Bhutan is a small, mountainous country located in South Asia. It has four distinct seasons that each offer unique experiences for travelers. Bhutan’s remote location and deep Buddhist culture also make it quite different from other destinations in Asia. You can visit Bhutan during any season and find enjoyable activities.

Summer (June to August)

Summer temperatures in Bhutan range from mild to warm, averaging 24-25°C across most of the country. While the monsoon rains occur in other parts of South Asia during this season, Bhutan stays relatively dry. You may get an occasional afternoon shower every few days. The skies tend to be crisp and clear.

The summer is a great time to view the lush green landscapes and blooming flowers of Bhutan. Hiking and trekking trails are easily accessible. You can visit historic Buddhist monasteries nestled in the hills. The Haa Summer Festival happens in early July. This multi-day event celebrates traditional Bhutanese culture, foods, and sports.

Pack light clothing, rain jackets, and good walking shoes. Be prepared for quickly changing mountain weather. Avoid the crowds and high prices of other seasons.

Winter (December to February)

The winter brings chilly temperatures to Bhutan. In the southern valleys, highs reach around 10°C during the day and lows around freezing at night. The northern mountains get much colder, with average highs of 0°C and lows down to -15°C. Light snowfall is common, especially in places like Paro and Thimphu.

This is a festive time in Bhutan. Colorful tshechu religious festivals happen across the country. Local people gather to pray, dance, and enjoy themselves. The natural hot springs dotted around the country provide warmth and relaxation.

With clear skies, winter is great for views of the Himalayan peaks. Pack heavy coats, gloves, and hats to stay warm. Tshechu festival events and flights do sell out quickly.

Spring (March to May)

Spring temperatures range from cool to mild, averaging between 5°C and 20°C. The weather is generally dry. Rhododendrons and other mountain flowers start to bloom, especially by May.

Major trekking routes like the Druk Path re-open after being snowed over in winter. The famous Paro Tshechu festival happens in March or April with spectacular masked dances.

Spring is considered one of the best times to visit Bhutan. The temperatures are comfortable for activities. You can meet locals during village festivals. However, lodging and flights fill up fast, so book well in advance.

Fall (September to November)

Pleasant daytime temperatures of 15°C to 20°C make autumn a great time for hiking and sightseeing. The countryside bursts with color as rice paddies turn golden. Bhutan’s national sport, archery, is in full swing.

Cultural festivals occur across the country. The Black Necked Crane Festival celebrates the arrival of these rare birds in Phobjikha Valley. Buddhism and traditional arts are showcased during the colorful Thimphu Tshechu.

Like spring, fall sees many tourists. Make reservations a few months in advance. Pack some warmer clothing for chilly mornings and evenings. For ideal weather, late September is a great time to visit.

Tips for Visiting Bhutan

  1. Dress appropriately by covering your legs and shoulders when visiting temples.
  2. Allow time to acclimate to the high altitudes when trekking.
  3. Travel with a guided tour or hire a local guide to navigate Bhutan’s customs.
  4. Interact respectfully with Bhutanese people to learn about their unique culture.
  5. Book accommodations and transportation in advance if traveling during busy festival periods.