When to visit Bhutan
Best Time To Visit
March to May
Late September to November
June - August/early September
April to July
All year round although most popular in February, March, April & September October, November.
January - February
This is the coldest time to visit Bhutan, with temperatures across the country frequently dipping below zero. Anywhere above 3,000 metres is likely to see substantial snow and strong winds, making trekking in the highlands untenable. Occasionally, remote regions may be cut off due to extreme conditions. However, the central and southern region will be warmer and still accessible for hiking.
March - April
Widely considered one of the best times to travel, spring sees pleasant temperatures and mostly clear skies, which means the incredible landscapes are at their best. Rainfall and humidity are low at this time. This is also the start of the famous rhododendron season and it is a great time to go trekking.
May - June
Bhutan's long summer begins at the start of May and sees increased humidity and rainfall. But before the arrival of the monsoon in late June, this can still be a good time to visit, with warmer temperatures throughout the country and shoulder-season rates. The rhododendron season is in full swing.
July - August
July is the warmest month in Bhutan, with temperates in the east reaching up to 31.5°C. The Indian monsoon is generally in full swing by this time, with rainfall at its peak. While trekking conditions are not ideal, you could still most of the sightseeing and enjoy one of the many gorgeous hotels (and certainly snap up some excellent deals to do so in this otherwise notoriously pricy country).
September - October
Autumn comes in late September and sees the start of another peak season, with October being the most popular month to travel. The weather tends to be bright and crisp at this time of year so you can expect spectacular views and great trekking conditions. Temperatures reach around 25°C, but it gets cooler in the evenings and at higher altitudes.
November - December
Winter begins and temperatures will start to dip again, especially in Paro. November is the best time to see the famous black-necked crane - an excellent reason to visit, but be sure to book well in advance. Despite the crisp temperature, we think early December can be an excellent time to visit: skies are mostly clear and blue, trekking conditions are fantastic and you can take advantage of low season rates too.
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Meet the Bhutan experts
Our Head of Travel, Nick loves exploring life in Asia and over the past decade he has spent a great deal of time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. To add to his impressive repertoire, Nick also pioneered our Indonesia holidays and having done exhaustive tours to Bali, Java, Flores and Indonesian Borneo he is passionate about extolling the virtues of this often overlooked country.
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James didn’t leave Europe until he was 19, first venturing to California for three months and then four months in South America. But it was his first trip to South East Asia, travelling from Hanoi to Bangkok overland, which really captured his imagination. A few years later he embarked on an epic eight-month tour of India which saw him, among other things, working in the holy city of Varanasi and volunteering in a rural development commune in southern Kerala. James has since been back to India over ten times, and travelled to Malaysia and Borneo, becoming obsessed with the street food of Penang in the process. More recently he's been to Bali and Lombok where he particularly enjoyed climbing Mount Rinjani, Sri Lanka where he fell in love with the Mudhouse and back to off-the-beaten track Sikkim in India.
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Sara was bitten by the travel bug straight after university, and her working life has been peppered with sabbaticals before deciding on a career in the Travel Industry in 2012. She worked for two of the UK’s leading tour operators organising tailor made trips to India and Sri Lanka, before joining ETG.
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