When to Visit Bhutan
This Himalayan Kingdom's weather is driven by the Monsoon cycle that influences the seasons in this part of the World.
With altitudes ranging from just 95m above sea level to 7,570m at its highest, Bhutan's climate is obviously influenced by its elevation. From the sub-tropical south to the high-altitude Himalayan regions this is a country of extremes. You should be prepared for diverse weather conditions in one day as you traverse high mountain passes and drop back down into the lush valleys. In general, days are warm and nights are cold and the sun at this altitude can be very strong! Unpredicatable conditions may lead your guide, for your comfort and safety, to suggest an alternative to the itinerary if the weather turns.
The weather in the more popular travel regions will follow this typical pattern:
WINTER (Dec - Feb )
Cold and crisp with snowfall likely, sunshine brings warmer days. Dry cold nights.
The weather starts to warm up mid-March and you will usually have warm days and cool nights. Days can be cloudy and there can be some rain (or snow higher up).
SUMMER (June- August)
Hot and humid with bursts of heavy rainfall, after which the air clears.
AUTUMN (Sept - Nov)
Clear warm days and cooler nights with some chance of snow.
Averages and generalisations don’t help much, as the weather is prone to sudden changes and temperature depends on which altitude you are at. It is not uncommon to wake up to frosty cool clear morning, followed by a cloudy calm day, a chilly evening and a rain-soaked night. Or any combination of these, in any order of timing. Which is why, as a rule, you should pack a small amount of everything to cover all eventualities!