunana-lakes, glaciers, majestic mountains, shrubs, isolated villages and the highest place within the Himalayan mountain range. The Run is emanated from His Majesty’s visit to the highlands with a goal to protect the natural environment and preserve the unique age-old culture and tradition of the highland communities, adversely affected by the climate change.

(2019, July 24). Bhutan gearing for the world’s toughest Snowman Run. Retrieved from http://www.bbs.bt/news/?p=118098

Visit www.snowmanrun.org to know more details about the world’s toughest and most challenging ultra-marathon.

snowman run 2019


In place of a dedicated concierge for this, “Once in a lifetime experience”, we have a pre-travel adviser available. The adviser can work with you to determine your best options for excursions, transportation to and from the experience destination, and other information to make your planning easier.

Your travel adviser for Bhutan:

Managing Director: Mrs. Tirtha Gurung

Mobile: +975 17740117/ 17784836(Mobile) | Email: info@waytobhutan.com

Website: www.waytobhutan.com

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