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The climate of Bhutan: when to go to Bhutan

Bhutan is a small Himalayan country characterized by an extremely humid climate. In fact, the climate of Bhutan varies mainly as a function of altitude. In the southern hilly area the climate is humid sub-tropical. While it becomes temperate climate in the central highlands and alpine climate in the northern mountain ranges.

The rainfall regime in Bhutan is monsoonal, with persistent rains in the summer months and a dry season in the winter months. The rains are most intense in the region of eastern Bhutan. While they are generally of lesser intensity in western Bhutan. The most intense rains fall between June and September. The least rainy months are those between November and March.

Temperatures vary greatly according to altitude. But in the most inhabited areas, that is the areas of territory that are between 1,500 and 2,500 meters above sea level, temperatures with mild values are recorded. The mild temperatures have indeed made this nation famous. In the most densely populated areas the maximum average temperatures vary during the year between 25 ° C / 27 ° C in the summer months and 12 ° C / 16 ° C in the winter months. While the average minimum temperatures vary during the year between 17 ° C / 19 ° C in the summer months and 1 ° C / 6 ° C in the winter months.


The best months for a trip to Bhutan are between October and May. Within these, the months of March, April, May and October and November are without a doubt the best.


THIMPHU (2320 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -2,6 12,3 25  
February 0,6 14,4 33  
March 3,9 16,4 31  
April 7,1 20,0 58  
May 13,1 22,5 122  
June 15,2 24,4 246  
July 15,4 24,9 373  
August 15,8 25,0 345  
September 15,0 23,1 155  
October 10,4 21,9 38  
November 5,0 17,9 8  
December -1,1 14,5 13  
YEAR 8,0 19,8 1427  



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