4 Seasons of Happiness
Bhutan is a global pioneer, the first nation of the world to systematically measure its success not by the strength of its economy but by the happiness of its people. Such a unique approach befits a country unlike any other – a wild, spiritual and majestic mountain kingdom where tranquility reigns and everything is off the beaten track. Whether travelers visit in the height of summer, when the Himalayas are carpeted with wildflowers, or the depths of winter, when cobalt skies segue into spectacular stars-capes – Bhutan is a year-round revelation.
Whether travelers visit in the height of summer, when the Himalayas are carpeted with wildflowers, or the depths of winter, when cobalt skies segue into spectacular stars-capes – Bhutan is a year-round revelation.
March, April and May are the season of renewal sees Bhutan at its most beautiful, when the Himalayan landscape comes alive with multiple colours. Hikes around Gangtey and Bumthang valleys are enlivened by forests of resplendent rhododendrons, while the jacaranda trees surrounding Punkaha Dzong erupt into mauve clouds of blossom. The pleasant warmth of the air is perfect for picnics, and the rivers around Punakha – replenished by melt waters from the past winter – offer perfect conditions for whitewater rafting.
From June to August, the Bhutanese summer brings sapphire skies, balmy temperatures and refreshing rains. It is the ideal time to explore the historic monasteries and Dzongs scattered throughout the valleys, or to embark on personal well being journeys on a yoga-enriched spiritual retreat. The land turns lush and green, and a cornucopia of rare ingredients come into season, including Bhutan’s legendary green chilli – only available for a few months – making summer ideal for gastronomic experiences
Cooler and with clearer skies, but still mild and dry, the autumn months of September, October and November bring prime conditions for trekking and biking on Bhutan’s mountain trails. The season is the photographer’s friend, as willow trees shed their golden leaves and the changing light casts Himalayan summits – including some of the world’s tallest untouched peaks – into sharp relief. Autumn is also a season of festivals, such as the annual celebration of the return of the kingdom’s beloved bird, the endangered black-necked crane, which returns to winter in the Phobjikha Valley every November
December, January and February brings crisp air, clear skies and snow-capped summits to the mountain realm, and winter nights are characterized by a pinprick panorama of stars. Although the temperature drops after dusk, days are still warm and pleasant – ideal conditions for hiking and exploring Bhutan's western districts of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu. The Gangtey or Phobjikha Valley is especially enchanting this season, as the rolling plains and bamboo shrub lands are populated by roosting Black-necked cranes, and nomadic yak herdsmen usher their cattle down from the snowy highlands
Choose your Path
Discover the natural beauty of the Eastern Himalayas of Bhutan with Hikes, Mountain Bikes and Eye-Opening experiences in the Kingdom of carbon negative country's magnificent mountain landscape.
Soul & Spirit
Bhutan is the land of Monasteries, Temples, Dzongs (fortress) and spiritual festivals locally as well national, deeply touch by Buddhist thought. Find inspiration and tap into the ancient wisdom meeting monks and visiting historic destinations.
Into the Sticks
To the most rural land settlement exploring
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Luxury tour from three-days mountain excursions to multi-stage two-weeks adventures taking in all five of Bhutan's beautiful destinations, Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey and Bumyhang Valleys. It can be tailored entirely to your preferences, in advance or on the ground