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When to Go

Influenced by weather conditions, it is not always suitable to visit Tibet throughout the year. Generally speaking, the golden season is autumn. During this time, the weather is fine and pleasant and the density of oxygen is, according to scientific statistics, the highest. In addition, several Tibetan traditional folk festivals are also celebrated in this season, such as the Shoton Festival, Buddha Unveiling Festival and Nakchu Horse Race Festival. These festivals provide tourists with chances to get profound understanding of Tibetan culture.

Lhasa, Shigatse and Tsedang are equipped with convenient facilities for tourists, and most places of interest in these cities are historical or cultural attractions. People can visit them in any season at will. Winter is okay as well. In winter, when there is only a small tourist volume, it is easy to get discounts in hotels, ticket offices, and airports. Renowned for its picturesque natural scenery, southeastern Tibet, especially Nyingchi Region , is fascinating throughout the whole year. Roads there are also in good condition, so tourists can list it in their itinerary at any time. In northern Tibet, the wind is too strong in spring; roads are too likely to be blocked by landslides in summer and are too treacherous in winter owing to the heavy snowfall. So May to July and September to October are best seasons to visit. It is also the reason why we should avoid summer and winter to travel in the border area in the south.

To find out the best time to go, you should first work out your itinerary and then decide your time according to the information above. Or if you have decided your dates already, the information above may help you work out a proper itinerary.

Comments and Questions

I wish to travel to Tibet in Aug this year. However, my friend told me that it is a rainy month in Tibet. Is it right? Thanks!


4/12/2012 1:00:00 AM


Asked by Monica (Singapore)

yes, July and August is the rainy season in Tibet, but it does not mean it rains every day at that period :)

4/12/2012 7:20:00 PM



This is Aaron. I am planning go with my friends (>4 people) to Tibet. We would like to ask what is the best time to travel there? We plan to go on May Day and Vesak Day next year. However, we are not sure if it's too crowded. I hope you can give us an advice about this. Thanks a lot!



5/10/2011 5:39:00 AM


Asked by Aaron (Singapore)

hi Aaron,
it is Ok to go in May. but you need to check the weather forecast before you go.
and it won't be too crowded.

5/10/2011 9:29:00 PM



I wish to travel to Tibet, and also Everest Base Camp (Qomolangma). I was told by the Tibet Travel Agency in Australia that the best time to go would be MAY. I could either go in MAY, or, AUG/SEP. I'm now confused by your website saying that autumn is absolutely the best time to go, and I want to visit Everest Base Camp during a time of yr when I might have the best photographic opportunities, even tho I realize that the weather in the mountains is fickle and changes by the hour.

Can you please help me? Should I go in May, or AUG/SEP?

Many thanks for your valued assistance!

Ed Schalchlin
Sydney, Australia


9/29/2010 12:42:00 AM


Asked by Ed Schalchlin (Australia)

I think autumn is the best time to visit cities in Tibet, but the situation may be different for Mount Everest. the travel agency is right, May is the best time to Mount Everest

9/29/2010 8:11:00 PM