We receive many emails asking if Bhutan is suitable for the month of November. Would it be too cold by then? And would it be suitable for trekking?
November is not too cold
At the elevation of 2,500 – 3,500 meters above sea level, Bhutan still welcome a large number of travelers all the way to Christmas and New Year. The lowest temperature was recorded usually at the end of January or early February. The mountain pass may be snowing by end of December, but the main towns usually receive snow only in January.
One advantage of traveling in the month of November and December is the clear, crisp blue sky that you witness. The sky would be cloudless, and the Jumolhari range can be seen clearly.
If you are in Bhutan between November and March, make it a point to visit Gangtey. Gangtey is about 3 hours’ drive from Punakha. In the month of November, Gangtey would welcome the black-necked cranes from Tibet. Gangtey is already one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan without the cranes. With the cranes, Gangtey is breath-taking and inspiring. Gangtey is locating at a higher altitude than Paro or Thimphu. We would advise you to wear an extra layer of clothes if you are visiting in the month of January or February.
Attend either the Blacked Neck Cranes or Nalakahng Festival in 2013Winter Trek
If you are into outdoor and camping, you may consider going for lower altitude trek. We do not recommend going for higher altitude trek as Jumolhari except for professional as it will get pretty cold in the night. WE can expect sub-zero temperature for high altitude trek.
Planning to travel to Bhutan during a festival?
On popular dates of travel such as during festival time, flight tickets tend to get fully reserved 5 months prior. Due to limited flight and seats available, we recommend you to reserve your ticket as early as possible. You can reserve your ticket for free with us and plan your trip to Bhutan with a peace of mind knowing that you will have a spot on your flight to Bhutan.