Seasonal Guide to Tibetan Trekking

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As thrill seeking adventures become more popular, people are turning more towards activities that are both physical and rewarding. There is something especially beautiful about traversing through lands and trails that pioneers and explorers once used. Carrying nothing but the pack on your back and your sense of adventure, trekking through Tibet allows you the opportunity to physically become one with nature.  Tibet travel is best in late autumn (from late September to late November) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of Tibet’s trekking trails all year long depending on your route.


August-October/April-May: As Tibetan tourism is opening back up during this time of year; fall and spring are two of the busier seasons for Tibet traveling. Ideally, these two seasons work best for trekking through the Tibetan mountainside. The weather is warm and the skies are considerably clear. You can expect some wind and little amounts of rain as the ice from the winter has melted, therefore unblocking routes that were once impassible weeks before during the winter months.


December-March: During these months, you can expect cooler temperatures, cool winds, and definitely snow. Even though the sun is still shining, it is still considerably cold during these months. During the winter, Tibet experiences 5-6 months of frost, creating less than ideal conditions for trekking. Visiting lower elevations like Lhasa may be your best bet during these months as fewer tourists will be around and the temperature is more moderate there during this time.


June-July: Due to the fact that Tibet is a high altitude plateau, you can still expect some snow to fall in the mountains. Some of your higher altitude treks may still see snow during the summer, as well. However, summer is still a good time for trekking as the weather is generally warm to cool and the oxygen content in the air is higher during the summer than most other seasons.

Since trekking involves climbing, going off roads, and venturing down various paths not often traveled, weather plays a vital role in the route you choose to take. For more information and to plan your trekking adventure contact Tibet Shambhala Adventure.

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