When to Travel - Tibet
- Best Time to Travel
- Good Time to Travel
- Green Season
- Cool temperatures
- Very cold
Weather information is an important factor to consider when deciding where or when to travel. The following table offers our opinion on when it is best to travel throughout the year, with the "Green Season" representing months with higher rainfall. "Green Season" days in the Far East tend to be dry in the morning with short sharp showers in the afternoon. Below this we offer average climate statistics, from selected destinations, and a general overview of the country's climate to help you decide when to travel.
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Climate - Tibet
Tibet's weather is dominated by the high altitude sunshine, fairly low rainfall throughout the year and cold nights. Due to the surrounding topography Tibet has quite an extreme climate, sometimes going through all four seasons in one day. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September & October) are the most popular times to visit Tibet, when the temperatures are warm and skies clear. Although in winter it can get very cold at night, the Lhasa region is accessible year-round. The strong sunshine, low rainfall and absence of tourists during the winter months can make for a very pleasant trip. It is inadvisable to venture too far out into the more remote regions during the winter though; these areas are much better left for the warmer months when conditions are much easier to travel around.
The altitude can affect more than just the climate, and great care must be taken to avoid the ill-effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a potentially life-threatening condition. Anyone with a history of heart or respiratory problems, or anaemia, must consult their doctor before considering a visit. Lhasa is a very good place to start off, as the altitude and climate are not too extreme and you have time to get used to the conditions. Take things very slowly for the first few days, and do not attempt anything too strenuous until you have acclimatised yourself to the altitude.