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Tibet Weather

The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter.

Generally speaking, Tibet is cold and dry all year round. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.

Monthly Average Temperature and Precipitation of Lhasa
The Monthly Average Temperature and Preciptation of Lhasa Tibet

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When to Go to Tibet?

Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. Although many people call Tibet “The Land of Snows”, there is actually a lack of snow.

Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. The weather is very good in April, especially in Western Tibet. Mt. Everest is particularly clear during April and May. From mid-July to the end of September, Tibet is in the rainy season. Travel to Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, for the roads to the east are temporarily washed out.

Winter in Tibet is not as freezing as many people imagine. Besides, a lot of hotels and car rentals become relatively cheaper. It would be a good time to go if you want to save money. Trips to Mt. Kailash can be undertaken from April to October, though September and October are considered the best months for fewer rainfalls and better road conditions.

Spring
Spring starts from March and ends in May, when ice begins to melt. If you want to experience Tibet’s spring, Nyingtri Prefecture is a nice place to visit. The famous Nyingtri Peach Blossom Festival is held annually around this time. The temperature averages about 16 °C in Lhasa. Clothing: Coats are necessary. Sunglasses are a must.

Summer
Summer starts from June and ends in August. This period is regarded as the best time of the year even though it’s the rainy season of Tibet. It often rains at night, so travelling is totally ok. You will have the clearest view of Mt. Everest, so you wouldn’t want to miss it. Clothing: Bring a coat and long johns. Sunglasses and solar skin protection are necessary.

Autumn
Autumn is from September to November. The weather is cold, with lows being -4 °C at the lowest elevations. Clothing: Warm clothing is essential. Bring long johns, warm coats and sunglasses with you.

Winter
Winter is from December to February. Road travel becomes rough because of ice and snow. However, the high altitude makes it feel warmer than the temperature. Because of its freezing temperature, fewer travelers choose to visit Tibet in winter, but a winter tour is much cheaper than in summer. Clothing: Bring warm coats, long johns, gloves, hats, sunglasses, etc.

Tibet Weather by Region
Tibet is a vast area, the topography and altitude varies greatly from eastern part to western part. Thus the temperature varies greatly in different areas, even within a single day at the same place. The weather change is huge In mountain areas than that is in central twonship areas. For travelers who plan a tour to different part of Tibet, it is necessary to know the weather difference before they go.

Weather and Climite of Everest Base Camp

Due to the rather high altitude, Mount Everest is covered by snow all year round. The climate is quite harsh. The most distinctive feature of the EBC climate may be its extremely huge temperature gap between day and night. The best time to travel to EBC is from early March through the end of October. The climate will be relatively good and the temperature comparatively mild. But you should remember that it is quite cold at night (very likely below 0 °C even in summer), even though it can be warm (possibly around 10 °C) in the daytime because of the sunshine.

From January to March
You can enjoy a very clear view of Mt. Everest, but it is kind of cold. There may be some snows. u Bring warm clothes and pay attention to the slippery roads.

From April to mid-June
This would be the best time to visit Mt. Everest for it is warm. Many mountaineers choose to climb Mt. Everest during this period of time.

From mid-June to August
There will be a lot of rainfalls during these months. Mt. Everest may be covered by mist, so it is likely that you cannot have a clear view.

From September to November
This is when winter arrives. The weather at Mt. Everest is relatively harsh. Chances are that you may not see its summit clearly because it is too cloudy.

Tibet Weather in January

Tibet Weather in January

Tibet is at its coldest time when in January. The average temperature is -2 °C. Remote areas may even be more freezing because of heavy snows. Some roads and tourist attractions will close due to the severe climate. But for some attractions, it is a good time to visit.

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Tibet Weather in February

Tibet Weather in February

Compared with January, the weather is relatively better, yet still very cold with average temperature 1°C. Most areas of Tibet are still covered with snow. It seems like that Frozen fairy has cast a spell on this highland.

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Tibet Weather in March

Tibet Weather in March

The weather in March is still freezing. It is sunny, dry, cold and windy, and there are relatively few visitors. Although spring is always considered as a warm season, most places are still very cold.

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Tibet Weather in April

Tibet Weather in April

The weather begins to warm up In April. The minimum temperature is 1 °C, and the maximum temperature is 16 °C. It is sunny, dry, cold and windy. You can travel to some places that are inaccessible in the winter.

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Tibet Weather in May

Tibet Weather in May

May is one of Tibet's high travel seasons. Spring in Tibet truly starts in May. The weather is dry, sunny and cool. The minimum temperature is 5 °C, and the maximum temperature is 19 °C. And Mt. Everest is especially clear in May.

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Tibet Weather in June

Tibet Weather in June

June is the one of the best months to travel in Tibet since the weather is warm and pleasant. Although June is the warmest month, there are sharp changes in temperature.The heavy monsoon starts in the middle of the month.But you can still enjoy sunshine most of the time in June, since it seldom rains except occasionally at night. The weather in June is also fine for hiking.

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Tibet Weather in July

Tibet Weather in July

July, as one of the warmest months all round one year, marks the beginning of the summer rainy season in Tibet. Climate and Weather of Tibet in July are pleasant and even warm in most areas.

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Tibet Weather in August

Tibet Weather in August

August is one of the best months to travel because it is festival season with Tibetan outdoor festivals and sport competitions such as horse races. Tibet weather and climate in August are very suitable for travelling.

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Tibet Weather in September

Tibet Weather in September

Travel to Tibet in September is a really great time to visit natural and cultural landscape on Tibetan Plateau.The rainy season is about to come to the end and temperatures in usually stay between 21 °C and 7 °C.

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Tibet Weather in October

Tibet Weather in October

The weather begins to drop. Temperatures usually stay above freezing.The dry season and high altitude makes it seem warm during the day.

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Tibet Weather in November

Tibet Weather in November

In November, the dry season sets in in Tibet. November is a lot like winter in most of Tibet. The dry air makes the solar radiation intense, so it might actually feel warm to you on a sunny day.

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Tibet Weather in December

Tibet Weather in December

It isn't as cold as people usually imagine in Tibet. December is cold, but the high altitude sunny dry weather makes it feel warmer than the temperatures suggest. The minimum temperature is about -9 °C and the maximum temperature is about 9 °C.

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Namtso Lake Weather and Climate

Namtso Lake Weather and Climate

The elevation of Namtso, the heavenly lake in Tibet, is 4718m above sea level. Namtso Lake is embraced by snow all year round, and the climate is quite harsh. The most distinctive feature of the lake climate may be the extremely huge temperature gap between day and night. For travelers who want to stay overnight at Namtso Lake or do a trek at this region, It is necessary to know the monthly weather and clothing advice.

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Mount Everest Base Camp Weather and Climate

Mount Everest Base Camp Weather and Climate

Mount Everest is covered by snow all year round. The climate is quite harsh. For travelers who want to stay a night at Everest Base Camp or do a trek at Everest Region, It is necessary to know the monthly weather and clothing advice.

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Monthly Temperature of Major Tourist Cities in Tibet

Monthly Temperature of Major Tourist Cities in Tibet

The climate of Tibet is very special. The temperature varies greatly in different areas, even within a single day at the same place. The following tables show the monthly temperature of Tibet’s major cities and other areas.

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Be Careful of the Large Temperature Difference in Tibet

Be Careful of the Large Temperature Difference in Tibet

Tibet is a region on the Tibetan Plateau in China. It is the hightest region on Earth with an average elevation of 4,900 metres. Tibet, well known as the holy place in China, has been attracting many tourists all over the world.To know temperature of Tibet in different seasons will make your tibet tour more pleasant and intersting.

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