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When is the Best Time to Visit Lhasa Tibet

Last Update: February 7, 2023

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet, which is located at an altitude of 3,600 meters. This city has become a commercial destination and the tourism here is quite developed in recent years. This place is quite far away from many metropolis, but the remote location and the high altitude do not stop the steps of visitors to come to this heavenly holy region. Throughout the whole year, the sunshine can be seen recurrently. You should know that weather here is not so pleasant, for strong sunshine, thin air, low air pressure, heavy winds, summer showers, and extremely cold winters are the basic characteristics of it. This holy city has its own history and traditional culture for years, which has strong cultural deposits and fantastic historical sites for tourists to enjoy.

Best Time to Go

In order to visit Lhasa more smoothly, you need to know the best time to travel there. Spring and autumn are the best time to have a Tibet tour. If you do not care the occasional mild showers in summer, you can choose this time period to go there, which is also an ideal season to visit Lhasa Tibet. In summer months, the temperature is above 10℃, which tends to burn your skin easily, but these months are also the busiest time for lots of travel agencies to arrange small and large tour to Lhasa Tibet. During the winter months from November to December, it is too cold and it is not sensible to visit Lhasa in these months. As one of the highest cities in the world, many visitors may suffer the high altitude sickness. In this case, you can make use of this guidance to help you to know about the best time to visit there.

Lhasa in Spring

With the reputation of “sunlight city”, Lhasa is dry and windy in spring. Therefore, you’d better drink more water than common days to keep your body hydrated.

Lhasa in SpringVisit Lhasa in spring

It is sensible for you to take your lipstick. The rain in the spring of Lhasa is quite little and you can only see snow in mountainous regions for the high temperature. The strong sunshine is strong in radiation, which reminds you to make use of sunscreen lotions to prevent from burning your skin. Although the temperature in daytime is high, it may become extremely cold at night. In general, the May Day Holiday is the beginning of the tourism season, and the climate will become more pleasant in Lhasa.

It is advisable to take your down jackets, long- sleeved shirts, cotton trousers and t-shirts, as well as some warm clothes with you to adapt to the big temperature differences in daytime and at night.

Lhasa in Summer

In summer, Lhasa will become rainy. Usually, it rains at night and becomes sunny in daytime again. The mild climate here makes its summer not too hot and its winter not so cold. The average temperature of summer in Lhasa is about 10℃ to 20℃. Due to the ultraviolet radiation in daytime, you need to take some necessary measures to protect your skin, such as taking your sunglasses, using sun cream, wearing a hat and etc.

June, July, and August are the three months of summer in Lhasa, and the temperature here from June to August will range from warm to cool. There are always mild showers during the night, which hinders the tourism of visitors to a great degree. However, you will see lots of locals from china travelling to Tibet due to the holidays.

Namtso LakeIt is sensible to extend your Lhasa tour to Namtso Lake in summer.

Since the temperature in summer is warmer compared to other seasons, it is ideal for you to visit all the tourist sits as you like, such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, and Drepung Monastery. It is sensible for you to extend your Lhasa tour to Lake Namtso, for June is the most suitable month to enjoy the natural beauty of Namtso Lake and the magnificent sunrises and sunsets alongside the holy lakes.

If you have a trip to Lhasa in July and August, you will be lucky to witness many sports contests and outdoor market fairs in the lush and green grasslands. Travelers can take the Tibet train to Lhasa to enjoy the fully-bloomed followers and the snow-covered mountains. The scenery on the way is magnificent and will glut your eyes to the full. The activities of wildlife and nomads will be rich during the summer months in Lhasa. If you are lucky, you may take part in the Shoton Festival, Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, and Ganden Thangka festival during summer times.

Lhasa in Autumn

When autumn arrives in Lhasa, the color of it will become gold and the weather is also dry and windy. The autumn months are September and October, which allows tourists to witness the inflow of travelers, locals and foreigners alike. Visitors can enjoy the golden brown tree leaves and golden glow forests. The cool and clear weather makes Lhasa free of heavy clouds. Thus, tourists can obtain a good view of mountain peaks during autumn months.

Ganden MonasteryGood view of Ganden Monastery in Lhasa in autumn

The mild sunlight and the dry winds are the basic characteristics of autumn months of Lhasa, and the temperature is not so low as winter or spring. This kind of weather conditions are quite ideal for people to explore in Tibet and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If you plan to pay a visit to Lhasa in autumn, you’d better book the tickets, hotel room and other things in advance, for the overall prices are quite high during autumn. If you do not have much time to pre-book such things, you can contact with a travel operation to help you to do all these preparations.

Lhasa in Winter

Most people may think the temperature of winter months is quite low and the cold weather is not bearable for tourists. Actually, it is not true, for the winter in Lhasa is not as cold as you think. It is dry and cool in winter, but the blue sky and bright sun will offer you fantastic scene. Winter is the best season for travelers to see the snow-covered mountains. However, you should know that in February and March, lots of attractions are unavailable for tourism.

Barkhor StreetLhasa is actually full of sunshine in winter.

November is still a good month to visit Lhasa, for the sunshine during the day will make you feel warm, but it will become super cold at night. The accommodation and tickets are quite cheaper than other moths, and there is no need for you to worry about the typical tourist crowd filling up the streets. We recommend travelers take much warmer clothes if they deicide to have a trip to Lhasa in winter months.

By reading the whole guidance carefully, you may grasp the main information and can make a decision to Lhasa in a proper month according to your need. If you want to know how to prepare other things when traveling to Lhasa Tibet, you can choose a reliable and experienced travel agency to assist you to arrange your itinerary.

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