Nyingchi Weather, Nyingchi Climate

Compared with the majority of Tibet, Nyingchi has more rainfall and larger forest coverage rate. The climate type of Nyingchi region is Tropical humid and sub-humid climate, whereas the majority of Tibet is under the influence of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau/Alpine climate. The lower part in the southeastern Nyingchi opens a giant gap, allowing the warm current from Indian Ocean to come and stay in the vicinity, which brings forth ample rainfall. Therefore, Nyingchi has an annual precipitation of about 682 mm. The average annual temperature is 8.7℃. More rainy days in Nyingchi indicate fewer sunshine hours. That explains why the sunshine hour amount of Nyingchi(2,022 hours), is about 1,000 hours less than that of Lhasa(3,000 hours). The frost-free season of Nyingchi is 180 days long.

Nyingchi in March  
Nyingchi in March

Seasonal Weather of Nyingchi

Unlike the rest of Tibet, Nyingchi has distinct four seasons and relatively warmer and wetter weather. There are eight months with the average low above freezing point. And the annual humidity is ranged from 44% to 70%, which meets the body-comfort index almost throughout the year. UV radiation is still strong, but weaker than that in Lhasa or Shigatse.

Spring is mild and pleasantly warm, with the average temperature ranging from 3℃ to 16℃; And the seasonal precipitation is 75 mm.

Summer is cool and humid, with the average temperature ranging from 11℃ to 21℃; And the seasonal precipitation is 382 mm.

Autumn is slightly warmer and wetter than spring, with the average temperature ranging from 4℃ to 17℃; And the seasonal precipitation is 153 mm.

Winter is cold, dry and windy, with the average temperature ranging from -4℃ to 9℃; And the seasonal precipitation is just 7 mm.

Monthly Weather of Nyingchi

Past weather data of Nyingchi from 2011 to 2019

Weather Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Average high(℃) 8 10 13 16 19 21 22 22 20 17 13 10
Average low(℃) -5 -3 0 3 7 10 12 11 10 5 -1 -4
Historical extreme high(℃) 18 20 23 25 27 29 31 30 29 25 20 16
Historical extreme low(℃) -15 -12 -10 -5 -2 3 4 3 1 -5 -10 -15
Precipitation 2mm 4mm 18mm 46mm 75mm 129mm 134mm 119mm 107mm 41mm 5mm 1mm
Average humidity 44% 47% 52% 57% 59% 67% 70% 70% 70% 58% 49% 46%
Wind 6km/h 6km/h 6km/h 5km/h 5km/h 5km/h 4km/h 4km/h 4km/h 5km/h 5km/h 5km/h

Summary based on the above table:

▪ The hottest month: July(22℃ avg)
▪ The coldest month: January(-5℃ avg)
▪ The wettest month: July(134 mm avg)
▪ The windiest month: February(6km/h)

Best Time to Visit Nyingchi Based on Weather and Trip Types

Flower Viewing Trip: Spring outing is the most popular tourist activity in Nyingchi. Spring is actually the busiest travel time for Nyingchi, because the diverse flowers come into bloom one after the other. The pretty light pink peach blossoms earn the greatest reputation for Nyingchi. Snow-like white pear flowers, multiple-colored alpine azaleas, are also fascinating creatures hidden in the river valley areas or among the mountains.

Summer Hideaway: With the pleasantly cool temperature and rising level of oxygen in summer, traveling to Nyingchi during summer can help with acclimatization to high altitudes. Those who don't like stuffy summer heat, can feel relieved here.

Mountain sightseeing is best to be done in autumn in Nyingchi. About two thirds of the possibility to have a clear view of Mount Namcha Barwa happen in autumn.

Winter is the quietest time of Nyingchi travel. It rarely rains but snows much. If snow and quietness is what you adore, this is the right time to visit Nyingchi for you.  

Conclusion: If you're taking a road trip to or near Nyingchi, we'd advise that you keep looking out for landslide from heavy rain in summer and low visuality from heavy snow in winter. However, in general, it's suitable to travel Nyingchi all the time.

Mount Namcha Barwa in Autumn  
Mount Namcha Barwa in Autumn

Weather-wise Packing Essential for a Nyingchi Trip

  • Warm clothing still shall have the priority of visitors, given that there is no actual summer with temperatures constantly over 30℃. Especially for the early morning and nighttime, when the temperatures can drop to single digit number or minus, a jacket or down coat shall always be in your baggage.
  • Rainproof clothing or equipment are very useful here. Nyingchi has twice or three times more rainfall than most of Tibet. Therefore, one disposable raincoat, waterproof jacket, or shoes cover, umbrella are all wise choices, especially so in summer.
  • Protect your eyes and skin: sun hats, sunglasses, sunblock, are must-have stuff for all seasons.
  • There are lots of outings that you can do in Nyingchi. Either in the spring fields of flower trees or the verdant forests and meadows, a pair of good walking shoes, with water resistance can give you much freedom and wonderful worry-free moments.
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Tibet Weather in November As the early winter in Tibet, November has the comfortable temperatures ranging from -5°C to 12°C, with dryer and clearer weather. You’ll feel warm in daytime because of the bright sunshine on the plateau as always!
Tibet Weather in December In December, the temperatures drop as low as -9°C at night. But you’ll also enjoy agreeable sunny weather during the day, with the highest temperature up to 9°C. A moderate tour in central Tibet would be a good choice.
Tibet Weather in October With the highest temperature up to 17°C, October is still a great time for Tibet travel. Sun cream is essential as the UV rays are strong all year around. Snows may block the way to remote areas from end of the month.
Tibet Weather in September Rainy season comes to an end from this month, and the weather is delightfully cool. Grab the last chance to travel to Tibet before Tibet gets cold. Just be aware of the huge temperature difference between day and night.
Tibet Weather in August Summer continues in August. You’ll enjoy a warm and pleasurable weather while traveling in Tibet. On the other hand, August has the heaviest rainfall throughout the year, so an umbrella should be in your packing list.
Tibet Weather in July Here summer comes! The temperature can get as high as 23°C in daytime. However, it will drop below 10°C at night. So, don’t forget to bring a jacket or sweater for nights. A down coat is also needed for the Everest tour.

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