Shigatse Travel Weather and Climate in July
Shigatse Weather and Climate in July
Average Minimum Temperature (℃): 9
Average Maximum Temperature (℃): 17
Average Precipitation/Rainfall (mm): 129
When you travel to Shigatse in July, and you can take a tour of the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second highest incarnations, and take in the stunning sight of the Gyantse Kumbum on the way, a 32-meter stupa that contains an auspicious 108 chapels and is the only one of its kind in Tibet. While the rains are heavier, they mostly come in the evening and overnight, leaving the days open for touring.
What to Wear for a July Shigatse Travel
July is a warm time of year, though it can rain at times as this is the main monsoon season in Tibet. Packing must, therefore, take this into consideration, and while you may not need many sweaters and heavy jackets, you will probably need to bring a raincoat with you, and a good hat or hood.
Useful Travel Tips for your Shigatse Travel in July
- 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.
- July is one of the best months in Tibet for warm weather, and this makes it also one of the most popular times of year too. The peak season for tourism in Tibet is now under way, and the plateau sees a massive influx of international and domestic tourists, who crowd the temples and monasteries of Lhasa and Shigatse.
Things to see and do at Shigatse in July
- One of the most famous attractions is the magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the traditional seat of Panchen Lama and is the largest monastery in Shigatse. Here you can find the largest gold gilded bronze statue in the world, namely the future Buddha Statue.
- 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.
- 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.