Tsedang features Alpine Climate. Similar with the majority of Tibet, Tsedang Climate is defined by big daily temperature range and small annual temperature range. Tsedang climate also shows clear dry season (October to May) and wet season (June to September). The annual sunshine duration is around 3,000 hours. Wind season is from December to March.
The average annual temperature of Tsedang is 9.0℃; The average annual high is 16℃ and the average annual low is 2℃.
The historically highest temperature is 30℃ which happened in 1987, while the lowest ever is -18℃, which occurred in 1983.
The annual precipitation is 397 mm.
Past weather data in Tsedang from 2011 to 2019
Spring: The average low temperature is 2℃, the average high is 17℃; The average rainfall amount in spring is 41 mm. Tsedang is a rich farm land in Tibet. Spring ploughing is very important here. If you're agriculture enthusiast, you shall not miss out the Spring Ploughing Festival and witness the authentic rituals done in the farm fields.
Summer: The average low and high temperature in summer is 10℃ and 23℃ respectively. The average precipitation is 290 mm. This is the time when verdant farm fields decorate the flat areas if you go up a mountain and have an overlook. July is a great time to appreciate the golden blanket made of blooming rape flowers. August is often when Ongkor Festival is held in Tsedang, which is a traditional agricultural festival to celebrate harvest.
Autumn: The average low and high temperature in summer is 3℃ and 17℃ respectively. The average precipitation is 65 mm. With higher possibility of clear days, and the short interval before the wind season, autumn provides stable and calm weather for all outdoor activities. The color of corps and trees turn into fascinating gold, orange and red.
Winter: The average low and high temperature in summer is -7℃ and 9℃ respectively. The average precipitation is 0 mm. Winter is not as cold as it seems to be here, especially in the daytime. Bathing in the alpine sunshine here, it's pleasantly warm in winter.
With similar altitude and climate of Lhasa, Tsedang is also a great place to get acclimatized before visiting places with higher elevations, such as Mount Everest or Namtso Lake. Tsedang is also beautiful and charismatic in itself for being home to many an oldest historical site in Tibet and the place where Tibet's nomadism civilization was firstly fused with agriculture civilization. Culture trip is the main trip type here in Tsedang. Therefore, it is a destination suitable to travel for four seasons.
Since almost all monasteries, temples, palaces in Tsedang are also sitting on mountains or hills, travelers also get to do some easy hiking or trekking while enjoying the connection with the mysterious history. Compared to Lhasa and Shigatse, Tsedang is a little bit remoter, hence a great place for those seeking serenity and solitude to meditate or explore on their own.
Yumbulakang Palace in Tsedang
Warm reminder: Tsedang is reputable for the local specialty-Pulu, which is made of Tibeten woolen fabric. Pulu is the most typical type of the traditional fabric in Tibet.