Weather, Climate and Best Time to Visit Tibet
Tibet Weather and Climate
The climate in Tibet is unique and complex due to the influence of topography, Generally, the climate is cold and dry in the northwest, warm and humid in the southeast. The climatic types from southeast to northwest are tropical, subtropical, plateau temperate, plateau subtropical, plateau cold and other types.
What Is the Best Time to Visit Tibet?
It's the questions pops up in every tourists' mind when they are planning a new tour. However, this simple questions may have a complex answer for Tibet travel.
Even though Tibet can be visited all the year round and each season of it exhibit its unique feature, so what time for traveling to Tibet definitely depends on tourists own part
Due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons, the peak seasons marks the most popular times of the year for traveling in Tibet, but the hotels, air tickets and travel agents are over booked, so the prices are much higher than it of other times. Shoulder and off season are always with best tour price offer, and hope here below details could help you find your answers easier.
Tibet Travel Seasons
Peak season: July to October.
Shoulder season: April to June
Low season: November to March.
Note: Due to Government restrictions, Tibet will be annually closed in March to foreign visitors, and it will re-open from early April. Please kindly pay attention this when planning Tibet tour
Tibet Travel in Different Seasons
Spring (March, April, May)
In Spring Tibet can be called the paradise on Earth, the blooming peach blossoms surprised people by its vivid beauty, the smell of the rich fragrance spreads into everywhere, snowy peaks soar into the clouds, this magnificent Spring brings you into a picturesque state.
Summer (June, July, Aug)
Tibet's Summer starts from June to Aug. they are the warmest period of whole year, but at some areas over 4000 meters are still cold at night. The peak seasons will attract lots visitors to come and visit, but this period is also the rainy season in Tibet, it will rain for several times a week, but not everyday. Peak seasons are always with higher cost as the train ticket, the hotels and vehicle in market are over booked, so if you are free at other times, it is also a good choice for Tibet travel in other seasons.
Autumn (Sept. Oct. Nov,)
Autumn is the best time to visit Tibet, not rainy and not hot, you have more chances to see the purify azure blue sky and snow-capped mountains, the temperature are perfectly comfortable, it is also a good time periods for leisure trekking. The green straight trees, the red and golden roof, the clean streams and silver covered mountains composed a poetic picture.
Winter (Dec. Nov, Feb)
Lazily enjoy sunshine, the temperature is as not cold as you imagined. Without noisy visitors, sunshine turns to the master of this area. Not only the bright sunshine, the azure blue sky, but also the eyes of the locals and the flowing prayer colorful flags are spread with purity. In February, Tibet New year is gradually approaching, smell of Tibetan flavor is flowing in the air, with rich original culture, all kinds of Tibetan traditional activities start quietly to welcome the new beginning.
Reference of Temperature in Different Places
Climate and temperatures of Tibet in every sections are quite different, as a high plateau area, the temperatures difference can be 5-10 degrees in a day. For planning your Tibet tour well, it is better to know the weather information in advance and prepare your clothing properly based on the climate there.Average Climate of Some Cities by Month.
High (ºC) Low (ºC)
|Jan.||6.8 -10.2||5.7 -13.1||7.6 -9.0||7.9 -5.3|
|Feb.||9.2 -3.9||8.0 -9.5||9.9 -5.9||9.8 -2.7|
|Mar.||12.0 -3.2||11.0 -5.4||12.9 -2.4||13.0 -0.1|
|Apr.||15.7-0.9||15.5 -0.7||16.9- 1.3||16.5- 3.2|
|May||19.7- 5.1||19.5 -3.4||20.4 -5.2||18.8- 6.8|
|Jun.||22.5 -9.2||22.1 -7.6||22.9- 8.9||20.9 -10.0|
|Jul.||21.7- 9.9||21.0- 8.7||22.5 -10.1||22.1- 11.2|
|Aug.||20.7- 9.4||19.6 -8.1||21.5- 9.5||22.1 -10.7|
|Sep||19.6 -7.6||18.7 -5.8||20.5 -7.6||20.3 -9.2|
|Oct.||16.4 -1.4||15.2 -1.2||17.1- 1.8||17.2 -4.9|
|Nov.||11.6 -5.0||10.7 -8.0||12.4 -4.1||12.9 -0.7|
|Dec.||7.7 -9.1||7.0 -12.3||8.7 -7.9||9.6 -4.5|
January is the coldest month of the winter in Tibet. Most parts of Tibetan regions are covered with heavy snows, while some places such as Lhasa is also warmer than other Chinese cities because of the plenty of sunlight. Tibetan winter is dry and windy. Due to the high altitude, the temperature between the daytime and the night separates more than ten degrees. In the daytime, the highest temperature can reach to13 degrees, while at night, the temperature will drop down to -12 degrees. However, this month is a pleasant traveling month owing to the bright sun and clear sky. By enjoying the stunning natural views on this plateau, you must forget the cold.
Most travelers plan to have a tour in Tibet from April to October. That’s true. There is no doubt that the temperature during this period is the most comfortable, but Tibetan winter also has a special beauty, especially in some places such as Nyingchi and Lhasa. But some mountainous attractions such as Lake Namtso and Mt Kailash are inaccessible because of the heavy snows. Everest Base Camp can be reached by driving, so you can catch a glimpse of the highest mountain in the world.
What’s more, if you are a budget traveler, winter is the ideal month for you. The cost in January is cheaper than the peak tourist season. You can enjoy a lot of discounts on tickets on flight, train, vehicles, and hotels. Some attractions in Tibet are free to visit in winter. Therefore, it is a good way to save your cost without missing the beauty in Tibet.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in January. The average minimum temperature is about -12 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 13 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan January is about 1 degree. The average precipitation is about 1mm. The relative humidity is about 45%.
January is also a season for Tibetan festivals. There are some traditional festivals held in this month. Shigatse New year, also known as Tsang Losar, is different from the traditional Tibetan New Year. This festival starts from the first day of the 12th month in the Tibetan calendar, which stands for the harvesting season. The main food at this festival is mutton. Besides that, the traditional “Meeting of the Eight Guardians” in Lhasa is also held in this month. Most monks with trumpets will gather around the Potala Palace and a lot of programs will be held on this day.
What should you pack when traveling to Tibet in January? In the daytime, the weather is warm, while at night it is cold. In order to ensure you have a wonderful experience in the Tibetan winter, you should prepare the tight gear in advance. Some necessaries such as warmer clothing, tough strong boots, warm socks, gloves, warm hat. For the purpose of protecting your skin, you should bring the sunhat, sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer, and sun cream. Windbreakers and waterproof are also needed in January. We also suggest you packing sturdy sneakers, walking shoes, or hiking boots.
Although February is also a harsh month in Tibet, the weather is milder than the weather in January. The main characteristics of this month are cold and dry. While in the daytime, you can feel cool under the bright sunlight. The temperature in the daytime can reach above ten degrees. At night, the lowest temperature is about -8 degrees. Most of the Tibetan regions are snowy, and the wind is stronger than in other months.
Most people think that Tibet in winter is an inaccessible place where the snow is heavy and the temperature is low. While unlike other places in the world. Benefiting from the high altitude, some regions in Tibet are warm and sunny. February is the last month of Tibetan winter. Compared with January, February has more sunlight. The sky is clear without many clouds, therefore, it is a better chance to enjoy the high mountains and green lakes.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in February. The average minimum temperature is about -8 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 15 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan February is about 3.5 degrees. The average precipitation is about 1mm. The relative humidity is about 27%.
Although the weather in February in Tibet is still chilly, some areas can be still visited all year round, such as Lhasa and Shigatse. In these two regions, the sun is bright and the weather is warmer. What’s more, Shannan and Nyingchi are two places which we’d like to recommend to you. The roads to these places are well-paved and it won’t be blocked by the heavy snows. Only the way to Namtso Lake, Ngari and Nagchu will be blocked by the heavy snows.
February is also the ideal month for travelers to explore local cultures and lifestyles. The traditional Tibetan New Year will be held in February. As the most important festival in Tibet, Tibetan New Year is also known as the Losar Festival. It starts from December 29th on the Tibetan calendar, and it will come to an end after fourteen days’ celebration. If you travel to Tibet in February, you will have a chance to stay with the local Tibetans and feel their traditional lifestyle. You can also have a grand visual feast such as passing the fire torches and Buddhist activities. Some traditional dishes such as Guthuk and exorcise ghosts will be shown at this festival.
Besides the Tibetan New Year, the traditional Great Prayer Festival will be held from January 1st to January 25th in the first month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Monks form some important Tibetan monasteries will celebrate this festival, including the Drepung, Sera and Ganden monks. They will gather in the holy Jokhang Temple, then chant prayers to seek blessings.
Another famous festival in February is the Great Prayer Festival. It is also known as the Butter Lamp Festival and Chunga Chopa. When the sun goes down, Lhasa city will be lighted with the colorful butter lamps. Especially on the busy Barkhor Street, you can see varies of lamps. And it makes this street more splendid and bright.
March is regarded as the start season of spring across the globe, while March in such a high altitude plateau is the end of the winter because the weather in March is still chilly. In most regions in Tibet, cold weather still makes those places as the snowy world, especially in the west of Tibet. Compared with the western regions, the eastern regions are warmer and sunny. The temperature in the daytime and the night still has a vast difference. The highest temperature in the daytime is about 12 degrees, and the lowest temperature at night is only about -2 degrees. In March, the rain is much than in January and February, especially in some low altitude areas.
The sunlight in march is plenty, which makes you feel warmer than the former two months. Therefore, planning a Tibet tour in March can also be a pleasant trip. The main characteristics of March are sunny and chilly. Besides that, the wind is mild in that month.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in March. The average minimum temperature is about -2 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 12 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan March is about 5 degrees. The average precipitation is about 8mm. The relative humidity is about 72%.
March is the end month of the peak tourist season. If you travel to Tibet in March, I suggest you visiting Lhasa, Shannan, and Nyingchi where the weather is warmer than the western regions.
The weather in Lhasa is sunny and dry in March. The highest temperature in this month is about 13 degrees, and the lowest temperature in this month is about -1 degrees. The rainfall is about 2mm. In the daytime, you do not need to worry about the cold weather, because you will feel warm under the bright sunlight. Sometimes, there will be frost in the morning, which makes the Potala Palace and the mountains in the distance partly hidden and partly visible.
Most travelers are willing to visit Namtso Lake. While March, the weather still cold in this place and the road to Namtso Lake are still closed. The surface of the lake is still frozen. The highest temperature in this month is about 7 degrees, and the lowest temperature in this month is about -1 degrees. The rainfall is about 1mm.
Nyingchi is the must-see place in March. The famous Peach Blossom Festival will be held during this month. The scenery is breathtaking. You can enjoy the pink peach flower under the blue sky and the white snowy mountains. The highest temperature in this month is about 13 degrees, and the lowest temperature in this month is about 0 degrees. The rainfall is about 16mm.
When mentioned tour in Shannan, you should not forget Tsedang. Only in Tsedang, the weather is warmer and it is open to travelers. Other places are too cold to open. The highest temperature in this month is about 3 degrees, and the lowest temperature in this month is about -13 degrees. The rainfall is about 3mm.
Tibetan peak tourist season starts from April to October. As the beginning of the peak tourism season, the weather plays an important role. When Tibet comes to April, everything comes to alive, and the chilly weather gives way to the comfortable weather. Although it is the start of the warm weather, the temperature can be very low, especially after the sunset. The temperature in the daytime is about 16 degrees. While you will feel the cold above 0 degrees at night. Compared with the western regions, the temperature is higher in the east of Tibet.
The rain in April is not much, sometimes, it may rain less after lunch or at night. But on the second day, you can see the bright sun rising in the morning. The sunlight in April is strong. When you enjoy the warmth in the daytime, you also need to use some things to protect your skin, such as the sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, etc.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in April. The average minimum temperature is about 1 degree. The average maximum temperature is about 16 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan April is about 8 degrees. The average precipitation is about 5mm. The relative humidity is about 67%.
Although April is the beginning season of the peak tourist season, travelers can also enjoy some discounts on hotels and flights. The number of tourists in the month does not come to the highest peak, so planning a Tibet tour in April is a wise choice. You can enjoy some attractions such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, etc leisurely. What’s more, the road to Mt Kailash starts to open. You can plan a pilgrim Kailash tour.
Some attractions such as Lake Namtso, Everest Base Camp, and Mt Kailash still have snows and ices. While there is no trouble for travelers to visit these attractions. The snow on the road begins to melt.
The first place for travelers to visit is the political, economic and cultural center in Tibet - Lhasa. When it comes to April, more and more travelers head to Lhasa and enjoy the wonderful scenery and monasteries. Here, the highest temperature is about 15 degrees, and the lowest temperature is about 0 degrees. Rainfall is about 5mm, and the relative humidity is about 67%.
Shigatse is the second-largest city in Tibet, and it also attracts thousands of tourists to explore. The highlight in Shigatse is Everest Base Camp where travelers can enjoy the highest mountain in the world - Mt Everest. The weather in this month is also comfortable. With the highest temperature about 7 degrees, the lowest temperature about -1 degrees, and the precipitation about 19mm, travelers can enjoy a fantastic tour in Shigatse. The sky is blue and clear without clouds, so you can see the summit of Mt Everest even at a far distance.
To sum up, April is the ideal month for tourists to go. Besides Lhasa and Shigatse, you can also plan a tour in Nyingchi, Namtso, even to Kathmandu. Everything comes to life and you can have an unforgettable travel experience.
June is the start season of summer. Summer in Tibet always warm and humid. It always rains at night and sunny in the daytime, so you do not need to worry about the rain when you go out in the daytime. Compared with the later months, the rainfalls in June are less, and it is the evening rains.
Different regions have different temperatures. Normally, the east side is warmer than the west side. But the temperature is also influenced by the terrain. Take Lhasa as an example, the highest temperature in the daytime is about 23 degrees. You can only wear t-shirts and light pants when walking out. Compared with Lhasa, Shigatse is situated in the west of Tibet, the temperature should be lower than Lhasa. But due to the high altitude, the sunlight is very strong in the daytime, which makes the highest temperature reaches above 26 degrees. Lake Namtso is located in the north of Tibet, and the temperature is lower than in other places. In the daytime, the highest temperature is about 16 degrees. At night, the temperature is only about 1 degrees.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in June. The average minimum temperature is about 9 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 24 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan June is about 17 degrees. The average precipitation is about 63mm. The relative humidity is about 64%.
When it comes to June, the number of travelers to Tibet has rapid growth. More and more travelers explore Tibet in the following months. June also means the start of the monsoon season. The rainfalls get more and more when summer comes. While it rains at night, so rains can not stop your feet to explore the holy temples and monasteries, the tranquil lakes and the vast grassland.
The weather in Lhasa this month is very comfortable. Although a half days of this month are rainy, you can see the bright sunlight after the evening rain. June is the best month to explore Lhasa city. The highest temperature in Lhasa is about 22 degrees. The lowest temperature is about 9 degrees. Tahe rainfall is much more than before, and it is about 76mm.
Yamdrok Lake is also worthy of being recommended to you when it comes to June. With the temperature gets higher and higher, the grassland and trees around the lake get more and more luxuriant. On the lush grassland and hills, you can see lots of yaks running and playing. The highest temperature in Yamdrok Lake is about 26 degrees. The lowest temperature is about 6 degrees. The rainfall is much more than before, and it is about 105mm.
Everest Base Camp is also popular among travelers in June. Everest Base camp is the closest and safest place for normal travelers to witness the summit of Mt Everest. Without the clouds in the sky, you can see the shining summit of Mt Everest. The highest temperature here is about 20 degrees. The lowest temperature is about 4 degrees. The rainfall is much more than before, and it is about 24mm.
Globally, March is regarded as the start month of spring. While, in Tibet, May is the true start of spring. Because of the high altitude, the average temperature on this plateau is lower than in other places, which makes spring comes later in Tibet. May in Tibet is dry and sunny. Due to the different terrain in each region, the temperature varies differently. While, in Lhasa, May is the best month and the weather is the most comfortable. In the daytime, the sun brings and warm, and the temperature can reach 20 degrees. The night is also cold enough, only about 6 degrees. In this whole month, more than twenty days are sunny. Therefore, a lot of travelers travel to Tibet in May, which makes Lhasa crowded and vitally. Besides Lhasa, other places such as Yamdrok, Shigatse, and Namtso are also enjoying good weather. In Lake Yamdrok and Shigatse, the highest temperature is about 23 degrees, where is very warm. Lake Namtso is also a hot tourist destination for travelers, and the average temperature is about 11 degrees.
Some mountainous regions such as Everest and Mt Kailash are warmer than before. In the daytime, you can enjoy the beauty of the high mountains with a temperature above 15 degrees. Until May, the roads to the valleys and mountains around Mt Kailash are reopened again. You can see a lot of pilgrims along the way. Mt Kailash is regarded as the holiest mountain in the world, and doing a kora around this mountain can bring happiness and good luck.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in May. The average minimum temperature is about 5 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 19 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan May is about 12 degrees. The average precipitation is about 25mm. The relative humidity is about 59%.
May is the best month for tourists to plan a trekking or hiking tour. All the mountains are dotted with green grass and the fresh new leaves. What’s more, you can see a lot of wild animals running on the grassland after a long-term sleep. Tibet is full of vigor.
Lhasa is the first destination for most travelers because here is the best place to adapt to the high altitude. Staying Lhasa for several days, you will adapt to it. May is the lasts month for you to wander around this city without too many tourists. The weather this month is perfect. The average minimum temperature is about 6 degrees, the average maximum temperature is about 20 degrees, and the average precipitation is about 26mm.
Mt Kailash is also a hot tourist destination in May. Most travelers will plan a Kailash kora trek to seek blessings. May is the best month to do a trek. The average minimum temperature is about 1 degree, the average maximum temperature is about 15 degrees, and the average precipitation is about 11mm.
If you want to know more about Tibetan traditional culture, May is the best month. There are some grand festivals held in May, such as the Saga Dawa Festival and the Chawalong Horse Racing Festival.
Tibet has entered the mid-summer when it comes to July. The temperature in July is higher than in June. And the rainfall this month is much more. While due to the high altitude, the highest temperature won’t reach above 30 degrees, only about 23 degrees. The temperature in this month is very comfortable. Normally, the average temperature in this month ranges from 16 degrees to 20 degrees. There is a big difference between the daytime and the night. In the daytime, it is warm and sunny. At night, it is cold and the temperature drops down to 8 or 9 degrees. In the case of catching a cold, you should also prepare some sweaters when traveling to Tibet in July.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in July. The average minimum temperature is about 9 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 23 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan July is about 17 degrees. The average precipitation is about 122mm. The relative humidity is about 71%.
Traveling to Lhasa in July, you will get some unforgettable experience, unlike other months. Standing in the front of the Potala Palace, you can have the best position to witness the grandeur of this landmark of Tibet. The sun is bright and warm. Reflecting under the blue sky, the white and red walls make the palace more elegant. After visiting the splendid building, you can move to the holy Jokhang Temple. It is has a close distance between the Potala Palace. This temple is regarded as the holiest temple in Tibet and it is worshiped by thousands of Buddhist believers from all over the world. The highest temperature in Lhasa is about 21 degrees. The lowest temperature is about 10 degrees. The rainfall is much more than before, and it is about 125mm.
Besides Lhasa, you can also visit the Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp, Mt Kailash, and so on.
Not only the natural scenery in July is attractive, but also the culture in July is rich and colorful. If you are interested in Tibetan traditional culture, July is an ideal month for you because there are some traditional festivals held in this month.
The first traditional festival is the Universal Prayer Day. Regarded as a spiritual festival in Tibet, Universal Prayer Day is also known as Dzam Ling Chi Sang and Incense Festival. This festival is held on the 15th day of the sixth month in the Tibetan calendar annually. On that day, you can see most Tibetans will trek to the summit of the mountains, then burn incense and Juniper branches, hang on the prayer flags. They believe that they will be blessed by using this way. The prayer flags are colorful and diverse. There are some scriptures on the flags which stand for praying.
What’s more, the Yushu Horse Racing Festival is also held in July. This is a traditional festival held in Qinghai Province. It has hundreds of years' history. On this day, some activities such as the horse-racing and dancing programs will be performed. You must be astonished by the interesting races and competitions.
August in Tibet means that there are more rains and more travelers. In China, August is the summer vacation for students. Owing to the high temperature in other provinces, most of them choose to someplace where it has a lower temperature. Tibet, with an average high altitude above three thousand meters and the breathtaking natural scenery, Tibet has become the priority choice for most travelers. Therefore, August is a busy month for Tibet. According to the survey, there are thousands of international and domestic travelers head to Tibet every day this month. August is also the rainiest month for the whole year. The heavy rain causes some natural disasters such as rockfall or landslide, especially in the mountainous regions. Therefore, it is harder to travel to the attractions surrounded by high mountains than other months. While the weather in August is warm and milder, you can explore some attractions with good road conditions. That’s why August is also one of the hot seasons for travelers.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in August. The average minimum temperature is about 9 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 22 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan August is about 16 degrees. The average precipitation is about 89mm. The relative humidity is about 72%.
After knowing the characteristics of the weather in August, you should prepare some necessary clothes. In the daytime, you can wear T-shirts, trousers, a jacket. If there are some rains, you can wear water-resistant shoes and rain gear. Besides that, you also need to take some items to protect your skin away from the ultraviolet, such as the sun hat, sunglasses, sunblock, and lip balm. At night, the temperature gets lower than the daytime, you should wear a sweater, heavy coat, winter pants, etc. In some high altitude mountains, you should take some warm coat and gloves.
The south of Tibet is the ideal region for travelers to explore in August. While if you want to hike or trek in Tibet, August is not the right month. You may encounter heavy rains or snows in some mountainous places.
Here, I’d like to introduce several ideal places for you to explore:
Namtso Lake is the must-see attraction for you to visit in August. The natural scenery along the way to Nagqu is fantastic. You can also have experience of Tibetan style hotel here. With a high altitude of about 4718 meters, Namtso Lake is famous for its legendary love story. In the afternoon, you must be allured by the stunning sunset of Namtso Lake. The highest temperature in Lhasa is about 14 degrees. The lowest temperature is about 3 degrees. The rainfall is much more than before, and it is about 87mm.
Besides the Namtso Lake, you can also have a tour in Shannan, Nyingchi, Yamdrok Lake, etc.
In August, the famous Ganden Thangka Unveiling Ceremony and the Shoton Festival are held separately at the Ganden Monastery, the Drepung Monetary and Sera monastery. Thus, August is the right time to witness these two grand festivals.
When Tibet enters in September, Tibet has passed through the rainy season and the bad cloudy weather. September stands for the coming of the autumn, and the weather is very cool. Blue sky and bright sun make Tibet more attractive than other seasons. Autumn is the season for harvest. The trees on the hill and the crops in the valley turn to golden, which attracts thousands of tourists to explore this mysterious land. September is one of the peak tourist months and the temperature in this month is comfortable. Like other months, the temperature in the daytime and the night has a big difference. The daytime is sunny and it could reach above 21 degrees. While the night is cold, only about 7 degrees. Although the precipitation is less than summer, the humidity in September is higher. Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, has become cooler and drier than before. In the daytime, the temperature is about 20 degrees, and at night, it is only about 7 degrees. In September, the evening rain has decreased a lot. Planning a tour in Lhasa is a wise choice.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in September. The average minimum temperature is about 7 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 21 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan September is about 14 degrees. The average precipitation is about 66mm. The relative humidity is about 71%.
So what kind of clothes should we pack when we traveling to Tibet in September?
There are some similarities between May and September. Both of the two months are cool and rainless. In the daytime, because of the comfortable weather, you only need to wear light pants and t-shirts. At night, the weather is cold, so you should wear some thick clothes such as sweaters, and a warm jacket. Most travelers will plan a trek or hike Tibet tour in September. For those mountaineers, you should bring good boots and warm socks. What’s more, don’t forget to take a light raincoat with you in case of the sudden rain.
The average high altitude in Tibet is about four thousand meters, so the air is less than other places. The rays are strong in the daytime. Without any skin protective items, your skin will have a sunburn. Therefore, you must bring a sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, and lipstick. If you plan to camp, you have to bring the warm sleeping bag and the waterproof tent, or you will suffer from the cold at night.
Hiking in Tibet is the most popular activity in September.
Here, I’d like to introduce several popular hiking routes for trekkers. Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery hiking: The whole trekking distance of this route is about 80 kilometers. September is the best month for you to take this route because of the less rain and comfortable temperature. Good rain gear can help a lot when you trekking. What’s more, the trekking to Everest Base Camp, Kailash trekking tour are another two hot routes.
Compared with September, October gets cooler and cooler. In most mountainous regions in Tibet, the temperature drops down to zero. Unlike other lower altitude places, October in Tibet is like the winter because of the high altitude. In the daytime, the highest temperature is about 17 degrees. It is warm in the daytime because of the bright sunlight. At night, the temperature is only about 1 degrees. It is very cold.
There is no much rain in October, so almost 30 days are sunny. Without many clouds in the sky, the sun rays in October is stronger than in summer. Lhasa, the first destination for travelers, is crowned as the “City of Sunshine”. The temperature in the daytime is higher and it drops a lot at night. It ranges from 2 degrees to 18 degrees in a day. The sky is clear and the rainfall is less than 10mm. Traveling to Lhasa in October is comfortable.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in October. The average minimum temperature is about 1 degree. The average maximum temperature is about 17 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan October is about 9 degrees. The average precipitation is about 13mm. The relative humidity is about 64%.
After knowing the weather in October, we should consider the clothes. You should not only prepare some warm clothes to prevent the cold at night, but also you need to take some thin clothes in the sunny daytime. It is necessary for you to bring the thick sweaters, jackets and long underwear. Strong and sturdy hiking boots can help you walk on the rough and dry roads in some mountainous places. What’s more, the wind is chilly and strong in some places such as Lake Namtso and Mount Kailash, therefore, you should take the warmer fleece jackets in advance. Lip balm is useful to protect your lips against the wind. Sun hat, sunglasses, sun cream are the requirements in Tibet.
What can we do when we travel to Tibet in October? Here are some top attractions which are visited by lots of travelers.
Firstly, you can have a tour of Ganden Monastery. With the high altitude about 4300 meters, Ganden Monastery has passed through hundreds of years. This ancient monastery is a training place for monks in Tibet. Besides the grand building, Ganden Monastery is an ideal place to trek.
Secondly, you have no reason to miss the beauty of Yamdrok Lake. Driving to Yamdrok Lake from Lhasa only takes about two hours. The natural scenery of this holy is breathtaking.
Thirdly, I’d like to introduce the second largest city in Tibet for you - Shigatse. Here, you can have a visit to the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery where gathers a lot of trekkers. In the daytime, the average temperature is about 15 degrees. At night, it drops to -1 degrees. After visiting this monastery, you can head to the famous Everest Base Camp. It is the best place for normal travelers to enjoy the beauty of Mt Everest.
For Tibet, November is the beginning of the winter and the end of the peak tourist season. Although the temperature gets lower and lower, you can see a different beauty of Tibet in November. Daytime is cool, and the temperature ranges from 12 to 15 degrees. While the night is cold enough, only about -5 degrees. November is a dry and cool month. Sometimes, it may have little rain at night.
After the peak tourist season, November is more quiet and peaceful in Tibet. If you want to know the real Tibet, you can explore Tibet in November instead of the crowded season.
In the daytime, it must be a fantastic journey if you visit some high mountains such as Mt Everest. The reason is that the sky is clear and the sun is bright. Besides the majestic scenery in November, travelers can also save a lot of costs in this month. In order to improve the development of Tibetan tourism, the government publishes a lot of regulations to reduce costs. From accommodation to the tickets, travelers can enjoy a big discount on the slack tourist season. Therefore, traveling to Tibet in winter can not only broaden your eyes, but also can save a lot of money.
Here, let’s see the details of the weather in November. The average minimum temperature is about -3 degrees. The average maximum temperature is about 13 degrees. The average temperature in Tibetan October is about 5 degrees. The average precipitation is about 1mm. The relative humidity is about 44%.
What kind of things should we pack when we travel to Tibet in November? Firstly, the permits are very important to pack, including the Chinese Visa, your passport and Tibet Travel Permit. Chinese Visa can be applied by yourself. Tibet Travel Permit is applied by your tour agency. It will be delivered to your hotel before you enter the border in Tibet. You must keep it well because it will be used in many places. And the application of the permit is very complex. Warm clothes are very important to you. In such a high altitude place, catching a cold can increase the risk of high altitude sickness. You should bring warm sweaters, fleece, down jackets, and long underwear. The road condition in Tibet is not as good as other places, so it is necessary for you to take a pair of sturdy boots. Sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat are the best items to keep away from the sun rays. What’s more, the warm hat, gloves, and scarf are necessities.
If you want to know more about Tibetan culture, November is also a good month. There are two traditional festivals held in November. The first is the Lhabab Duchen Festival on the 22nd day of the tenth month in the Tibetan calendar. And the second is the Palden Lhamo Festival on the 15th day of the 10th Tibetan lunar month.
In conclusion, November is the right time to visit Tibet and know more about Tibetan culture.
December means that Tibet has entered the coldest season in the whole year. The main characteristics of Tibetan December are cold and dry. While some places such as Lhasa and Tsedang are not as cold as your imagination. In the daytime, thanks to the warm sunlight, the temperature ranges from 7℃ to 12℃. At night, it is very cold, only about -10 degrees. The average temperature in December is about 0 degrees. Tibetan December is very dry with less rain. In a day, the hours of the sunlight can last for ten hours, that’s why you won’t feel cold in the daytime. Taking the advantages of the weather, it is a good choice for you to plan a tour in Lhasa. Compared with other months, Mt Kailash and Lake Namtso are colder, especially at night. Thus, try to avoid these two places. Please contact your travel agency in advance in case that some roads to Everest Base Camp, Mt Kailash are shut down.
Where should we go when it comes to December? Here, I’d like to introduce some highlights in Tibet. The number of tourists in December has reduced a lot than in the peak tourist season. Planning a cultural tour in Lhasa, Tsedang and Shigatse is a good ideal. In order to allure more travelers, those places will be carried out some effective ways to reduce the costs. The price of the hotels, vehicles, tickets for the flights, trains or attractions will have a big discount. Some attractions even are free to visit. This huge discount can only be carried out in winter, therefore, December is an ideal month to go to Tibet. Recently years, the discount will last from December to March. So, why not plan a tour in winter? Not only can you enjoy the beautiful Tibet, but also you can save a lot of money.
What’s more, there are some other reasons for you to plan a tour in December:
Firstly, because of the false judgment of Tibetan winter, most travelers choose to go to Tibet in other seasons. They think that the cold is unbearable. While the truth is that some places are warmer than other Chinese cities in winter. If you travel to Tibet in the peak tourist season, you won’t have a pleasant trip because of the crowded tourists. Chinese always spend their holidays in summer and early October, so you should avoid the huge number of travelers during this period. While there are fewer travelers in Tibet if you come here in December.
Secondly, the sky is very blue and clear. We know that Tibet is a mountainous region and the mountains are majestic.
Enjoying the grandeur of high mountains is the main part of your trip. In December, the sky has fewer clouds, and the air is fresh, so you can see the summit of the high mountains even at a far distance. If you travel to Tibet in the peak tourist season such as July and August, you will be bothered by the bad weather. The clouds are more than in winter. Therefore, December is the right month for you.
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