Best time to visit Tibet
Tucked high in the Himalayas, much of Tibet freezes during feb-March until spring sunshine melts the ice and opens the country up for exploration
Sat up on the world’s highest and largest plateau, Tibet is dry much of the year round as the mountains catch most of the rainfall. It can get very cold and dry though, especially during winter (November – March). May – October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, when the weather is warmer (above 10°C) and the ice has melted, unblocking roads out of the cities. September – October is the ideal time to trek, and rich autumnal colours make for fantastic photos – if you want to get a clear, cloud-free view of Mount Everest, travel then, or during April and May.
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Leon Zhang, from our leading Tibet partner Tibet Vista, shares his advice for the best time to visit Tibet: “It’s different strokes for different folks. For mountaineers, the best time to visit Tibet would be April to May and September to October. For budget tourists, the winter season (November to mid-February) would be the best bargain you can get. You can enjoy many discounts on hotels, flights and the Tibet train, as well as a more intense religious atmosphere. “
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Did you know about…?The Shoton Festival
Shoton means ‘sour milk banquet’, and strangely enough, this festival is a celebration of consuming yogurt. The event begins with the unfurling of a giant, 500m2 thangka painting in Drepung Monastery and commemorates the yogurt that was brought to the devout monks by the Tibetan people. The monks would spend many weeks in the monasteries during the summer to avoid stepping on and killing insects outside; not killing any living being is one of the five precepts of Buddhism.
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