In February the winter is still very much entrenched in Bhutan, yet there are signs that spring is not too far away. The weather is getting a little warmer, and the snow is not quite as thick on the ground in the mountains, but you should be prepared for harsh conditions at higher altitudes.
February in Bhutan is characterised by superb visibility, crisp, refreshing air and usually low rainfall. Hiking, particularly in the valleys, can be very rewarding at this time and you can expect stunning views of the Himalayas. By late February the last of the Black-necked cranes will be taking to the skies, departing the glacial and still snow-covered Phobjikha Valley for the Tibetan Plateau and breeding season. In Thimphu, average daytime temperatures will now be approaching 14°C, and they can reach over 20°C in Trashigang to the far east, but drop rapidly at nightfall. It’s advisable to bring thermal layers if you plan a Bhutan holiday in February, and some higher parts of the country may remain unreachable due to snow, but it’s a good time to visit if you want to beat the spring crowds.
Bhutanese New Year's festival - Losar - is celebrated between February and March, depending on the lunar calendar. This festival holiday is marked by ritual feasting and family gatherings, as well as offerings of thanksgiving and for an auspicious year to come.
Find peaceful moments in monasteries and temples, and experience Paro’s distinctive, small-town feel. Wander through Bumthang’s green fields and Phobjikha valleys where the Black Necked Cranes land.