Bhutan in December

Central Bhutan is cool and dry during December through March, proving a good time to visit for anyone other than the most devoted sun-seekers. Temperatures in Thimphu, the capital, are an average high of about 15 °C at this time, but lows are generally not much above zero, so travelers will need to pack some winter clothing. The capital is the world's third highest, and altitude varies significantly across this Himalayan region -- the higher you go the colder it gets. The clement weather of winter and early spring make it ideal for seeking out central Bhutan's exceptional biodiversity and wildlife be it the rare golden langur primates at the foothills of the Black Mountains or the endangered and rarely-seen Bengal Tiger.

Northern Bhutan November through February is invariably bitterly cold, the Himalayas on the border with Tibet perennially covered in snow. The temperature during these winter months very much depends on elevation, but can easily plunge as low minus -20 °C and highs averaging just 5 °C. Many of the main hiking routes often have too much snow to make trekking viable at this time of year, though there may be some at slightly more manageable routes at lower altitudes.

The climate in southern Bhutan is hot and humid ranging from 15 to 35 degree Celsius throughout the year.  Virtually any time of the years is good to visit. Bhutan’s southern circuit, including the districts of Samtse, Chuka, Dagana, Tsitang, Sarpang, Zhemgang and Pemagatshe form something of an ecological hub and the rich biodiversity make the region an ecological hub, ideal for trekking in tropical forests.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic Bhutan

Take a classic tour of Bhutan’s five main cities and beautiful countryside on this 12-day journey from Paro to Bumthang. You’ll visit such time-honored spots as Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Gangtey Monastery, have scenic picnics riverside and hilltop, and explore the lush Tang Valley - all while staying in luxurious lodges dotted across the country.

Interest Heritage
Destination Bhutan
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $15,300

Ancient & Modern: Bangkok and Bhutan

See the contrast of two cultures as they’re juxtaposed before your eyes on this 16-day luxury journey through Thailand’s Bangkok and Bhutan. You’ll compare the glimmering Grand Palace and Wat Arun to the ancient architecture of Bhutan’s monasteries, raft the Mo Chu river, and spend nights at the luxurious Amankora.

Interests Architecture, Heritage
Destinations Thailand, Bhutan
Duration
16 days / 15 nights
Price Per Person
From $19,500

Bhutan Luxury Road Trip

Take a ride on the open road through Bhutan’s stunning countryside, as you’re chauffeured from Paro to Thimpu in your luxury vehicle. You’ll marvel at religious sites like Rimpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong, interact with local families at their farms, and enjoy luxury stays at luxurious Amankora hotels.

Destination Bhutan
Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $12,600

Druk Path Trek

Experience a whirlwind 6-day adventure through Bhutan’s rugged terrain. You’ll take in the natural beauty of Paro Valley and Simkota Lake, while you marvel at the ancient Tiger’s Nest Monastery, see the takin at an animal preserve, and sleep at the luxe Amankora, on this incredible journey.

Interest Trekking
Destination Bhutan
Duration
6 days / 5 nights
Price Per Person
From $3,500

Intimate India and Beautiful Bhutan: Overland from New Delhi to Bumthang

Spend 22 days traveling from India to Bhutan on this luxurious adventure of a lifetime. Shop in New Delhi’s world-famous Chandni Chowk market, dine at the Calcutta Polo Club, and marvel at the ancient Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom Monastery, while staying in luxury hotels like Amankora and Oberoi.

Interest Heritage
Destinations India, Bhutan
Duration
22 days / 21 nights
Price Per Person
From $20,600

Riding the Dragon: A Cycling Adventure in Bhutan

Traverse the Himalayan nation of Bhutan by bike on this week-long endurance challenge, which combines immersion in Bhutan’s undulating landscapes with experiences focused on Bhutanese heritage and culture.

Interests Responsible, Bicycling, Amazing Landscapes
Destination Bhutan
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $11,400

Beautiful Bhutan by Bike

Take in Bhutan’s lush landscape on this 16-day luxury bicycle adventure, pedalling past ancient Buddhist temples like the Taktsang Monastery, climbing Bhutan’s highest road pass, Thrumsing La, and gaining insight into local religion at a Buddhist festival in Jakar, while staying in luxe hotels like Uma by COMO.

Interest Bicycling
Destination Bhutan
Duration
16 days / 15 nights
Price Per Person
From $9,400

Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

Reap the rewards of challenging yourself to this incredible 13-day trek through Bhutan’s majestic mountains. You’ll hike and camp in breathtaking spots like the base camp of Mount Chomolhari, visit historic landmarks in Paro like the Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, and stay in luxury at the Amankora or Uma by COMO.

Interests Trekking, Glamping
Destination Bhutan
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,200

Lhuntsi Trek

Experience the natural beauty of Bhutan on this exciting 12-day trek through some of the country’s most picturesque scenery. You’ll step into the past at the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, explore the Kuri Chhu river on foot, and make a pilgrimage to Singye Dzong, while staying at luxury hotels like the Amankora.

Interest Trekking
Destination Bhutan
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,400

Pilgrim's Valley Trek

Take an unforgettable trek through Bhutan’s charming rural communities on this 14-day journey. You’ll visit the incredible Tiger’s Nest monastery, along with Bumthang’s plentiful religious sites and temples, and trek to the Tang Chu river’s sacred Burning Lake, while staying at luxurious Amankora hotels along the way.

Interests Trekking, Spirituality
Destination Bhutan
Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $11,300

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