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Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan offer featured landscapes and activities in different seasons Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan offer featured landscapes and activities in different seasons

Best Time to Visit Nepal Tibet Bhutan 2020/2021

Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are three Kingdoms of the Himalayan Peaks. Blessed with the special geologic location, they enjoy featured weather as well as amazing seasonal landscape.

Nepal Weather and Climate

Affected by maritime and continental factors, Nepal has a featured monsoon climate with four distinct seasons – warm spring (March ~ May), rainy summer (June ~ August), cool autumn (September ~ November) and relatively cold winter (December ~ February). The climate varies in different parts according to altitude changes: lower temperature in northern, moderate temperature in central area and higher temperature in southern area. Its monsoon season takes place from June to August when the hills become lush and green.

Travelers are not suggested to visit Nepal during the monsoon, especially for the trekkers, it will be dangerous and uncomfortable to trek in the muddy trails of mountains. Visiting Nepal in  post-monsoon (September ~ November), you can enjoy the best weather and take part in most interesting activities like boating, trekking, water rafting etc. It is also the tourist high season in Nepal and might be crowded. If you want to avoid the busy time and take a look at more peaceful nature of Nepal, you can travel to Nepal during the pre-monsoon (March ~ May), also the shoulder season. If you want to visit in the winter time, pay attention to big temperature difference between day and night and prepare enough warm clothes during the evening. Read more>>

Tibet Weather and Climate

Because of the special topography, atmospheric circulation and high altitude, Tibet owns a complex climate – freezing winter and mild summer, featuring in strong sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and dry and thin air. It enjoys the longest sunshine among all Chinese cities, so there is small temperature difference throughout the year but vast variation between day and night. Tibet is much larger than Nepal and Bhutan, and the temperature will decrease as the altitude increase. In Everest and Ngari, the temperature is much lower than in Lhasa. Influenced by the summer monsoon, the southeast area (Nying and Shannan) receives some rainfall in summer.

Generally speaking, April ~ October is most recommended to visit Tibet. Other months are usually cold and it might snow heavily, especially in Mount Everest, Ngari and Namtso Lake. Visiting Tibet, you have to protect your skin from the strong sunlight and dry air. Remember to wear long-sleeved t-shirts for hot days and bring sun blocks, sunglasses, lipstick, hats etc. It is also important to pay attention to high altitude sickness. Also avoid visiting Tibet or other Chinese cities in Chinese National Day (1st ~ 7th October), or you may face crowded attractions, tense accommodation and higher admissions. Read more>>

Bhutan Weather and Climate

Attributed to the effect of the north Indian monsoons and considerable difference in altitude, the climate of Bhutan cannot be generalized. Similar to Nepal, the climate varies with the different regions. The Indian summer monsoon brings high humidity to southwards (15 ~ 40 ℃), so it is hot and humid in summer and cool in winter. During late-June ~ late-September, it rains a lot. Central area is a bit cool but it gets warmer in summer. In the northern part, it is very cold and the peaks are covered with perpetual snow. The eastern area is usually warmer than western area. The capital city – Thimphu enjoys a temperature ranging from –2.5 ℃ ~ 25 ℃.

The best time to travel to Bhutan is March ~ May and September ~ November when the weather is always warm and sunny. It is also available to visit Bhutan in winter time, but only for lower altitude areas because the road to high plateau might be frozen. 

Best Time for a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Taking the climate of three kingdoms into consideration, the best time for a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour is September ~ October, and the second best time is March ~ May. Therefore, you can enjoy the most moderate temperate and sunny weather. If you just want a Nepal Tibet Bhutan essence tour with a cultural encounter in the capitals and surrounding cities, you could undertake your Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour any time.

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Seasonal Landscape and Activities in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

There are many cultural treasures cherished in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, whose charm are never affected by the bad weather, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Bhutan National Museum, Thimbhu Weekend Market etc. Besides, there are also some splendid sightseeings can be better seen in fixed seasons. 

Recommended Destinations and Activities for Spring (March ~ May)

If you travel to these kingdoms in spring, you can visit Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Nyingchi and Shannan in Tibet, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini in Nepal, and Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Bumthang in Bhutan.

New Year Festival (Tibet and Bhutan): Tibetan New Year Festival is an honored festival both in Tibet and Bhutan. It usually takes place in February or March in solar calendar. Tibetans celebrate this festival by visiting friends and paying pilgrimage and having family reunion. In Bhutan, people will rewhitewash their houses, visite monasteries and join some interesting games.

>> 7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour

Peach Flowers in Nyingchi (Tibet): Regarded as the Eastern Switzerland, Nyingchi in Tibet always attracts tourists with its picturesque landscape. During March ~ May, the land of Nyingchi is filled with lovely pink peach flowers, which rival the high soaring snow-covered peaks, showing the incomparable beauty. If you visit Nying in the Peach Blossom Festival, you could also enjoy some traditional performance apart from the mysterious nature.

>> 7 Days Tibetan New Year Festival Tour

Buddhist Monks Processions (Bhutan): On the first day of the forth lunar month, the monks will migrate from Punakha to their summer residence in Thimphu, including the Buddhist leader and some sacred Buddhist implement. Many Bhutanese will line up along the route and wait for the monk’s blessing.

>> 8 Days Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival Tour

Saga Dawa Festival (Tibet):Saga Dawa Festival takes place in 15th April in Tibetan calendar (usually in late May in solar calendar), which is believed that it was the day Skyamuni was born, became Buddha and attained nirvana. This festival will be celebrated for the whole month, and the activities focus on worshipping Buddha.

Important Note - Tibet is closed from late February to the end of March due to holidays and attraction maintenance, so you are suggested to plan your tour in April if you want a tour in spring.

NyingchiThe Peach Blossom Village in Bomi (early April)
Saga Dawa FestivalCircumambulation of Outer Part of Lhasa

Recommended Destinations and Activities for Summer (June ~ August)

If you travel to these kingdoms in summer, you are recommended to visit Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Namtso Lake, Mount Everest and Mount Kailash in Tibet, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur in Nepal, and Thimphu, Paro and Punakha in Bhutan.

Rhododendro Flowers (Bhutan’s Valleys): Bhutan is a kingdom of precious plants, but no plant is more emblematic than the rhododendron. About 46 species of rhododendrons are grown in the valleys of Bhutan.

Namtso Lake (Tibet): The best time for Namtso Lake comes in summer. The frozen water begins to melt in spring and you can enjoy the bright blue water in summer. You will also see the fluttering prayer flags, soaring peaks, devote pilgrims etc.

>> 5 Days Lhasa & Holy Lake Namtso Tour

Shoton Festival (Tibet): Shoton Festival is one of the most sacred festivals in Tibet taking place in July or August in solar calendar usually. In this festival, you can have a yoghurt banquet. There will be interesting Tibetan Opera performed in Norbulingka. This festival culminates with a huge Buddha Thangka exhibiting in Drepung Monastery.

>> 6 Days Tibet Shoton Festival Tour

Nagchu Horse Racing Festival (Tibet): Nagchu Horse Racing Festival is a funny festival in Nagchu. The event in Horse Racing Festival includes horse racing and horsemanship. Visiting Nagchu in this festival, you won’t miss the shooting arrows, chopping, picking up Hada etc.

>> 6 Days Nakchu Horse Racing Festival Tour

Barkhor StreetHuge Thangka of Buddha Exhibited in Drepung Monastery

Recommended Destinations and Activities for Autumn (September ~ November)

If you want Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour in autumn, you are able to travel to almost every destination in the three kingdoms, including Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Namtso Lake, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash and Nyingchi in Tibet, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini in Nepal, and Thimphu, Paro and Punakha, Bhumthang etc. in Bhutan.

Pokhara Landscape (Nepal): Visiting Pokhara in autumn, you will maximize your chances to catch a sweeping view of the Himalayan peaks.  Paddling a colored boat out to the middle of Phewa Lake, you will capture a breathtaking reflection of the Annapurna Rang. It is also great time to start your adventure from Pokhara to the surrounding mountains. Tackling the Trisuli River on a rafting expedition is also recommended.

Nyingchi Photography (Tibet): In addition to spring, autumn is also the good season to visit Nyingchi. The weather is cool, and the forest turns to yellow and orange. Take your camera and you can get many wonderful shot in Lulang Forest, Ranwu Lake etc. during glorious and sunny days.

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Black-Necked Crane Festival (Bhutan): Bhutan government pay great attentions to protect the wild plants and animals, and you will be treated with lots of black-necked crane. Black-Necked Crane Festival is always held in November. Local children will were crane costumes in the courtyard of Gangte Goemba and dance to celebrate the winter return of over 300 beautiful black-necked crane.

Mount Everest (Nepal and Tibet): As the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest is really popular for tourists as well as Trekkers. It can be seen from both Nepal side and Tibet side. Because of the good weather in autumn, Mount Everest are likely to be seen clearly. You can travel to Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet side to have a close sight, or trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal side, or take a mountain flight to take a bird-eye view.

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BhutanBlack-necked Cranes fly back the Bhutan
BhutanMount Everest - View from Rongbuk Monastery

Recommended Destinations and Activities for Winter (December ~ February)

If you travel to these kingdoms in winter, you can visit Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Nyingchi and Shannan in Tibet, Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini in Nepal, and Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Bumthang in Bhutan.

Dasain (Nepal): Dasain is Nepal’s biggest festival lasts for 15 days. It memorizes the victory of the goddess Durga over the forces of evil. During this festival, hundreds of thousands of anmials will be sacrificed. You can also see bamboo swings are erected at the entrances to villages.

Chitwan National Park (Nepal): If you want to see the various wild animals in Chitwan National Park, visit there in February. The villagers begin to cut the thatch grasses in late January, which improve visibility considerably. In other seasons, the grass might grow as tall as 8 meters.

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Peaceful Environment: Winter is not the best time to visit the three kingdoms, but a good time to get away from the bustling world. There are few tourists and you can listen to the story of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan by yourself quietly.

BhutanChitwan National Park

How to Plan a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Travelers are suggested to spend 2 ~ 3 weeks traveling in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan in March ~ May or September ~ October. In general, it takes 4 ~ 10 days to explore Tibet, 4~ 16 days to explore Nepal and 4 ~ 8 days to explore Bhutan. You can start your tour from Nepal or Bhutan as well, but Bhutan is only connected with India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal by flight.

A classic Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour takes about 15 days. Starting from Holy City Lhasa, you can have a cultural tour and visit many landmarks of Tibet. After your Lhasa, drive to Gyantse via famous Yamdrok Lake, and turn to Shigatse for accommodation. In these days, you will visit several noted monastery. Driving from Shigatse, you will the get to Rongbuk Monastery – the best viewing-deck for Mount Everest. If you are lucky enough, you will enjoy the most brilliant sunrise, sunset and starry sky over Mount Everest. Traveling to Gyirong Town and crossing the Gyirong Port, you reach Nepal. Please note that it is not suggested to overland drive to Kathmandu in rainy seasons, when the road is in very bad condition and traffic jams always occur. After you reach Kathmandu, you will get amazed by many architectural wonders, like Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa etc. Patan and Bhaktapur also provide a great sightseeing of architectures. It is also recommended to extend your tour to Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. As your tour ends, take a short flight (1 hour) to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. Bhutan’s most famed attractions are centered in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, where you can appreciate the old Geombas and Dzongs. Read more>>

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Dressing Tips for a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour

Dress in Layers: There is a sharp temperature difference between day and night in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, so you need to bring enough warm clothing and dress in layers that it will be easy to add or remove clothing as temperature changes. If you plan a trekking tour, wear waterproof clothing and rain.

Wear Comfortable Shoes: While visiting monasteries, you often need to climb some steps. The walking road in Nepal and Bhutan are not in good condition. Therefore, comfortable shoes are needed.

Avoid Sunburn: The sunlight is always strong in the high plateau areas. It is necessary to protect your skin form the sunburn, so bring sunglasses, sunhat, seamless scarf, high SPF sunscreen cream etc.

Recommended Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Packages

Following are some of our most recommended Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our tour packages are classic itineraries, and can be tailor-made to meet your personal requirements. You can get more Bhutan Nepal Tours, or contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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