Detailed Guide on Planning a Tibet Tour in May

Tibet, a vibrant city that locates in far west China. Bejeweled by snow-capped mountains, meadows, serene lakes, and rivers, Tibet attracts tourists of all kind. All of the months are suitable for Tibet tour, May is the most prominent one, which is popular for trekking, hiking and sightseeing. During this month, Tibet’s weather is not too harsh and most areas of Tibet are accessible. Do you want travel to Tibet in May? Just read this post to find out what Tibet in May has in store for you!

Part 1. Tibet Weather in May
Part 2. Top 3 Best Things to Do in Tibet in May
Part 3. What to Bring for Tibet Tour in May
Part 4.  Useful Tips for Visiting Tibet in May

Part 1. Tibet Weather in May

Tibet is a year-round destination. But the best time to visit Tibet is from April to June and from September to October. Obviously, May is one of the best time for traveling. Tibet weather in May 2020 is moderate, neither too hot, nor too cold. If we talk about the weather in Tibet in May, 2020 in Celsius, it ranges between 17℃ - 20℃. And Lhasa weather in May ranges between 6℃ - 20℃ degree Celsius. The temperature in Lhasa in May is more pleasant compared to other northern Chinese cities. Spring brings pleasant weather and beautiful natural scenery. The meadows look luxuriant and refreshing and most of hiking tours are open during this season. Learn more details about the weather in May, you can read the following table.

Tibet Weather in May
Cities Avg. Temp (℃) Max. Temp (℃) Min. Temp (℃) Rainfall(mm)
Lhasa 6 13 -1 2
Namtso Lake 3 7 -1 1
Gyantse 1 8 -6 1
Yamdrok Lake -1 4 -6 1
Shigatse 2 8 -5 2
EBC -2.5 7 -12 1
Mt. Kailash -1 5 -8 4
Nyingchi 7.5 13 0 16
Shannan -5 3 -13 3

Tip : Remember to bring enough thick clothes when you travel to Tibet since the nighttime temperature can get really low due to the large difference in temperature between day and night.

Part 2. Top 3 Best Things to Do in Tibet in May

Here we outline some of the best places to visit in Tibet in May. Take a look!

1. The Potala Palace - Explore the History of Tibet

The stunning palace, once a residence of Dalai Lama, is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Lhasa’s most popular attractions. Offering a fascinating look to 1,000 years of history, it’s home to numerous precious relics. Designed in the typical Tibetan style, Potala  is the highest ancient palace in the world.

Potala Palace

Tip :
1. Doors open for visiting from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day.
2. You need to purchase ticket one day beforehand to secure entry.
3. The admission price is 200RMB from May to October and 100RMB from November to April.

2. Barkhor Street - Purchase Some Souvenirs

Located in the Lhasa downtown, Barkhor Street  is the commercial center of Lhasa and popular circumambulation for pilgrims. Walk in this street and see pilgrims pray devoutly along the street, you will deeply touched by their spiritual belief of Buddha. Like a miniature of Lhasa, Barkhor Street show you one aspect of the Tibetan life. Various fantastic stores and shops along the street display Tibetan style commodities like Thangkas, prayer wheels, prayer flags, Tibetan styled clothing, milk tea and so on. Anyway, it’s really a good place to buy some souvenirs and suck up the local Tibetan lifestyle.

Barkhor Street

Tip :
1. If you wan to make a pilgrimage around Barkhor, try to take the clockwise direction to walk along the Street.
2. Don’t stroll too late at night, since there are many narrow lanes along the street and easily to get lost in the dark.
3. Knives are not allowed to aboard flight or train, you need to mail it home.

3. Magnificent Monastery and Temples - Explore Tibetan Buddhism

Visiting monastery and temples is the best way for tourists to learn Tibetan Buddhism and its influence on Tibetan’s life. It is estimated that there are approximately 1700 Tibetan monasteries and temples across Tibet. Apart from Potala Palace, the most prestigious monasteries and temples in Tibet are known as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple , and Drepung Monastery , Tashilhunpo Monastery , Samye Monastery , etc.

Tip :
1. When inside a monastery, you should always visit the rooms in a clockwise direction, starting to the left each time.
2. Remember to remove your hats, sunglasses before entering the monasteries.

4. Sacred Lakes - Enjoy its Stunning Scenery

Turquoise classics include Yamdrok Tso (with backdrop of peaks in Bhutan); Manasarovar (Kailash in background); Lake Namtso, with 7,000 - metre peaks backdrop. All of the three holy lakes will give you the chance to witness the beauty of nature. Every year, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet head to three lakes to make a pilgrimage. You can feel quite peaceful while standing by the lake.

5. Mountains - Best Time for Trekking

May is regarded as the best time to visit Mt. Everest for travelers. In May each year, flocks of travelers come from every corner of the world gather at Everest Base Camp to pay it a visit. During this month, the shape of Mt. Everest is free of cloud and mist, which offers tourists a great chance to view the stunning peak. For mountaineering enthusiasts, May is also a great time for trekking. Among numerous trekking routes, Kangshung Face Base Camp trek  is the most recommended one. This trek route is relatively unknown and visited by small number of trekkers each year, but scenery along the road is really beautiful and breathtaking.

Mount Kailash Trekking

Tip : Before starting a trek, you need to carefully plan and prepare things you need for trekking. If you have no idea where to start, this experienced guide  might help you on planning a remote trek.

Part 3. What to Bring for Tibet Tour in May

1. Clothes: sweaters and fleeces are needed at night when the temperature can drop below zero. A thick down coat is essential if you are planning a Everest tour.

2. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from strong sunlight.

3. Lip cream: Tibet weather is dry in May, so you’d better bring a lip cream to protect your lips.

4. Comfortable walking shoes: There are many steep steps to climb if you want to visit monasteries.

5. Altitude sickness medicine.

6. Documents: Tibet Entry Permit  is needed when you aboard flight or train. You can contact a local travel agency  to help you arrange it.

Part 4. Useful Tips for Visiting Tibet in May

As a spectacular place, Tibet has too many things for travelers to explore. Getting well prepared is very necessary before traveling to Tibet. You can learn some basic knowledge about Tibet culture and history so that you will not be puzzled when visiting dazzling Tibetan monasteries and temples. Additionally, you should also acquire information about the best time to visit, how to get to Tibet, how to avoid the high altitude sickness, etc. To help you make a perfect plan of Tibet tour, we collect some tips as below:

How to Get to Tibet by Train >
How to Get to Tibet by Flight >
What to Pack for Tibet Tour >
How to Cope with Tibet Altitude Sickness Properly >
Health Advice before & during Your Tibet Tour >
Where to Stay in Lhasa >
What to Eat in Tibet >


Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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