Bhutan Trip in December

Bhutan Trip in December. The Country is marked by raw natural beauty where the dense foliage changes dramatically as the subtropical jungles at sea level merge into a fertile temperate zone and rise to the great northern glaciers. The pristine environment is home to exotic wildlife and is the last refuge for endangered species like the Black Necked Crane, the Blue Sheep, the Golden langur, the Takin, and even the royal Bengal Tiger. The Kingdom remains one of the last unventured destinations. Read more on how to travel to Bhutan in different seasons.

Weather in Bhutan in December

Bhutan weather in December marks the beginning of winter and, hence, the temperature of Bhutan in December is moderately cold, The skies are clear, and the place is not much crowded which creates an ideal environment for a trouble-free, and cost-effective Bhutan tour in December. Punakha experiences the highest temperature in December.

Find the weather and temperature of different places in Bhutan in December.

Bhutan Trekking in December

Trekking in Bhutan in December can be challenging as most of the trekking routes are closed due to snowfall in the mountains. We don’t recommend any high-altitude trekking in December but we do have routes that are low-altitude and the cultural trek is best for December. Trekking like Gangtey Trek and Bumthang Cultural Trek is a beautiful low-altitude trekking that can be done during winter. Check our Blogs on how to plan your Bhutan journey.

10 Best Places to Visit in Bhutan in December

Find the 10 best places to visit while in Bhutan. Visit Tiger Nest Temple at Paro, the Longest suspension bridge in Punakha, Mighty Punakha Dzong, Kili Goenpa Hike at Chelela, 13th Arts and Craft School in Thimphu, Trashichhodzong in Thimphu, Zuri Dzong Hike at Paro. These are some of the popular tourist places in western Bhutan.

Visit the Longest Suspension Bridge in Punakha

Punakha Suspension Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, spanning 160 -180m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu. It connects villages with Punakha Dzong. Read more

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong is 180m long and 72m wide and the utse (central tower) is six stories high. The gold dome on the utse was built in 1676 by local ruler Gyaltsen. The Dzong is the main central administrative of Punakha. The crowning of the first King of Bhutan took place in this Dzong.

Hike the beautiful Kiligoenpa Monastery

This two-hour drive provides spectacular scenery along this rugged mountain road to the start of the hiking trail to the Kila Goemba, a cliffside nunnery. The hike starts from Chelela Pass (3800m) and takes about 2 hours.

Visit the 13th Arts and Craft School in Thimphu

The National Institute of Zorig Chusum, established in 1971, is located north of the city of Thimphu, and this is where the young learn every aspect of the arts and Crafts. The course takes about 4 to 5 years to complete.

Visit Trashichhodzong in Thimphu the Office of The King

Visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery that houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of religious leader Je Khenspo.

Zuri Dzong Hike above Paro Valley

It’s a leisure hike through cypress and pine trees with beautiful views of Paro Valley. If you are looking for a moderate hike, Zuri Hike is the best option. This hike can be done by any amateur.

Bhutan Trip in December
Trashichhodzong in Thimphu
Longest Suspension Bridge. Punakha Suspension Bridge
Punakha Suspension Bridge

What to wear in December?

December is a very cold time in Bhutan. I would highly recommend you to carry thick warm clothes, woollen clothes, and thick jackets to save you from the cold. Mufflers, sweaters, and high necks can work fine. And for trekking during this month, carry your trekking boots, warm clothes, and jackets. Please do not underestimate the cold in Bhutan and take into consideration all the precautions beforehand. Read more on what to wear during December?

Festival in December

  • Druk Wangyel Tsechu– Celebrated on 13th December 2022. Venue – Druk Wwangyel Lhakhang, Dochu la. This festival is unusual in that it’s not monks or laypeople that perform the dances, but members of the Royal Bhutan Army. All the mask dances and the cultural dances and folk songs are performed by the Royal Bhutan Army.
  • National Day– Celebrated on 17th December every year. Venue – Thimphu, Changlimithang. During this time we commemorate the coronation of the first King of Bhutan in 1907.

7 Best Things to Do in December

Here are some of the picks our guests loved doing in Bhutan.

  • Shopping the souvenirs.
  • Dining out in Authentic Restaurant
  • Dance the night away in Viva City in Thimphu.
  • Enjoy the western music in Mojo Park in Thimphu.
  • Taste the best coffee at Paro.
  • Breathe Easy in Bhutan

Bhutan Trip in December. December is cold in Bhutan and outdoor activities like trekking and Hiking can be difficult due to extreme weather. Keeping this in mind the most popular packages you can do are Cultural tour packages which include a visit to Central and western Bhutan.

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