When is the best time to go to Tibet?

When is the best time to go to Tibet? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Tibet, the weather is good across more than 54% of the territory for: July and August
  • The best months to go to Lhasa are June, July and August
  • On average, the warmest months in Lhasa are June, July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • July is the wettest month in this city
  • Lhasa is the city with the best climate, with good weather 3 months a year

Annual weather in Tibet

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Tibet for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 7°F to 36°F
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February 13°F to 41°F
0 to 1 days*
March 18°F to 45°F
0 to 2 days*
April 27°F to 54°F
1 to 4 days*
May 38°F to 61°F
4 to 6 days*
June 47°F to 70°F
5 to 7 days*
July 49°F to 70°F
10 to 12 days*
August 47°F to 68°F
6 to 11 days*
September 43°F to 65°F
5 to 9 days*
October 32°F to 56°F
1 to 4 days*
November 20°F to 47°F
0 to 1 days*
December 13°F to 41°F
0 to 1 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Tibet by cities

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Climate and Weather in Tibet

Tibet is an autonomous region of China, located in the northern Himalayas close to Nepal, Bangladesh and India. The climate of Tibet is continental, cold and dry. There are often marked differences between diurnal and nocturnal temperatures. Contrary to many popular beliefs, there is very little snow in Tibet except for the Himalayan borders; more so, the Himalayas do not stop the monsoons- they are certainly mitigated by the mountains, but in July and August, one half of the annual rain falls in the region.

Tibet: Monastère de Jokhang à Lhassa

The Tibetan summer can be very pleasant. Between June and August, the weather in Tibet is generally cool and dry. In Lhasa for example, temperatures are quite warm and during the summer rainy season, it usually rains only at night - leaving time to explore this area and its wonders by day.

In autumn, the climate of Tibet brings temperatures down, sometimes causing negative values - but precipitation remains low. The winter is extremely cold and dry. The lowest temperatures are also in the negatives, especially at night. If there is little snow on the plateaus, it is not however uncommon to see the ground covered with ice. The Himalayan passes are snowy and it is therefore difficult to travel between Nyalam and Kharta, as in all of the mountainous region.

In the spring, the temperatures rise, the ice melts and the weather remains dry with low precipitation. In May, fresh but pleasant temperatures announce the imminent arrival of summer.

Temperatures and rainfall in Tibet

On these 2 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Tibet and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Lhasa, Shigatsé‎ and Chamdo.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Tibet

Find out when Tibet has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Tibet

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May, November and December. The number of visitors to Tibet is high in: June, July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Tibet: November and December.
  • Low season in Tibet: January, February, March, April and May.
  • High season in Tibet: June, July, September and October.
  • Peak season in Tibet: August.

Figure: Visitor index for Tibet month by month

Average price for flights to Tibet

A return flight between London and Lhasa is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 1004 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 813 more for your airline ticket to Lhasa if you go in december.

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Where to go in Tibet?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.


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tolerable weather

very bad weather

About Tibet

What can I do in Tibet?

Beaches / swimming

Nature and countryside

Culture and heritage


Family travel

Crafts / shopping



Is this weather information for Tibet reliable?

Climate data for Tibet has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Tibet allows us to determine the average for each month in Lhasa, Shigatsé‎ and Chamdo.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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