Best Time to Travel to Tibet

  • by Nance
  • Last Updated: 2020-09-18

The beauty Tibet has to offer is just incomparable. With plateau-climate and picturesque locations, the place offers to be a perfect tourist destination.

Decide what’s time to travel to Tibet is an important question. There is no clear answer when is the best time to visit Tibet. When you want to travel to this magnificent place, it depends entirely on your interest, or what you want to see and to do. In fact, Tibet can be visited at any time of the year, but at certain times of the year is better than other time.

Best places to visit in Tibet in the season of Winter:

  • Lhasa, the City of Sunshine
  • Shigatse, a Hot Tourist City
  • Mt. Everest, the Peak of Heaven

Best places to visit in Tibet in the season of Summer:

  • Namtso
  • Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

Best Time to Visit Everst Base Camp

Golden summit of Mt.Everest.

The golden summit of Mt.Everest.

The Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet is a scenic spot that can be visited throughout the year.

April-June and September-October are the best time to visit Everest Base Camp. In the spring and autumn season, there is less rain and more sunny days so tourists are more likely to see the summit of Mount Everest clearly.

July-August is the peak tourist season for Everest Base Camp. This season is the rainy season in Tibet, and the air is warm and moist. But it’s the most comfortable season for tourists. Tourists who are worrying about altitude sickness can choose to travel in summer. During this period, they will get the best physical comfort experience in Tibet.

From November to February of the following year, traveling to the Everest Base Camp is relatively more cost-effective, and it is the best season to travel and save money for tourists with a tight budget. Winter is the off-season for Mount Everest Base Camp, with relatively a few tourists and lower consumption in scenic spots.  

The monthly average temperature and precipitation of Mt. Everest.

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Best Time to Trek to Mt. Kailash

Devout pilgrims.

Trek around Mt. Kailash.

Trekking around Mt. Kailash is one of the most popular itineraries in Tibet. From May to October is the best time to trek around Mt. Kailash. From July to August, the Mt. Kailash area is drier than those regions in Lhasa. Meanwhile, thousands of pilgrims from India would go to Mt. Kailash during this period. So in July and August, the route to trek around Mt.Kailash may be very busy, I suggest that you avoid these months. Usually, small hotels and teahouses near Mt. Kailash will be closed in late October or earlier November because of the cold weather and heavy snow. Therefore, fewer travel agencies will arrange Mt.Kailash trekking in mid-October.

The monthly average temperature and precipitation of Ngari.

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Best Time to Experience Tibet Culture

Shoton Festival

During the Shoton Festival, you will see more about Tibetan Buddhism and culture.

If your wholesale reason to visit Tibet is to see their nomadic culture then June through early September would be the best choice. There are several big festivals meanwhile, such as Saga Dawa Festival in Jun, Samye Dolde in Jul, Shoton Festival in Aug, etc.

These summer months let you see nomads who are on the high grasslands with their sheep and yaks. These months undoubtedly bring some clouds & rain. However, to see their culture, no other month would be as appropriate as for June and all the way to September. Tibet people are very glad to invite you to attend the celebration. It’s a time to experience Tibet folk custom and Buddhist culture.

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Best Time to Go Trekking

The trekking season in Tibet is from late April through late October, out of which the most suitable months are:

  • Starting of May until the end of June
  • Early September through late October

Take a break during trekking.

Have a stop and enjoy the scenery on the way!

These months give you good views of the mountains along with the ideal conditions for trekking and camping as it is generally dry during this period. Trekking in the summer months is not advised as it will rain in these months at least 3 times per week. There will be a cloudy sky, and you'll not witness any clear skies during the daytime. Proper trekking equipment and clothing can make your trekking time delightful and hassle-free.

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Best Time to Be a Part of The Tibetan Horse Festival

Horse racing competition.

A wonderful moment of the Horse Racing Festival.

The Horse Racing Festival is an important part of Tibet culture, especially the daily life of people in Tibet. Horse Racing Festival is the most distinctive holiday in Tibet especially in the pastoral areas of Tibet. From July to August, it is the most beautiful season in grasslands with lush aquatic plants, so Horse racing festival will be held in these months.

It usually lasts about 10 days. At present, the influencing horse racing festivals in Tibet are Nagqu Horse Festival (around August ) and Gyantse Horse Race (around July). On the eve of the horse racing festival, thousands of herdsmen wear colorful costumes, riding horses to go to the horse racing festival. Around the racetrack, a tent village was pulled out in the twinkling of an eye, and the grand horse racing festival suddenly brought a spectacular, fully functional tent city to the prairie. The whole event can be divided into two major categories: horse racing and horse riding skills. In the evening, the herdsmen will ignite a pile of the bonfire in the prairie, staying around the flaming fire, singing and dancing happily.

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Visiting Tibet in Winter

Excluding some places like Namtso Lake, Mt. Kailash and some trekking routes, all other destinations in Tibet can be visited in the winter. Finding tourists during that time is quite impossible. However, one can definitely visit in the wintertime without any issues.

Yamdroktso Lake

Yamdroktso Lake in winter.

Note:

From February to March, most of the Tibet area is closed to foreign travelers, because February and March are sensitive months for Tibetans. Tibet travel permit usually stops from the beginning of February. Tibet will reopen from early April.

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SUMMARY:

The most suitable time for your visit to Tibet is based on the reason for your visit.

  • January- February, April- May and then October- December is considered to be the best months to see the Everest clearly.
  • June to September is the ideal period for seeing Tibetan nomads. One can see the nomads of Tibet on the grasslands. If you visit during the month of June, this will definitely be the highlight of your visit.
  • The perfect months for trekking in Tibet are April through late October.
  • The major parts of Tibet can be traveled around even during winters.
  • Tourists find Tibet closed during which people cannot visit the country. This is during early April.

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2018-04-08

Hi.We are looking at your tours, travelling from England, as we would love to visit Tibet.However, I am really worried about altitude sickness and therefore missing out on the 1st couple of days and wonder how this would impact on our tour.We went to Peru 2 years ago and I had altitude sickness, requiring bed rest and oxygen for 2 days.I would be grateful if you could let me know what would happen if I had altitude sickness on the 1st couple of days.

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To prevent the occurrence of altitude sickness, you need to have a proper rest and avoid strenuous activities days before you go to Tibet. After getting off the plane, you should try not to carry heavy things or run and avoid outdoor activities. Nifedipinum, Nuodikang Capsules, and Suoluomabao Capsules may help you prevent the occurrence of altitude sickness when you are taken three days before arrival to a highland. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms which will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days. After 1 or 2 days acclimation, almost all of them can adapt to the local environment and these symptoms will disappear. And, we have equipped oxygen tank and medical kit for emergency use. Please don't worry on this point as there're hundreds of thousands of travelers coming to Tibet every year of all ranges of conditions. According to your request, I recommend you join our 6 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour, This is a lower elevation travel in Tibet. After sightseeing in Lhasa head straight to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrotso before heading and the glacier-draped Karola pass to Gyantse with its must-see Pelkor Chode Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum. A 90mins drive away is Shigatse, with its impressive Tashilump Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet.