Tour Tibet in July and August
------The Months for Various Tibetan Festivals
As the top of Tibet’s peak tourism season, July and August of Tibet offer tourists both fascinating picturesque natural scenery and rich Tibetan festive activities. Especially Shoton festival, the most important festival throughout Tibet, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to Lhasa. Making a Tibet tour in July and August can experience profound Tibetan culture and the festal atmosphere of Tibet. 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.
July and August are also considered as the best time to visit Tibet because the weather is fine and you can go anywhere of Tibet. But it is best to book train/air tickets in advance since it might be difficult to get one due to the large demand.
July:4℃ ~ 22℃
Aug:5℃ ~ 22℃
July:10℃ ~ 21℃
Aug:10℃ ~ 21℃
July:10℃ ~ 18℃
Aug:9℃ ~ 17℃
July:8℃ ~ 22℃
Aug:6℃ ~ 23℃
July:3℃ ~ 15℃
Aug:3℃ ~ 14℃
July:20℃ ~ 18℃
Aug:20℃ ~ 28℃
Tibet Small Group Tours Available in July and Aug. to Join
8 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group Tour: marvel at Mt.Everest real close
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Almost all the itineraries covering Everest Base Camp originate from this classic itinerary. The travel route to EBC involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder.
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7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu
This tour combines the classic itinerary of visiting Tibetan cultural and natural beauty with a stopover in EBC. Tourists will finally end up in Kathmandu via Gyirong.
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15 Days Kailash and Manasarova Small Group Tour: A pilgrim’s final fantasy and the greatest overland trip in Tibet.
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Lake Manasarova - Kailash Trek - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
This is truly a journey to feel, magnificent temples, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, nomad camps, pilgrims of Tibet. Start the trip from exploring the heart of central Tibet.
From USD 1880 p.p
10 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Namtso - Lhasa
The travel route to EBC & Namtso Lake involves all the awe-inspiring attractions, religious sites and magnificent natural wonder in Tibet.
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4 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa
This classic Lhasa city group tour is the best choice for tourists who have limited time or visit Tibet for the first time. After visiting the must-sees in Lhasa, you will have a comprehensive impression of Tibetan culture and pave the way for your revisit in the near future.
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8 Days Driving Across Himalaya Overland Adventure from Kathmandu to Lhasa
Tour Route: Kathmandu - Kyirong - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
This 8 days Kathmandu to Lhasa tour involves all the amazing natural landscape and historical cultural sites with an epic road trip, including the Everest Base Camp, Yamdrok Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery etc.
From USD 1060 p.p
6 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse- Lhasa
The week-long Journey gives tourists a rare opportunity to taste the essence of Tibetan Culture in central Tibet. Besides, the must-see scenery like Yamdrok Lake and glaciers, vital monasteries are also covered in the itinerary.
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6 Days Travel to Sky Lake - Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa
This itinerary covers major scenic spots in Lhasa and tourists will be able to see majestic mountainous range and sacred lakes on the roof of the world.
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5 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major Monasteries
Tour Route: Lhasa
The 5 days tour features the major monasteries of Tibet, Drepung monastery,Sera monastery and Ganden Monastery, which are 3 main Yellow sect Monasteries in Lhasa. Through this tour, tourists may have a better understanding of the largest and mainstream leading sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
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5 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Lhasa
This itinerary involves the major attractions in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, and a day tour to the holy lake Yamdrok, one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet.
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8 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
The cultural tour takes tourists to visit the hot attractions in main cities of Tibet and appreciate the spectacular view of two scared lakes.
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6 Day Lhasa to Tsedang Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Tsedang - Lhasa
This itinerary involves the major attractions in Lhasa and a day tour to the oldest Samye monastery. Then, you can continue your exploration to the cultural root of Tibet in Tsedang.
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17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Darchen - Kailash Kora (3 days) - Guge Kingdom - Manasarovar - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa
This tour allows tourists to enjoy the divine experience and ultimate religious and natural attractions across Tibet,esp. in Ngari Prefecture on full moon date.
From USD 2190 p.p
13 Day Lhasa, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar and Kathmandu Adventure Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Mt. Kailash - Lake Mansarovar - Kyirong - Kathmandu
This 13-day adventure tour covers the highest peak - Mount Everest, the holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, which will lead you to appreciate the epic Himalayas, enjoy the sacred Kailash Kora, and drive to Nepal via Gyirong Port.
From USD 1880 p.p
Most Popular Private Tibet Tour Itineraries for Traveling in July and Aug.
4 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
This 4-day classic Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour is customized for the tourists who are eager to visit the world’s highest mountain - Mount Everest with an extremely tight schedule.
5 Days Lhasa Private Tour with Three Great Monasteries
This 5-day classic Lhasa monastery tour is ideal for Tibetan Buddhism and culture fans to visit the “Great Three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet.
7 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Everest and Kathmandu
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong - Kathmandu
This 7-day classic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour brings you to travel from Tibet to Nepal via Gyirong Port and takes in all the stunning tourist attractions along Sino-Nepal Highway.
8 Days Private Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour with EBC
Tour Route:Kathmandu - Kyirong - EBC - Tingri - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
This 8-day Kathmandu to Lhasa overland tour takes you to travel from the gorgeous Kathmandu Valley to holy Lhasa City via Gyirong Port.
8 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa
This 8-day classic Lhasa to Everest Base Camp tour takes you to get a close-up view of the world’s summit - Mount Everest at your preferred departure date and travel style.
8 Days Tashilhunpo Festival Tour to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tsedang
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Tsedang
Tashilhunpo Festival, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The festival erupt for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month.
8 Days Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour
Tour Route:Xining - Tongren - Madoi - Yushu - Xining
Experience the most famous Tibetan Horse Racing Festival in Yushu of Qinghai. During this festival, interesting activities will be held, such as horse races, yak races, tugs of war, eating and drinking, dancing and singing performances.
8 Days Tibet Nagqu Horse Racing Festival Budget Travel by Train
Tour Route:Lhasa - Nagqu - Lhasa
Travel to Tibet during the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival held in August every year, is full of interesting activities. After two days of Lhasa sightseeing, take a train to Nagqu to have a good time with local people.
10 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to EBC and Namtso
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yampachen - Lhasa
This 10-day Lhasa EBC Namtso tour is perfectly designed for the nature lovers to unveil the mysteries of the majestic Mount Everest and the fascinating Yamdroktso and Namtso.
15 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Kailash and Manasarovar
Tour Route:Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Darchen - Drirapuk - Dzutripuk - Darchen - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa
This itinerary is customized for tourists to tour all the best highlights of Tibet with the flexible visit to Mount Everest Base Camp and trekking to Mount Kailash.
FAQs about Tibet Tour in July and Aug.
How about the road condition in rainy season? Is it safe to tour Tibet in Jul. and Aug.?
While July and August are the rainy monsoon season in Tibet, the plateau does not really see that much in the way of rain for most of the region. July is the wettest month of the year, but even then, rainfall average is only around 122mm for the whole month, Nyingchi does see more rain than Ngari, but the roads are normally still passable throughout the season, making tours still possible, even on the wettest of months. And with most of the rain falling in the evenings and overnight, it has little effect on your tour.
How about Tibet weather in Jul. and Aug.? Is it too hot? And what to wear?
Tibet’s weather in July and August is generally wet, with bright days and warm temperatures. Rainfall normally occurs late in the day, with the mornings being bright and sunny. The amount of rainfall depends on your location, and Nyingchi is the highest, with more than 500mm for the season. However, most of the plateau sees a lot less rain, and in Nagqu, Ngari, and western Shigatse, rain is still scarce. Temperatures are also lower now, reaching only around 21-22 degrees, as the weather is cooling already towards autumn. Warm clothes are only really needed for the most remote areas such as EBC and Namtso, where the lows can still get below 5 degrees at night. Just remember to bring a raincoat.
Can I see Mount Everest clearly in the monsoon season?
While there may not be much rain in western Shigatse and around the Himalayas in the summer, there is no guarantee that the summit of Everest will be clearly visible. Clouds can sometimes cling to the mountain peaks, making them hard to see, and it is really pot luck when you get to EBC.
Can I trek Tibet in the rainy season?
Trekking in Tibet is rarely a problem in the rainy season, except in the lower altitudes around Nyingchi. Trekking routes are not usually affected by the monsoon season, thanks to the low rainfall across most of the plateau. You may just find a few showers are more common, so bring raincoats.
What are the Best Festival to Enjoy in July and Aug.?
The Tibetan Festival, Universal Prayer Day/Dzamling Chisang is a Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the fifth month in Tibetan Calendar. It is a time for spiritual cleansing. On the Universal Prayer Day, Tibetan people go to the tops of local mountains to burn incense and hang prayer flags. Thus, it’s also called as World Incense Festival, which will fall on July 5 in 2020.
Dzam Ling Chi Sang was originally meant to commemorate Guru Rinpoche's subjugation of the local deities and the founding of Samye Monastery. In Lhasa, there is the spectacle of large amounts of 'Sang' being burned up on the hills of Chakpori, Bumpari (on the southern side of the Kyi-chu) and Gephelri ( behind Drepung Monastery ), etc. 'Sang' is a Tibetan 'ritual fireworks'. There is a variety in selection of material for Weisang, like branches pine and cypress, leaves of herbs such as Artemisia argyi and heath.
Yushu Horse Racing Festival held in Qinghai is a traditional Tibetan Festival in Amdo Tibetan Area. The festival is usually celebrated in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Region from July 25 to August 1 each year.
Horse Racing is quite popular in Tibetan Area. Yushu Horse Racing Festival is one of the top three horse racing festivals in Tibetan area. The other two are Ngachu Horse Racing Festival and Litang Horse Racing Festival. The Yushu Horse Race Festival takes advantage of the warm weather, so the valley floor has lush green grass suitable for long-distance horse races and tent camping.
Chokor Duchen Festival is one of the four great seasonal festivals (Losar, Saga Dawa, Chokor Duchen and Lhabab Duchen) celebrated by all Tibetan Buddhists. During those times, it is believed that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.
Chokhor means “Prayer Wheel” or “Dharma Wheel”, the common religious objects in Tibet, and Duchen means “great occasion” in Tibetan. This festival held in Lhasa on the 4th day of the 6th month of Tibetan calendar celebrates Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi in India. Many pilgrims climb the Mt. Gyambu Utse, the peak behind Drepung Monastery, and also the ridge from Pabonka to the Dode Valley, to burn the incense and hang prayer flags. The festival is also called Drukwa Tsezhi.
Tradition has it that Buddha was not convinced through his own reflections that teaching what he had discovered through his meditations would be of any benefit to others. It took the intercession of the great gods, Brahma and Indra, to persuade him to do so for the benefit of all sentient beings. The Buddha then addressed the five people who had been his companions during the time spent with the forest yogins concerning the Truth of Suffering, and the other Noble Truths.
As an important religious Tibet festival with a history over 500 years, Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival usually erupts for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month, from May 14th-16th in Tibetan Calendar every year. Different Buddhas are exhibited on each day during this festival.
Events culminate with the unveiling of a huge four-storey-tall Thangka (religious painting) on a tower behind the Tashilunpo monastery. The whole exposition zone spreads over 1,000 meters, decorated by silk and satins.
The Ganden Thangka Unveiling Festival is held on the 15th day of the sixth lunar month of Tibetan Calendar in memory of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa, a well-known Tibetan religious philosopher. During this festival, Ganden Monastery would display its 25 holiest relics, which are normally locked away. A large offering ceremony accompanies the unveiling.
The highlight is that Ganden's monks would hang enormous thangka from the special wall at the northern corner of the monastery where it can be seen from the surrounding countryside. Thousands of people would circle the monastery, enter inside to view the Buddhas, pray, and get blessed, and then they go outside to sit on the hill or try to get close to the wall where the big and vividly woven thangka is displayed. Some poor people would walk for weeks to get to the place before sunrise that day.
Litang Horse Racing Festival in Kham Tibetan Area is a traditional Tibetan festival held on from August 1 to August 7 every year in Litang County, Sichuan province. The Litang Horse Racing Festival is the most celebrated holiday in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Khampas from all over the Tibetan Plateau come to trade, celebrate and ride. Khampas are nomads that are Tibetan and are usually herders.
During the Litang Horse Racing festival horsemanship and horse races are held upon the Tibetan Ponies. These small and fast horses are raced and shown to see who owns the best horse. The horse festival is significant because it helps to establish socio-economic hierarchy in Khampas who participate. A lot of honor and prestige is placed on who owns the best horse. A very large tourism business has been built up on adventure trips and tours provided by companies who cater to individuals who are interested in horses and horsemanship. These companies travel around Tibet taking groups of tourists throughout the different villages hosting horse festivals. This benefits the nomads' economy as well as the rest of China's economy.
We know that August is the high season of Tibet tour, with ceremony of the hilarious Tibetan traditional festival Shoton and Horse Racing Festival. But there is another great festival in Tibet also falling in August, that is, Xiangxiong Cultural Festival in Ngari where you can visit the relics of Guge Kingdom, holy Mount Kailash, sacred Lake Manasarovar, spectacular Zhada Earth Forest, beautiful Panggongcuo Lake and so on. The Xiangxiong festival usually lasts for the whole August.
Xiangxiong, also Shang Shung, is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates back more than 1300 years. According to historical records, Xiangxiong Kingdom once dominated central and western Tibet, and its culture has influenced the philosophies and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Now, the local government has established a tourism festival based on its rich cultural heritage.
The Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is the grandest annual event in northern Tibet. Tens of thousands of herdmen gather on the vast grassland dotted with tents to enjoy the horse riding competition, yak race, tug of war, stone-lifting and Tibetan operas.
August is the golden season for tourists to sightsee the vast and beautiful green grassland covered by flower. During this time, the grass is the tallest and the weather is most accommodating to those who enjoy the great outdoors. This festival is also an exhibition and trading of local stuff among Tibetan people.
Few days before the opening ceremony of Horsing Race Festival, traditionally dressed and decorated Tibetans living on this immense grassland gather at Naqu County to set up their tents around horse racing track, hundreds of tents stand and are packed there within a few days, as if a crowed temporary city suddenly appeared on grassland.
Shoton Festival is one of the grandest traditional festivals for all Tibetan people. It is a celebration to mark the end of the monks 'Yarné, their hundred day summer retreat. This festival starts on the last day of the sixth month in Tibetan Calendar and lasts for a few days. 'Shoton' in Tibetan means sour milk banquet. As Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited at this time, it is also called 'Tibetan Opera Festival' or 'Buddha Exhibition Festival'.
Early in the morning, 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. The festival is a great occasion for both Tibetans and tourists.
What can I experience during Shoton Festival?
One of the grandest festivals in Tibet is the renowned Shoton Festival. A celebration that was originally held to mark the end of Yarné, the monastic period of 100 days of fasting and meditation in the summer months, the festival is more commonly known now as the Yogurt Festival. Yogurt is the main food that is eaten, and you can also see plenty of Tibetan operas and the exhibition of the thangkas in the monasteries.
Can I participate in the horse race held in Gyantse and Nagqu?
While the horse racing festivals of Tibet are renowned as exciting and fun events, with lots to see and eat, they are not usually ideal for tourists to enter as competitors. The races and stunts are dangerous, and the riders are all experienced and trained. The best way to take part is as a spectator.
Why July and August are the peak season with high price for visiting Tibet? And how to minimize the tour cost?
The summer months are the peak season for tourism in Tibet, as these are the main months when tourists decide to visit the region. Summer is usually the main tourist season in places where the monsoon is not so strong. And in Tibet, the huge number of festivals, great weather, and amazing sights of the summer make it the best time to come. However, it is more costly, and if you want to reduce the cost, you can join in on a Tibet Small Group Tour to share some of the expenses with other travelers.
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