• by Morgan
  • Last Updated: 2018-09-19

May is one of the best months to visit Tibet. In the earlier spring, the weather is still cold with little rainfall, and gets warmer in May. Therefore, trees start to turn green and flowers blossom in these days, with dry, sunny and cool weather. Moreover, the rainy season starts from June, thus you can visit some remote places and have a highlands trekking tour in May. The average temperature in May of Tibet is about 12℃, and the minimum temperature is 5 °C, and the maximum temperature is 19 °C. 

What to Wear in May?

If you just want to visit some low-altitude areas like Lhasa, light winter clothes and T-shirts are needed. While, if you want remote regions with high altitude, you need to bring some warm clothes like jacket, sweaters, etc. Due to the intense ultraviolet light, it is suggested to avoid sunburn by taking suncream, sun hats, sunglasses and lipsticks. Meanwhile, try to drink as much water as possible in this dry and sunny weather.

What to Do in May?

The weather in May is quite well and is one of the best time to travel to Tibet to have indoor and outdoor activities. 

1.Lhasa

Known as the “City of Sunlight”, Lhasa is suitable to visit all the year round. May in Lhasa is warm with low rainfall at night, full of vigorousness. In Lhasa, it is recommended to visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka etc. Spending 2-3 days in Lhasa attractions is suggested, not only to visit the top attractions but also to have a good rest to adapt to the high altitude.

2.Lake Namtso

In May, the weather is getting warmer, and the ice on Lake Namtso starts to melt. It is suitable to have a visit in Lake Namtso and you can stay overnight near the lakeside to enjoy the stunning sunrise and sunset. You can feast your eyes on the turquoise lake at daytime and sparkling sky at night.

3.Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, known as the top sacred mountain and holy lake in Tibet, attract thousands of pilgrims to have a kora each year. In May, the weather warms up with low rainfall, so it is quite suitable to have a trek in Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. 

4.Mount Everest

Early May is the best time to visit Mt. Everest with warm weather and clear sky, and you have an opportunity to view the peak of the mountain clearly. It's also regarded as the best time to climb Mt. Everest.

5.Shannan

Shannan, known as the cradle of Tibetan culture, is a holy land for ascetics. Therefore, you can explore the primitive Tibetan villages in Shannan. When the warm and humid airflow from the Indian Ocean crosses the Tibetan valleys in May, Shannan is covered by the green grassland and blooming flowers.

6.Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa Festival is one of the holiest festivals in Tibetan Buddhism to memorize the birth of Sakyamuni, the Nirvana (enlightenment) and Parinirvana (death). in Tibetan language, Saga means “the fourth” and Dawa refers to “month”, and would be celebrated for a whole month around Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. Generally speaking, Saga Dawa Festival begins in May and ends in June.

Other Tips:

1. From May 1st to 3rd is the Labor Day in China, thus the booking of train or flight tickets to Tibet and the hotel becomes much more difficult. Therefore, try to confirm your travel plan and book tickets and accommodation in advance.

2. Most travelers would get the altitude sickness, so it is quite important to have a good rest when you arrive in Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet.

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