LHASA WEATHER IN
August is a typical summer month with warm and sometimes hot days and pleasant mornings and evenings. The average daytime temperature is 21.4°C / 70.52°F, on most days ranging from 17°C/ 62.6°F and 24°C / 75.2°F.
Even the night temperatures are quite warm, averaging 10°C / 50°F. On most days nighttime temperatures range from 8°C / 47°F and 13°C / 56°F.
HISTORICAL WEATHER DATA
CLOUDS, RAINFALL, AND HUMIDITY
Monsoon season in the Himalayan region lasts through August, and Lhasa sees lots of rain. It usually rains at night time, and the sky can be covered by clouds during the day. The chance of an overcast sky is steadily decreasing towards the end of the month. The chance of the clear sky is typically around 30% at the beginning of the month and goes up to 35% towards the end of August.
It rains on 15 to 20 days in August for a total of 120 mm / 48 inches of rainfall.
August typically is very calm with an average wind speed of 6.8 km per hour / 4.2 miles per hour.
DAYLIGHT AND UV INDEX
The duration of the day is decreasing in August. On August 1st, the day lasts for 13 hours and 33 minutes and it decreases by 46 minutes. On August 31st, the daytime lasts for 12 hours and 47 minutes.
On August 1st, the sunrise is at 5:15 am and the sunset is at 6:48 pm. As the day goes shorter, on August 31st the sunrise is at 5:32 am and sunset is at 6:19 pm.
COMPARING LHASA WEATHER IN OTHER MONTHS
Average high: 22.6°C (72.7°F)
Average low: 10.4°C (50.7°F)
Rainfall: 116.6mm /4.59″
Daylight: about 13.8hours
Sunshine: about 7.3hours
Windspeed: 7.4kph / 4.6mph
Sunrise: 4:58 am – 5:14 am
Sunset: 6:49 PM – 6:59 pm
Average high: 21.4°C (70.52°F)
Average low: 9.7°C (49.5°F)
Rainfall: 120.6mm /4.75″
Daylight: about 13.2hours
Sunshine: about 7.1hours
Windspeed: 6.8 kph /4.2mph
Sunrise: 5:15 – 5:32 am
Sunset: 6:19 – 6:48 pm
Average high: 19.9°C (67.8°F)
Average low: 7.7°C (45.9°F)
Rainfall: 68.3mm /2.69″
Daylight: about 12.3hours
Sunshine: about 7.6hours
Windspeed: 4.3 mph
Sunrise: 5:32 – 5:48 am
Sunset: 5:42 pm – 6:18 pm
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT LHASA IN AUGUST
August is one of the most popular months to visit Lhasa and Tibet. The weather is predictably warm, with hot days and pleasant mornings and evenings. Although it is the monsoon season, it usually rains during the night. Towards the end of the month, there are more clear days.
Although daytime starts to shorten, it is still very long to enjoy your walks from early morning until evening.
Another reason to visit Lhasa in August is to witness one of the main festivals of the year – the Shoton or yogurt festival. The festival is celebrated on the 29th day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar, and it usually falls on August.
The main celebration happens in Sera and Drepung Monasteries where monks unfold huge thangkas – Buddha paintings to give blessings to all visitors.
Shoton festival always attracts many pilgrims to Lhasa. That’s why it is a great time to see many Tibetans wearing traditional clothes, their finest jewelry, and other accessories.
WHAT TO WEAR IN LHASA IN AUGUST
The weather in Lhasa in August remains hot during the daytime and pleasantly warm at night. If you plan to wear short sleeve shirts, remember to bring good sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and even better SPF 50 or above. Although it might be hot during the daytime, we don’t recommend bringing shorts as all religious places require wearing long pants or long skirts. We also ask not to bring clothes that might seem too revealing, as monasteries won’t allow the visit in such clothes. For chilly mornings and evenings, you should pack a light jacket or a sweater.
Since it might rain even during the daytime in Lhasa, it is best to have an umbrella, rain poncho, or a rain jacket. Consider packing waterproof shoes, such as leather sneakers or trekking boots.
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PLACES TO VISIT IN LHASA
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LHASA
Lhasa altitude is 3,656 meters/ 11,995 feet above sea-level. At that altitude, the oxygen level is lower compared to the sea level. For most visitors, it will take a few days to naturally acclimatize to such altitude.
On your first days in Lhasa, we recommend getting more rest, walking slowly, and taking your time going up the stairs. In addition, try to get more sleep, stay hydrated, and avoid exercising. Most people will naturally acclimatize after a couple of days in Lhasa and will be ready to explore high-altitude areas in Tibet.
All foreign visitors traveling to Lhasa need a valid Chinese visa. You can apply for a Chinese visa in the country where you reside. For travelers, who plan to travel to Lhasa from Nepal, the procedure is different and you will need to apply for a Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu.
Your local Tibetan agency will apply for all necessary permits to travel in Tibet. It might take up to 15 business days to receive your permit, you need to arrange your tour in advance. Once the permit is ready, your agency will mail it to you. All foreign travelers need the original permit to travel to Tibet.
HOW TO TRAVEL TO LHASA
You can travel to Lhasa by flight, train, or overland. Because of the long duration of the overland journey and high transportation costs for tourists in Tibet, most travelers prefer to fly or to take a train.
Flights are available from all major cities in China, including non-stop flights from Beijing, Xining, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lijiang, Kunming, and Shangri La. In addition, there are 90 minute long flights from Kathmandu in Nepal.
Traveling by train to Lhasa takes time, however, offers a great way to enjoy the scenery along the way. Cities with railroad connections to Lhasa are Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xining, and Lanzhou.
MORE ABOUT LHASA
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, and its cultural and religious center. Read more about geography, history, modern day and Lhasa. Main attractions, when to visit, and the best tours in Lhasa.
POPULAR TOURS IN LHASA
4 DAYS LHASA TOUR
5 DAYS LHASA SIGHTSEEING
5 DAYS LHASA SURROUNDINGS
5 DAYS LHASA AND NATURAL WONDERS
6 DAYS TIBET HIGHLIGHTS
LHASA DAY TOURS
POPULAR TOURS IN TIBET
8 DAYS LHASA TO EVEREST TOUR
A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake, and Karola glaciers.
Both group and private tours are available.
15 DAYS MOUNT KAILASH PILGRIMAGE TOUR
One of our most popular group tours, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and going to Mount Kailash for three-day trekking around this sacred mountain. During this tour, we visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse monastery and Kumbum stupa, Mount Everest, Lake Manasarovar, Mount Kailash, and much more.
7 DAYS LHASA TO KATHMANDU TOUR
This tour starts in Lhasa. We will stay there for 2 days to explore the capital and acclimatize. After that, we will head to the center of attraction in the Himalayas – Mount Everest. We will spend a night by the highest mountain on a planet and continue driving through majestic mountain ranges, alongside rivers and waterfalls to the border between Tibet and Nepal.