Shigatse Travel Weather and Climate in August

Shigatse Weather and Climate in August

Average Minimum Temperature (℃): 9
Average Maximum Temperature (℃): 20
Average Precipitation/Rainfall (mm): 146

When you travel to Shigatse in August, August is the wettest month of the year in Shigatse, but is not even that bad, with only around 146mm of rain covering the whole month. Summer temperatures in Shigatse are fairly constant throughout the summer, with highs of around 17 degrees in the day and dropping to as high as 9 degrees at night.

What to Wear for an August Shigatse Travel

Packing light is the order of the day in August. However, take a sweater, since it can still get chilly, even after the warmer days of summer. A light raincoat is also necessary, to throw on over your t-shirt when the showers sometimes fall. Jeans can be too hot and heavy in the summer, so lighter pants are a much better idea. With temperatures reaching the mid-twenties and higher, you will find that sun cream, moisturizer, and sunglasses are a must, and that hat with the brim that you never wear will finally come in handy.

Useful Travel Tips for your Shigatse Travel in August

  • 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.
  • A tour to Tibet in August is the peak season for tourism, and the busiest time of the year, as well as the most expensive. Planning is definitely the key this month, since there are a lot of tourists in the region throughout August. Make sure you book well in advance, to avoid disappointment, and prepare for a very crowded region throughout the month. 

Things to see and do at Shigatse in August

  • Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, was established sometime in the early part of the 20th century, under the Nyingmapa Sect. Its history is sketchy. Rongbuk Valley was know as the “sanctuary of the birds”. There was a strict ban on killing any animal in the area.
  • The Summer Palace of Panchen Lamas is situated far below Tashilhunpo Monastery, about 1km south of Tashilhunpo Monastery. You can follow the road till the end and turn right into the compound. After your visit in Shigatse, you may pay a visit there if you have extra time. 
  • The most famous of Natang Monastery are the workshops for printing Buddhist sutras. In 1730, the local government of Tibet started the creation of the printing house in order to save and carry on the Tibet ancient books and scriptures. It took more than 20 years to complete this huge scripture printing house. 
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery: This large ancient monastery in Shigatse was founded in 1447. It sits with a rugged grey mountain at the edge of town. Photographers can get beautiful photographs against a blue and white sky. It was a town for 5,000 monks.
  • Pelkor Chode Monastery means “Auspicious Wheel Joy Monastery” in Tibetan language. It lies at the foot of the Dzong Hill to the west of Gyangze Town. Encircled by mountains on 3 sides, the monastery is composed of 4 major parts: Buddhist halls, tower, Zhacang and surrounding wall. It is an important cultural relic protection unit on the level of the Tibet.
  • Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress in one of the best preserved dzongs (one kind of fortress) in Tibet. It stands high above the Gyantse City on a huge spur of grey brown rock.
  • The Bonpo Yungdrungling Monastery is located across the river from the Friendship Hwy. between Lhasa and Shigatse. Once the second most influential Bon monastic institution in Tibet, it used to be home to 700 monks. Now the number declined to 35, and the monks come from different factions of Bonpos, some even from as far as the Aba region of northern Sichuan.

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