Tibet Weather and Travel Tips

The weather in Tibet is actually not as harsh as many people think, and a trip to Tibet can be arranged all year around. Though from April to October is generally considered the best time for Tibet travel, winter is also good for visiting Lhasa and central Tibet. Different seasons have different scenery.

Tibet Weather Outlines in the Four Seasons

Spring comes late in Tibet. People usually start the tour to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake in April. The weather is clear and pleasant, and there aren’t too many tourists during this shoulder season. Discounts for air tickets and accommodation are available, so scheduling a Tibet tour between April and early June is an affordable choice.

Summer begins on July and ends in early September. Tibet has mild temperatures of up to 27°C on the plateau. The months of July and August, which are the high season as well as the monsoon, bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall. Reservations for the tour need to be made ahead of time, especially during the Shoton Festival in August.

Autumn (mid-September to October) is a great season to go to Tibet. The weather in most areas of Tibet is still comfortable for tourists with the lowest temperature being above 0°C. The rainy season comes to an end in mid to late September, and therefore makes the overland tour across Tibet much smoother and without the troubles of the landslide blocking the road.

Winter (December, January, February, March) is the low season for Tibet, and it’s cold to visit the mountain regions. However, it is also a good time of year to have a tour in Lhasa and the sites around it. You’ll enjoy a less crowded visit in the Potala Palace, and if you are interested in natural landscapes, a trip to Yamdrok Lake is a good option in winter too.

Tibet Weather and Travel Tips by Month

Don’t know how to plan a perfect Tibet tour in different months? And what clothes should you prepare for your trip in Tibet? You’ll find the detailed monthly Tibet weather data as well as some travel tips below.

Tibet Weather in January Tibet Weather in January January is Tibet’s winter and one of the coldest months throughout the year. Nevertheless, the general temperature in Lhasa is around -10°C to 10°C, so it’s still good for a tour in Lhasa and other places in central Tibet.
Tibet Weather in February Tibet Weather in February The lowest temperature in Lhasa can drop below -10°C. Some remote regions are not accessible due to the harsh climate. The road to Mt. Kailash is blocked by snows; Everest Base Camp is not closed but not suggested to go!
Tibet Weather in March Tibet Weather in March Tibet is still a bit cold in March. However, as the end of winter season, the temperatures rise up gradually and range from -3°C to 12°C. You’ll have a chance to enjoy the peach blossom festival in Nyingchi later this month.
Tibet Weather in April Tibet Weather in April The weather becomes warm and meanwhile it’s clear for a Mount Everest tour. The maximum temperature can reach up to 16°C. The frozen Namtso Lake starts to melt, but it is still advisable to visit after mid April.
Tibet Weather in May Tibet Weather in May May is considered the best time to travel to Everest Base Camp taking into account that the weather at the time is neither cold nor rainy. The temperatures range from 5°C to 20°C, comfortable for a trip in Tibet!
Tibet Weather in June Tibet Weather in June June is a pleasant month for all routes in Tibet. Monsoon season hasn’t come yet, so you’ll still have a big chance to have a stunning view of the Everest peak. At the same time, it’s also good for a tour to Mount Kailash.
Tibet Weather in July 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.
Tibet Weather in August 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 September 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 October 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 December 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 November 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!