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Bhutan Seasons & Climate

Although geographically quite small, Bhutan’s weather varies from north to south and valley to valley, generally depending upon the elevation. The north area near to the Tibet border is perennially covered with snow. The southern part of Bhutan is tropical, and the east of Bhutan is generally warmer than the west of the country. The central valleys of Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Mongar, and Tashigang enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, while Thimphu, Tongsa and Bumthang have a temperate climate, with monsoon rains in the summer and snow-fall in the winter.

 

Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November through mid-March, with a dry climate, sunshine and clear skies. Typical winter daytime temperatures are 60-66F (16-19C) and nighttime temperature fall below zero. Spring from mid-March to mid-June is also an excellent time for trekking and visiting with rhododendrons and other flowers blooming, comfortable temperatures 70 - 85F (22-30C)and many festivals taking place in the area.  The monsoon usually arrives mid-June, with rain falling on and off during the afternoons and evenings. The rains do not dominate, however, and visitors enjoy nice temperatures, flowers, wildlife and fewer tourists. At the end of September, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking which lasts through mid-November.