Weather & Seasons
In fact, the Tibetan climate is not as harsh as many people imagine it to be. It is suitable for travel to the central Tibet of Lhasa, Shigartse, Tsetang, Gyantse almost all year around, the other destinations of North, West, East are good to be visited from March to December, and the best time is August and September, October, November.
From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall. Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, the roads to the east are temporarily washed out and the Friendship Highway sometimes becomes impassable on the Nepal side or on the border itself.
Tibet is not a frozen wasteland during winter, it actually has surprisingly mild climate. The daily average temperature is around 8 degrees in Lhasa, it snows once a while, and most of the days in central Tibet are sunshine all the time. However, the temperature of winter in Tibet still varies sharply between daytime and night.
Winter is also a good timing for witnessing different festivals, the colors of plateau’s vegetation changes. The weather is characterized with dry air, small puffy white clouds, unbelievably blue skies, the gorgeous sunshine lights Tibet’s ancient streets filled with Tibetans wearing traditional costume.
Real-Time Weather Information
*Major Cities of Tibet and the eastern tibet of Kham and Amdo