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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 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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March and April are my favorite 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 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.

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