Bhutan is the wettest country in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, and while July is the wettest month, August isn't far behind. Temperatures in Bhutan in August are also generally quite warm—southern areas and the Royal Manas National Park are very hot and humid—although the huge variation in altitude means that places at higher altitudes are of course cooler than those lower down.
Most travelers avoid Bhutan between June and August, but if you do choose to come in August, you'll be treated to vivid rural landscapes, wildflowers in the mountains (although not much in the way of views), and delicious food like mangoes, avocados, and mushrooms. It also doesn’t tend to rain all day every day, so general touring holidays can still be done at this time.
A serious point to consider when planning a trip to Bhutan in August is the fact that many flights into Paro (whether from Delhi, Kathmandu, or Bangkok) are canceled or delayed by rain. You may be delayed or have to rearrange your travel, so don't book any tight connections at this time.
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Where to Go
Travel around Bhutan can be difficult in August, as slips and muddy conditions on mountain roads make overland travel east from Paro/Thimphu practically impossible, and the weather also makes domestic flights problematic. Instead of trying to be too ambitious in August, stick to western areas such as Paro, Thimphu, and the Punakha Valley/Wangdue. These are more accessible and easy to travel between, and there's plenty to see and do on this classic route.
If conditions allow you to get to Central Bhutan, head to Bumthang for the Mushroom Festival in Ura (see below).
What to Do
With cloudy skies and slippery trails (as well as poor access), trekking is a no-go in August. Instead, general sightseeing is your best option for travel to Bhutan in August. There are fabulous temples, monasteries, and museums in the main towns of Paro and Thimphu, and visiting these shouldn't be seriously inconvenienced by the weather. The hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery is also possible in wet weather—just bring some waterproofs.
Events in August
Mushroom Festival, Ura, late August. Join the locals in foraging for mushrooms in the forests and hills around Ura in Bumthang District.
Traveling to Bhutan in August? Check out these great itineraries
Highlights of Bhutan: 5 Days. Visit the must-see sights of Bhutan on a short five-day journey, stopping at spectacular monasteries and fortresses, including the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Western Bhutan and Phobjikha - 7 Days. This week-long tour combines the riches of Western Bhutan with a foray to Phobjikha, a naturally beautiful glacial valley.