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Best time to travel to Tibet

When someone is planning to go to Tibet, one of the first questions that come to their mind is “When is the best time to travel to Tibet”. There’s no one fixed answer to this question because it really depends on your intention of visit. The different seasons and months are good for different things.

Let’s first evaluate the best time to travel to Tibet by the seasons. Do take note that due to its high elevation, the duration of each season is quite different from other regions and countries.

 

Tibet in Summer (June – August)

The weather is warmest and ‘friendliest’ in Tibet during the summer. Do note that warm over here is considered ‘cool’ by most standard.

Tourists – Summer is the busiest season in Tibet as it receives the highest number of tourists. Due to demand outstripping supply, you may notice the higher rates of travel during this high season as compared to other lower seasons.

Rainfall – While the weather is generally milder and warmer during the summer, this is also the period with the most rainfall. July and August are the 2 months with the highest rainfall out of the whole year. Still, rarely there will be daily rain in Tibet even during this rainy season.

Trekking – Although it’s a good time to trek due to the snow-free mountain passes, dense clouds and fogs might obstruct your views of the Himalayan mountains.

Festivals – If you love cultures and parties, this is the season to go. Tibetans will be out of their homes, with their livestock on the lush green grasslands. There also more outdoor markets, sports contests and festivals this season than any other season.

Best Time to Travel to Tibet Tibet Weather Summer

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Tibet in Autumn (September – November)

Although the weather is not as mild as Summer, it’s still cool and manageable.

Tourists – In terms of numbers, especially September and October, it’s the second busiest period after the summer season. It’s advisable to book your tour in advance to get some good deals.

Rainfall – Rain would have stopped by August or latest by early September. You’ll have clear skies accompanying you this season.

Trekking – Perfect time for trekking, hiking and climbing! No rain, moderate weather, and clear skies make this season the best time to be outdoor. All your pictures & videos of Tibet’s gorgeous landscapes and Himalayan peaks will look exceptional!

Festivals – There are still several festivals going on this season.

Best Time to Travel to Tibet Tibet Weather Autumn

Credit: Tibet Highland Tours

 

 

Tibet in Winter (December – February)

Winter is still a reasonably good time to travel to Tibet. It might be the coldest season, but the daily clear sky will give amazing views of the mountains and landscape. To fight the cold, be sure to bring along good-quality and sufficient winter clothing.

Tourists – This is the low season for tourists. So, if budget is your concern and you prefer to see fewer tourists, then this is the season for you.

Trekking – There will be snow and ice on the higher mountain passes so exercise due care. You will enjoy clear views of white mountains and its surrounding throughout your trek. Simply stunning!

Festivals – Minimal number of festivals during this period

Best Time to Travel to Tibet Tibet Weather Winter

Credit: Tibet Highland Tours

 

Tibet in Spring (March – May)

Every year in March, starting in February, Tibet is closed to foreign travellers for 5 to 6 weeks. During this period, no Tibet permits are issued.

Tourists – Still considered a low season, you can get good prices travelling to Tibet in April and May.

Trekking – With clear skies and weather that’s getting warmer, this is a good season for trekking.

Festivals – Some festivals are happening this season.

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