Best Time for Trekking in Bhutan

Best Time for Trekking in Bhutan

The most popular time for trekking in Bhutan is during the autumn, from late September to November when the climate is at its best. The skies are usually clear, offering fabulous unobstructed views of the mountain peaks. It is generally dry but there is always the chance of a rain shower (as there is at any time of year). Nights are very cold but daytime temperatures are likely to reach the mid 20Cs.

Spring, from March to May, is considered the next best time for many treks in Bhutan. Though there are more clouds and rain – or even the odd snow shower - than in the autumn, rhododendrons, magnolias and other wildflowers will be in flower. It’s not quite as chilly at night and you should still have glimpses of the high peaks, but they are unlikely to be as clear as in autumn.

During the winter months it is also possible to trek at lower altitudes (below 2000m) on trails that take you through villages, forests and across valleys.

Spring (March–May)

- Mild weather with occasional mountain views

- High temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit

- Some rainfall, starting in May

- Abundant flora on full display

- Rhododendron forests fill with color

- A lucky few may see the rare blue poppy

- Thrilling Punakha and Paro festivals

Summer (June–August)

- Long days, few visitors, and verdant scenery

- Great for escaping crowds and the best possible prices

- Afternoon showers (July and August get up to 14 inches each)

- Long periods without rain are also common

- Low clouds may hang on hills, but Bhutan glows with green

- The chance to experience the Gangtey festival

Fall (September–November)

- Idyllic weather with pleasant temperatures

- World-class mountain vistas

- Temperatures in the 70s with little rain

- Later in fall, skies get clearer revealing Himalayan summits

- Largest number of festivals, including the Thimphu tshechu

- Chance of seeing endangered black-neck cranes in late fall

Winter (December–February)

- Fewest visitors and the clearest skies of the year

- Spectacular, far-reaching views of the Himalaya

- Temperatures in lower valleys can reach 50s or 60s

- Temperatures at higher elevations tend to be cold

- Nesting time for endangered black-necked cranes

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  • Government of Nepal
  • Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
  • Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)
  • Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)
  • Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO)
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB)

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