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Best time to visit Tibet

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The best time to visit Tibet is April-May

Tibet can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, April-May is the best time to go.

The warmest month of the year in Lhasa, Tibet is July, where the average maximum temperature gets to around 18℃ (64℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 21℃ (70℉) on the hottest days of summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -14℃ (8℉) in Lhasa. Other destinations in Tibet can sometimes get even colder than this, so if you’re planning on visiting a few different places, make sure you check out the climate comparison table below.

If you’re keen to see the sights of Tibet during the day, the sun stays up the longest around August. The wet season in Tibet usually falls during the months surrounding July each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

For more information about when to travel to Tibet, the monthly weather breakdown for the top travel destinations, and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

August

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Tibet seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Tibet is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Tibet

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
LhasaApril-May
-0℃
-11℃
2℃
-9℃
5℃
-6℃
9℃
-1℃
13℃
4℃
17℃
9℃
18℃
10℃
17℃
9℃
15℃
6℃
10℃
1℃
5℃
-4℃
2℃
-8℃
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Top FAQs

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Tibet:

The warmest month of the year in Lhasa, one of the most popular places to visit in Tibet, is July.
The driest month of the year in Lhasa, Tibet, is usually around January each year.

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