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When is the best time to visit Tibet? We may get different views from different person because Tibet is such an attractive place for lot of people, presenting its breathtaking landscape and unique Tibetan culture of all year round. Travelers have different interests and purposes, so every single month can be the best time to visit Tibet.
Though summer is widely regarded as the best time to travel to Tibet, some travelers prefer to travel to Tibet in autumn when the landscape of Tibet is most colorful. While some tourists love to go to Tibet in winter which is the best time to experience Tibetan pilgrimsí religious life.
Hence, whatís the best time to visit Tibet depends on each touristís interests and what are in their consideration, such as climate condition, Tibetan festivals, monthly highlights of Tibet and the cost of tour.
Most Ideal Weather to Visit Tibet in a Year - Summer & Autumn
If we only take weather into consideration, April to October or summer to autumn is the best time to visit Tibet, when the Tibetís weather is not too harsh and most areas of Tibet are accessible. In addition, it is also the best time to visit well-known tourist sites in Tibet, such as Mount Everest and Lake Namtso.
The Lowest Cost Season to Visit Tibet - Winter
Cost on a tour is also a key concern for travelers and may be different in low and peak season. Logically, the prices of hotels, air tickets and tour services would be decreased in the low season and increased in the peak season.
If you are a shoestring traveler, you are highly recommended to travel to Tibet in winter which is the cheapest season to visit Tibet, with great discounts on kinds of fees. Besides, you will witness flocks of Tibetan pilgrims in Lhasa, especially in front of Jokhang Temple.
Visit Tibet for Tibetan Festival Experiences
Travelers interested in traditional festivals and customs of Tibet should not miss interesting Tibetan festivals. For them, the best ones to visit Tibet are the famous Tibetan New Year, Saga Dawa Festival (religious month) and Shoton Festival (yogurt festival).
Most Tibetan festivals are celebrated according to Tibetan calendar which is quite different from western ones. Therefore, travelers should first check the updated Tibetan lunar calendarís festival when making a tour plan to Tibet.
Best Trekking Time in Tibet
It is fantastic to make a trek tour in Tibet to explore the hidden attractions of Tibet, but it is not good time in winter. During winter, not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads which are blocked if it snows. It is extremely cold in mountainous areas of Tibet in winter. Thus, it is not suitable to do a trek in Tibet in winter.
Many people may think that rainy season should be avoided to trek in Tibet. In fact, rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountain valleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion. And the best time to trek in Tibet is in spring and autumn, when itís not too cloudy and not so rainy but it is bit cold in spring.
Best Time to visit Mt. Everest in Tibet
In general, the best time to visit Mt. Everest in Tibet would be Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, which roughly overlaps spring and autumn. From Mid-June to August, itís the rainy season largely affected by the monsoon. If you prefer trekking, do visit Mt. Everest from Mid-September to May. For mountaineers, April to May and Sept. to Nov are the prime time for mountaineering in Everest on Tibetís side. Geographically, the view of Mt. Everest on Tibetís side is superior to Nepalís side, since there is no visual obstruction of neighboring mountains. Tourists can easily enjoy the top 5 soaring mountains ,i.e. Makalu (8463m), Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest (8844.43m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) andShishapangma(8012m), along imposing Himalayas at famous Gawu La Pass(5198m) in Tingri, Shigatse.
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