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What is the best season to visit Tibet

edited January 2010 in Far East Asia
What is the best season to visit Tibet?

Generally speaking, the period from April to October is the best time because of the pleasantly warm. But August is the rainy season. However, traveling in a winter tour can still be pleasant because of saving your tour budgets and avoiding the tourist crowds.

Also, Lhasa becomes alive with nomads and pilgrims during the winter season, especially during the Tibetan New Year Festival.

Is it too cold in wintertime to visit Lhasa?

Contrary to popular belief, wintertime is the perfect season to visit Lhasa as the summer rains have passed and it has averagely 10 hours of sunshine everyday!

What clothes to wear when traveling there?

Because of the fluctuations in temperature between daytime and evenings it is recommendable to wear clothes in layers, (E.g. sweaters, pullovers) which can be added or removed as temperature varies during the day. In winter, a warm windbreaker and stout, comfortable shoes are especially recommended.

What about climate in Lhasa?

Lhasa enjoys low humidity, moderate rainfall and an average of 10 hours of sunshine daily. With more than 3000 hours of sunshine annually, Lhasa is famed as the city of sunshine.

Spring and Autumn are dry, 10-20C at daytime and 0-5C at nighttime.
Summer has some rainfall and is 15- 25C at daytime, 10C at nighttime. Sunlight is extremely intense. Sunscreen lotion, a salve for the lips and sunglasses are a must.

Contrary to popular belief, winter is magnificent time to visit Tibet. In Lhasa and it rarely snows in the Lhasa valley. Winter is very dry, 0-10c at daytime and 0-15minus C at nighttime.


  • edited 8:32PM
    Winter time has another big adavantage. It is Off Season for most tour groups and therefore travel services are less strained. That means a better quality experience as well as the possibility of discounts.
  • Tibet is a very beautiful place!
  • The summer season is the warmest time of year across the Tibetan Plateau. the northern Tibetan Plateau during the summer, especially in areas
    above 4000m, most places where travelers go to are mild and comfortable.
  • Yes, winter time would be better if one wants a better experience and some discount. However, the chilly weather can be of some obstacle.
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