Tibet Travel in August

August is still summer in Tibet, but the weather is already showing signs of cooling. In August, there are still many tourists in Tibet, and the streets of Lhasa are still crowded. The popularity of traveling to Tibet in August has not abated, and the cool and distinctive attractions of Tibet are still the purpose of people traveling to Tibet.

Tibet Weather Feature in August

The cool climate in Tibet makes Tibet one of the most popular summer resorts in China. Other Chinese cities may be scorching hot in this month, but high altitude of Tibet makes it quite cozy. The average temperature in Tibet is 9℃-25℃. The rainfall in August is less than that in July. 

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What to Wear in Tibet in August

August in Tibet is already the tail of summer. There is a large temperature difference between morning and night, so it is necessary to keep warm whenever possible. In addition to Namtso Lake, Mount Everest, Ngari and other high-altitude places, basically a long-sleeved T-shirt with a jacket is enough to enjoy the Tibet travel. Going to the high altitude areas such as Mount Everest, you will need to take outdoor jacket with better heat preservation, sweater and other warm clothes. Usually, thin down jacket is the best choice, both light and warm. At the same time, You are supposed to do well preparation for sun protection, especially in the scorching summer. With thin air and long sunshine duration, the sun ultraviolet radiation is strong in Tibet.

What to Wear in Lhasa in August

The average temperature of Lhasa in August is 10-25℃, with little variation throughout the summer. You are advisable to wear breathable long sleeves and trouser, both sun protection and keeping warm when travelling in Lhasa in August. The weather in Tibet is dry, remember to drink more water to replenish water during the trip.

What to Wear in Shigatse in August

The average temperature of Shigatse in August is 10-23℃, which is very cool and comfortable, and suitable for doing some outdoor activities. For tourists who travel to Shigatse in August, if your destination is not Mount Everest or Nagri with higher altitude, you can wear long-sleeved clothes with a lightweight jacket or hoodie, and no additional cold protection is required. If you want to go to higher altitudes, do prepare a down jacket, scarf and other cold protection equipment. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen for outdoor activities to avoid sunburn.

What to Wear at Everest Base Camp in August

The average temperature at Everest base camp in August is 5-15℃. Down jacket is still required at Everest base camp in August, but if you do not stay there for overnight, just stay at Everest base camp for a short time, you do not need down jacket. Hoodie, outdoor jacket and other ordinary coats are enough.

What to Wear in Ngari in August

In August, the average temperature in Ngari area is 8-20℃, without the feeling of summer at all. Travel in Ngari requires a coat. When going to Mount Kailash, you need thick warm clothes, warm hats and scarves, etc. If you are going to Guge Kingdom along the Xinjiang-Tibet highway, you need to wear windproof outdoor jacket. The wind is very strong in Ngari, windproof and sun protection are the focus of Ngari travel in August. 

What to Wear on Nagqu Grassland in August

The average temperature of Nagqu Grassland in August is 8-18℃, you will feel a little cold walking on the road, so cold and wind protection is the main purpose. When going around the Ngari Grand Circle via Nagqu Grassland, you need to pay attention to keep warm, lightweight down jacket is the first choice. Namtso Lake is the representative of the lakes on Nagqu Grassland. Due to the large temperature difference between day and night, you can wear short sleeves during the day, but down jacket after sunset.

What to Do in Tibet in August

Things to Do in Lhasa in August

Lhasa is suitable for travel throughout the year. When travelling in Lhasa, the scenic spots that tourists often go are Potala PalaceJokhang TempleBarkhor StreetNorbulingka PalaceSera MonasteryDrepung Monastery and the like. 

Visiting Namtso Lake in August

Thousands of flowers bloom in August, and on this sacred plateau, Namtso Lake is like a blue gem. Lake Namtso in August is an oil painting of a summer landscape. You will be fascinated by the beautiful scenery. It’s a good idea to go to Namtso lake in August.

Shoton Festival in Tibet

Shoton festival is one of the biggest Tibetan festivals of the year. Shoton festival falls on the last day of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar and lasts at least 5 days. Shoton festival in 2019 takes place on August 30 to September 5. During the shoton festival, traditional buddhist exhibitions, Tibetan opera performances, Tibet thangka expo and other activities are held in Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and other designated places.

Things to Do in Shigatse in August

Shigatse tours usually include Mount Everest, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery and other famous attractions in Shigatse. Shigatse is the only way to Everest base camp, as well as Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarova in Ngari. When you are in Shigatse, Tashilhunpo Monastery there is worth a visit.

Visiting Mount Everest in August

Due to the rainy season in Tibet, August may not be the best time to visit Mount Everest. Poor visibility, rain and poor road conditions may prevent you from seeing the top of Mount Everest. But on a clear day, you may still enjoy the beauty of Mount Everest.

Things to Do in Ngari in August

August is the peak tourist season of Ngari because of warm weather. When you are in Ngari, you can visit Mount Kailash, Lake Monasarova, ruins of Guge Kingdom, Shiquanhe TownZanda Earth Forest, etc. 

Visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in August

Because of the mild climate and high oxygen content of the year, August is a good time to visit the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarova. But you are supposed to bring and umbrella or raincoat and warm clothes.

Passing Through Nagqu Grassland in August

There are many lakes on Nagqu Grassland, which is the best place to enjoy plateau lakes. Nagqu plateau, located in Nagqu with an average altitude of 4500 meters and is a paradise for herdsmen. In July, Nagqu grassland is rich in water and grass, has flocks of cattle and sheep, and the lakes are scattered like gems in every corner of the grassland. 

Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

In August, there is a horse racing festival in Ngaqu, which is one of the largest gatherings in Tibet. The festival allows you to enjoy the clothing styles of all parts of Tibet. As one of the biggest annual events in northern Tibet, the Nagqu horse racing festival, held every year on August 1, will attract Tibetans from all corners of the Tibetan plateau. Tibetan people wear traditional clothes, gather on the grassland with blooming flowers, put up beautiful tents, watch horse racing, Yak racing, tug-of-war and Tibetan opera, etc. 

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