The weather across Asia begins to change in October as the region emerges from the monsoon and transitions into the fall season. Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet are brilliant in October with ideal conditions for trekking and amazingly clear visibility for photography. Bhutan’s renowned cultural festivals are in full swing making it one of the most popular months amongst tourists. China and Japan see the arrival of autumn and it’s a lovely time, especially towards the end of the month, to witness the spectacular fall colours.
You can still experience the remnants of summer in early October although the evenings begin to become a bit chilly. The second half of October is particularly good to hike in the mountains: from walking along the iconic Nakasendo Trail to hiking along the historic Kumano Kodo in the Kii Peninsula.
Autumn colours begin to appear in China, making it an excellent time to visit the region. It’s a great time to explore the remote mountains in Yunnan and to cruise down the Yangtze.
Post-monsoon period of October and early November is one of the best times to explore the Himalayas in North India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The visibility is excellent for photography and the weather is optimal for trekking and hiking. In Bhutan, you can witness some of the biggest cultural festivals.