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When to Go

Bamyan can be visited at any time of the year, but is at its best between about April and October. During the spring and summer months from May through to July the valley is awash with colour from the multitude of flowers that grow there, including a number of alpine varieties that survive up to an altitude of 3000m (9800ft). This is the most suitable season for hiking, horseriding and other outdoor activities.
October and November are cooler in the mornings and evenings, but can be a spectacular time to visit with autumnal colours giving the valley a completely different mood. This is a wonderful season for photography, when the low sun picks out details in the landscape and brings out colours in the cliffs and mountains not seen at other times of the year. The days can still be very warm and even the odd scattering of snow is commonly followed by four or five days of bright blue sunshine.

The Bamyan valley lies at an altitude of 2500m (8200ft) so winters are long and cold. Snowfall can be regular and heavy from late November until March. The nights are cold but late winter may be a time for adventurous visitors with a liking for outdoor pursuits to experiment with cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing or winter hiking in the surrounding mountains.

 Temperatures:

Summer:    20  -   28C
Winter:        0  -  -20C

 
 
 
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