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Pyongyang Marathon + Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour 10N (via Air China)

10 Nights, 11 Days

Pyongyang Marathon + Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour 10N (via Air China)

Beijing → Pyongyang → Kaesong → Wonsan → Mt. Kumgang → Nampho → Myonghang → Pyongyang → Beijing



XXX Pyongyang Marathon - April 9, 2017

In this extended long tour, take a long break from your day-to-day to run the Pyongyang Marathon while celebrating Kim Il Sung’s birthday with the locals. This tour is a comprehensive trip that takes you from coast to coast through the breathtaking and raw landscapes of North Korea’s countryside. Experience the country’s mountains, hot springs, coasts and several major cities.

Seats are selling fast. Book Now! Early registration begins NOW - reserve your spot with a $500 deposit. (Standard cancellation terms apply)

Approximate registration fees (if fees change, the difference will be nominal)
RUN THE FULL MARATHON (separate registration fee of $120 USD)
RUN A HALF MARATHON (separate registration fee of $90 USD)
RUN A 10K (separate registration fee of $70 USD)
WATCH THE MARATHON (separate $28 USD fee to watch a soccer event in the stadium)

Almost anyone can run in the amateur marathon, half marathon, or 10K alongside professional runners. Americans and other nationalities can apply! There are no official qualifying times for the amateur marathon. However, you must either FINISH or STOP within 4 hours and 30 minutes for all lengths.

All participants will receive an exclusive Pyongyang Marathon medal, Pyongyang Marathon branded t-shirt, timing chips, and other exclusive goodies.

More information on the Pyongyang Marathon HERE


April 7 Day 1: Arrive in Pyongyang

  • 11am: Meet the group at the Beijing Capital International Airport for check in at the Air China counter (Terminal 3)
  • Arrive at Pyongyang
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Mansudae Grand Monuments
  • Welcome dinner
  • Check into Koryo Hotel

Day 2: DMZ/Kaesong

  • Drive to the historic city of Kaesong (2.5 hours)
  • Visit Panmunjom (DMZ)
  • Sonjuk bridge
  • Koryo museum
  • Stamp shop
  • Tomb of King Wanggon (UNESCO site)
  • Return to Pyongyang
  • Preview of the Kim Il Sung Stadium
  • Drive through tour of the marathon course
  • Pre-race dinner
  • Overnight at the Koryo hotel

Day 3: Pyongyang Marathon

  • Participate in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon
  • Lunch and rest at the hotel
  • Juche Tower
  • Pyongyang Metro
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Languages Bookshop
  • Dinner and awards ceremony
  • Overnight at the Koryo hotel

Day 4: Eastern coast city of Wonsan

  • Drive to Wonsan (4 hours)
  • Songdowon International Children’s Camp
  • Wonsan Revolutionary site
  • Chonsam cooperative farm
  • Walk on the Jangdok islet and taste fresh caught seafood (1 Euros entrance fee)
  • Seafood dinner
  • Overnight at the Masikryong hotel

Day 5: Mount Kumgang

  • Take the ski lift to the Taehwa peak
  • Drive to Mount Kumgang
  • Visit Lake Samil
  • Kuryong waterfall
  • Overnight at the Kumgangsan hotel

Day 6: Mount Kumgang

  • Hike to the Sea of Kumgang
  • Return to Wonsan
  • Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel

Day 7: Return to Pyongyang

  • Ulim Waterfalls
  • Return back to Pyongyang
  • Day 8: Nampho

    • Drive to Nampho (1 hour)
    • West Sea Barrage
    • Kangso mineral water factory
    • Return to Pyongyang
    • Mansudae art studio
    • Schoolchildren’s palace
    • Overnight at the Koryo hotel

    Day 9: Day of the Sun in Pyongyang

    • Visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (formal dress required)
    • Take a walk on Moran Hill
    • Theatre or circus
    • Kimilsunglia flower festival
    • Mass dance
    • Monument to the Party Foundation
    • Fireworks in the square
    • Taedonggang microbrewery
    • Koryo hotel

    Day 10: Mount Myohyang

    • Drive to Mt Myohyang (2 hours)
    • International friendship Exhibition
    • Pohyon temple
    • Hike in Manpok valley
    • Return to Pyongyang

    April 17 Day 11: Farewell

    • Leisurely day in Pyongyang
    • Walk around the Fountain Park
    • Optional recreational activities including shooting range, bowling alley, horse-riding or light flight
    • Take Air China flight CA122 1720 1805 to Beijing. Please allow at least 2 hours for connecting flights for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in.


  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air China
  • 10 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Coach transportation in DPRK
  • Two local DPRK guides
  • One local driver
  • Admission fees (except those listed below)

Not included

  • Marathon registration fee (detailed above) and Kim Il Sung Stadium festival for spectators ($28 USD)
  • Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
  • Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
  • Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)

Special Entrance Fees for Optional Events

(Some entrance fees are priced in Euros. We strongly recommend to bring exact change in Euros to pay at the door; USD is accepted, but may be subject to an unfavorable exchange rate)

  • Extra a la carte items incurred during meals (i.e., dog meat soup, Kaesong chicken soup, wine at the pizza/pasta restaurant, specialty restaurants such as the Okryu cold noodle restaurant, all roughly $5-10)
  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 euros)
  • Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)

For more information on the booking process, see How to Travel To North Korea
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