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Weather: The summer weather in Tibet is pleasant and even warm during the day. In June, the first half is generally dry, but the heavy monsoon rains or snows start in the middle of the month. The combination of warm weather, less rain, and fewer tourists than in the rest of the summer makes June one of the best months to travel and hike in Tibet.
Most tourists arrive in Lhasa, and it is one of the lowest elevation valleys that tourists usually go to at a high altitude of 3,600 meters (12,000 feet). June and July are the warmest months in Lhasa, and it is sunny about 8 hours a day. The rainfall falls mainly at night. The average daily high is 20 °C (68 °F), and the average nightly low is 6 °C (43 °F). The high altitude makes it feel warmer. Check the Lhasa weather forecast>>
Clothing: Around Lhasa, light winter clothes are still needed, and you could wear T-shirts in the sunshine, but we suggest that you cover up to avoid sunburn. The solar radiation is more intense the higher you go. Have a coat and gloves for higher mountains. Sunglasses and sun hats can protect you too.
Altitude Sickness: The oxygen in the air in Lhasa is only 2/3 of that at sea level, and it is even lower in most of the rest of Tibet. A health check is advisable before you go because conditions such asthma, high blood pressure, and heart disease are exacerbated. Most visitors get altitude sickness, and it is important to acclimate before exerting yourself in higher altitudes. See Tibet travel health advice>>
June has good touring weather of long sunny days mostly. The monsoon begins in the middle of the month. It rains mainly at night when most tourists are inside in hotels. You can use Lhasa as a base for acclimation and preparations for trips. June is a good month for hiking or outdoor activities before the rain and snow in the rest of the summer and early fall.
Namtso Lake (4,718 meters): This is a high salt lake about four hours north of Lhasa. The weather is suitable for a day trip or overnighter. It is one of the best scenic areas of Tibet, and its one of the highest lakes in the world (15,000 feet). The accommodations are rudimentary.
Tsetang (3,100 meters): Tsetang is a large town near the popular Samye Monastery. It is about 190 km southeast of Lhasa and an hour away from the main Tibet airport. The average daily high temperature is 23 °C (74 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 9 °C (48 °F). It is warmer than Lhasa with sunny weather mainly.
June is one of the best months to leave the Lhasa valley and go up to the southern attractions such as Shigatse, Gyantse, Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Everest and Kathmandu before the heavy rain and snow of the rest of the summer.
Yamdrok Lake (4,500 meters or 14,700 feet): This lake is like Namtso Lake for size and beauty, and it is one of the three great lakes of Tibet along with Namtso and Manasarover. It is about 2½ hours outside of Lhasa along the Friendship Highway towards Shigatse.
Shigatse (3,900 meters): The freezing weather is over in May in this town that is Tibet's second largest town. The average daily high temperature is 22 °C (72 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 8 °C (46 °F). There is good sightseeing, and it can be a base for preparation and acclimation for heading up to Everest. It is seven hours from Everest. At both Shigatse and Gyantse (4,000 meters), it is important to cover up for the solar radiation is very intense.
Mt. Everest Base Camp (5,200 meters): It is best to visit before the monsoon begins in the middle of the month. There is still clear weather to see the peaks. The temperatures are above freezing at the camp with an average daily high temperature of 17 °C (63 °F) and an average nightly low of 5 °C (41 °F).
The government requires visitors to go as part of a tour, and a hiking permit is required that we can try to arrange for you or your group. Our private tours offer personalization and flexibility. See our private tour of Mount Everest>>
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar area (4,556 meters): Heavy rains and snow start around the middle of June that make crossing the rugged roads in the region more difficult. But it is still one of the best months for a visit and a hike around the mountain. The highest pass in the walk around is 5,500 meters or 18,200 feet. The Saga Dawa Festival and flagpole raising is here in June depending on their lunar calendar.
During the warm weather months, Chinese tour groups come in, and you can expect crowds at the main attractions. But June is a good travel month because it is warm, sunny and relatively dry. There are less tourists than in May and the rest of the summer months.
We can help you plan a tour according to your interests and travel constraints by our experience. It is best to book your Lhasa hotel rooms, Shigatse hotel rooms, and flight tickets in advance. We can help book them and your train tickets for you. China requires a special Tibet tour visa that we can arrange. Let us help you have a personalized.
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