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Travel to Tibet in July

November,18 2019 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

July, one of the best months to visit Tibet in a year, is quite suitable for sightseeing in Tibet and exploring Tibetan culture. In the same time, July is also a peak tourist season due to mild climate in Tibet. There are thousands of people to travel in Tibet, so it's better to plan your itinerary ahead of time and know some travel guides about travel to Tibet in July including climate and weather of Tibet in July, scenic spots deserved to be seen, and festivals in July and some other tips for travelling to Tibet in July.

 Tibet Climate and Weather in July Tibet climate and weather in July is so pleasant

Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in July

Taking train to Tibet should not be missed and is also the best option for tourists. As a professional Tibet Travel Agency, we will try our best to guarantee your Tibet train tickets and make all efforts to meet you demands. As we all know, Qinghai-Tibet railway is the highest railway in the world, reputed as the railway in the cloud. Turned out to this railway, from its debut attracted a whole world’s attention.

One of reasons why people visit Tibet by train is the scenery on the way to Lhasa from Xining. If you travel Tibet by train, not only can you appreciate the clear blue sky and a flock of sheep ranging over the grassland, the village houses speckled on the plateau, but also some famous attractions along the railway. Especially in July, you must be astonished by Lake Qinghai and the beauty of Delingha landscape.

Qinghai Lake

Shaped like an ellipse, Qinghai Lake lies northwest of the imposing Qinghai Altiplano, and is the largest inland and salt water lake in China. It takes about an hour to approach the lake from Xining Railway Station, and the train will follow the lake’s northern shore. Out of the window, what jumps into your view is the endless surface of lake.

 Qinghai Lake Qinghai Lake is surrounded by golden rape flowers in July

It is worth mentioning that tourists can enjoy inviting views in July. At this time, the lake side was covered with a grass and rape flower and the distant snowy mountains are loomed in ethereal cloud and mist. Golden blossoms, blue sky and snowy peaks are reflected in the Qinghai Lake, which is mesmerizing. All these seemed to constitute a landscape painting, tourists always speak about how beautiful it is, traveling in a picturesque world.


Located in Qinghai province, Delinha is a city on plateau that rebuilt after implementing the great reform and opening-up policy. There are two vastly different lakes, named Tuosu Lake and Keluke Lake, which surrounded by the vast grassland. It is said the aliens had visited Mount Baigong near to these two lakes, and the shape of mountain resembles pyramid, which makes Mount Baigong shrouded in mystery.

Dehaling is Mongol, means “golden field”. As long as the train draws near vast and fertile farmland, luxuriant vegetation, a few sheep grazing by the lakeside, you will understand what golden field means and why people are keen on travel Tibet by train. Also, tourists swarm into Dehaling in july, therefore, it is difficult to book tickets and accommodations. It is a golden opportunity of a feast to the eye, when the train passes by.

Tibet Climate and Weather in July

July is one of the warmest months of the whole year and marks the beginning of the summer monsoon season in Tibet, but it usually rains at night and is sunny during the daytime. Owing to the high altitude, you won’t endure the hot weather you have in plain cities in same latitude during summer. The temperature is mild in July and would not surpass 30℃ even on the hottest day. No sweltering you will feel except the pleasant warm in the daytime. It is pleasant and even warm in most areas. There is little need to worry about altitude sickness on account of high oxygen contents.

Tibet Weather and climate in July July-A peak touist season to visit Tibet.

However, there are vast differences in temperature between day and night. Temperature drops largely at night in all Tibet areas, down to degrees below zero. Down jacket needs to be prepared even in July. In Lhasa, the minimum temperature is 10℃ , while the maximum temperature is 22℃ and the ultraviolet radiation on the Tibetan plateau is very strong. It would be better to dress in layers.

With the increase of an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, the temperature drops 6℃. Tourists are able to visit most attractions during this period since frozen lakes melt, days are becoming warmer than spring. Meanwhile, most of rains fall from July and August, causing many natural disasters, like debris flow, landslide in remote areas not recommended to go.

Destinations for Tibet Tour in July

July is a good month to go sightseeing in Tibet for the bright sky and moderate temperature, you can enjoy stunning natural and cultural view of Lhasa, Ningchi, Gyantse, Shigase. The unique plateau landscape and typical Tibetan Culture will give you a lot of satisfaction. On the basis of splendid experience, here we conclude some recommended attractions where tourists like visiting.

Yamdrok Lake

As one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake plays an significant role in Tibetan scenic spots that tourists must visit. The lake is surrounded by many majestic mountains, fed by numerous small streams. In July, on a clear day, the peaks rise one after another as far as the human eye can see, the lake shimmers beneath blue sky, blotted with stationary, white clouds. There are swarming with travelers to appreciate turquoise Yamdrok Lake and take some pictures.

Mt. Everest

July may not be the best time to travel to Mt. Everest because July is rainy season in Tibet. Low visibility, rain, and bad road condition could hinder you to see the peak of Mt. Everest. If you are lucky enough, good weather could provide an amazing view of Mt. Everest. In the meantime, summer is also travel season, mount Everest will be packed with travelers even on rainy days. So it is necessary to read more details about Everest climate before you travel.

 Mt. Everest Mt. Everest

Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

Mt. Kailash, with an altitude of 6,656 meters, is one of the most beautiful and amazing mountains in China. The holy mountain Mt. Kailash is regarded as the center on the earth by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bonism and Jainism. It is no exaggeration to say that a tour to Mt. Kailash is a journey that lingers for decades. July is a good time to travel to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar due to mild climate and high oxygen contents. But it is necessary to bring umbrella or raincoat and warm clothes.

Lake Namtso

Reputed as “Heavenly Lake” by Titetan, due to its high altitude, pure blue water. The grassland of northern Tibet welcomes its golden time with thousands of flowers in bloom and Namtso Lake like a blue pearl on the Tibetan plateau. Lake Namtso in July is as pretty as a breathtaking picture on this holy land. Dotted with yak herds and local nomads surround the crystal clear water of Lake Namtso, making it one of the most beautiful places in Tibet. It is an excellent opportunity to visit Lake Namtso in July.

Tibetan Festivals in July

Three grand and religious Tibetan festivals - Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival, World Incense Festival and Choerchor Dhuchen Festival will be held in July. For travelers, it is an excellent experience to witness the devotion of Buddhist pilgrims, the lively and welcoming monasteries, and the intricate patterns of colorful Tibetan art. Also travelers can have a close contact with the local Tibetans, which may contribute to comprehending Tibetan Culture.

Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival

Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival is one of the most important festivals, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is possessed of a history of over 500 years and enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival usually displys Buddha Amitabha (infinite light), Sakyamuni and Maitreya (the future Buddha) in turn for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month, from May 14th-16th in Tibetan Calendar every year(on 8th , July, 2018). Meanwhile, reciting scriptures also is a significant part to pray that there is not natural disaster in Tibet. In actual fact, it is not only a religious celebration, also a feast of Buddhist art. 3-day exhibition will win people’s admiration and respect for craftsmanship.

 Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival

World Incense Festival

World Incense Festival, also called Universal Prayer Day or Dzam Ling Chi Sang which is a Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the fifth month in Tibetan Calendar(on July 9 in 2018). It is a time for spiritual cleansing. On the Universal Prayer Day, Tibetan people who are good at singing and dancing dress in traditional gorgeous costumes, go to the tops of local mountains to burn incense and hang prayer flags. And then pitch tents, the locals sing and dance with music, immerse themselves in natural brauty.

Choerchor Dhuchen Festival

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 June 4th in Tibetan calendar, that is July 16th, 2018 in Chinese calendar, which celebrates Sakyamuni’s first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi in India. Therefore, people all dress in new clothes to make a pilgrimage in local monasteries with their tributes on Choerchor Dhuchen Festival. 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. It is believed that pious attitude has a great influence for your preayer.

Packing List of Travelling to Tibet in July

Identification: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit
Clothes: wet suit, summer and autumn clothing, down jacket, outdoor jacket, waterproof shoes, long-sleeved clothes
Articles: umbrella, sunscreen cream, sunhat, sunglasses, lipstick, cup
Others: camera, CNY cash, wash supplies

Tips for Travelling to Tibet in July

1. You must get Tibet Travel Permit and other relative permits when you are planning to travel in Tibet.

2. With high altitude and thin air, there is extremely strong the ultraviolet ray in Tibet plateau, you need pay much attention to protecting your skin under the strong ultraviolet radiation.

3. Umbrella and waterproof clothing are necessary goods when you are travelling to Tibet in July. Due to rainy season and large temperature between day and night, it's better to bring long-sleeved clothes, down jacket, outdoor jacket, wet suit and waterproof shoes.

4. As it is the peak season of Tibet tour , you'd better book train tickets two months ahead of your schedule to ensure your travel to Tibet in desired time. If you want to cut down the cost, taking part in Tibet group tour is a good option.

5. Oxygen content is high in July, therefore, it has less worry about altitude stress. Just treat altitude stress positively. Taking trains also can help you to acclimatize.

6. Respect local customs and Buddhist Culture when you are in Tibet. You'd better not touch Buddha statues and the head of Tibetan people or take pictures inside of the temples.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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