Seasons and Weather
Central Tibet is generally mild from April to November, making it the best time to visit. Due to the high altitude it is rarely scorching, but the sun’s rays are very strong and it's wise to carry sunscreen with you whenever you visit. From December to February/March it becomes very cold and temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Travel during these months is not advisable as the roads are often blocked with snow and most travel services close for the season. The authorities may also restrict entry to Tibet during these months. Tibet does not have a typical monsoon season, but May to September are the months with the highest rainfall, which mostly occurs in the evenings.
The prime trekking season in Tibet takes place in the autumn months of September to October when the skies are clear and visibility at its best. It's a great time for photography whether trekking or visiting Tibet's different towns and monasteries. The summer months of June to August are Tibet's prime tourist season with outdoor markets popping up around the cities and sporting contests held in the grasslands.
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