8 Great Running Trips to Asia and Africa in 2024

In 2024, there are no shortage of amazing running trips to take part in. And whether you are looking to head to Europe, North America or a little bit further off the beaten path-there is something for you. Take Asia and Africa. Two continents rich in culture, natural beauty, amazing food and even better trails. Add New Zealand into the mix and you have the perfect trifecta.  If you are looking to take your running on the road--we can think of no better places to check out this coming year. From running for rhinos to traversing the Namibian desert....from the mountainous trails of Annapurna to the cherry blossom-laden trails in Japan--we've got some amazing trips for you to check out and take part in. Best of all--these trips are great for solo travelers. So, whether you are looking to head out with a group of friends or want to come solo--you'll find these trips a great way to explore and get those endorphins pumping....

Coast to Coast Running Holiday in Bali, Indonesia

Explore Bali from Coast to Coast on this incredible 100 km trail-running adventure. You'll explore Bali’s 2nd highest mountain, run the rim of a crater, traverse through remote farming villages, explore the lushest green jungles and stop to revel at waterfalls and other incredible sites along your journey.

Enjoy amazing Indonesian cuisine and hospitality along the way. Led by expert guides, you'll spend 5-days running when you can and fast hiking when you can't through the beautiful countryside. Expect to clock about 15-25 km a day.

Dates: May 27 to June 2, 2024

9-Day Running Adventure in Japan

Run through history and diverse landscapes as we explore peaceful autumnal forests, quiet bamboo groves, and reflections of Mount Fuji in the calm surface of Lake Kawaguchi. Marvel at magnificent shrines and temples that are intricately carved and colorfully painted.

Fill your heart with memories, your eyes with wonder, and your belly with delicious food! Travel to Nikko, Mt Fuji, Nara, Kyoto, Fushimi and Osaka on this truly spectacular 9-Day Running Tour.

Dates: March 23 to March 31 and Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2024

Bhutan Mindful Women's Running Retreat 2024

Geared for female runners, this incredible Bhutan Mindful Woman's Running Retreat is a popular one. 

 You'll explore the world's only country that is ruled by happiness-centric policies and fosters a culture of heart-swelling kindness. As you run through the velvet-green valleys of this remote Himalayan kingdom, share paths with yak herders, hear the droning chants of monks residing in cliffside monasteries and inhale crisp mountain air tinged with incense.

Bhutan is the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” where colorful prayer flags and flowering alpine meadows inspire spiritual renewal. Over 10 spirit-enriching days, you’ll run and trek through tidy rice paddy terraces, rural villages and picturesque blue-pine forests and sleep in Himalayan valleys peppered with sacred sites. 

Much more than a running retreat, this is an immersion in a culture that embodies mindful living and measures wealth in terms of Gross National Happiness. You'll do yoga with a local teacher, meditate with Buddhist monks, relax in a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, try your hand at the national sport of archery and learn to cook traditional delicacies with a Bhutanese chef.

Dates: April 10 to April 19, 2024

Women's Northern Vietnam Trail Running + Wellness Retreat

During the Northern Vietnam Trail Running and Wellness Retreat, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into the remote mountain areas, where experienced local runners will guide you through the lush forests and along winding paths that weave through the hills.

As you explore this breathtaking region, you'll also get a glimpse into the culture and traditions of the local people, experiencing their daily way of life and their warm hospitality. From sharing meals with local families to visiting traditional markets, you'll get to experience the rich tapestry of Vietnam's rural communities.

In addition to running, you'll also have the chance to focus on your personal wellness, with yoga and meditation sessions, as well as time to relax and rejuvenate in the tranquil surroundings. Whether you're looking for adventure, culture, or wellness, this retreat has something for everyone. You'll leave with a deeper appreciation for the beauty of Northern Vietnam and a renewed sense of energy and vitality.

Dates: November 9 to 18, 2024

9-Day Running Adventure in New Zealand

Known for its dramatic landscape, New Zealand is unsurprisingly home to some world-famous hiking. From pristine lake routes to turquoise beaches and rugged alpine mountains, there's something here for every thrill seeker. Enjoy a variety of runs on this epic 9-Day Running Adventure through New Zealand including the Abel Tasman Coast Track Run, the Brunner (Moana) Peninsula Run, the Cape Foulwind Walkway Run and more.

With headlining features, this trip will be one for the record books. Built for you, be the first to know when we've finished crafting the perfect trip of dramatic adventure and cultural indulgence. Seriously, you won't want to miss this.

Dates: March 23 to March 31 and Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2024

Trail Run Annapurna

Looking for an inspired trail running adventure that will push you physically and mentally? Look no further than the Annapurna Trail Running Holiday in Nepal, where you'll experience some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet among Himalayan peaks while pushing your limits as a runner.

On this tour, you'll run through remote mountain villages, cross suspension bridges over raging rivers, and climb to high-altitude passes that offer panoramic views of the Himalayas. You'll run alongside Buddhist prayer flags, visit monasteries, and immerse yourself in the culture of the friendly Nepalese people.

But this tour isn't for the faint of heart. You'll tackle steep ascents and descents, run through rocky terrain, and cross streams and rivers. You'll need to be in excellent physical condition and have experience running in challenging mountain environments.

Dates: Nov 2 to Nov 14, 2024

Running for Rhinos in Zimbabwe

Join this incredible Running for Rhinos Adventure where a portion on the proceeds will go to preserve the rhinos. Spend 4 nights on a private concession bordering the Hwange National Park. Enjoy a warm- up run with the rhino anti-poaching rangers before the main attraction: a 30km run through the rhino conservancy, the local rural community lands and an adjoining private game reserve.

Additional activities include game drives, walking safaris, and a visit to the Cobra headquarters. This is truly an adventure like no other.

Dates: March 27 to April 3, 2024

The Namibia Crossing: A Running Adventure

A 200km, five-day foot race from South Africa to Namibia through the ancient arid landscape of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
From the crystal fields of Sendelingsdrif in South Africa to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg deep in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park; this unparalleled Namibia Crossing Running Trip then crosses the Orange River into Namibia and the wild lands of the Fish River Canyon. This is the running experience of a lifetime and an escape to true wilderness like no other.

All you have to do is get yourself to Cape Town International Airport and your hosts will take care of the rest.

Dates: June 16 to June 22, 2024

In the End

Whether you're looking for a challenging mountain run or a relaxing trail run, we have something for everyone. From the iconic trails of Nepal to the rainforests of Bali there's no shortage of amazing running destinations across the globe.

We've highlighted some of our top picks for running trips coming your way for 2024, and with so much to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect trip for your next running adventure.

If you're ready to start planning your running trip, please get in touch with us today or check out more of our running trips here, and we’ll be happy to send you further information. And if you are looking to prep for one of these trips--be sure to check out 30 of the best running tips of all time


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