Generally speaking, the weather of summer in Tibet is warm and humid in the daytime while it often rains at night or during the night. However, it’s better than that of the rest of the year. It’s often believed that summer and the monsoon season start from June. But in fact, it doesn’t rain so heavily, and it often rains in the evenings and during the nights at most of the time, which is a common pattern of the monsoon season in Tibet. Usually, only short light showers can be seen in the daytime. And it’s less frequent to see the rainfalls in the daytime as well as in the evenings when you go further towards the west.
The temperatures are different from region to region. For example, the temperatures of Lhasa is from 10 to 23 degrees in the daytime, which is warm enough to wear T-shirts and light pants. Besides, the temperature in Shigatse which lies in the west part of Tibet ranges even wider, which is about 6 degrees at night and it is as high as 26 degrees in the daytime. However, temperatures are not so high in the north part of Tibet which is around Lake Namtso, ranging from 1-2 degrees at night to 15-16 degrees during the daytime.
Tibet in June
June is one of the best months to go to Tibet which marks the beginning of the main peak season for tourism. Even though it is also the start of the early monsoon season, it has no influence on your journey to the plateau because the amount of the rain is limited. June is the start of summer when people choose to travel for fun. With the time going by after June, an increasing number of tourists will choose to take a journey in the plateau. The temples and monasteries are often filled with tourists, and tourists could enjoy the bright sunny weather of Lhasa and the beautiful scenery in the rest of the plateau. Generally speaking, a number of people will gradually head for Tibet to explore the stunning sights of the plateau and visit the many monasteries and temples at the end of the Spring.
June is one of the warmest months to go to Tibet and it is also the start of the rainy season. There are often more rainfalls in June. But June is still a good time to travel in Tibet because it often rains in the evenings and during the nights. So it’s highly recommended to visit the mountains around Lhasa before the heavy rains of the summer come.
When you travel to Lhasa in June, you can wear cool and breathable clothes in the daytime, such as cotton-linen shirts, trousers and thin T-shirts. If you need to stay for a long time outdoors, we suggest that you wear sunglasses, hat and other equipment to protect yourself from the sunshine. If you want to take photos of the night views of the Potala Palace or visit this city at night, a windproof jacket would be helpful enough to keep warm.
June marks the start of summer in the Lake Namtso area, and it is considered as one of the best months to visit the lake during which it is not crowded because the number of tourists traveling north is smaller at this time of the year. In June, the weather is also becoming warmer so that tourists would feel much more comfortable because of the higher temperatures. It’s usually cold at night in the plateau, but the temperatures in June are above freezing even at night. What’s more, you could see more yaks and nomadic herders on the grassland in June. You could also take a walk along the shore, or ride a horse along the lakeside in June. It must be an unforgettable experience.
The wind in Namtso is not only strong but also cold, so thermal clothes is necessary for a trip to Namtso no matter when you go there. If you want to keep yourself warm effectively, you should also put on gloves, scarf, hat and cold-weather mask when you are in Namtso.
In the monsoon season, the area around Lake Yamdrok will be filled with lush and green plants when the weather becomes warmer. There are also rolling hills around the lake covered with lush grass, which is a perfect place to graze yaks. It also rains frequently in the monsoon season which makes the weather become wetter and wetter. However, the weather at this time is not as wet as that after the monsoon season.
Lake Yamdrok and Yoga
Although summer has come to Yamdrok in June, you still need to bring sweaters and fleece jackets to Yamdrok during this period because of the large temperature difference between day and night. When there is no sunshine in the daytime, you should wear extra thermal underwear inside and button up your jacket tightly, so as to keep out the cold and avoid of catching a cold.
It often rains in June during which there are about 20 sunny days. However, the weather in June is warm enough which is suitable to visit the Gyantse Kumbum and the Pelkor Chode Monastery in the city.
Usually, the monsoon season starts in June in Shigatse Prefecture, and it also rains frequently in the monsoon season, the amount of which increases to around 60mm throughout the month. However, there are still around 20 sunny days in June, so the temperature is much warmer. It’s very comfortable to visit either at night or in the daytime when the temperature is exactly good.
Lake Peikutso in Shigatse
The temperate differences between Shigatse and Lhasa are not very huge in June. Therefore, you can wear the same clothes in Shigatse as what you wear in Lhasa. Long sleeves and long pants would be enough in the daytime. But before and after the sunrise and sunset, you still need to put on an extra coat to keep warm. The temperature will drop down at nights, but heating facilities are available in the places for accommodation. And you can ask the tour guide for them when you feel cold.
It’s likely that the rainy season may be starting somewhere else. There might be only around 24mm of rain for the whole month at EBC, which doesn’t cause many influences. Usually, the temperatures in June are around 20 degrees, which is warm enough to make the trip to the Base Camp more comfortable and pleasurable. In June, the great vista of Mt.Everest can be Captured from Everest Base Camp.
Happy tourists on the Mount Everest
When you go to EBC from Shigatse in June, you need to put on wind-proof pants and jacket plus a thermal down coat to keep out the cold. If you don’t plan to stay overnight at EBC, the above equipment would be enough to against the coldness there in the daytime.
It is warm and comfortable to trek through the Kailash Kora route in June, which not only makes you safe and sound in the journey but also enjoy the whole trip. Even though there are strong winds in June, they can’t prevent the brightness and warming rays of the sun. In addition, there are lush green valleys around the mountain. In a word, it’s the perfect time to trek through the Kailash Kora route in June.
When you are trekking around Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in June, you need to wear multiple layers of clothes, so that you can take off or add more clothes in accordance to the temperature and your own feeling. There is strong wind and sunshine in the daytime, so don’t forget to bring to put on a hat, scarf and sunglasses when you are outdoors.
In June, the clouds gather on the peaks of the mountains in Nyingchi and the rains at this time are getting heavier than before, which makes the forests become even more verdant and lush. After the rain, the fields of golden rape flowers are an amazing sight in the river valleys. It is a good time for tourists to visit Tibet in June when the place is filled lush and green forests and the rain at this time doesn’t have much influence on the journey.
Nyang River in Nyingchi
As the weather is pretty warm in Nyingchi in June, you don’t need to bring extra thermal clothes when you go there. Long sleeves and pants plus a light coat would be enough for a trip to Nyingchi during this period.
It’s also a good time to visit Shannan Prefecture in June. Since the summer of this area begins in June, there are only a few days of rain through the whole month. Trekking in this area is a good choice allowing you to see the beautiful scenery such as the the lush and green landscape, and the clear skies, which makes you feel fresh and comfortable.
There is still large temperature difference between day and night in Shannan during this period. So in addition to summer clothes, you should also prepare sweaters and fleece jackets for the journey. If you plan to go place of higher altitude, a down coat is necessary to against the cold at nights.
Since June is the start of the early monsoon season of Kathmandu, it rains a lot there. However, compared with Kathmandu, Gyirong is still relatively dry and the temperatures are around 15 degrees during the day, which is warm enough for people to take a trek. June is the last drier month across the region, and it is the perfect time to take that long trip across the vast Tibetan plateau to Kathmandu.
June is a great time in Tibet which is filled with various festivals and it provides people a good chance to experience the unique culture of Tibetan Buddhism. As is known to many people, horse racing is a popular activity for people to have fun in Tibet, so there is no doubt that there are several festivals like this kind of popular activity throughout the year in the plateau. For example, the Gyantse Horse Racing Festival is often held in the grasslands outside the town of Gyantse which lies between Lhasa and Shigatse. Besides, there are also contests in archery, ball games, track and field events, horse racing and entertaining performances of horsemanship which is beyond your imagination.
June is also the time of Cham Dances. To define the Cham Dance broadly, it is Tibetan Buddhist ritual dance performed by monks for lay people. There is great variety among Cham Dances. There are several Festivals for Cham Dances in June, among which the Tsurphu Cham Dance Festival is a masked dancing festival connecting to Buddhism. And it is performed by local monks using hand-crafted masks and traditional Tibetan instruments. Besides, there is another great Cham Dance which is held at Drigung lasting for three days with dancing and performances by the monks and lamas. It is also a part of the Drigung Dharma Assembly. In a summary, dance is actually a way of guiding the moral development of monks, a way of sympathizing with humans and all living things. People will cultivate many merits and benefit a lot if they could see the dances and understand them.
There are thousands of local Tibetans gathering at the holy Kailash mountain to celebrate Saga Dawa Festival every year. Saga Dawa Festival is one of the greatest festivals in Tibet which is held in June, and it is on the 15th day of the fourth month in the Tibetan Calendar. The festival is held at the foot of Mount Kailash in western Tibet. The aim of the festival is to commemorate the three important events of the life of Buddha including his birth, enlightenment, and death. Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most solemn and significant celebrations in Tibet, which has attracted Buddhists and pilgrims from all across the world. Usually, there are religious ceremonies in this festival. And the prayer flags on the flagpole at Tarboche will be renewed on the ceremony. After that, the pilgrims begin their sacred trek following the kora route which runs around the base of the sacred Mount Kailash.
Saga Dawa Festival Celebration
Tibet in June is a warm month. If you don’t travel in the far west and northwest, it’s not so necessary to take sweaters and heavy jackets. You could just pack one with you in case of the coldness. It’s suggested to wear T-shirts and light sweaters which make you feel both warm and comfortable. Since the weather in June is warm, it’s OK to wear short sleeves, but it’s not recommended to wear shorts because of the cold weather at night. Evenings come after the sun drops below the horizon and it becomes cold gradually. People get cold easily at night, so you’d better take some light pants, good shoes or boots, and thick socks to keep warm.
People easily get sunstroke and sunburned in Tibet in the months of summer. Even though June may not be the hottest month in the year, it’s likely that you get severely sunburned or sunstroke from the intense UV rays of the sun through the thinner atmosphere. Due to this fact, there is something that is highly recommended to take with when traveling in Tibet. First, it’s advised to take sun cream to prevent being sunburned and a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your head. Second, even though there is more rain in June, the wind is still dry which may make your lips and face uncomfortable. So you could take a good moisturizer and some lip balms. In addition, do not forget to bring your sunglasses. While it’s not so hot as the tropics, the sun is much brighter at this altitude which can cause damage to your eyes if looked at unfettered.
June may be the early start of the monsoon season, but the weather is not so wet and miserable as that in the tropical region of Asia to the south of Tibet. Because the Himalayas have a calming effect on the strength of the monsoon, which reduces the rainfalls across the plateau, dropping from the clouds before they can cross the high peaks of the world’s highest mountain range. What’s more, it’s warm and pleasant for visitors to travel to Tibet in June when there is less rain which normally drops in the evening or overnight making your days warm and comfortable when touring around the plateau. Besides, June is the start of the peak tourist season in Tibet when prices are starting to rise. But compared with the prices in other peak months, it’s not so high. In a word, it’s an ideal time to travel to Tibet in June if you want to go there in summer considering the many aspects.