Chengdu Retreat

Overview

Back for 2019, this 4-day trip over the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend (June 6-10) takes runners to Wenchuan town in Sichuan Province at the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. A Qiang Tibetan town, it’s quietly growing into a new tourist attraction that has a lot to offer, not least magnificent mountain trails!

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Highlights

  • Limited to 30 runners, there is a minimum performance level of having finished a 50km trail race to ensure appropriate fitness and group cohesion for this exciting new retreat.
  • Daily distance options with 20km to 40km per day
  • Total distance from 60km to 100km
  • Total elevation from 3,000m to 6,000m
  • Running guides for different levels of runners
  • Daily villager lunch with running nutrition and water refuelling
  • Definitely an experience hard to forget: nice people, friendly atmosphere, great trails/runs. To be renewed anytime!

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Location

Based in the valley of Wenchuan town, Sichuan Province, each day’s running route will explore mountains to both the West and East of town. With views of snow-capped 5,000m peaks and above, it’s a running paradise.

Itinerary

Thursday 6 June

  • Flight to Chengdu
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Short briefing and optional drink
  • Night in 3-star hotel in Chengdu

Friday 7 June

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Bus transfer to Wenchuan (2.5 hours) and check into hotel
  • 20-35km run with ~2,000m D+
  • Local villager lunch
  • Traditional Tibetan dinner

Saturday 8 June

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Run up Dragon Mountain – 20-40km with ~2,000m D+
  • Optional summit attempt for faster group
  • Local villager lunch
  • Classic Sichuan dinner with local produce
  • Traditional Qiang dancing in the town square
  • (Transfer back to Chengdu for 3-day runners)

Sunday 9 June

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • 15-30km with ~1,500m D+
  • Local villager lunch
  • Finish and transfer back to Chengdu (2.5 hours)
  • Arrive in Chengdu by 6pm and shower at hotel
  • Buffet dinner downtown

Optional 3-day package transfers runners back to Chengdu on Saturday night and allows for Giant Panda Base visit OR Chengdu city tour on locally-made bamboo bikes, then transfer to airport around lunchtime on Sunday.

Monday 10 June

  • Morning activity options (depending on numbers):
    • Chengdu morning run
    • Panda Base tour
    • City tour on bamboo bike
    • Chengdu Museum
    • Free time for shopping or city exploring
  • Group lunch
  • Airport transfer
Accommodation

Chengdu Airport Hotel – 3 star hotel to be confirmed.

ErMa International Hotel (or similar) – This riverside hotel in picturesque Wenchuan was opened in 2014 is located near many markets and restaurants. It includes comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with Western toilet, room service, and 24 hour front desk. Twin rooms with single bed supplement available upon request.

Chengdu Hotel – 3 star hotel to be confirmed.