February is the last month of winter in Bhutan. This means temperatures will be cold at higher altitudes—including Thimphu, Paro, and Bumthang—but more comfortable in the lowlands and in the east. The town of Gelephu ranges from 54 to 77° F (12 to 25° C) on average in February, meaning it can actually be quite hot.
On the other hand, most points of interest to travelers are at a higher altitude. Punakha is at around 5000 feet (1500 meters) and experiences February temperatures between 46 and 66° F (8 and 19° C). The capital Thimphu is even higher, at around 6500 feet (2000 meters), and sees temperatures between 34 and 57° F (1 and 14° C).
The upside to weather in February is that skies are normally clear, allowing good mountain views.
Crowds & Costs
The winter months are low season in Bhutan, and not many travelers visit in February. You'll pay low-season prices for tours and lodging, and may even be able to find a great deal on some of Bhutan's beautiful boutique and luxury accommodation.
Where to Go
If you're interested in jungle national parks and wildlife tours, February is an ideal month to visit the low-altitude Royal Manas National Park. It's just 200 to 360 feet above sea level, so much lower than most places of interest to visitors in Bhutan. You can see tigers, rhinos, elephants, and leopards.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
What to Do
High-altitude trekking is not usually possible in mid-winter (it's neither safe nor comfortable), but some shorter hikes and walks are still possible. With clear skies and mountain views, winter is a good time to get out into nature, as long as you avoid very high-altitude routes or camping. The Punakha Winter Trek, for example, passes through villages, forest, and farmland, and doesn't go too high in altitude.
General touring is also a good idea in February. You'll go out in the daytime to see Bhutan's famous temples, palaces, and monasteries—like the Tiger's Nest Monastery and Punakha Dzong—and return to warm and cozy accommodation in the evening.
Whatever kind of accommodation you're staying at, don't pass up the opportunity to try a traditional hot stone bath. These are usually available for a small fee.
Events in February
Losar, mid-late February (sometimes early March). The lunar new year is celebrated by Buddhists across the Himalaya, including in neighboring Nepal and Tibet. Families generally celebrate together with feats and ritual thanksgiving.
Nomad's Festival, Bumthang, late February. This festival in the Bhutanese religious and cultural heartland celebrates the nomadic cultures from around Bumthang.
Traveling to Bhutan in February? Check out these great itineraries
Bhutan Highlights: Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro - 6 Days. This itinerary lets you see the highlights without venturing into the colder higher altitudes.
Bhutan Highlights - 7 Days. Visit the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, admire the beauty of the Paro Valley, and learn about Bhutanese culture on a week-long trip.