Bhutan Average Temperature

Bhutan's climate is as varied as its altitudes and, like most of Asia, is affected by monsoons. Western Bhutan is particularly affected by monsoons that bring between 60 and 90 percent of the region's rainfall.

The climate is humid and subtropical in the southern plains and foothills, temperate in the inner Himalayan valleys of the southern and central regions, and cold in the north, with year-round snow on the main Himalayan summits. Temperatures vary according to elevation. Temperatures in Thimphu, located at 2,200 meters above sea level in west-central Bhutan, range from approximately 15° C to 26° C during the monsoon season of June through September but drop to between about -4° C and 16° C in January.

Most of the central portion of the country experiences a cool, temperate climate year-round. In the south, a hot, humid climate helps maintain a fairly even temperature range of between 15° C and 30° C year-round, although temperatures sometimes reach 40° C in the valleys during the summer. Annual precipitation ranges widely in various parts of the country. In the severe climate of the north, there is only about forty millimeters of annual precipitation--primarily snow. In the temperate central regions, a yearly average of around 1,000 millimeters is more common, and 7,800 millimeters per year has been registered at some locations in the humid, subtropical south, ensuring the thick tropical forest, or savanna.

Thimphu experiences dry winter months (December through February) and almost no precipitation until March, when rainfall averages 20 millimeters a month and increases steadily thereafter to a high of 220 millimeters in August for a total annual rainfall of nearly 650 millimeters. Bhutan's generally dry spring starts in early March and lasts until mid-April. Summer weather commences in mid-April with occasional showers and continues through the pre-monsoon rains of late June. The summer monsoon lasts from late June through late September with heavy rains from the southwest. The monsoon weather, blocked from its northward progress by the Himalayas, brings heavy rains, high humidity, flash floods and landslides, and numerous misty, overcast days. Autumn, from late September or early October to late November, follows the rainy season. It is characterized by bright, sunny days and some early snowfalls at higher elevations. From late November until March, winter sets in, with frost throughout much of the country and snowfall common above elevations of 3,000 meters. The winter northeast monsoon brings gale-force winds down through High Mountain passes, giving Bhutan its name - Drukyul, which in the Dzongkha language mean Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Average Temperatures in Celsius Degree (High/Low)

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Paro 9.4/
-5.8
13.4/
1.5
14.5/
0.6
17.6/
4.6
23.5/
10.6
25.4/
13.1
26.8/
14.9
25.3/
14.7
23.4/
11.7
18.7/
7.4
13.9/
1.4
11.2/
-1.7
Thimphu 12.3/ -2.6 14.4/
0.6
16.4/
3.9
20.0/
7.1
22.5/
13.1
24.4/
15.2
18.9/
13.4
25.0/
15.8
23.1/
15.0
21.9/
10.4
17.9/
5.0
14.5/
-1.1
Punakha 16.1/
4.2
19.6/
5.3
21.2/
9.2
24.4/
11.9
27.2/
14.8
31.2/
19.5
32.0/
21.6
31.4/
19.8
29.9/
20.0
27.8/
18.9
22.3/
13.0
15.0/
7.9
Wangdue 17.0/
4.3
19.0/
7.8
22.8/
10.4
26.2/
12.9
29.1/
17.7
29.2/
20.1
18.4/
16.2
29.1/
20.0
27.5/
19.1
26.1/
14.7
22.6/
9.6
19.1/
6.3
Trongsa 13.0/
-0.2
13.9/
0.4
16.7/
4.4
20.1/
6.6
21.0/
11.6
22.2/
13.6
25.3/
15.3
23.8/
15.0
22.6/
14.2
21.8/
11.7
19.8/
6.4
18.2/
2.5
Bumthang 10.8/
-5.1
10.0/
-1.4
16.2/
3.5
18.7/
3.9
21.3/
9.5
22.5/
13.5
14.1/
10.9
23.0/
13.7
21.6/
12.1
19.5/
5.9
16.1/
-0.5
12.3/
-2.3
Mongar 15.5/
8.2
15.9/
8.3
20.0/
11.6
22.8/
14.0
25.1/
17.4
26.1/
19.5
16.1/
15.8
25.4/
19.6
24.7/
19.4
22.7/
15.8
19.9/
11.2
15.7/
9.5
Trashigang 20.4/
10.5
21.7/
11.5
24.8/
14.4
28.3/
17.0
30.0/
20.6
30.7/
22.6
31.5/
23.1
30.2/
22.7
30.0/
23.9
29.1/
17.7
26.1/
13.6
23.0/
11.6

Activities in Bhutan

Choose your activities based on your interest.

Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

Cultural tours provide a greater opportunity to visit villages and temples and to a get a closer look into the local culture and lifestyle of the Bhutanese people more than any other type of tours in Bhutan.
Festival Tours

Festival Tours

Bhutan is legendary for its delightful religious festivals, held in the major cities and towns of Bhutan-Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Bumthang. When schedules allow, we include these festivals in our itineraries.
Special Tours

Special Tours

Bhutan has many activities available for those visitors seeking a place of meditation, peace and retreats. The other activities can be flora & founa, bird watching, spiritual tours, photography, rafting, kayaking etc.
Trekking Tours

Trekking Tours

Bhutanese treks are along remote paths through the wilderness. More than half of astounding landscape is covered by natural forest, pristine, protected lands rich in vegetation and wildlife in its natural habitat.