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What Is the Best Time to Visit Lhasa

Time: 26-06-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Lhasa, as the provincial capital and spiritual core of Tibet, has strong attraction to visitors from all over the world. Generally, the best time to visit Lhasa includes May, June, September and October.

However, according to the weather conditions in different seasons, what Lhasa presents you are different sceneries and experiences. To help you make a smart decision on what the best time to visit Lhasa is, our post here offer a detailed introduction to Lhasa in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Part 1. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Spring
Part 2. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Summer
Part 3. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Autumn
Part 4. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Winter

Part 1. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Spring

Spring is one of the shoulder seasons to visit Lhasa. The weather in March is still cold. From April, Lhasa starts to get warmer, ideal for those who don’t want to visit Lhasa with the crowds.

Weather Condition

Lhasa in March is still cold. The weather starts to get warmer from April, with a huge temperature change between day and night. There is very little rain in spring and almost all of the days are bright and clear. Pay attention that sun protection always matters due to the strong solar radiation. Check the information of Lhasa temperature in spring here:

Temperature(℃) March April May
Avg Max 12 13.7 19.7
Avg Mini -3.2 0.9 5.1

Recommended Activities 

Visit Lhasa in Spring - Saga Dawa Festival Visit Lhasa in Spring - Saga Dawa Festival

  • Saga Dawa Festival is the most significant religious festival in Tibet, celebrated in the whole April (Tibetan calendar). During the month, the locals do not kill, do not eat meat; they worship Buddha and walk around the kora in Lhasa. On April 15, the largest number of pilgrims perform the pilgrimage. Because this day is said to be the birth, nirvana and death of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. If you take a Saga Dawa tour in Lhasa, don’t forget to be a part of the huge crowd to the Dzongyab Lukhang Park at the foot of Potala for a late afternoon picnic. The locals will dress in their splendid attire, sing and dance, and have a picnic in Lingka.
  • Besides, April and May are good months for Everest Base Camp and Mount Kailash tours because the bright and clear days is wonderful for viewing and shooting the peaks. You can stay in Lhasa for two or three days and then take a trip to Everest Base Camp or Mount Kailash.

What to Pack

Sunglasses, hat, suncream for sun protection; lip balm and moisturizer to preserve moisture; down jackets, long-sleeved shirts, cotton trousers, t-shirts, out-door jackets, and warm clothing for the night.

Part 2. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Summer

Summer is the peak tourist season for the whole Tibet. Most people visit Lhasa at summer for their holidays.

Weather Condition 

Visit Lhasa in Summer - Jokhang Temple Visit Lhasa in Summer - Jokhang Temple

The summer in Lhasa is warm, with an average temperature of 20 degrees in the daytime. Lhasa has plenty of sunshine and UV rays during the day, pay attention to sun protection. Monsoon brings the heaviest rainfall for Tibet in a year, but this mostly happens at night. In recent years, it may rain during the day due to the increase of vegetation, so carrying an umbrella with you is a foolproof solution. Check the Lhasa temperature in summer below:

Temperature(℃) June July August
Avg Max 22.5 21.7 20.7
Avg Mini 9.2 9.9 9.4

Recommended Attractions 

Visit Lhasa in Summer - Norbulinka Visit Lhasa in Summer - Norbulinka

  • Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and Barkhor Street are the must-visit spots in Lhasa downtown. Every day, an endless stream of local people and tourists reach here for a pilgrimage.
  • Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery are known as the three major monasteries in Lhasa, easily accessible by bus, minibus, or hired vehicle. For those who have strong interest in Tibetan Buddhism, the three monasteries are great choices.
  • Norbulinka was the traditional summer residence of Dalai Lamas. Located in the western of Lhasa, it’s a nice destination to witness a typical Tibetan-style garden.
  • Chakpori Hill is also known as Yao Wang Mountain, which is an ideal location for taking photographs of the Potala Palace.
  • Lake Namtso or Lake Yamdrok is worthy of a day trip. They won’t disappoint you for the scenery is fabulous.

What to Pack 

Sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat, mask, suncream for sun protection; long sleeve t-shirts and long trousers to prevent sunburn; lip balm and moisturizer to preserve moisture; water-proof jackets and an umbrella just in case the rain.

Part 3. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Autumn

Dry winds blow, heavy clouds disappear, and trees turn to gold, marking the arrival of autumn in Lhasa. The cool weather at this time is perfect for tourists to visit Lhasa.

Weather Condition 

Lhasa in autumn is clear and cool, leaving visitors an impression of mild sunlight and dry winds. The autumn nights are not as cold as that in winter and spring. The rainy season is over, so there won’t be much rain. And as usual, in the highlands, pay attention to sun protection. Take a look at the information of Lhasa temperature in autumn below:

Temperature(℃) September October November
Avg Max 19.7 16.4 11.6
Avg Mini 7.6 1.4 -5

Recommended Activities

Autumn is an ideal season to visit Lhasa. Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, monasteries and holy lakes are all advised. Trekking tours from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp or Mount Kailash are also recommended in September and October due to the nice weather condition.

Visit Lhasa in Autumn - Barkhor Street Visit Lhasa in Autumn - Barkhor Street

What to Pack

Sunglasses, hat, suncream for sun protection; lip balm and moisturizer to preserve moisture; plain t-shirts and jackets for the daytime and warm clothing for the night.

Part 4. Best Time to Visit Lhasa - Winter

Dubbed “City of Sunshine”, the daytime of Lhasa in winter is not as cold as people imagine. Few visitors come to Lhasa at this time. Everywhere in winter Lhasa is of silence, endowed by the nature with another charm. So actually, winter is also a nice season to visit Lhasa.

Weather Condition

The winter in Lhasa actually is not freeze, especially for the daytime. Weather there is sunny, dry and warm during the day. But the temperature at night might drop to -10 degrees, so outdoor activities are not advised at night. Noticeably, even in winter, sun protection is still important because of the strong solar radiation in Tibet plateau. Below comes the information of Lhasa temperature in winter:

Temperature(℃) December January February
Avg Max 7.7 6.8 9.2
Avg Mini -9.1 -10.2 -6.9

Recommended Attractions

In winter, visiting Lhasa and its around is a not bad option. The popular attractions like Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street etc., at this time are not filled with tourists. The Tibetan New Year and Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival will present you an original Tibet.

Visit Lhasa in Winter - Potala Palace Visit Lhasa in Winter - Potala Palace

What to Pack

Sunglasses, hat, suncream for sun protection; lip balm and moisturizer to preserve moisture; thermal wear, gloves, socks, sweater, water proof jackets, and other clothing to keep warm; both boots to walk on snow and comfortable shoes.

Conclusion

The different seasons of Lhasa show different charms. You can choose to visit Lhasa at the peak seasons, and also you have you own decision to arrive here at the other seasons. But generally speaking, the best time to visit Lhasa includes May, June, September and October. Hope you have a perfect Lhasa trip.

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