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 Lhasa Weather in April

Lhasa Weather in April

Written by Kelly PangUpdated Aug. 23, 2021
Potala Palace in AprilBeautiful scenery at the Potala Palace in April

Weather: April is one of the best months to see Lhasa. Lhasa has great spring weather with low rainfall while the mountains still have winter scenery. The weather turns comfortable in Lhasa. It is low tourist season, and travel becomes convenient to other travel highlights in the region. There are 4 days of rain a month for a total of 6 mm of total rainfall. Though it is cold at night, the high elevation of 3,600 meters or 12,000 feet makes it feel warm when it is sunny, and it is sunny about 8 hours a day.

The average nightly low temperature is 2 °C (36 °F), and the average daily high temperature is 16 °C (61 °F). The ultraviolet radiation index is extremely high. Lhasa weather conditions and forecast>>

Clothing: For comfort in the changing temperatures, you'll need to dress in layers. Some hotels and many restaurants in Lhasa have no central heating, so you might still need a coat inside. But the sunshine is so strong that you might feel comfortable in light clothing during the day. We suggest that you cover up if you are outside for a while to prevent sunburn. Have a T-shirt, coat, trousers, and a sun hat. Sunglasses can protect your eyes.

Altitude Sickness: Since the oxygen content of the air is only 2/3 that at sea level, a health check before you go is advisable. Take precautions if you have high blood pressure, asthma, or heart disease. Most visitors get altitude sickness, and exertion is difficult. See our Lhasa health advice>>

Things to Do in Lhasa in April

Visit the Potala Palace

Barkhor StreetBarkhor Street

The Potala Palace: The gigantic ancient palace is a world famous Lhasa landmark and recommended by UNESCO. It has appeared in popular movies. The beautiful white and red building sits on a hill in the city, and lowlanders find it difficult to walk up to it unless they acclimate for two or three days.

It was once the ancient palace of the Dalai Lama. There are 1,000 rooms, and it is 13 stories tall. Now it is a museum, but it is still used as a worship place. Crowds of pilgrims and locals worship during their ceremonies.

Shop at Barkhor Street

Barkhor Street: It is Lhasa's main shopping street. Unlike any other city in China, you'll see people bowing and stretching on the ground to make their way along it. They are traditional Buddhists worshipping or making a pilgrimage. Their focus is Jokhang Temple on the street. You'll see people bowing and worshipping outside it, and going in circles around it.

It is a favorite street for tourists to get souvenirs such as handicrafts and artwork. You can buy Tibetan rugs, clothes, and gold and silver jewelry. In April, there are less crowds until the end of the month when there is an influx of Tibetan tourists.

See Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake in AprilThe ice at Namtso Lake has not yet melted in April

Namtso Lake: You can start to go to other places near Lhasa that are inaccessible in the winter. It is quite a contrast to leave spring in the Lhasa valley and go north to Namtso Lake. It takes four hours to get there over a pass of 5,200 meters. There might be beautiful winter scenery in April because the lake is likely still frozen until late April when it turns an amazing turquoise or deep blue color.

It is a salt lake at an elevation of 4,718 meters (15,000 feet). It is one of the highest lakes in the world, and many people say it is one of the best scenic places. Many people find the high elevation too cold for an overnight stay since the accommodations are scanty. Check weather conditions and go in a good vehicle with snow tires if there is ice on the road.

Touring Lhasa in April

Low Travel Season

The comfortable travel weather, the variety of scenery, and the less crowds and rainfall than in the tourist high season are reasons that April is probably the best month to go to Lhasa if you want some serenity, low prices, great scenery, and good selection for accomodations and travel opportunities. Tourists flood in between the end of April and early October.

Further Reading

Lhasa Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

Date Average High Average Low
April   1 57 °F 13.89 °C 30 °F -1.11 °C
April   2 57 °F 13.89 °C 30 °F -1.11 °C
April   3 57 °F 13.89 °C 30 °F -1.11 °C
April   4 57 °F 13.89 °C 31 °F -0.56 °C
April   5 58 °F 14.44 °C 31 °F -0.56 °C
April   6 58 °F 14.44 °C 31 °F -0.56 °C
April   7 58 °F 14.44 °C 31 °F -0.56 °C
April   8 58 °F 14.44 °C 32 °F 0 °C
April   9 58 °F 14.44 °C 32 °F 0 °C
April   10 59 °F 15 °C 32 °F 0 °C
April   11 59 °F 15 °C 32 °F 0 °C
April   12 59 °F 15 °C 32 °F 0 °C
April   13 59 °F 15 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
April   14 59 °F 15 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
April   15 60 °F 15.56 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
April   16 60 °F 15.56 °C 33 °F 0.56 °C
April   17 60 °F 15.56 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
April   18 60 °F 15.56 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
April   19 60 °F 15.56 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
April   20 61 °F 16.11 °C 34 °F 1.11 °C
April   21 61 °F 16.11 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
April   22 61 °F 16.11 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
April   23 61 °F 16.11 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
April   24 62 °F 16.67 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
April   25 62 °F 16.67 °C 35 °F 1.67 °C
April   26 62 °F 16.67 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
April   27 62 °F 16.67 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
April   28 62 °F 16.67 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
April   29 63 °F 17.22 °C 36 °F 2.22 °C
April   30 63 °F 17.22 °C 37 °F 2.78 °C
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