Bhutan International Marathon Travel Package



    Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon 9-Day, 7-Day, 5-Day, and 3-Day Travel Package Options

    Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon (BIM) Travel Packages are a unique opportunity to encounter this race and country from an ‘insider’s’ perspective. As the co-creator, international liaison and sponsor of BIM, Terri Schneider is intimate with Bhutan and has customized your Travel Package for the race while showcasing the beauty and cultural intrigue of western Bhutan.


    YOUR COMPLETE PACKAGE:

    The first complete racing and travel package of its kind in Bhutan. Those wishing to volunteer for the race or just come along for the fun are also welcome!


    TRAVEL WITH AN EXPERT:

    Travel packages designed by Terri Schneider, endurance athlete, coach, leader of Expedition Bhutan, advisor to the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC), co-creator, sponsor and International Liaison of the Bhutan International Marathon (BIM) and advisor to Tour of the Dragon (TOD).



    Your BIM Package Includes (check your 9-Day, 7-Day, 5-Day or 3-Day itinerary for available options)

    • Your visa for Bhutan is taken care of by our Bhutan agent
    • Tours and Hiking Tours of; Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest), Dochula Memorial Site, Khamsum Yulley Temple, Dechenphu Temple, Punakha Dzong, Thimphu Dzong, as well as several other temples and monasteries in the Paro, Thimphu, Punakha areas (see your itinerary for details)
    • Hiking excursion to the stunning Taktsang ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery and picnic lunch
    • Post-race riverside picnic, including our groups’ own massage therapists
    • Shopping and additional cultural tours in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha (see your itinerary for details)
    • Post race awards celebration and dinner near the Punakha Dzong
    • Local English speaking and licensed tour guide and driver throughout entire trip
    • Detailed travel gear list just for this trip
    • Special gift from Terri Schneider
    • Much more detailed information on traveling in Bhutan from an experienced expert

    All land costs once you touch down in Paro which include:

    • Airport transport from and to Paro airport
    • English speaking and licensed tour guide and driver
    • All land transport once in Paro
    • Visa fees, travel fees and permits to temples and monuments
    • All government travel tariffs
    • All hotel accommodation (for hotel upgrades, contact Terri)
    • All meals from arrival in Paro until departure from Paro

    BIM Package Does NOT Include:

    • Race entry fees
    • International airfare to and from Paro, Bhutan
    • Any hotel or food costs en route to and from Paro, Bhutan
    • Additional tips for local staff
    • Personal drinks, snacks, laundry, alcohol and gifts
    • Subsequent lodging beyond nights listed in itinerary
    • Travel insurance (highly recommended) for this trip
    • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Terri Schneider and the Bhutan International Marathon

    If you wish to pay directly with a bank transfer, credit card, check or check, please contact terri@terrischneider.net to make arrangements.

    IMPORTANT Payment, Cancellation and Additional Travel Information:

    •  Travel Package payments are paid in full 6-weeks prior to the date of arrival in Bhutan. It takes, at minimum, one month to process your Bhutanese visa.
    •  In order to get a flight into Paro on the date you wish, it is highly advisable to book this flight 2-3 months in advance. DO NOT DELAY on booking your booking your trip.
    •  If flights are delayed due to weather conditions you are responsible for all food, accommodation and transportation costs prior to arriving in Paro.



    BIM 9-Day Itinerary 

    Land Dates in Bhutan: February 27 – March 7, 2018

    Day 1: Arrival to Paro, Bhutan, and Transport to Paro Hotel.

    If the skies are clear on your flight you’ll be treated to some breath taking views of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Paro stands at 7,500 ft. above sea level. You’ll be met by your gracious Bhutanese guide who will transfer you to our hotel in Paro. After lunch you’ll have the day free to wander in town, go for a run, go to the spa, or try your hand at archery. Dinner and overnight in Paro.

    Summary:

    • Airport pick up – transport to Hotel, Paro
    • Lunch in Paro
    • Hotel in Paro
    • Dinner in Paro

    Day 2: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery, Paro.

    Today you’ll experience one of the highlights of your trip in Bhutan with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. After breakfast we’ll drive through Paro to Satsam Chorten and from there a do a two hour trek up to the viewpoint of the monastery. If you want to save your legs for the race you have the option to ride a pony rather than hike. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (tea house) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang Monastery. The first part was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort. Lunch is served at the completion of the trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Paro
    • Tea at Taktsang Overlook
    • Picnic lunch at finish of Taktsang trek
    • Dinner in Paro
    • Hotel in Paro

    Day 3: Post breakfast, travel to Punakha via the Dochula Memorial. After lunch experience the Punakha Dzong.

    The most well known pass in Bhutan, Dochula Pass is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The 108 chortens at Dochula were built by one of the Queen Mothers to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. Though Bhutanese have wanted to build these chortens to mark the victory of the Bhutanese army, the King has rejected this offer and instead uses the chortens to commemorate the deceased. In the afternoon you’ll do an excursion to the Dzong. The Punakha Dzong, “the palace of great happiness or bliss” is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic. It is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley and was the auspicious location for the coronation of the King, as well as the site of the King and Queen’s marriage ceremony. It is also the location of the finish line of the your race!

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Paro
    • Drive to Punakha via Dochula Memorial
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 4: Packet pick up and pre-race briefing in Punakha.

    Race packet pick up and the pre-race briefing will be at the race hotel. In between race activities you can shop at the local market, rest, explore the course or tour the Dzong if you missed it yesterday.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Punakha
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 5: Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon!

    Our event will be capped off with an Awards Celebration, dinner, bonfires and traditional dance and music right at the stunning Punakha Dzong.

    Summary:

    • EARLY Breakfast in Punakha
    • Travel to shuttle bus pick up
    • Shuttle busses leave to the start line
    • Both races start at 8:00 AM
    • Riverside picnic lunch and massage
    • 6:00 PM Event Awards Ceremony and dinner, traditional dance, music and  entertainment next to the majestic Punakha Dzong.
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 6: Morning hike to Khamsum Yulley Temple. Afternoon drive to Thimphu after a stop at the Temple of the Divine Madman.

    We’ll start our day with a brief trek to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Temple which stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. It is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built over a period of 9 years, Bhutanese craftsmen including carpenters, painters, and sculptors consulted holy scriptures rather than engineering manuals, to construct this four-story temple. Offered by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings. Enroute to Thimphu we have the option to tour the Temple of the Divine Madman, which is a must see. Then there will be lots of sight seeing options in Thimphu!

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Punakha
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Thimphu
    • Hotel in Thimphu

    Day 7: Full day sightseeing in Thimphu.

    In-town options include a visit to the 169 foot Buddha Dordenma, the largest upright Buddha in the world, perched overlooking the entire Thimphu valley and the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Or, visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) or the Takin reserve. After lunch, you can check out the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silversmiths and a Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner in Thimphu at ZaSa Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Lunch in Thimphu
    • Dinner in Thimphu
    • Hotel in Thimphu

    Day 8: Full Day Sightseeing, hiking, shopping or touring in Thimphu including the Tango Monasteries and the Dechenphu Lhakhang Temple, an important spiritual guardian of the Bhutanese people. Hiking, shopping or spa options are available upon request. If you don’t opt to hike or shop, whatever you didn’t get to see yesterday we’ll try and take in today (much more detail upon arrival).

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Lunch in Thimphu
    • Dinner in Thimphu
    • Hotel in Thimphu

    Day 9: Paro Departures

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Transport to Airport



    BIM 7-Day Itinerary 

    Land Dates in Bhutan: February 27 – March 5, 2018

    Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan, and Transport to Paro Hotel.

    If the skies are clear on your flight you’ll be treated to some breath taking views of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Paro stands at 7,500 ft. above sea level. You’ll be met by your gracious Bhutanese guide who will transfer you to our hotel in Paro. After lunch you’ll have the day free to wander in town, go for a run, go to the spa, or try your hand at archery. Dinner and overnight in Paro.

    Summary:

    • Airport pick up – transport to Hotel, Paro
    • Lunch in Paro
    • Hotel in Paro
    • Dinner in Paro

    Day 2: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery, Paro.

    Today you’ll experience one of the highlights of your trip in Bhutan with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. After breakfast we’ll drive through Paro to Satsam Chorten and from there a do a two hour trek up to the viewpoint of the monastery. If you want to save your legs for the race you have the option to ride a pony rather than hike. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (tea house) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang Monastery. The first part was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort. Lunch is served at the completion of the trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Paro
    • Tea at Taktsang Overlook
    • Picnic lunch at finish of Taktsang trek
    • Dinner in Paro
    • Hotel in Paro

    Day 3: Post breakfast, travel to Punakha via the Dochula Memorial. After lunch experience the Punakha Dzong.

    The most well known pass in Bhutan, Dochula Pass is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The 108 chortens at Dochula were built by one of the Queen Mothers to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. Though Bhutanese have wanted to build these chortens to mark the victory of the Bhutanese army, the King has rejected this offer and instead uses the chortens to commemorate the deceased. In the afternoon you’ll do an excursion to the Dzong. The Punakha Dzong, “the palace of great happiness or bliss” is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic. It is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley and was the auspicious location for the coronation of the King, as well as the site of the King and Queen’s marriage ceremony. It is also the location of the finish line of the your race! 

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Paro
    • Drive to Punakha via Dochula Memorial
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 4: Packet pick up and pre-race briefing in Punakha.

    Race packet pick up and the pre-race briefing will be at the race hotel. In between race activities you can shop at the local market, rest, explore the course or tour the Dzong if you missed it yesterday.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Punakha
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 5: Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon!

    Our event will be capped off with an Awards Celebration, dinner, bonfires and traditional dance and music right at the stunning Punakha Dzong.

    Summary:

    • EARLY Breakfast in Punakha
    • Travel to shuttle bus pick up
    • Shuttle busses leave to the start line
    • Both races start at 8:00 AM
    • Riverside picnic lunch and massage
    • 6:00 PM Event Awards Ceremony and dinner, traditional dance, music and  entertainment next to the majestic Punakha Dzong.
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 6: Drive to Thimphu, sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu

    Thimphu options include a visit to the 169 foot Buddha Dordenma, the largest upright Buddha in the world, perched overlooking the entire Thimphu valley and the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Or, visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) or the Takin reserve. After lunch, you can check out the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silversmiths and a Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.

    Dinner in Thimphu at ZaSa Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Punakha
    • Lunch in Thimphu
    • Dinner in Thimpu
    • Hotel in Thimphu

    Day 7: Paro Departures

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Transport to Airport


    BIM 5-Day Itinerary

    Land Dates in Bhutan: March 1 – 5, 2018

    Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan, and transport to Paro Hotel. Afternoon excursion to Taktsang Monastery.

    If the skies are clear on your flight you’ll be treated to some breath taking views of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Paro stands at 7,500 ft. above sea level. You’ll be met by your gracious Bhutanese guide who will transfer you to our hotel in Paro. This afternoon you’ll experience one of the highlights of your trip in Bhutan with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. After a drive through Paro to Satsam Chorten you’ll begin your two hour trek up to the viewpoint of the monastery. If you want to save your legs for the race you have the option to ride a pony rather than hike. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (tea house) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang Monastery. The first part was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

    Summary:

    • Airport pick up – transport to Hotel, Paro
    • Lunch in Paro
    • Hotel in Paro
    • Dinner in Paro

    Day 2: Post breakfast, travel to Punakha via the Dochula Memorial. Packet pick up and pre-race briefing in Punakha and visit to the Dzong.

    The most well known pass in Bhutan, Dochula Pass is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The 108 chortens at Dochula were built by one of the Queen Mothers to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when fighting the Indian rebels in 2003. Though Bhutanese have wanted to build these chortens to mark the victory of the Bhutanese army, the King has rejected this offer and instead uses the chortens to commemorate the deceased. In the afternoon you’ll do an excursion to the Dzong. The Punakha Dzong, “the palace of great happiness or bliss” is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic. It is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley and was the auspicious location for the coronation of the King, as well as the site of the King and Queen’s marriage ceremony. It is also the location of the finish line of the your race!

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Paro
    • Drive to Punakha via Dochula Memorial
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 3: Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon!

    Our event will be capped off with an Awards Celebration, dinner, bonfires and traditional dance and music right at the stunning Punakha Dzong.

    Summary:

    • EARLY Breakfast in Punakha
    • Travel to shuttle bus pick up
    • Shuttle busses leave to the start line
    • Both races start at 8:00 AM
    • Riverside picnic lunch and massage
    • 6:00 PM Event Awards Ceremony and dinner, traditional dance, music and  entertainment next to the majestic Punakha Dzong.
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 4: Drive to Thimphu, sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu.

    Thimphu options include a visit to the 169 foot Buddha Dordenma, the largest upright Buddha in the world, perched overlooking the entire Thimphu valley and the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Or, visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) or the Takin reserve. After lunch, you can check out the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silversmiths and a Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.

    Dinner in Thimphu at ZaSa Restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Punakha
    • Lunch in Thimphu
    • Dinner in Thimphu
    • Hotel in Thimphu

    Day 5, March 6: Paro Departures

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Transport to Airport


    BIM 3-Day Itinerary

    Land Dates in Bhutan: March 2 – 4, 2018

    Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan, and transport to the race site in Punakha.

    If the skies are clear on your flight you’ll be treated to some breath taking views of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Paro stands at 7,500 ft. above sea level. You’ll be met by your gracious Bhutanese guide who will transfer you to our hotel in Punakha. Its possible you may miss packet pick up and our pre-race briefing—if so we will acquire your race bag and have it for you at your hotel.

    Summary:

    • Airport pick up – transport to Hotel, Punakha
    • Lunch in Punakha
    • Hotel in Punakha
    • Dinner in Punakha

    Day 2: Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon!

    Our event will be capped off with an Awards Celebration, dinner, bonfires and traditional dance and music right at the stunning Punakha Dzong.

    Summary:

    • EARLY Breakfast in Punakha
    • Travel to shuttle bus pick up
    • Shuttle busses leave to the start line
    • Both races start at 8:00 AM
    • Riverside picnic lunch and massage
    • 6:00 PM Event Awards Ceremony and dinner, traditional dance, music and  entertainment next to the majestic Punakha Dzong.
    • Hotel in Punakha

    Day 3: Paro Departures

    Summary:

    • Breakfast in Thimphu
    • Transport to Airport


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    Note: DO NOT DELAY on booking your trip for BIM 2018.
    Due to the continued growth of this event we are seeing a significant influx of tourists coming into Bhutan during this timeframe yet flight options and hotel rooms remain limited. In order for us to get you a flight into Paro as well as hotel rooms for the dates you desire, it is highly advisable to book well in advance. It is possible we will sell out in 2018.

    Booking Terms & Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation: A full refund, minus a $200 handling fee, can be given if cancellation is made on or before November 1, 2017. A 50% refund can be given if cancellation is received between November 2 and January 10, 2018. There are no refunds available after January 10, 2018.

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