The First Sports and Culture Festival in Bhutan’s Pristine Conservation Sanctuary

Events Include:

The First One-Day International Ultra and Trail Running Events in Bhutan: 25K & 50K
The First International Mountain Biking Events in Bhutan: 25K & 50K
The First Sports & Culture Festival in Phobjikha Valley

The mystical Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is a land of high mountains, deep valleys, picturesque villages and roaring rivers, and who’s King rules by a concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’. Your 25K or 50K trail running or mountain biking event through this, Buddhist-cultural-wonder, is a rare opportunity to race in an environmentally protected region while surrounded by prayer flags, chortens and remote villages. All on a user-friendly course in the only country on the planet that is carbon-negative. Post race you’ll experience a traditional Bhutanese culture festival overlooking the pristine Valley.

Trail runners and mountain bikers of all abilities welcome.

This Event and Your Travel Package Support the Phobjikha Valley Conservation Sanctuary and the People of Bhutan

Our Race Travel Package has been designed for this unique event by an organization that is not only intimate with Bhutan, but intimate with endurance-racing. Your participation in and travel to this event, will directly support the Tarayana Foundation, the people of the Phobjikha Valley and the endangered Black-Necked Cranes.

We are limiting our numbers for this remote race so REGISTER NOW!

Bhutan Trail & Ultra Event Info

Overview: 25K and 50K, Saturday, 4 April, 2020

  • Pre-race packet pick up and race briefing are mandatory, and will take place in Gangtey the day prior to the race. All runners must be in Gangtey on this day.
  • 25K and 50K running events both start at 6:30 AM.
  • Finish line is at Gangtey Monastery.
  • Awards breakfast the day after the event.
  • Bhutanese culture festival the afternoon of the event.
  • Novice to experienced trail and ultrarunners are all welcome.
  • Pacers and crew are not allowed.
  • Cut off time for both races is 9 hours.
  • We will be sending out multiple pre-race information emails starting 2 months prior to the race. Please make sure we have your correct email address.
  • For all registration information, please see the Registration page.

See detailed event information below

Travel to Bhutan Sports Festival

  • Experience a unique cultural immersion as well as the first ever endurance sports festival in Bhutan
  • Racing in and traveling to this event through the Bhutan Sports Festival travel package, will directly support the people of Bhutan as well as the endangered Black-Necked Cranes.
  • For information on travel to Bhutan, click here
  • For more information on Phobjikha Valley and Bhutan click here.

Participants Receive

  • Opportunity to participate in the first ever one day trail running and ultrarunning event in Bhutan
  • A picturesque and remote course which circumnavigates the winter migration site of the protected Black-Necked Cranes
  • Finish at the auspicious Gangtey Monastery
  • Technical race t-shirt
  • Finishers medal
  • Awards breakfast the day after the event
  • Bhutanese culture festival the afternoon of the event
  • Bhutanese handcrafted awards for top competitors
  • Aid stations and on-course support
  • A unique opportunity to run in an environmentally protected conservation reserve which exists specifically to host the Black-Necked Crane’s winter migration
  • A unique opportunity to race in the only carbon-negative country on the planet
  • The opportunity to support the Tarayana Foundation and the people of Phobjikha Valley through your race entry fee and travel package
  • Customized travel package when you book travel through the Bhutan Sports Festival


Upcoming Races

Apr 4 2020
25 KM
Single Loop Course
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts


50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
04/06/19 No Results Posted. Submit Results
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information.
Wy'east Howl Trail Run
  • Jul 25, 2020
  • Government Camp, OR
50 KM 100 KM