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Your Complete Guide about Tibet Tour in Spring

Time: 17-06-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Tibet Tour in Spring -- Nyingchi Tibet Tour in Spring -- Nyingchi

Tibet, a sacred and beautiful place, is mostly visited by tourists in summer, especially in July and August. The two months are the peak season because of the stunning summer scenery. However, there are disadvantages. Firstly, the ultraviolet rays are very strong in summer. Secondly, tons of tourists are pouring into Tibet at this time, so it is relatively difficult and expensive to have meals and accommodation. Moreover, in July and August, Tibet begins its rainy season, and many famous snow mountains like Mount Everest are hidden behind the clouds, hard to see their true colors.

Therefore, you are also suggested to travel to Tibet in other seasons instead of the high season. Spring is the start of the tourist season, and is one of the best time to visit Tibet. As the cold winter finally passes, the weather in Tibet starts to warm up. Everything comes to life, snows melt, flowing into rivers and lakes, trees sprout, and flowers bloom. For more details about Tibet tour in spring, keep reading the post.

Part 1. Tibet Weather in Spring
Part 2. Main Festivals of Spring in Tibet
Part 3. Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring
Part 4. Important Tips for Tibet Tour in Spring
Part 5. What to Pack for Tibet Tour in Spring

Part 1. Tibet Weather in Spring

The weather conditions of Tibet in spring are introduced below in details. Head to have a check.

March in Tibet is still cold, with temperatures close to freezing in many places. There is very little rain in March and almost all of the days are bright and clear. You may encounter windy days while your Tibet tour in March because from November to April, there is a long wind season. Sun protection always matters due to the strong solar radiation, and March is not an exception.

March
Destination Avg Mini Temp(℃) Avg Max Temp(℃) Avg Temp(℃)
Lhasa -3.2 12.1 4.4
Namtso Lake -13.8 1.7 -6.1
Yamdrok Lake -13.3 2.7 -5.3
Shigatse -5.3 10.9 2.8
Everest Base Camp -9.6 6 -1.8
Mt. Kailash -10.3 0.2 -5.1

The weather starts to get warmer in April, with a huge temperature change between day and night as usual. The average rainfall is a little higher than in March, but most of the days are still bright and clear with no rain. Also, pay attention to protect your face from strong winds and sunburn.

April
Destination Avg Mini Temp(℃) Avg Max Temp(℃) Avg Temp(℃)
Lhasa 0.6 15.5 8
Namtso Lake -9 5.6 -1.7
Yamdrok Lake -9.1 6 -1.6
Shigatse -0.7 15.2 7.2
Everest Base Camp -4.9 10 2.5
Mt. Kailash -7.4 5.7 -0.9

May in Tibet are warmer, but the temperature at night will drop. There is little rain in May in the lower altitudes, and almost none in the mountains. Solar radiation is getting stronger, remember to wear hats to apply sunscreen to protect your skin.

May
Destination Avg Mini Temp(℃) Avg Max Temp(℃) Avg Temp(℃)
Lhasa 4.9 19.5 12.2
Namtso Lake -4.2 10 2.9
Yamdrok Lake -4.2 9.4 2.6
Shigatse 3.2 18.9 11
Everest Base Camp -0.3 14.2 6.9
Mt. Kailash -4.6 9.6 2.5

Part 2. Main Festivals of Spring in Tibet

The main festivals of spring in Tibet are listed here. You can add them to your travel plans.

Peach Blossom Festival in Nyingchi

Every year in March, when the first peach blossom blooms in Nyingchi, the Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival is about to begin. Peach blossoms spread across the slopes of Nyingchi, stretching to the river valley.

Sakyamuni’s Birthday

On the 7th day of the fourth lunar month (May or June), you can see large numbers of pilgrims visiting Lhasa and other sacred areas in Tibet. Festivals are held around this time at Tsurphu, Ganden, Reting and Samye Monasteries. It can be held in June instead.

Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival

Held from the 9th to 11th of the fourth lunar month (May), charming dancing, colorful processions and amazing thangka are the highlights of this festival. It can be held in June instead.

Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet

Saga Dawa (Sakyamuni's Enlightenment)

The 15th day of the fourth lunar month (May or June) marks the date of Sakyamuni’s enlightenment and entry into nirvana. Huge numbers of pilgrims walk through Lhasa’s Lingkhor circuit and visit Mt. Kailash, where the Tarboche prayer pole is raised every year. This also can be held in June instead.

Part 3. Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring

There are the advised Tibet Places to Visit in spring for your reference.

Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival

As early as mid-March, the peach blossoms in Nyingchi bloom. With the opening of Peach Blossom Festival, thousands of tourists are attracted here to enjoy the peach blossoms of the plateau. At this time of year, parts of Tibet are still covered with snow, while Nyingchi is decorated with clusters of peach blossoms, competing for beauty. Go to Nyingchi to witness a different Tibet.

Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring-Nyingchi Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring-Nyingchi

Everest Base Camp

April is one of the best months to visit Everest Base Camp. As mentioned earlier, Tibet in April has little rainfall, usually with bright and clear days, which is wonderful for viewing and photographing the Mount Everest.

Mount Kailash

In addition to Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash is also a nice destination in April. The perfect weather condition is good for walking the kora route around the holy Mount Kailash.

Lake Namtso

With the improved road conditions from Lhasa to Nagqu and better vehicles, Lake Namtso should be on your list of must-go Tibet places to visit in April or May. The daytime temperatures range from 8 to 12 degree, and the ice on the surface of the lake is already melting, bring you an astounding sight.

Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring-Namtso Lake Advised Tibet Places to Visit in Spring-Namtso Lake

Lake Yamdrok

Another holy lake - Yamdrok is also a good destination of Tibet in April or May. Spring makes lake Yamdrok wake up from the winter freeze. The blue lake shimmers, and the barley and rape flowers in the fields are as colorful as a palette.

Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour

For tourists who have the plan to travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu, the China-Nepal Friendship Highway is highly recommended, which is mostly chosen by travelers over the world. Starting from Lhasa, the route travels all the way along the Himalayas and ends at Kathmandu, passing Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Tingri, Gyirong Port and Rasuwa.

Part 4. Important Tips for Tibet Tour in Spring

Some important tips are offered for your Tibet tour in spring.

  • The Tibet weather in spring is warm in the daytime and cold at night. During the day, you can wear multiple layers of thin clothing with a warm coat, lightweight and windproof pants. At night, you'd better stay in the hotel and have a rest.
  • The passport is required when you book flight tickets, check in flight, check in hotel, and check in the Border Station in Tibet. Please make sure your passport is valid and original.
  • Chinese visa is always needed no matter you take a flight or train to Tibet. The office man in the airport will check your Chinese visa when you board the plane.
  • Tibet Travel Permit is a must-have document for foreigners to travel in Tibet. No matter you go to Tibet by train or plane, the Tibet Travel Permit is required.

Part 5. What to Pack for Tibet Tour in Spring

To prepare a perfect Tibet tour in spring, there are some essential items to pack.

  • Warm coat for the massive temperature difference between night and day
  • Suncream with a SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin
  • A wide-brimmed hat for better sun protection
  • A good pair of sunglasses with a high UV filter to protect your eyes
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