The Trail of the secrets of Bhutan

 from the 09th to the 27th of November 2022 

“on the paths of the himalayan tiger”

At the kingdom of happiness from the Punakha river to Taktshang Monastery

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, unspoilt and off the beaten track, this small kingdom has countless surprises in store for you. As small as Switzerland, renowned for its beautiful landscapes and the legendary kindness of its people, Bhutan is world famous for its original economic development that puts the preservation of the environment, the promotion of sustainable development and the happiness of citizens at the center of everything, gross national happiness, GNH, an economic indicator in competition with GDP.

Cut off from the rest of the world by its Himalayan border mountains, this never-colonized country protects itself from mass tourism by introducing a quota and a tourist tax (which has the consequence of impacting the price of the trip). With its very special atmosphere, its countless meetings and all smiles, its temples built in an improbable balance in unimaginable remote places, this small Himalayan country offers an inescapable and regenerating haven of peace.

WELCOME TO BHUTAN, the land of happiness !

Trip of 18 days

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TrailRunning :

  • 171km
  • 4 886D+
  • 5 796D-
  • in 7 steps

TrailRunning or Trekking :

  • 102km
  • 3 016D+
  • 2 830D-
  • in 7 steps
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Your bib adventure in hand

Concept :

  • Realize an ultra trail with stages in 7 days, in an organized setting with an atmosphere of passionate athletes.
  • A sporting, cultural, and emotional adventure.
  • A Trail route designed by us for your greatest pleasure.
  • The crossing of a striking panorama to the rhythm of your strides.
  • A trip to be made either in TrailRunning version or in Trekking.

Our goals – Your Success :

  • Guarantee you maximum pleasure, and timeless memories !

  • Accompany you in the success of this spectacular adventure, thanks to an organization Team of Nature Extreme Development.

  • Ensure you a solid logistics :
    • A marking of the steps is carried out and checked before your arrival, with rubalise that we take care to remove after your passage.
    • Hotels of very good standing to allow you to recover properly, and take the most pleasures.
    • A refueling every 8 km including: mineral water, solid energy food, fresh fruit etc. (subject to availability)

The 2012 edition of the Bhutan Himalaya Secret Ultra Trail was so successful that it was necessary to renew this event, which offers its participants the privilege of surpassing themselves in New and preserved places.

After being developed, the routes and routes were checked and adjusted in the field, both by the Nature Extrême Développement staff and our Bhutanese correspondents during the month of July 2019.

Choise of course : 

  • Trail Course : A 171km course in the form of an individual timed race with classification.

  • Trek Course : You also have the possibility of setting off on a gentler (102km) non-timed formula with shorter stages, while retaining the most beautiful landscapes that wild Bhutan offers (from 3.5km/h).

It is not just a race,
It is a journey designed with care and passion.

Itinerary :

They are given as an indication. They can be modified according to the climatic conditions of the moment, the technical criteria or the physical condition of the participants. As a last resort, the supervisor remains the sole judge of the program that he can adapt or modify due to safety imperatives.

Bhutan Himalayan Secret Ultra Trail,

from Punakha Rivers to the monastery of Taktshang


7 steps program

Step 1
Punakha River

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27km   15,5km

456D+   416D+

400D-   400D-

Step 2
Djachhu Valley

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24,6km   12km

790D+   370D+

790D-   790D-

Step
Belanghra

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22km   12km

1310D+   780D+

120D-   60D+

Step 4
Chankhar Valley

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27km   14km

480D+   110D+

480D-   230D-

Step 5
Ocholing Palace Tang

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21,5km   15,5km

340D+   240D+

340D-   280D-

Step 6 
Phobjika Valley

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27,5km   18km

1030D+   690D+

1030D-   630D-

Step 7
Monastère of Ngeylung

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21,5km   15km

480D+   410D+

480D-   440D-

Choose your challenge!

Silouhette de trailer  TrailRunning from 5km/h              TrailRunning or Trekking from 3,5km/h

Departure allowed on the following days of a dropout
(unless a contraindication by the doctor).

Unforgettable encounters, strong moments and an engraved race
in your memories, this is the promise we make to you!

Budget

Registration cost : 4 895 €

18 days and 17 nights of stay

  • Limited to 30 participants
  • Start from 20 participants

The price includes :

  • Return flights (Paris – Paro – Kathmandu – Istanbul)
  • The technical supervision of Nature Extreme Development agency (NED) and our correspondents
  • Full board accommodation during the entire stay (excluding stopovers)
  • All refueling during the stages
  • The various transfers by minibus (narrow and winding roads)
  • Entries to paid protected sites enrolled in the program
  • Obtaining visas (Bhutan and Nepal)

The price does not includes :

  • Beverages other than those taken into account by Nature Extreme Development and more generally alcoholic beverages consumed during meals in restaurants.
  • Activities or visits other than those provided for in the program.
  • Cancellation-repatriation insurance.
  • The cost of overweight possibly charged by the airlines remains the responsibility of the participants

Field Structure

Stage marking :

The marking is done with red and white rubalise that we take care to remove after our passage. The refueling and control points are announced by signs 1km before and the arrival from the 5 km, every km. Mandatory systematic scoring at each refueling station.

Supplies :

Every 8 km approximately. The exact locations will be confirmed to you during the daily briefing the day before each stage. They include: mineral water (corked bottles), solid energy foods (dried fruits, cookies, etc.), fresh fruit (bananas, oranges, etc.) subject to availability.

Nature of land :

Most of the stages take place at high altitudes between 1,240 M and 3,070 m. the raid is organized in 3 distinct parts (Punakha region, Jakar region, pobjikha Valley).

The tracks taken are of all types, sometimes chaotic, requiring for some of them sustained attention. Some passages boil down to small trails lost in the forest or the countryside, taken by the villagers, allowing us to be at the very heart of Bhutanese life.

Assistance vehicles and safety :

Three vehicles will be on the course ready for possible interventions. The first is reserved for marking, the second takes the doctor on board,and the third remains in the queue.

“We create your travels by putting passion and a taste of challenge,
you will come back full of adventures.”

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation :

All nights are in hotels. Full of charm, welcoming, cleanliness is impeccable.

  • Thimphu Hotel, Thimphu Tower (3*), in the city center. In Punakha, the Sonam Gang hotel slightly eccentric and high compared to the city, it makes us benefit from a superb setting.
  • Jakar, the guesthouse the River Lodge River extremely welcoming and warm, mountain chalet type.
  • Pobjhika, the guesthouse of Yue-Loki is very comfortable, recent and the service is of quality as in all our accommodations.
  • As for the Paro hotel the Tashi Namgay Resort (4*), is beautifully decorated, overlooks the Valley and is located opposite the dzong.
  • The Marshyangdi Hotel in Kathmandu, in the tourist district of Tahmel and very popular with its visitors.
  • Finally you will enjoy a last night in the Istanbul Airport Express 3* (or similar).

Meals :

  • Lunches, dinners and breakfasts : 

The lunches will be taken together at the end of the stages, hearty, quality and adapted to your needs. Hearty meals are served in hotels in the form of buffets. Starchy foods: rice, pasta and potatoes. Chicken, sometimes fish, beef. Be careful, the Bbhoutanese do not eat dessert and no bread (except for breakfast) and reserve the fruit for snacking between meals. Bhutanese are very careful not to offer us too spicy dishes !

  • Special diet :

Allergy, intolerance : : be sure to take with you the adapted dishes or foods, because the accommodations do not always have the possibility to offer a specific cuisine.

You will remember

  • Himalayan mountains throughout your journey.

  • Your final meal with the monks of Ngeylung monastery.

  • Your way over the Dochula Pass.

  • Taktsang, the lair of the Tiger, high place of Buddhism.

  • The 2 days in Kathmandu.
Bhoutan Himalaya carte du monde

«We do not inherit the land of our ancestors, We borrow it from our children.»
(Maxime amérindienne reprise par Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)