Best Time to Visit Lhasa

Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world and is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. Lhasa is known as the sunlight city with an average annual sunshine time of more than 3,000 hours. The weather in Lhasa is mild all over the year and it’s neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. Plan your Lhasa Tour? May to October is the peak seasons for traveling to Lhasa, especially from August and October. Actually, climate in Lhasa is divided into two seasons, dry season from October to May and wet season from June to September. As Lhasa is located in Tibet Plateau, a few newcomers may get the sickness of altitude. Please check your health condition and ensure your health condition to adapt to the plateau climate here. This travel guide can help you to make a smart decision about when to start your Tibet Lhasa trip.

Lhasa in Spring

Tibetans regard Lhasa as the City of Sunlight. The weather in spring is dry and windy. The first thing travelers need to notice is to add water to body and carry a bottle of mineral water with you. In addition, you can also bring a lipstick. It is the best time to climb the snow-capped mountains in spring for the clear weather and good visibility. And you can also enjoy the off-season discounts. Besides, the best time to climb Mt. Everest is from April to May. Travelers can have a good view of mountain Everest in this period.

Lhasa in Summer

From June to August is the rainy season in Lhasa. Unlike other cities, it rains at night and clears up again during the day. It does not affect itinerary in daytime. Besides, Lhasa is not as hot as your imagination with the temperature about 10 degrees to 20 degrees. But you also need to prevent the strong ultraviolet radiation or you may get hurt. The sunglasses, sun cream, lip balm and hat are necessary in summer.

Lhasa in Autumn

The weather in autumn is also dry and windy as it is like in spring of Lhasa. The difference is the gold color of the tree leaves highlights the coming of autumn,  as well as the decoration of the red maple leaves in the park.

Lhasa in winter

Lhasa is not as extremely cold as most people think. In fact Lhasa is cool and dry in winter. Tourists traveling to Lhasa in winter can not only enjoy the discounts in off-seasons, but also can experience the Plateau Spa. The sky is still clear in winter. And it is also available for travelers to trek snow-capped mountains. It is also the best chance to enjoy the beauty of snow scene.

Climate Data Table for Lhasa

Month and


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high
7.2 9.3 12.7 15.9 19.9 23.2 22.6 21.4 19.9 17.0 12.1 8.0
Average low
−9.0 −5.8 −2.1 1.5 5.6 9.8 10.4 9.7 7.7 2.0 −4.2 −8.2
Rainfall (mm) 0.8 1.2 2.9 6.1 27.7 71.2 116.6 120.6 68.3 8.8

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