The Kingdom of Bhutan is set to launch one of the world’s toughest and high-altitude ultra-marathons at unseen proportions of the eastern Himalayas. Snowman Race will span 5 days during which twenty-five of the world’s top extreme runners will attempt one of the most remote and challenging foot races ever initiated.
Running through 203KM (126 Miles) of Himalayan wilderness, with an average elevation over 4267m (14,000 ft) and multiple peaks summiting 5470m (17,946 ft), the Snowman Race follows a historic high-altitude trekking route of Snowman Trek (which takes up to 20 days to complete) that has been conquered by fewer people than Mt. Everest.
The Snowman Race draws inspiration from the prescient wisdom of His Majesty the King on conservation of natural and cultural heritage. It aspires to bring the world’s attention to climate change, one of the defining issues of our time, and its impacts, particularly on the lives of people living in fragile mountain ecosystems.
In celebration of His Majesty the King’s 40th birth anniversary, the Snowman Race secretariat announced the holding of the Bhutan Climate Action Conclave aspires to complement the objectives of the Snowman Race, both inspired by the Vision of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo to protect the natural environment and to preserve the living and unique cultures of remote communities. The conclave will also provide an elevated platform to the frontline communities who are direct witnesses to the impacts of climate change.