Seated on a plateau at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres, Tibet is quite befittingly called the Roof of the World.
It is also home to other impressive superlatives, such as the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest and deepest canyon, the Yarlung Zangbo Canyon. Home to almost three million people, Tibet forms the border China shares with several countries, including Myanmar, India, Bhutan, and Nepal.
1.228 million square km
Flight time from London
13.5hrs + transit
When to go
Tibet is cold in winter, cool in summer and generally dry, receiving only 450 millimeters (18 inch) of rain or snow. Sunlight is extremely intense. The thin air neither blocks nor holds heat, so sunshine feels warm, shadows are chilly, and temperature can vary greatly within a day.
Summer temperatures (Jun-Sep) are surprisingly warm, averaging around 20 degrees Celsius during the day, but dropping considerably at night to around 8 degrees Celsius. There is some rain in June, July and August.
Winters (Oct-Mar) are severe, with frequent hard frosts and snow. Temperatures average around 0 degrees Celsius. Lhasa’s nighttime lowest in winter is around -9 degrees. The higher you go, the colder it gets, and the winds in winter are ferocious.
Rainfall in southern Tibet occurs intermittently between May and September; bring moisture to barley fields and greenery to the valleys.
- High Season
- Mid Season
- Shoulder Season