Qamdo Travel Weather and Climate in May

Qamdo Weather and Climate in May

Minimum Temperature (℃): 4.8
Average     Temperature (℃): 12.5
Maximum Temperature (℃): 20.2

When you travel to Qamdo in May, May sees a little more rain in Chamdo than previously, with around 44mm throughout the month. However, the warmer weather also reduces the snowfall to almost nothing, with daily maximum temperatures of up to 12 degrees and an average monthly temperature of 4.4 degrees, making it much more pleasant for travel.

What to Wear for a May Qamdo Travel

You should bring the following:

T-shirts and long sleeves to cope with the daily changing temperature 
2-3 sweaters for cooler evenings and nights 
Fleece or down jacket for when it gets cold in the daytime 
Windproof and waterproof pants 
Warm undergarments, as it can get chilly even in the height of summer 
Rugged hiking boots or shoes for the rough rocky ground 
Lip balm and sunglasses 
Hats for both sunny days and cold days

Useful Travel Tips for your Qamdo Travel in May

  • There are some medications for altitude sickness available, but you should consult your own doctor before you take them, and it is not recommended.
  • Tibet Travel Permit: This permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is required for all international travelers heading for Tibet. You need to apply for this permit one month prior to your arrival in Tibet as this permit takes some time to get ready and you need to produce the original copy of this permit at the Airport before you board the flight. 
  • For a good visit to Tibet you need to pack carefully, as it can be cold there at any time of the year. Make sure that you have your valid passport and Chinese Entry Visa with you at all times, and that it is kept secure or on your person at all times.
  • No matter which season you go to Tibet, you should bring sunglasses and sun protection equipment, including sun hats, sunscreens etc.

Things to see and do at Qamdo in May

  • Horse racing festivals are common in Tibet. In Chamdo, they have been held for a long time since the throne was won by the hero Gesaer, who defeated all his rivals at a horse-racing festival, riding a horse with no saddle. Today, the festival is just as wild and exuberant, featuring horse races, archery, shooting at a gallop, picking-up a hada scarf on gallop, speed racing, demonstrations of horsemanship, and acrobatic riding.
  • The word “Saley” literally means “going for a picnic”, and from May to June in Chamdo, families take bedding, several days worth of food, and their tents, and head out into the countryside to relax. They set up their tents in groups, and enjoy the company, the food and drinking, and the horse races and other games, and only head home when they are fully sated.
  • April to May or September to October is the best time to travel along the road from Sichuan Province in Southwest China to the Tibetan capital via Chamdo. The Sichuan Tibet Highway is the overland route from Chengdu to Lhasa, and splits in two, the northern route heading up into the Hengduan Mountains to take you through Chamdo before heading up to Nagqu and then on down to Lhasa.

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