Though January and February are always regarded as the low season of Tibet tourism due to the cold weather, in Lhasa or other places, it is a great time to experience Tibetan culture and local customs. At the beginning of the New Year, the Tibetan celebrates their harvest of the last year and prays a good life and harvest in the new year. During Tibetan New Year Festival, also called Losar Festival A variety of celebrations are held in temples, at home and at the field. Besides, tourists can enjoy considerable discount in all aspects.
Farmers New Year Festival Date 2014
(1st of the first lunar Month)
Tibetan farmers will celebrate their own new year called Farmers' New Year before the Tibetan lunar new year (aka Tibetan New Year). In the countryside of Shigatse, you can see groups of farmers dancing and singing around their fields to celebrate their harvest of the last year and pray for a good harvest of the coming year.
Tibetan New Year Festival or Tibetan Losar Date 2014
During that time, dancing monks can be seen at Tsurphu, Mindroling and Tashilhunpo monasteries. This is held to dispel the evil of the old year and auspiciously usher in the new one. And at the same time, Tibetan families clean their houses in the preparation for the Tibetan new year. Besides, a huge thangkha is unveiled on the following day at the Tsurphu monastery.
Mid March to Mid April 2014
Though unexhausted chill might hit Nyingchi in March now and then, Nyingchi has become a sea of peach blossoms. The beautiful peach blossoms and the snow-capped Namjagbarwa in distance form fascinating scenery in Nyingchi. Looking at a distance, it appears that snowy mountains are embracing huge layers of pink clouds.
Spring comes earlier in eastern Tibet. Tourists planning a Tibet tour in March 2014 can make a visit to Nyingchi is warm and green when Lhasa is still cold. Praised as the Switzerland in Tibet, Nyingchi is a fantastic time to explore Mt. Namjagbarwa – the most beautiful snow mountains in China, and the Cayon Area in YalongZangpu River.
It becomes warmer in April and May at most areas of Tibet and Tibet gradually turns into the peak tourism season. The number of tourists travelling to Tibet keeps increasing since the beginning of April. Tour Tibet in April and May regarded as the best time for mountaineering enthusiasts to conquer Mt. Everest. Flocks of climbers with different colors gather at the Everest Base Camp, turning the base camp into a small UN. For tourists, it is also a great time to visit Everest as you get a chance to witness several brave climbers as well as enjoy a close view of the world highest peak. Safa Dawa Festival 2014 is the most popular festival in these two mornths.
Tsurphu Cham or the Cham dancing festivals Date 2014
10th of the fourth Lunar Month
Processions and the unfurling of a great thangkha are the highlights of this festival.
Saga Dawa Festivals Date 2014
15th of the fourth lunar Month
Marks the date of Sakyamuni’s conception, enlightenment and entry into nirvana. Huge numbers of pilgrims walk Lhasa’s lingkhor circuit and visit Mt Kailash.
Though authorities are trying to fix the date in the Gregorian calendar to boost tourism. The fun and games include dance, yak races, archery and equestrian events. A large 480-year old thangkha is unfurled at sunrise.
Tashilhunpo Festival Date 2014
13th of the fifth lunar Month
Shigatse’s Tashilhunpo Festival makes the Tashilunpo monastery becomes the scene of three-day festival. A huge thangkha is unveiled and cham dances are performed. Samye and Trandruk monastery Cham Festival Held from the 15th for two or three days. Special ceremonies and cham dancing in front of the utse are the main attractions.
Two main festivals in June 2014 are held in Shigatse, one is Gyantse Horse Racing Festival and another is Tashilhunpo Festival, thus Shigatse is the highlights of this month. in another hand, the weather is fine without large amount of rainfall. Grasslands gradually turn green and herdsmen begin to move to the grasslands to start a new year’s work. If driving though the grasslands, you can see flocks of sheep or yaks dotting the green land. June is a wonderful time to visit the Heavenly Lake Namtso and the Nyainqentanglha Range north of Lhasa. The warm weather also offers a best chance to trek in Tibet. No wonder, the number of tourists to Tibet starts increasing rapidly.
July and August are the top season for Tibet tour due to the fine weather, breathtaking natural landscapes and various festivals, especially the most popular Shoton Festival. Flocks of tourists would rush to Lhasa to experience Tibetan culture and the festal atmosphere. The grassland of northern Tibet also welcomes its golden time with thousands of flowers in bloom and blue Namtso lake like a blue pearl on the Tibetan plateau. The annual Nagchu Horse Racing Festival held in August attracts thousands of Tibetans and tourists to the grassland to have fun together.
Choerkor Dhuchen Festival Date 2014
4th of the sixth lunar Month
This festival celebrates Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi in India. Many pilgrims climb the Mt gyambu utse and also the ridge from pabonka to the dode valley, to burn the incense.
Ganden thangka Festival Date 2014
15th of the sixth lunar
During that time Ganden monastery display its 25 holiest relics, which are normally locked away. A large offering ceremony accompanies the unveiling.
Shotun Festival Date 2014
30th of the sixth lunar Month
Festival During that time early in the morning at Drepung and Sera monasteries will hang a piece of huge thangkha and then after that most of the Tibetans will go to Norbu lingkha to watch Tibetan opera dancing and then spend the rest of the time with their families by having a picnics.
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Date 2014
The Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is the grandest annual event in northern Tibet. August is the golden season on the vast grasslands of Nagqu Prefecture, and the time when the grass is tallest and the weather is most accommodating to those who enjoy the great outdoors. Well in advance of the festival.
Autumn comes to Tibet in September, making Tibet like a rainbow with a wide range of colors. The temperature in Tibet is becoming cooler from hot, but it is not very cold in Tibet during Sep. and Oct. The sky is clear, clouds are pale, air is fresh and temperature is comfortable. It is still a great time to trek in Tibet and watch all kinds of wild animals on the Tibetan plateau. You will feel quite comfortable to go anywhere of Tibet, especially the sacred Mt. Kailash and holy Lake Manasarovar.
Winter comes to Tibet and most areas of Tibet witness snow since late October. There are no crowds of tourists, but flocks of pilgrims in Lhasa. It is a perfect season to visit all kinds of temples in Tibet and watch pilgrims at all ages. The best time to view Mt. Everest also comes after November when the rainy season of Tibet ends. Without much mist, Mt. Everest shows its panorama nearly all the day
the Buddha's descent from Heaven Festival Date 2014
During that time there are a large number of pilgrims in Lhasa. Ladders are painted afresh on rocks around many monasteries to symbolize the event.
Pelhe doenchar or the palden lhamo's festival
During that time a procession in Lhasa around the Bhakor bear Palden Lhamo, protective deity of the Jhokang temple.
Ganden Ngamchoe or Tsongkha pa festival Date 2014
25 of tenth lunar month
During that time respect is shown to Tsongkha pa. The founder of the Geluk pa order. With the remembrance of Tsongkha pa all the monastery and the houses light fire the yak butter lamp.