The Best Season to Visit Bhutan to Maximise Your Itinerary

When should I visit Bhutan, you might ask. In general, the best seasons to visit in are Spring and Autumn, where the weather is relatively stable and tolerable.

I chose May and was rewarded with blue skies and fewer visitors, but also higher humidity.

However, it all depends on what you hope to get out of your trip. We all don’t share the same interests and not every tour will want to experience the same thing.

So, to ensure you have the most incredible experience possible, read on to find out when you should visit Bhutan.

When Is the Best Time…

… to Trek?

If you want to trek in Bhutan, the best months to visit are October to November and March to April. The weather is the best during these periods for mountain walks. The skies are clear, and the temperature is mild. Trails tend not to be too busy, except the dirt path to the popular Tiger’s Nest.

… to See Flowers?

If you have an interest in all things flora, visit Bhutan in April or May to catch the rhododendrons and Primulas in full blossom.

You can also catch the famous Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition. This year it fell end of April, but prior years have been June. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Bhutan’s national flower. The Himalayan Blue Poppy is a rare sight. It only blossoms late May and July and 3,500 metres above sea level.

… to Attend a Festival?

A trip to Bhutan isn’t complete without experiencing one of its many festivals.

The largest festival Paro Tshechu, takes place at around the end of March, beginning of April every year. It will be busy with tourists so be sure to book your trip well in advance to be allocated the better hotels and guides.

The Thimphu Tshechu is another large festival, this time in Bhutan’s capital. It happens towards the end of September, beginning of October. As with the Paro Tshechu, tourist levels will be high.

And if you choose to avoid the crowds, you will be rewarded with one of the many smaller but still spectacular festivals through Bhutan.

…to Avoid the Crowds?

Bhutan’s tourism footfall is low already due to the daily rate mandated by the government. October is the busiest month with 20% of travellers visiting during this time. March, April, September and November follow with about 12% international arrivals during each of these months.

For peak months, the cost per day is $250. If you choose to visit offpeak, you save $50 a day. Discover what it really costs to travel to Bhutan here.

Ready to choose your perfect time to travel?

During winter and the monsoon season, the weather is more uncomfortable, but temperatures are at their lowest.

While it is cold in December, the severe winter weather hasn’t kicked in fully. And in June, although the humidity in the air is high, the rains may have yet to begin.

Many tour operators don’t provide trips during the months when the weather is at its most severe so check availability beforehand.

Depending on what you hope to gain from your trip to Bhutan, you might need to visit during a certain part of the year. Ready to book your trip? Find out the essential cultural activities you must try in Bhutan and an exclusive private tour here.

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Caroline
Caroline

I am a full-time blogger, an entrepreneur and an avid traveller. I share my travel experiences and inspiring mountain and trekking adventures through stories, photos and videos to help you explore the world. As a photographer, I invite you to travel with me to some exciting corners of the world to discover your own dream destination. Life is short, keep your dreams big !

2 thoughts on “The Best Season to Visit Bhutan to Maximise Your Itinerary

  1. Sangay Tshering says:

    Great post about my country, Caroline!

    Although one can visit Bhutan any time, most travelers visit during the Spring and Fall. As pointed out by you, this is due to the two most popular festivals in Bhutan occurring during that time. The Paro Tshechu in Spring (March) and the Thimphu Tshechu (this year in September). Summer is also fine, but unless you love the cold, winters can get really cold and windy in Bhutan.

    Also during peak seasons, you will have to book months in advance as hotels and airlines run out of rooms/seats.

    As you have pointed, you can save $50 a day if you travel during lean tourist season (Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec). You’ll save even more if you travel in a group as the government provides discounts for larger groups and for trips that are for a longer duration.

    Check out the tour cost calculator below; it provides an accurate tour cost and shows you the discounts and surcharges.

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