After the Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival in April, Shigatse begins to usher in its peak season in May. Whether you are going to Everest Base Camp or the holy mountain and lake in Ali, you are going to pass by Shigatse. The average temperature in Shigatse in May is between 6 and 22 degree Celsius. You may experience four seasons in a single day. It feels hot at noon but cold in the early morning and the late evening.
Shigatse in May can be either cold or hot sometimes, so you may need to bring all four-season clothes with you. Both the heavy down jacketa and a short sleeves may be needed. A sweater with a light down jacket are recommended. .
Daytime average temperature: 21°C, light cotton or linen clothes such as sports T-shirts, sweat pants, jeans, long dress, etc. are recommended.
Nighttime average temperature: 2°C, warm clothes such as overcoats, sweaters, down jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are recommended.
The temperature in Shigatse starts to pick up and it is sunny without much rain. More tourists come to Shigatse at this time. There are many attractions in Shigatse, such as snow-capped mountains represented by Mount Everest, the beautiful scenery of the Karma valley, the plateau lakes and grasslands, the famous temples and the ancient momonasteries which are full of mysterious legends. You can travel to the famous holy lake Yamdrok by corssing over the Gangbara Pass at an altitude of 5,190 meters. The attractions you should not miss on the way are the Carola Glacier, Baiju Temple, and the most important temple in Shigatse – the Tashilhunpo Temple (the peak season is not there yet in May and the ticket price is still half-price in the off-season according to the preferential policy). Another highlight is the Everest Base Camp, which can not be seen as clear as in April, but with a much more pleasant weather. As it is still in the off-season, the discount offer is not over yet and the sun is shiny. What are you waiting for?
When you first travel to the Tibetan Plateau, most people will feel different levels of hypoxia such as chest tightness, difficulty breathing or other symptoms. But this does not mean that you cannot adapt to the high altitude environment. If you can adjust yourself properly, the above symptoms can generally be improved or disappear in 2~3 days.
If you are flying to Tbet, the symptoms of a general mountain sickness will occur in 12 to 14 hours. Therefore, when you first arrive in Tibet and don’t feel very well, please rest in bed instead of taking any intensive exercise. Otherwise, it takes more time to adapt to it.
People often use oxygen supplement to relieve chest discomfort. Oxygen inhalation temporarily relieves chest tightness, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, etc., but the symptoms reappear after stopping oxygenation, which actually delays the time to adapt to the high altitude environment. If the symptoms of hypoxia are not very serious, oxygen inhalation is not recommended, which will help you to adapt to the altitude environment faster. A mild altitude sickness will get better without treatment and the oxygen inhalation may become an addict.
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). During your stay in Tibet, please don’t take too many activities and carry too much stuff. Please slow down with everything and walk slowly. , You can gradually increase the amount of activity after a week.
Shigatse is also called as the post-Tibet, which is another political and cultural center in Tibet besides Lhasa. The best season for travel to Shigatse is from June to October. This is the season when you can see the beautiful and the infinite post-Tibet grassland. October in Shigatse is also a month full of fascinating autumn golden colors, which makes it the best month to visit Shigatse.