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Best time to visit Bhutan and Nepal - Weather and Seasons

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Wednesday Oct 21, 2020
Best time to travel Nepal and Bhutan
Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best seasons for visiting the two iconic landlocked nations. Nature is in its finest forms during this time of the year with alluring weather both in Nepal and Bhutan. Bhutan and Nepal trip altogether is still doable in every season of the year.

Both Nepal and Bhutan are home to some of the majestic peaks of the world. With extraordinary historical background, Nepal and Bhutan are ideal for a combined tour to some of the finest Himalayan vistas in South Asia. These countries are blessed with serene climatic conditions and welcome tourists all year round. From the birthplace of Lord Buddha to the Land of Thunder Dragon, Nepal and Bhutan tour takes you right to the foothills of some mightiest mountains with antique cultural treasures.

Nepal and Bhutan Weather and Climate

Nepal and Bhutan have a featured monsoon climate that is primarily dictated by changes in elevation and continental factors. Weather in these two countries is quite unpredictable and varied due to the large topographical difference between the north's high frozen mountains and the South's plains. Four distinct seasons of Nepal and Bhutan include spring (March-May), summer (June-August), autumn (September-November) and winter (December-February). Spring and autumn are the popular seasons for visiting Nepal and Bhutan as both countries are flawless and have great weather. However, each season has its own unique feature that you would not want to miss.

Nepal Temperature and Rainfall

Season

Average Temperature

Average Rainfall

Spring (March-May)

8 – 29°C (46 -84°F)

10 -70mm

Summer (June-August)

17 – 29°C (62-84°F)

129-239mm

Autumn (September-November)

7 – 19°C (44-66F)

7-67mm

Winter (December-February)

2 – 11°C (35-51°F)

0-8mm

Average Rainfall in Nepal By Months and Seasons

Average Rainfail in Nepal By Month and Seasons

Bhutan Temperature and Rainfall

Season

Average Temperature

Average Rainfall

Spring (March-May)

4- 23°C (39-84°F)

23-57mm

Summer (June-August)

15-25°C (59-77°F)

120-345mm

Autumn (September-November)

5-23°C (41-73°F)

8 -155mm

Winter (December-February)

3-15°C (37-59°F)

0 -21mm

Bhutan Temperature by Places and Month Month

Month

°C

Paro...

Thimphu...

Punakha...

Trongsa...

Bumthang...

Trashigang

January

Max

9.4°C

12.3°C

17°C

13°C

10.8°C

20.4°C

 

Min

-5.8°C

-2.6°C

4.3°C

-0.2°C

-5.1°C

10.5°C

February

Max

13°C

14.4°C

19°C

13.9°C

10°C

21.7°C

 

Min

1.5°C

0.6°C

7.8°C

0.4°C

-1.4°C

11.5°C

March

Max

14.5°C

16.4°C

22.8°C

16.7°C

16.2°C

24.8°C

 

Min

0.6°C

3.9°C

10.4°C

4.4°C

3.5°C

14.4°C

April

Max

17.6°C

20°C

26.2°C

20.1°C

18.7°C

28.3°C

 

Min

4.6°C

7.1°C

12.9°C

6.6°C

3.9°C

17°C

May

Max

23.5°C

22.5°C

29.1°C

21°C

21.3°C

30°C

 

Min

10.6°C

13.1°C

17.7°C

11.6°C

9.5°C

22.6°C

June

Max

25.4°C

24.4°C

29.2°C

22.2°C

22.5°C

30.7°C

 

Min

14.1°C

15.2°C

20.1°C

13.6°C

13.5°C

22.6°C

July

Max

26.8°C

25.9°C

30.4°C

25.3°C

24.1°C

31.5°C

 

Min

14.9°C

15.6°C

20.5°C

15.3°C

13.6°C

23.1°C

August

Max

25.3°C

25°C

29.1°C

23.8°C

23°C

30.2°C

 

Min

14.7°C

15.8°C

20°C

15°C

13.7°C

22.7°C

September

Max

23.4°C

23.1°C

27.5

22.6

21.6°C

30°C

 

Min

11.7°C

15°C

19.1°C

14.2°C

12.1

21.9°C

October

Max

18.7°C

21.9°C

26.1°C

21.8°C

19.5°C

29.1°C

 

Min

7.4°C

10.4°C

14.7°C

11.7°C

5.9°C

17.7°C

November

Max

13.9°C

17.9°C

22.6°C

19.8°C

16.1°C

26.1°C

 

Min

1.4°C

5°C

9.6°C

6.4°C

-0.5°C

13.6°C

December

Max

11.2°C

14.5°C

19.1°C

18.2°C

12.3°C

23°C

 

Min

-1.7°C

-1.1°C

6.3°C

2.5°C

-2.3°C

11.6°C

Visit Nepal and Bhutan in spring (March-May)

The months of March, April and May fall under the spring season in Nepal and Bhutan. Spring is one of the popular seasons for visiting the Himalayan nations, Nepal and Bhutan. The weather at this time of the year is warm and stable.  The beautiful Rhododendrons bloom to life even in the mighty Himalayas' laps, adding more colors to the beautiful landlocked countries' pristine landscapes. The monsoon rain is still several weeks away and you can enjoy the pleasing weather in the vibrant surrounding.

Spring is just the right time to visit Nepal Himalayas and go for different classic treks in Nepal including the legendary Everest Base Camp Trek and astounding Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This year's time is also optimal for prime outdoor activities such as peak climbing and crossing some high passes. You can opt for Everest Three High Passes Trek, Island Peak Climbing with EBC Trek on the more adventurous. Spring is indeed the best time for a complete thrilling journey with a special Nepal Multi Adventure Holiday. The months of March, May and April mark the beginning of the country's divine festivals and you get to be a part of some lively festivals of the country.

With the untouched landscape in its finest form, spring is one of the best seasons for treks and culture tours in Bhutan. The temperature mostly ranges from 8 to 10 degrees Celsius in the Northern side and 20-11 degrees Celsius in the Sothern sub-tropical regions. The entire country is covered with blossoming spring flowers and green plants under the clear blue sky. The weather is great for sightseeing and cultural tours such as Bhutan Heritage Tour. You can enjoy two major festivals of the country during this time of the year namely Tsechu and religious festivals celebrated in honor of Guru Rinpoche. You can also enjoy the Bhutanese folk dances at the temples, monasteries and dzongs performed by colorful masked dancers.

Visit Nepal and Bhutan in Summer (June-August)

The months of June, July and August fall under the summer season in Nepal and Bhutan. The two South Asian countries glow with wildflowers and green foliage. Summer is the hottest season of Nepal and Bhutan with the monsoon rain hovering just around the corner. Summer is not desirable for trekking in most Nepal and Bhutan regions as the heat and frequent downpour can be physically devitalizing.

However, trekking to Nepal's parts under the rain shadow of the Himalayas is best during the monsoon and summer such as Upper Mustang Lo Manthang Trek. There are still other numerous places to visit in Nepal during summer, including culture and city tours and adventure sports like kayaking and white water rafting in Nepal's splendid rivers. Summer season is just the right time for exploring the wilderness of the lush green forests and observe the elephants, Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, crocodiles and other animals in the national parks of Nepal. Moreover, you can also opt for the Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour that allows you to experience the incredible natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and warm culture with stunning mountain views of Nepal all at once.

Similarly, trekking and outdoor activities can be troublesome due to the increased humidity and downpour during summer in Bhutan. However, this time of the year is upright for exploring the rich Vajrayana Buddhist culture of the captivating Himalayan kingdom and visit some prehistoric sites in the astounding Thimphu and Paro Valleys. You can select the Bhutan Cultural Tour if you are planning to visit Bhutan in summer. Summer is regarded as the off season thus the prices go considerably low and you can enjoy an affordable stay in the landlocked nation of Bhutan.

Visit Nepal and Bhutan in autumn (September-November)

Autumn is another popular season for visiting the Land of Mount Everest, Nepal and Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. Autumn in Nepal and Bhutan extends from September to November. In fact, the second peak season for trekking in the two Himalayan nations includes the higher-altitude regions of the countries. The weather is moderate and charming during this time of the year. The months of September, October and November are considerably dry with negligible possibility of rainfall. The clear blue sky is crisp and the warmth to visibility ratio is highly favorable which makes autumn one of the best seasons for visiting Nepal and Bhutan.

Autumn offers the finest condition for Nepal's popular treks such as Gokyo Ri And Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek. Additionally, this season is also suitable for outdoor adventure activities and you can go for Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return and Lobuche Peak Climbing with EBC Trek. Autumn is one of the best seasons for sightseeing in the popular tourist attractions in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan's major cities. Moreover, you celebrate Nepal's most important festival, Vijaya Dashain and the festival of lights, Tihar.

Autumn is also the peak season for visiting the last of the Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan. The weather is warm and pleasing with temperatures hovering around 4-12 degrees Celsius in the North and 22 degree Celsius in the Southern parts of the country. The landscape is rampant in shades of gold and red of the rich forests' autumn flowers and trees. Autumn thus offers the perfect condition for trekking in Bhutan. Every year Bhutan welcomes thousands of tourists for trekking in its majestic Himalayas. Moreover, autumn also hosts some of the biggest festivals of the country. The Thimphu Tsechu, one of the most important Tsechus is held every year in September. Famous as the ‘National Festival of Bhutan’, it is celebrated for three days in Thimphu's capital city. Thousands of Bhutanese people gather and rejoice during this festival. Another major festival of Bhutan, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival is also celebrated during autumn in October. The festival is celebrated with a grand fire ceremony showcasing the Bhutanese locals running under a huge flaming gate. Masked dancers also perform different dances in the middle of the night. Thus, visiting Bhutan in autumn offers a perfect blend of raw Himalayan experience and taste of pure Bhutanese tradition.

Visit Nepal in winter (December-February)

Winter in Nepal and Bhutan extends from December to February. The temperature considerably drops and it is quite cold during this time of the year. This season also offers clear unobstructed views of the glistening snow-capped peaks under the warm winter sun in the Himalayan kingdoms.

Winter is great for short treks in Nepal at lower altitudes such as Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Langtang Valley Trek. This season also offers clear unobstructed views of the glistening snow-capped peaks under the warm winter sun. Winter treks in Nepal take you to a unique journey through the snowy trails free of crowds. Thus, winter season is best for harsh yet thrilling Himalayan trekking experience. Apart from this, there are various places to visit in Nepal during winter. You can get an exceptional chance to witness the entire country set to welcome the upcoming year during the New Year and Losar (Tibetan New Year) in January.  You can also explore the rich culture and remarkable architecture of the nation with Kathmandu Heritage Tour and Pokhara Peace Pagoda Hike during winter.   

Bhutan's entire nation turns in to a white paradise surrounded by magnificent snow covered peaks during winter. Bhutan experiences heavy snowfall during this time of the year and most of the trekking trails are usually blocked. However, some of the shorter treks in Bhutan are feasible. The Winter season is suitable for visiting the country's western Dzongkhags around the beautiful towns of Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang and Punakha. The weather in these towns is mild with sunny days. You can opt for some short tours to Bhutan's hidden kingdom such as the Glimpse of Bhutan tour. Winter season also offers a delightful chance to discover the wildlife treasures particularly rare black-necked cranes and other migratory birds from Northern Tibet. The number of tourists is lesser during this season and the costs also drop significantly. Further, the visibility is great with clear blue sky and unobstructed mountain views.

Nepal Temperature By Month

Average Rainfail in Nepal By Month and Seasons

Best Time to Visit Bhutan and Nepal Together                                         

The weather of Bhutan and Nepal is highly affected by the Southwestern monsoon wind. Both the Himalayan nations have four major seasons with similar climatic conditions. All in all, spring and autumn are regarded as the best times to visit Nepal and Bhutan altogether.

The weather is pleasing and desirable for outdoor activities like hiking and climbing as the temperature is moderate even in higher altitude areas. Spring and autumn offer the best condition for trekking and multicultural tours in Nepal and Bhutan such as Best of Nepal and Bhutan Tour with Day Hikes, Nepal Trek and Bhutan Classic Tour and Nepal Bhutan Tour with Multiple Activities. As autumn and spring are popular seasons for traveling to Bhutan and Nepal, it is best to get your reservations done well in advance.

Summer in Nepal and Bhutan is quite hot with occasional rainfall. Yet, it is a good time for exploring the rich biodiversity, preserved wildlife and cultural heritages of both the country. If you want to visit Bhutan and Nepal in summer, Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour is the right one for you. You can also behold the two Himalayan nations' winter wilderness with the short Nepal Bhutan Tour Package.

Summing up, Bhutan and Nepal are two small landlocked countries with a history that dates back to years, great cultural values and iconic tourist hubs. A combined tour to Nepal and Bhutan's beautiful kingdoms is an unforgettable journey into the land of happiness that will surely remain in your heart forever.

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Wednesday Oct 21, 2020

Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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