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When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

October to December is the ideal time to visit Bhutan as the air is clear and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder, but from then until April the climate remains dry and pleasant and in late spring the famous rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the valleys with colour. Heat and humidity increase from May, and from June to September the monsoon rains cover the mountains. If you're interested in seeing the rare black-necked cranes, we recommend visiting the Phobjikha Valley between late October and mid-February.

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March and April are my favourite months to visit for trekking in the Himalaya. The skies are clear and the views are incredible. There is still a chill in the air on some mornings and at night, which just adds to the sense of adventure without being too cold.

Andy, India and Nepal Specialist

Bhutan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bumthang 9°C 4mm 10°C 8mm 13°C 26mm 16°C 48mm 19°C 102mm 21°C 194mm 21°C 226mm 20°C 186mm 19°C 129mm 17°C 46mm 13°C 9mm 10°C 2mm
Jakar 10°C 5mm 12°C 10mm 14°C 32mm 17°C 59mm 20°C 129mm 21°C 244mm 21°C 271mm 21°C 219mm 20°C 155mm 18°C 57mm 14°C 10mm 11°C 3mm
Paro 10°C 11mm 11°C 24mm 14°C 50mm 17°C 87mm 19°C 145mm 20°C 262mm 21°C 316mm 20°C 250mm 20°C 192mm 18°C 71mm 14°C 14mm 11°C 4mm
Phobjikha Valley 8°C 5mm 9°C 12mm 12°C 30mm 15°C 56mm 17°C 102mm 19°C 186mm 19°C 220mm 19°C 181mm 18°C 128mm 15°C 51mm 12°C 9mm 9°C 3mm
Punakha 15°C 13mm 16°C 18mm 20°C 60mm 22°C 114mm 24°C 263mm 25°C 514mm 25°C 597mm 25°C 441mm 24°C 326mm 23°C 102mm 19°C 16mm 16°C 6mm
Thimpu 10°C 10mm 11°C 21mm 15°C 48mm 17°C 84mm 19°C 149mm 21°C 273mm 21°C 325mm 21°C 256mm 20°C 193mm 18°C 70mm 14°C 13mm 11°C 4mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Bhutan

Gangtey monastery, Phobjika Valley, Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in November

Black-necked cranes migrate from the Tibetan Plateau to the protected Phobjikha Valley each year. They remain in the region from late October to early February. In Gangtey, a special festival is held every November to celebrate the arrival of the birds. Plan ahead if you want to be a part of it.

Events & Festivals

  • Black-necked crane festival (November): These endangered birds migrate to spend each winter in the Phobjikha Valley. The festival celebrating their arrival takes place in in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa to promote their conservation.
  • Trekking in Bhutan (October to November and March to April): Trekking is a wonderful way to see the beautiful scenery of this wonderful, little-visited country. These months offer the best weather for mountain walks and overnight stays in characterful teahouses.

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