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 everywhere in June and August
  • The best months to go to Lhasa are June, July, August and September
  • On average, the warmest months in Lhasa are June, July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The rainiest months in this city are July and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Lhasa and Shigatsé‎, with good weather at least 4 months a year

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

January 20°F to 25°F
February 25°F to 31°F
March 31°F to 36°F
April 38°F to 43°F
May 47°F to 50°F
June 56°F to 59°F
July 59°F to 61°F
August 58°F to 59°F
September 54°F to 56°F
October 41°F to 47°F
November 31°F to 36°F
December 23°F to 31°F
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Tibet by cities


Best time to go to Lhasa

The best months to go to Lhasa are june, july, august and september.


Best time to go to Chamdo

The best months to go to Chamdo are june and august.


Best time to go to Shigatsé‎

The best months to go to Shigatsé‎ are june, july, august and september.

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, Chamdo and Shigatsé‎.

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).

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bad weather

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Map of Tibet

Click over cities for information about the weather.

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Legend: cities in Tibet

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, Chamdo and Shigatsé‎.

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

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