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Official Tibet Travel Guide – Must-See for Beginners (Part 1)

Environment of Tibet:

1. How’s the climate in Tibet? Is it hot in summer? Is it very cold in winter?

Tibet is in a high plateau, and it connected to typical downy special climate. Climates are very different in several areas of Tibet. The eastern Tibet which is at a lower elevation is warmer than western Tibet. In some mountain areas, there are four seasons as well in several altitude. The weather per day varies greatly, too. The night is cold while the day is warm. It spans 12-15 levels centigrade in an one day. fairy knowe backpackers lodge

Climate in southeastern Tibet including Nyingchi and Chamdo is balmy with a typical temperature of 8-10 degrees centigrade; while in western Tibet (Shigatse and Nagqu) is quite chilly with an average temp below zero degree.

Nevertheless in the central area of Tibet, the weather of Lhasa and Tsedang is more favorable for traveling. Travelers can visit these two areas all year around, not too hot in summer and never too cold in winter. 

2. How is the road condition in wet season in Tibet? Want I take any rainproof with me?

The stormy season in Tibet is mainly from June to August and it does indeed have a very bad effect on the roads. Even so, there are many trail maintenance staff and local army would also give help to restore the roads. Generally speaking, it only takes several hours to make the roads possible again. As for the rainproof, you are recommended to take raincoat, rain-proof trousers and shoes if you need to trek, climb the mountain or ride a bike. If you have group tours organized by some travel agencies, usually you don’t need to take rainproof with you, because Tibet often down pours at night and the weather is quite good at the daytime. Besides, the tourist bus is always with you.

3. What is the best time to journey to Tibet?

Generally speaking, early April is the beginning of travel season, which lasts to mid-June when a huge number of Chinese travelers rush to Tibet for summer getaway. Late June to the end of National Getaway is the height travel season when some important festivals held in Tibet, like Shoton Festival, Gyantse Dawa Festival and Nagqu horse riding Festival. Following mid October, Tibet transforms to winter and as the visitors reduce greatly, more than half of hotels are closed for the poor reservation.

While for local plumber to travel, it will depend on your travel requirement.

1. If you wish an extremely cheap price, go to Tibet in winter, from December to next March. Everything are quite cheap; even the tourist sites offer 30-50% discount on access fee. Hotels are cheap, too. You may enjoy 5 star hotels with less than 100USD including breakfast. Compared with journeying that kicks off in august, the expense of a winter tour is merely 50%-60% of a summer tour. Since of the poor amount of visitors, the Potala Palace allows you to spend a whole day in it. Besides, the monks are not occupied and have spare time to talk with you.

2. If you like walking, do it at Might or September when the monsoon will never take the time you and the elements is warm and pleasant.

3. In the event you love Mt. Everest and want to see the clear face of it, try to avoid the rainfall season and foggy weather.

4. If perhaps you want to go to the grass land in north Tibet, do the tour in July when the flowers bloom in vast grassland and groupings of yak and lamb, Tibetan nomad tents distributed all over the grassland.

5. Those who want to drive to Tibet through Sichuan-Tibet highway should avoid the rainy season. There will be mudslides, cave-ins and mire on certain parts of the road, blocking the verse of vehicles.

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