Bhutan’s pristine wilderness is beautiful to explore year-round, although the spring and autumn months offer ideal trekking conditions, when clearer skies offer spectacular views of the Himalayan mountains.
In spring the kingdom’s stunning rhododendron forests come into flower, and the Punakha Dzong becomes engulfed in the vibrant lilac flowers of jacaranda trees. The summer monsoon brings spells of rainfall, yet pleasant temperature can still be found, and with fewer tourists, it’s a quiet time to experience the serenity of the countryside. With autumn comes the rice harvest and idyllic mountain views, and the kingdom celebrates a large number of traditional festivals, known as tshechus. Winter brings deep snow to the high mountain valleys, but at lower altitude, it’s a great time for bird-watching, especially the black-necked cranes of Phobjikha.