The best time to travel to Tibet

Tibet is a popular tourist place in the world. With mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, characteristic folk culture and unique plateau scenery, it attracts countless travelers who are from all over the world travel to Tibet. With the development of Tibet’s transportation, more and more people have come to this pure land. At the same time, many people will have doubts: “When is the best time to travel to Tibet? When is the best time to travel in various areas of Tibet? 

Here are some useful tips tor traveling to Tibet as below,

1 When is the best time to travel in various areas of Tibet? 

Ganden Monastery in Lhasa
Ganden Monastery in Lhasa

#1 Lhasa City

Lhasa City is the capital city of Tibet and the first stop for many travelers to travel to Tibet. There are many famous temples in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery and so on. The best time to travel to Lhasa city is from April to January of the following year. Lhasa is well-known as the City of Sunlight, and the temperatures are very warm all year round. Therefore, it is the best time to visit in Lhasa all year round. If you travel to Lhasa in the winter, you can enjoy a large discount for flight price, a competitive cost of Lhasa tour and free attraction tickets.

#2 Shigatse City

As the second big city in Tibet, Shigatse is also one of the most attractive tourist areas in Tibet with Tibetan Buddhist culture, magnificent temple architecture, charming natural scenery, and the famous Himalayas.  The best time to travel to Shigatse is from April to October, and the best time to travel to Everest Base Camp is from April to June or from September to October. During this time, you can appreciate the stunning sunrise or sunset of Everest Peak.

#3 Nyingchi City

Nyingchi City is well-known as the “Jiangnan of Tibet”. It’s the most beautiful area in Tibet, with many natural sceneries such as charming Lulang Forest, ancient King Cypress, magnificent Midui Glacier, and beautiful Ranwu Lake. The spring and autumn seasons are the best time to visit Nyingchi, especially from March to May. During that time, there will be the Peach Blossom Festival held in Nyingchi city. Peach blossom and beautiful rural scenery blending together are like a beautiful picture. With the lowest altitude in Tibet, it’s suitable for those who fear of altitude sickness to travel to Nyingchi. There is a direct flight from Chengdu or Chongqing to Nyingchi airport every day.

#4 Shannan area(Tsedang Area)

Tsetang is also located in the center of Yarlung Valley, the only national scenic spot in Tibet, as well as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Tsedang has the most abundant cultural relics in Tibet. Samye Monastery is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Yungbulakang is the first palace built for the first Tibetan King. Tibetan Royal burial mounds in Chongye reveals the early Tibet to the world.  The best time to travel to Tsetang is from April to October. This time is relatively warm and the temperature is around 20 degrees, making it easy to travel.

Mt.kailash in Tibet
Mt.Kailash in Tibet

#5 Ngari Area

Ngari Area has unique natural and cultural landscapes, such as the center of the world – Mt.Kailash, one of the three great holy lakes in Tibet- Manasarovar Lake, ruins of Guge Kingdom, the ancient temples-Tholing Monastery, Tsaparang Ruins, and wild animals.

Ngari Area is one of the least densely populated areas in the world, most of the areas belong to the largest uninhabited area of Qiangtang. Although it has a unique natural plateau scenery, Ngari Area has a little bit worse natural conditions. If you want to travel to Ngari area, the best time to visit the Ngari area is from May to October. At this time, you can avoid the rainy season and the cold in winter.

2 When is the best time to travel to Tibet?

General speaking, the best time to travel to Tibet is from April to October. The climate is warm and the oxygen content is high.

Kindly note:

1) From July to August, Tibet will enter the rainy season. If you are entering Tibet from Nepal by overland, you may have to pay attention to extending your holiday properly.

  • From February to March, Tibet is closed to foreign travelers due to Tibetan New Year.
  • Since Tibet does not allow independent travel for foreign travelers, you must find a trustworthy Tibet travel agency that can arrange Tibet travel permit and Tibet tour for you. If you want to travel to Tibet, it is necessary to make a travel plan in advance.