The average altitude of Lhasa is 3,600 meters. The altitude of Chengdu which is of the same latitude as Lhasa is only about 600 meters. The elevation difference is of nearly 3,000 meters and a temperature difference of about 13 °C. The average temperature in Lhasa in September is between 9 ° C and 22 ° C. You will feel comfortable during the day, and it gets cold in the early morning and late evening. September is the most beautiful season in Tibet in a year, not too cold or too hot. In the first half of September, when the rainy season turns into a dry season, the rain will decrease and the sunny days will increase. Even when the weather forecast reports rain, it will be basically just showers or rain at night.
Dressing Guide for Lhasa Travel in September
When you are in Lhasa in September, the outdoor feels even warmer than indoor because of the sunshine. It may feel a bit chilly indoors or in the shade. A thin jacket is a good choice during the day. A warmer jacket will be needed if you stay longer indoors or in the shade. Although there is not much rain during September, a heavier jacket may be needed when it rains.
Daytime average temperature: 23°C, light cotton or linen clothes such as sports T-shirts, sweat pants, jeans, long dress, etc. are recommended.
Nighttime average temperature: 10°C, light warm clothes such as light jackets, thin sweaters, light wind breakers, etc. are recommended.
Lhasa Weather in September over the years
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Lhasa Travel Guide in September
September is a perfect month to go to Tibet. It is warm and it rarely rains at this time. The blue sky and white clouds are up high every day. The oxygen concentration is sufficient and the altitude-sickness happens less to visitors. A Tibet tour in September is full of beautiful sky reflection in clear lake water, refreshing scented fields and forests, tastes of harvest and splendid colors. If you are going to Tibet in autumn, a most clear and purest Tibet will present charmingly in front of you with all the amazing colors.
In September, besides the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka, you can also go to visit some other local temples, such as Zaki Temple which is the only temple for Gods of Wealth in Lhasa. It is said that the god of Zaki Temple likes alcohol, so follower come to Zaki Temple to worship not only with Hada and Mulberry twigs, but also a bottle of wine or barley wine. These can be prepared in advance. But if you do not have time to prepare, you can also buy it from the stalls outside of the temple.
Notes on Lhasa Travel in September
The rainy season ends in September and Tibet begins to enter the dry season. The rainfall decreases and the air becomes dry and clear. The unique plateau autumn in Tibet is even more fascinating. The heat goes away with the sunshine getting less strong. However, it is still necessary to have sun protection as long as you are at outdoors.
Try to have more carbohydrates and digestible foods after entering Tibet. Please drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. It is advisable to not eat too much at dinner. It is best not to drink and smoke. Foods rich in vitamins such as fruits and vegetable are highly recommended.
After entering Tibet, you should eat more carbohydrates, digestible foods and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Please do not eat too much at night nor alcohol drinking and smoking. Foods which are rich in vitamins such as fruits and vegetables are recommended. Please try not to do too much and try to eat and rest regularly. During the first few days when you just arrived in Tibet, please don’t take frequent shower to prevent yourself from catching colds. Colds are often the main cause of acute high altitude pulmonary edema (which is not easy to heal under hypoxic conditions).
Best Time to Visit Lhasa:
May-October every year is the best time to tour Lhasa, Tibet. Lhasa is known as “Sunlight City”, with long sunshine hours, mild climate, no heat in summer, no cold in winter. The highest temperature in the whole year in June, and the lowest in winter in January. Lhasa has less rainfall, but the dry and wet season is obvious. The rain is mainly concentrated in July, August and September, and it is mostly at night. Lhasa’s summer climate is warm and humid, making it the best travel season. This time is also the most pleasing time of Lhasa’s natural scenery in a year. The whole city is lush and in stark contrast with the winter bleak. There is a saying that the oxygen concentration in Lhasa in summer can almost double that of winter.
Lhasa should be regarded as the first stop for most people to enter Tibet. The cultural landscape is mostly; the climate is suitable for all seasons. The summer is not hot, the winter is not cold, but the temperature difference between day and night is large. If the main purpose of your trip is to experience, feel and live, it is recommended that in October-March, avoiding the peak season of Tibet tourism, the cost is relatively low, and there is no need to worry about the limited Potala Palace tickets and train tickets. Few tourists make it easier to feel the purity and authenticity of Tibet.
How to buy train tickets to Tibet during the peak season for travel to Tibet?
At present, there are only one Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Tibet, and there are five trains entering Tibet every day, starting from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou (Xining) and Chengdu (Chongqing). Due to the long time of the train ride, the train’s berth ticket becomes popular. Since the number of tourists entering Tibet in the summer vacation soars, it can be hard to get one during this time. Foreigners need to a Tibet Permit to board on the train or the plane. A copy of the Permit is fine when taking the train, while the plane boarding requires the original document. You do not need to have the Permit when you purchase the train tickets or air tickets though.
Usually, you can purchase train tickets to Tibet at the train station in China. More people purchase the train tickets through various mobile APPs. Valid ID card number and passport number are required for booking online. When picking up the paper ticket, you can go to the counter or the tickets processing machine at the train station. However, in the peak season from June to September, it is difficult to get a ticket to Tibet, especially the berth ones, which are always sold out pretty soon. Our agency can help you to book a berth ticket even when it is super busy. Having been running foreigners’ Tibet tour for over 20 years, we never failed to get a train ticket for any of our customers. The guarantee of the ticket comes from our various channels to purchase it. If you are planning to take the Qinghai-Tibet train to Tibet in June-September, please provide your valid passport information to us ahead of time to book the Qinghai-Tibet train route as soon as possible. At the same time, we will also help you to process your Tibet Permit and plan out your Tibet tour route. Our travel consultants are readily available and will work with you to customize your Tibet tour.