Bhutan is an unusual country that is still a little touristy. If you are planning a trip to Bhutan, it is best to prepare well and leave during the best seasons. It would indeed be unfortunate to spoil such a beautiful stay because of the capricious weather. To help you organize your trip, here are some tips for leaving at the best time.
In general, Bhutan enjoys a warm and temperate climate which is divided into four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. This climate is strongly influenced during the rainy period by the monsoon wind.
The temperature in Bhutan varies considerably depending on the altitude. In the extreme south, it is 15 ° in winter and 30 ° C in summer. For the Paro region, the temperature can reach –5 ° C. The high mountain regions register 0 ° C in winter against 10 ° C only in summer. Generally, the hottest period of the year is around the beginning of June with an average temperature of 26.6 ° C.
Seasonal attractions and activities in Bhutan
The mystical kingdom of Bhutan is a cultural and picturesque destination. At the rhythm of the climatic seasons, you can all year round – according to your centres of interest – live a unique experience.
In spring (March to May)
With autumn, spring is the best season to visit the Bhutanese kingdom. The temperature is pleasant and the weather is clear. This makes outdoor activities such as religious festivals and trekking very enjoyable.
At this time of year, all Bhutanese regions are preparing for the famous Paro Tshechu dance festival. Towards the end of March and the beginning of April, the flowers (especially the famous rhododendron) arrive at the flowering period. The magnificent colours of these flowers line and cover most of the Bhutanese landscapes. These panoramas offer breathtaking photographic scenes.
In summer (June to August)
Between this period which is also the monsoon season, the rain is very important there especially towards the end of the afternoon. As a result, the temperature is warm during the day and mild in the evening. This is the reason why nature lovers go there en masse. The main attraction is based on observing the Bhutanese flora and fauna. Despite the muddy paths, they discover with great pleasure the rivers, the green forests, the flourishing rice fields and the different animal species. Those who love cultural activities can attend the Mountain Echo literary festival or the Haa summer festival during this period.
In autumn (September to November)
With a mild temperature during the day and cool at night, Bhutan becomes a perfect destination for trekking in autumn. The green landscapes and white peaks of the Himalayas bring a magic touch to the country. During this period, the Bhutanese also celebrated the festival of black-necked cranes. Endangered in the region, these birds migrate to the Phobjikha valley in winter and return to Bhutan in November. Organized in the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa, this festival, which aims to promote their conservation, marks the arrival of these birds. This season is also marked by the annual Tour du Dragon tour.
In winter (December to February)
For the cold season, Bhutan shelters in a dry and sunny climate with a blue sky. However, it remains less accessible for hiking due to the cool temperature which can drop below 0 ° C. The higher passes and roads are difficult to access. This makes this period-perfect for visiting historic monuments such as the Tigers Nest Monastery and the Punakha Dzong or even for enjoying the panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and endless valleys such as the Gangtey Valley. Celebrated at this time of year, the Dochula Pass and Punakha festival will be waiting for you to introduce you to the Bhutanese culture .