When to go and where to go
Influenced by weather conditions, it is not always suitable to visit Tibet throughout the year. Generally speaking, the golden season is autumn. During this time, the weather is fine and pleasant and the density of oxygen is, according to scientific statistics, the highest. In addition, several Tibetan traditional folk festivals are also celebrated in this season, such as the Shoton Festival, Buddha Unveiling Festival and Nakchu Horse Race Festival. These festivals provide tourists with chances to get profound understanding of Tibetan culture.
Actually, the best time to visit Tibet depends on many factors and it varies with different regions.
Lhasa , Shigatse and Tsedang are equipped with convenient facilities for tourists, and most places of interest in these cities are historical or cultural attractions. People can visit them in any season at will. Winter is okay as well. In winter, when there is only a small tourist volume, it is easy to get discounts in hotels, ticket offices, and airports. Renowned for its picturesque natural scenery, southeastern Tibet, especially Nyingchi Region , is fascinating throughout the whole year. Roads there are also in good condition, so tourists can list it in their itinerary at any time. In northern Tibet, the wind is too strong in spring; roads are too likely to be blocked by landslides in summer and are too treacherous in winter owing to the heavy snowfall. So May to July and September to October are best seasons to visit. It is also the reason why we should avoid summer and winter to travel in the border area in the south.
To find out the best time to go, you should first work out your itinerary and then decide your time according to the information above. Or if you have decided your dates already, the information above may help you work out a proper itinerary.