CLIMATE AND ALTITUDE OF BHUTAN
Weather in Bhutan depends upon the altitude. In the northern parts of the country where mountains rise up to 7,000 m, weather conditions are similar to arctic. Southwards, closer to India, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cool in winter. The monsoon rains are usually heavy. Winters can be a good time to visit the lower parts, but then the highest areas are freezing. The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March-May) and autumn (late September – November) when the weather is warm, dry and sunny.
Bhutan has four seasons:
Spring (March, April and May),
Summer (June, July and August),
Autumn (September, October and November) and
Winter (December, January and February).
Depending on the altitude, the climate varies from semi-tropical to alpine (For every 1,000 m height increase the temperature drops about 7 degree Celsius).In Southern Bhutan, the climate is tropical in the monsoon season and may range from 15 degree Celsius in winter to 30 degree Celsius in summer.The east is also warmer than the west. The centre enjoys sub-tropical climate with very cool winters while the northern parts of the country have harsh climate including snowfall two to three times every winter.
In Thimphu the temperature ranges from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in summer with a rainfall of 100 mm. In the high mountain regions the average temperature varies from 0°C in winter to 10°C in summer, with an average of 350 mm of rain.
ALTITUDE OF BHUTAN
|Paro City||2,250 m / 7,382 ft.|
|Chelela Pass (Mountain Pass)||3,980 m / 12,139 ft|
|Thimphu City||2,350 m / 7,710 ft|
|Phuentsholing City||300 m / 985 ft|
|Dochu La Pass (Mountain Pass)||3,150 m / 10,334 ft|
|PunakhaTown||1,310 m / 4,300 ft|
|Wangduephodrang Town||1,310 m / 4,300 ft|
|Phobjhika (Gangtey) Valley||2,900 m / 9,510 ft|
|Pele La Pass (Mountain Pass)||3,420 m / 11,220 ft|
|Trongsa Town||2,200 m / 7,215 ft|
|Yutong La Pass (Mountain Pass)||3,425 m / 11,269 ft|
|Bumthang Valley||2,800 m / 9,185 ft|
|Thrumshing La Pass (Mountain Pass)||3,750 m / 12,303 ft|
|Mongar Town||1,700 m / 5,580 ft|
|Korila Pass (Mountain Pass)||2,450 m / 8038 ft|
|Trashigang Town||3,773 m / 12,375 ft|
|Trashiyangtshe Town||1,850 m / 6,070 ft|