- by Beatrice
- Last Updated: 2018-09-19
One of the best months to travel in Tibet is the month of June considering that the early weeks of this month are still warm and dry. Heavy monsoon, however, usually starts on the third week of June. Yet, despite the onset of heavy monsoon, you can still enjoy the famous hiking route of Tibet during daytime, such as Mt. Kailash trek, Ganden Samye trek, Tinger to Everest Base Camp trek, etc. because rain usually falls during nighttime. Tibet’s temperature may fluctuate from a minimum of 9 °C during nighttime to a maximum of 24 °C during daytime. The average June Temperature is at 17 °C with an average precipitation of 63mm, and 8 wet days on average. Additionally, the average relative humidity in Tibet during June is 64.
What to Wear When You Visit Tibet in June?
If you are coming from a tropical part of the world, you may be needing light winter clothes when you visit Tibet, especially, during nighttime. During daytime, you can wear casual long sleeve shirts like T-shirts, especially, if there is much sunshine. However, since Tibet is known as the roof of the world, it is more exposed to UV light, and for this reason, you need to wear sun hats and sunglasses as protections from UV light. You should also have your coat in handy for the weather may fluctuate during the day.
Many people usually experience altitude sickness, especially, when traveling in Tibet which is around 4,500 meters above sea level on average. This also means that the oxygen level in Tibet is far lower than the oxygen level near the sea. Moreover, the air pressure in Tibet is far lesser than when you are near sea level. Hence, to prevent experiencing severe altitude sickness, you need to have in handy an oxygen tank, especially, if you have health conditions like asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure, please consult your doctor first when you plan to go to Tibet.
Activities in Tibet During June
Tibet Tours are available during the month of June, although June is not the peak season for tourist arrival. It is best to visit Tibet during the first and second weeks of June, as mentioned above, rains mostly fall during the night; hence, you can still enjoy daytime activities like hiking and trekking during the later weeks of this month.
Once you arrive at Lhasa, you can stay here 1 or 2 days to acclimate yourself to the high altitude. At Lhasa, you can visit its historical and religious landmarks and attractions including the famous the Potala Palace, the Barkor Street, and Jokhang. So usually 3 to 4 days staying at Lhasa is suggested.
Other Awesome Places to Visit During June
Tibet is not without its natural wonders. Aside from enjoying the historical places of Lhasa, you can get out of Lhasa during the month of June and take a jaunt to Namtso Lake located some 4,718 meters above sea level. This amazing lake is the highest saltwater body of water in the world. This lake is around 4-hours away from Lhasa. It would be good to visit Namtso Lake during daytime, but you can still camp near the lake for an overnight stay there.
Tibet is not just Lhasa, and there are still many other famous landmarks and places to visit outside of Lhasa. You can visit Tsedang which is situated around 3,100 meters above sea level and 190 km southeast of the city of Lhasa. This lovely town is near the famous Samye Monastery. This town has a warmer weather than Lhasa with mainly sunny days during June.
You can also visit Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake, and most especially, the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Mt. Kailash. Yamdrok Lake is around 4,500 meters above sea level and is known for its exquisite beauty and size. You can reach this lake within 2.5 hours from Lhasa along the Friendship Highway on your way to Shigatse. By the way, June is also the month for the locals to have Linka activity, which is similar like junket we usually have. You will see the local peple sitting in the woods, grass, or beside the stream to enjoy the pleasant season.
Shigatse, on the other hand, is the second largest city of Tibet. Located around 3,900 meters above sea level, this city has an average temperature of 22 °C (72 °F) and average night temperature of 8 °C (46 °F). Here, you can see some famous landmarks and can use your stay here to acclimate yourself to the weather at EBC if you plan to visit EBC and behold the majestic Mt. Everest or Mt. Kailash.
It is best to visit EBC and Mt. Kailash during the first two weeks of June, right before the onset of monsoon season. The temperature at EBC averages at around 17 °C (63 °F) during daytime and 5 °C (41 °F) during nighttime. It is not advisable to visit Mt. Kailash during heavy monsoon days (Although the Saga Dawa Festival is held in June) because the roads leading to this mountain may be dampened by heavy rains and snow right at the start of the monsoon season.