Shigatse Weather - Best Time to Visit
When to Go
|Shigatse Weather in Summer|
Shigatse has a semi-arid, plateau temperate, monsoon climate. Temperatures range from a high of 23C (73.4F) to a low of -25C (-13F) with an annual average temperature of 6.3C (43.34F). From November to April, the weather in Shigatse is not suitable for traveling for the temperature is quite low. June to July is considered the temperate rainy season. During this period, it rains much at night. If you plan to visit Shigatse specifically to see Mount Everest, April through June is the best time to visit.
Due to its high elevation, the climate of Shigatse is quite hard. The weather is often very dry, due in part to the long hours of sunshine. The ultraviolet radiation is quite strong and visitors should be prepared with a variety of sunscreens, sunglasses and lip-balms to protect them from the rays. Thus, the sunburn prevention lotions, sun blinkers (which are better if they can prevent the snow-blind) and lipsticks are quite necessary. The temperature difference between the daytime and nighttime is extreme. During the day, especially at noon, the high temperature may cause sunstroke while the low temperature at night may contribute to people catching colds. Accordingly, warm and windproof clothes are highly recommended. Visitors should take the climate and location into consideration prior to traveling to Shigatse and medications for altitude sickness and cold remedies should be included in any travel kit.
7-Day Shigatse Weather Forecast
Every year in Shigatse, there are many festivals honoring local history and culture. The festivals are always full of local characters and if you are lucky enough to meet some of them, you will better understand this remote and mysterious land.
The Buddha Unveiling Festival is held every year from May 14th to May 16th (of the Tibetan calendar) at the Tashihunpo Monastery. Portraits of Buddha from the three periods, Amitabha, Sakyamuni and Maitreya, are shown, one on each day in sequence. These huge portraits, made of colorful damask, are about 900 square kilometers (about 1076 square yards). Displayed on the Buddha unveiling platform, which at 32 meters (105 feet) high is the highest building in Shigatse, they can be seen from all over the city. The festival draws both local people and followers of Buddha from afar.