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Best time to visit Thimphu, Bhutan

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The best time to visit Thimphu is March-May

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Thimphu? Look no further! March-May is the best time to go to Thimphu due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

The warmest month of the year in Thimphu is August, where the average temperature gets to around 18℃ (64℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 22℃ (72℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as -4℃ (24℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Thimphu in May, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. July sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in December instead.

For more information about when to travel to Thimphu, the monthly weather breakdown and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

May

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Thimphu seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Thimphu as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Thimphu is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Thimphu

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Thimphu for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Thimphu climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Thimphu for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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OCT
NOV
DEC

Thimphu in January

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 56%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Thimphu in February

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 57%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Thimphu in March

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 62%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Thimphu in April

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 19 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Thimphu in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 95mm (4") over 23 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Thimphu in June

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 95mm (4") over 24 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Thimphu in July

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 176mm (7") over 27 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Thimphu in August

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 147mm (6") over 25 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Thimphu in September

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 103mm (4") over 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Thimphu in October

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Thimphu in November

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Thimphu in December

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Thimphu in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Thimphu is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 18℃ (64℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Thimphu is generally around December. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in December first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Thimphu is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Thimphu, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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