LHASA WEATHER IN
MARCH

TEMPERATURES

Although winds are strong, temperatures start rising and the day grows longer. Daytime average temperatures climb up to 12.7°C (54.9°F). On most days it ranges from 5 °C / 41°F and 18 °C/ 64°F.

At night temperatures remain cold, averaging -1°C (30.2 °F). On most nights it ranges from -7 °C / 20°F to 3 °C/ 38°F.

The wind speed is decreasing in March, averaging 12.6 kph/ 7.8 miles per hour.

HISTORICAL WEATHER DATA

CLOUDS, RAINFALL, AND HUMIDITY

In the first spring month, the weather in Lhasa continues to be mostly dry, clear, and sunny. The average humidity is about 27%. It is raining only about 2 days a month, and a chance of a sunny day is about 70%.

March continues to be a dry month, with only 2 days of precipitation on average, and a total rainfall of only about 33 mm/ 1 inch.

At the beginning of March, the sky is mostly clear, with a chance of an overcast sky of only 30%. Towards the end of the month, the chance of a cloudy sky increases to about 40%.

DAYLIGHT AND UV INDEX

Sun radiation is very strong with a daily index sometimes reaching 10. You should be very careful and protect your eyes and skin. 

The length of the day continues to grow in March, compared to February. The daylight grows by 54 minutes from the beginning towards the end of March. On March 1st, the daylight lasts for 11 hours and 33 minutes. The sunrise is at 6:21 am and the sunset is at 5:54 pm.

On March 31st, the day lasts for 12 hours and 27 minutes. The sunrise is at 5:46 am, and the sunset is at 6:13 pm.

COMPARING LHASA WEATHER IN OTHER MONTHS

February


Average high: 9.3°C (48.7°F)
Average low: -10°C (14°F)
Rainfall: 1.2 mm / 0.05″
Humidity: 26%
Daylight: about 11.2 hours
Sunshine: about 8.1 hours
Windspeed: 13.2 kph/ 8.2 mph
Sunrise: 6:22 – 6:45 am
Sunset: 5:33 – 5:53 pm

March


Average high: 12.7°C (54.9°F)
Average low: -1°C (30.2°F)
Rainfall: 2.9mm /0.11″
Humidity: 27%
Daylight: about 12 hours
Sunshine: about 7.9 hours
Windspeed: 13 kph/ 8.1 mph

April


Average high: 15.9°C (60.6°F)
Average low: 3°C (37.4°F)
Rainfall: 6.1mm /0.24″
Humidity: 37%
Daylight: about 12.9hours
Sunshine: about 8.3hours
Windspeed: 11.3 kph/ 7.0 mph
Sunrise: 5:45 – 5:14 am
Sunset: 6:13 – 6:31 pm

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT LHASA IN MARCH

Since the temperatures are rising, more visitors start coming to Tibet in March. However, for many years, Tibet was often closed for all foreign visitors in March, especially in the first half of March. In recent years regulations started to change. Still, we recommend planning your visit at the end of March or the beginning of April. 

Additionally, Tibetan New Year often falls on February or March. During that time, the Tibetan tourism bureau is closed and it affects the process of obtaining a Tibet travel permit.

The bottom line, although the weather in Lhasa in March is good, we recommend planning your visit in April instead. It is due to travel regulations in March and the New Year celebrations that can affect the processing time of your permits.

LHASA GALLERY

WHAT TO WEAR IN LHASA IN MARCH

Group visiting Western Tibet
Visiting Tibet

In March, there is still a significant temperature difference between day and nighttime. The best way to be prepared is to wear layers. Have a long sleeve shirt or a base layer, sweaters, and a warm jacket. Wear comfortable pants with a base layer when needed. Don’t forget to pack a hat, scarf and a pair of gloves.

As we walk a lot while exploring Lhasa, it is important to have comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes. It is best to have shoes that you already broke in and know that you can wear them all day. Wear them with wool or hiking socks.

Because of the high altitude, sunshine is very strong in Lhasa. Bring a pair of sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect the skin on your face.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LHASA WEATHER

Frequently asked questions

The warmest month in Lhasa is June. The average daytime temperature is 23.2°C / 73.8°F. Nighttime temperature is 9.8°C / 49.6°F on average.

The warmest day historically is June 26, when temperature ranges from 12 °C / 53°F to 22 °C / 72°F.

The coldest month in Lhasa is January. However, it is only slightly colder than December. In January, the average daytime temperature is 7.2°C / 45°F. Nighttime temperature is -9°C / 15.8°F on average.

The coldest day historically is January 7, when temperatures range from -8 °C / 18°F to 6 °C/ 43°F.

During the year, Lhasa sees 92 days of rain with a total rainfall of 420 mm / 17 inches. Most of the rain falls during Monsoon Season in July and August.

The wettest month in Lhasa is July with an over 54% chance of rain and a total rainfall of 116.6mm / 4.59 inches. July sees 19- 20 days of rain on average.

During the year, Lhasa sees 92 days of rain with a total rainfall of 420 mm / 17 inches, and most of the rain falls during summer. Winter in Lhasa is dry and sunny.

The driest month is December with only a 0.4% chance of rain and a total rainfall of 1mm / 0.04 inches.

The weather in Lhasa is pleasant all year round. Winters are dry, sunny, and not too cold during the daytime. Summer is very warm with cool mornings and evenings. Because of the high altitude sun radiation is very strong and it feels much warmer than temperature suggests.

Although summer sees many rainy days, it usually rains during the nighttime. It makes summer the most popular time to visit Lhasa.

The shortest day in Lhasa is December 21st. It lasts for 10 hours and 15 minutes. The sun rises at 6:46 am and the sunset is at 5:00 pm.

The longest day in Lhasa is June 21st. It lasts for 14 hours and 3 minutes. Sunrise is at 4:55 am, and sunset is at 6:58 pm.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LHASA


LHASA ALTITUDE

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.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

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.

View on Lhasa from Drepung Monastery, Tibet

POPULAR TOURS IN LHASA

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POPULAR TOURS IN TIBET

Trekking towards Everest North Face 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.

Stupas of The Dira Puk Monastery by the Kailash Mountain in Tibet

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.

Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

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.

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