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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 color. 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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Bhutan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bumthang 48°F 0" 50°F 0" 55°F 1" 61°F 2" 66°F 4" 70°F 8" 70°F 9" 68°F 7" 66°F 5" 63°F 2" 55°F 0" 50°F 0"
Jakar 50°F 0" 54°F 0" 57°F 1" 63°F 2" 68°F 5" 70°F 10" 70°F 11" 70°F 9" 68°F 6" 64°F 2" 57°F 0" 52°F 0"
Paro 50°F 0" 52°F 1" 57°F 2" 63°F 3" 66°F 6" 68°F 10" 70°F 12" 68°F 10" 68°F 8" 64°F 3" 57°F 1" 52°F 0"
Phobjikha Valley 46°F 0" 48°F 0" 54°F 1" 59°F 2" 63°F 4" 66°F 7" 66°F 9" 66°F 7" 64°F 5" 59°F 2" 54°F 0" 48°F 0"
Punakha 59°F 1" 61°F 1" 68°F 2" 72°F 4" 75°F 10" 77°F 20" 77°F 24" 77°F 17" 75°F 13" 73°F 4" 66°F 1" 61°F 0"
Thimpu 50°F 0" 52°F 1" 59°F 2" 63°F 3" 66°F 6" 70°F 11" 70°F 13" 70°F 10" 68°F 8" 64°F 3" 57°F 1" 52°F 0"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Bhutan

Khamsum Yul-le Namgyel Chorten

Visiting Bhutan in December - February

From December to February Bhutan is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalaya. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower.

Rhododendrons in Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in March - April

March and April are among the most popular times to travel as temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature; especially as all the flowers start to bloom. Early April witnesses the Paro Tshechu, so book ahead to get the best accommodation and flights.

Events & Festivals

  • Rhododendron season (March to May): Similar to Nepal, Bhutan's landscapes are at their best at this time of year before the monsoon arrives, with colorful rhododendrons carpeting the hillsides.
  • 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.
Punakha Dzong

Visiting Bhutan in May

Temperatures increase in May, bringing humidity as well as cloud over the mountains. However, fewer visitors and lower prices can make it a perfectly viable time to visit. The rhododendrons should also still be in bloom - ideal for photographers and nature lovers.

Events & Festivals

  • Rhododendron season (March to May): Similar to Nepal, Bhutan's landscapes are at their best at this time of year before the monsoon arrives, with colorful rhododendrons carpeting the hillsides.
King's Memorial Chorten, Thimpu, Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in June - August

June to August (and sometimes into September) is monsoon season in Bhutan. Although showers can occur at night without spoiling daytime explorations, conditions aren't ideal for trekking. Sightseeing is still possible - just be prepared with a raincoat! It’s also ideal for retreating to a spa. Views are best in the mornings following night-time downpours.

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Visiting Bhutan in September

September, October and November are ideal for hiking, seeing festivals (particularly the popular Thimphu Tshechu) and enjoying stunning views and pleasant temperatures. Expect it to be around 25°C in the sun, but there will be cooler temperatures in the evenings and at higher altitudes.

Drukgyel Dzong, near Paro, Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in October

The majority of travellers (around 80% of all international visitors) want to visit Bhutan in October, so plan well in advance to ensure you get your preferred accommodation and good value flights.

Events & Festivals

  • 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.
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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