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Travel to Tibet in April or May; Experience Spring on the World’s Roof

November 29, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Tibet’s spring lasts from March to May, but March is a politically sensitive month, during which foreigners might be restricted to travel to Tibet. In April, restrictions are usually removed, and the weather begins to warm up, especially in southeastern Tibet.

It is the beginning of the peak season, so favorable discounts on air tickets, hotels and other services are still available. In May, ice begins to melt. People can travel to higher areas.

Temperature

Lhasa: The temperature of Lhasa in the daytime reaches as high as twenty degrees centigrade, while it falls below five at night.gI_60665_sagadawa

Shigatse: The temperature in Shigatse, Tibet’s second most popular tourist city, is about eighteen degrees centigrade, and it drops to zero at night.

Everest Base Camp: The temperature at Everest Base Camp is about ten degrees centigrade in the daytime and drops to minus five at night.

Nyingchi: As Nyingchi is the lowest area of Tibet, it is the warmest place in May. The average temperature is around twelve degrees centigrade, but it goes up to twenty in the day and drops to five at night.

Clothing

In spring, most areas of Tibet are still a little cold. The temperature varies greatly between the daytime and night. Therefore, winter clothes are still necessary. Sunglasses and suntan lotion are needed to avoid the sun glare and strong ultraviolet radiation.

Things to Do

1. Enjoy peach blossoms in Nyingchi

Nyingchi lies in the southeast of Tibet, near the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River. It is blessed with a semi-humid climate, lofty snow-capped mountain peaks and well-preserved primitive forests. It is reputed as the “Switzerland of Tibet.” The most attractive season in Nyingchi is spring, when numerous peach flowers come into blossoms in tranquil villages, on hillsides and along river valleys. A peach blossom festival is held in Nyingchi from mid-March to late April every year.

2. Experience slow-paced life in Lhasa

People tired of fast life pace in metropolises always fall in love with the slow life in Lhasa. When traveling in Lhasa, tourists are totally isolated with the hustle and bustle in modern cities. To experience the genuine Lhasa life, travelers are recommended to visit Barkhor Street for a cup of sweet tea, chat with local people, enjoy the warm sunshine or watch pilgrims doing a ritual walk down the street.

3. View Mount Everest in Shigatse

April and May are the best time to visit Everest Base Camp. Mount Everest is especially clear in these months because the monsoon doesn’t start untill summer. The weather is also favorable for mountaineers to conquer the world’s highest peak, so climbers from all over the world always try to grasp the annual chance to climb Everest. It is wise, though, to spend at least two full days in Lhasa to acclimatize to the high altitude before heading to Everest Base Camp. As the temperature drops rapidly at night on the high-altitude areas, warm clothes and sleeping bags are needed.

4. Celebrate Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa Festival, the most important religious festival for Tibetan Buddhists, usually falls in May or June depending on the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the fourth Tibetan month. It is an auspicious day coinciding with three important events in Buddha’s life, namely, his birth, nirvana and parinirvana (death). It is believed that good deeds and prayers are multiplied during this festival, so thousands of Tibetans worship Buddha on the Saga Dawa Festival. A variety of religious activities are also held in monasteries, by holy lakes or at the foot of sacred mountains.

Information is provided by Tibet Travel ORG, the top online Tibet tour operator. Read more at its official website http://www.tibettravel.org.

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