If you are planning to visit Tibet, then you must be concerned about the climate of this magnificent Chinese Autonomous Region. Climate determines a lot of things when it comes to travelling and planning for a trip. It will determine what type of clothes you are going to pack, the time of the year you are going to travel and the length of your stay. Stop worrying yourself sick, here are the full details about the Tibetan weather and what you should expect. We have also included some travel advice on the best time to schedule your trip.
Tibet is generally a mountainous high altitude region. Being in the Himalayan plateau, the highest land points on earth can just be a viewpoint away. Actually, six of the highest world picks are in Tibet, amazing right? Okay, how does this affect the weather?
As a high altitude zone on the eastern side of the Everest, Tibet receives very little annual rainfall. Most of the areas are made up of a cold frosted desert which defrosts in summer. The frost makes all the Tibetan lakes frozen from October through to march. This, however, varies from region to region.
The Tibet climate feature a strong sunshine. Don’t forget that this is a desert region. The climate is, therefore, cold and dry as there is no precipitation for the most part of the year. The day temperatures are very high while the night temperatures are very low. This leads to a huge day and night temperature difference. It has thin air with little oxygen, something you should consider when going for a trek or cycling.
Tibet experiences all the four seasons;
This is in April and May and the best time for tourists. The ice melts and outdoor travel becomes easy. All roads blocked for the Tibetan new-year reopen in spring.
The Tibetan summer lasts from June through to August. Lhasa is usually flooded in summer and getting train tickets is always hard. The weather is very pleasant and light harmless showers are experienced in the afternoons.
The good summer climate makes it ideal to travel to Tibet. It is in summer that remote and mountainous tourist sites are opened. Hiking, cycling and trekking activities are popular during this period.
Autumn starts in September through to October. This time the skies are clear and the atmosphere is cool. Trekking and Hiking become top agenda for tourists during this season.
This is the longest climatic season in Tibet. It starts in November through to March. Not much can be done in winter as everything is frozen. Most roads get locked due to massive snowfalls. The bad weather also makes some sites inaccessible. The month of February and March are holy Tibetan new year months and no travel permits are issued for this period.
The ideal time for you to make your trip to Tibet is between April and November. You want to travel as autumn draws to the end through to the end of Spring. This is because the weather at this period of the year is travel-friendly. You can catch the summer vibe up, but bear in mind that the rainy season is right in the middle of summer. It starts in July and ends in late August.
If you are a camper, then the best time for tent pitching is in May and September. May is just the start of summer, therefore, the weather is not hot yet, while the summer heat will be simmering down in September as you approach autumn. There is also hardly any rain during this period of the year.
For sightseers, the peak of Everest can be seen clearly in the months of April, May, September and October. The peak is always blanketed with massive clouds in other months. Also, the tundra flowers in autumn giving photographers a chance to take award-winning photos.