Tibet is located on a plateau with mountain ranges all around. Most of Tibet except for the southeast is a desert steppe and tundra and in general the weather here is cold and dry. Most of Tibet freezes for six months a year and lakes that are higher are always frozen except from October to March. The time varies greatly from region to region and Lhasa (altitude 3490 meters) is ideal for tourists because it is in a lower valley and is located in the most hot and humid part. Lhasa has only 68% oxygen and altitude sickness is a problem for most visitors.
My Tibet road trip
Most of the territory’s climate is dry and cold. Annual rainfall in Lhasa is about 500 mm. January is the driest month and colder than -9 ° C without snow. A monsoon affects Tibet from June to September. August is the wettest month with 120 mm in Lhasa. The valley of Lhasa gets 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. In summer Lhasa varies from 10 ° C to 23 ° C. The hottest month is June with an average temperature higher than 23 ° C.
Spring is from March to May. In May, the ice begins to melt and people can start to travel in higher areas or valleys. In Lhasa the average temperature is higher than about 16 ° C. In summer from June to August it is usually cool and dry. From time to time it rains. The rainy season is considered the best time of the year because it rains mostly at night and Lhasa is still sunny during the day.
Lhasa City by night
Autumn lasts from September to November. The climate is cold with a minimum at the lowest shares of -4 ° C. Winter is from December to February. Around Lhasa the average lowest temperature is about -9 ° C during the night, but there can also be warm periods. The high altitude dry air makes you feel a warmer temperature. Winter is considered the low season so the hotel rates and tours are cheaper than usual. Getting train tickets to Lhasa is also much easier than in the summer.
Tibet photos: Coolbiere. A., Xiangdian, davinci1490, joaoleitao.