Best travel season
The best time to visit Shigatse is April to October, while the peak season is May to September. Do remember to avoid visiting from 1st October to 7th October when it is the one-week long national holiday, because Shigatse is still a major destination of domestic and international tourists. It will be extremely crowded everywhere.
Compared with other parts of China, spring arrives late in Tibet, usually ranging from late March to early May. The alpine meadows around Lhasa turn green until mid-June. Nyingchi features thriving vegetation and peach blossoms during springtime.
Most areas of Tibet are suitable to visit during summertime. There, summer lasts from late May through August, with an average temperature ranging from 9℃ to 28℃. During June and July, rape flowers bloom in Lhasa, Shigatse and Shannan, and the period is the best time to visit these areas.
Autumn is the best season to travel in Tibet, especially from August to October. The period features pleasant climate and sufficient oxygen.
Except for its southeast part, Tibet embraces a monsoon season from November to April next year. The wind is particularly strong in February and March. In Tibet, Lhasa is the best destination for winter travel. Many traditional Tibetan festivals take place in winter. During wintertime, the temperature drops drastically at night in Lhasa, and hotels usually have heating system. Thus, tourists are suggested to take enough clothes to keep warm.