Best Trekking Season in Tibet
Planning to come to Tibet for your next trekking adventure?
First of all, congratulations! Tibet offers many gorgeous trails across various landscapes.
When preparing for your trek, remember, that most of the treks are going through high altitude areas, many reaching the elevation of 5,000 meters and above. On one hand, it makes treks challenging and exciting, on the other hand, it requires more careful planning.
In this post, I want to dive a little deeper into the topic and offer different options depending on the purpose of your visit.
You love challenges and/or you are experienced hiker
The good news is, that almost any season would work for you. Make sure to pack the right gear, and head to the trail. Early spring, late fall and winter present difficult conditions for trekking: temperatures fall well below freezing, most of the mountain passes are covered with thick layer of snow, it becomes difficult to find the trail and it can take a long time to cover necessary distance.
You are coming with family, and possibly with kids
Trekking in Tibet is not the most popular activity for a family with kids, although we took several family groups on trekking. The best time for you will be in summer when the temperature is the warmest. Even though July and August are rainy months, it usually rains during the night time. We can still comfortably trek during the daytime. There is also plenty of nice flowers along the way, and the scenery is very pleasant. We will be meeting migrating nomads, that adds some excitement to the adventure.
You want to take photos
The best time for photographers is before or after the monsoon season. The rainy season is usually from July till the middle of September. Although it is the warmest time of the year, the heavy clouds can cover some of the peaks. It is usually still possible to see most of the peaks if you wake up very early in the morning. It also usually rains during the night time, and the weather is typically nice during the day.
You are coming to enjoy the nature
Summer is the best time to see incredible Tibetan landscapes. The life is bursting everywhere around you: the scenery is green with blooming wildflowers, small rodents are running in the valleys, groundhogs are protecting entrances to their underground tunnels, and yaks are freely grazing on the slopes of the mountains.
TREKKING TOURS YOU MIGHT LIKE
11 DAYS TOUR INCLUDING OLD TINGRO TO EVEREST TREK
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.
We arrive in the Old Tingri, from where our 3 days trek to the Everest Base Camp begins. We will hike over high passes, valleys, and rocky mountains before reaching the Base Camp.
10 DAYS GANDEN TO SAMYE TREKKING TOUR
This trek goes along an incredibly beautiful route in Tibet. We start in Lhasa, where we visit the most important historical places and acclimatize before the trek.
During our trek, we will walk through high mountain passes (up to 5,250 meters), rocky mountains, vast green valleys, cross mountain rivers, and finally reach dense forest area.
We complete our trek at the Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
For those who feel adventurous, there are some one-day trekking options available near Samye. They can be added to your tour.
15 DAYS KAILASH PILGRIMAGE INCLUDING 3 DAYS OF TREKKING
This tour will take you from Lhasa to Mount Everest, through the scenic roads of Tibet. From Everest, we continue driving to the West to the sacred Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash.
We spend three days trekking around Kailash, reaching mountain pass at sweeping 5,640 meters. You will be walking the trek alongside many Tibetan and Indian pilgrims, who regard it as a sacred route.