Tibet Travel Weather and Climate in September

Tibet Travel Weather and Climate in September

Average Minimum Temperature (℃): 7
Average Maximum Temperature (℃): 21
Tibet Average Temperature (℃): 14
Average Precipitation/Rainfall (mm): 66
Wet Days (>0.1mm): 7
Relative Humidity (%): 71
(Overall Tibet weather in September)

When you travel to Tibet in September, the rainy season comes to an end and the temperatures begin to cool down, the cloudy days begin to clear away, and the bright sunshine once more takes precedent in the plateau skies. On average, temperatures across Tibet range from around 7 degrees to as high as 21 degrees in September, with less rainfall and higher humidity. In the Tibetan capital, the temperatures have dropped a little, ranging from 6-8 degrees at night to around 20 degrees during the day, with fewer days of rain in the evenings.

What to Wear for a September Tibet Travel

Dress in layers for the temperature drop between day and night and the weather extremes as you travel. You might be able to wear shorts and T-shirts in some places during the day, but you’ll need a coat at night. You’ll need a sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear. Take a coat and winter gear up to the higher mountain regions.

Useful Travel Tips for your Tibet Travel in September

  • 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. 
  • Oxygen levels are much lower in Tibet, so most people get altitude sickness. Cardiovascular conditions are exacerbated, so for the best experience, seek health advice before going and acclimate before exertion or going higher than Lhasa. 
  • There are fewer tourists than in August. Classes and universities are in term, so there are fewer younger tourists, and there is a lull before the Mid-Autumn Festival and another lull before the October travel rush. 

Things to see and do at Tibet in September

  • As a whole, September is one of the best months for travel to Lhasa. While the weather is beginning to cool down, the dry air is starting to come in, and the rains have dropped drastically, with more sunny days in the month than rainy ones. 
  • September is only a little colder than August, though with less rain, and the landscape around the Yamdrok lake is still lush and green. The summer birds are prevalent on Bird Island, which makes September another good time to go bird watching at Lake Yamdrok, before they head off south at the end of October.
  • September comes and the rains start to die off, leaving Gyantse with lush green landscapes and warm weather for the last of the summer months.
  • September is the best time to trek Mount Kailash. Temperatures are warm and comfortable, though it can get as low as 0 degrees at night, so warm jackets are a good idea.
  • Another of the great times for trekking in Nyingchi, September sees a reduction in the amount of rainfall, and the major trekking routes such as the Namcha Barwa Mountain Base Camp trek, Holy Lake Nalatso trek, and Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon trek become even more popular. September is also harvest time in Nyingchi, and the villages hold their festivals in the hopes of a bumper harvest.

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