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Best Trekking Season in Tibet

Best Trekking Season in Tibet

Trekking in the Himalayas

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.

Here, we have a large article with different seasons overview with some general recommendations on when to go trekking»

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

Trekking near Everest Base Camp in Tibet
Trekking near Everest Base Camp in Tibet

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 near Ganden
Trekking near Ganden

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 

Morning view on the river on a trek
Morning view during the Ganden to Samye trek

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

Valley on the third day of trekking around Mount Kailash in Tibet
Valley on the third day of trekking around Mount Kailash in Tibet

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.

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