June Climate brief introduction:
June is the first month of summer of Tibet. During month of June, the minimum temperature in Lhasa is about 9 °C (49 °F) while the maximum temperature can get to 23 °C (73 °F). The summer weather in Tibet is really pleasant. It is quite warm in daytime. Every Tibetan family uses solar heating system to heat water. In June, you can still enjoy sunshine most of the daytime because it rains mostly at night but much less in the daytime. The summer monsoon generally starts from middle of June. However the main highways are accessible in most cases. There are many travelers to main travel destinations in Tibet such as Lhasa, Tsetang, Namtso, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash. However if the tour is from Sichuan and Yunnan to Tibet by overland, there is probably some landslides due to heavy rain in east Tibet section.
The average maximum daytime temperature in Lhasa, Tibet in June is a comfortable 21°C (70°F). The average night-time temperature is usually a cold 7°C (45°F). There are usually 8 hours of bright sunshine each day, which represents 56% of the 14 hours of daylight.
Expect 59mm (2.3 inches) of rainfall across the whole of June with 15 days with some rain falling. Maximum UV levels will be extreme (11+ UV index) at midday when the skies are clear.
What to wear in June?
Summer is the best time to visit all areas of Tibet in a year as the weather is warmest in the year throughout Tibetan plateau and many grand traditional Tibetan festivals are held during this season. But do not expect Tibet is a place where T-shirt and short-pants are suitable for Tibet tour in summer all the time. Do pay attention to the mountain areas of Tibet, the great temperature difference between day and night and the strong sunlight on the high plateau. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are recommended to avoid being hurt by the strong sunshine. Warm clothes should be prepared for travelling to mountain areas and preventing cold at night.
What to do in June?
June has good touring weather of long sunny days mostly. The monsoon begins in the middle of the month. It rains mainly at night when most tourists are inside in hotels. You can use Lhasa as a base for acclimation and preparations for trips. June is a good month for hiking or outdoor activities before the rain and snow in the rest of the summer and early fall.
Namtso Lake: This is a high salt lake about four hours north of Lhasa. The weather is suitable for a day trip or overnighter. It is one of the best scenic areas of Tibet, and its one of the highest lakes in the world (15,000 feet). The accommodations are rudimentary. Tsetang (3,100 meters):
Tsetang is a large town near the popular Samye Monastery. It is about 190 km southeast of Lhasa and an hour away from the main Tibet airport. The average daily high temperature is 23 °C (74 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is 9 °C (48 °F). It is warmer than Lhasa with sunny weather mainly.
Mt. Everest Base Camp: It is best to visit before the monsoon begins in the middle of the month. There is still clear weather to see the peaks. The temperatures are above freezing at the camp with an average daily high temperature of 17 °C (63 °F) and an average nightly low of 5 °C (41 °F).
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar area: Heavy rains and snow start around the middle of June that make crossing the rugged roads in the region more difficult. But it is still one of the best months for a visit and a hike around the mountain. The highest pass in the walk around is 5,500 meters or 18,200 feet. The Saga Dawa Festival and flagpole raising is here in June depending on their lunar calendar.
Tips for travelling to Tibet in summer:
Tibet's summer weather will not be very hot during the day; usually wearing a dress is enough. But to avoid the sunshine and UV, it is best to prepare long-sleeved clothes. In the evening, the temperature is a little bit low, if you fell could, you can bring a jacket to keep warm.
Also take sunscreen with you which can offer UV protection. In addition to long-sleeved clothes and long trousers, we should also prepare hat, and apply some sunscreen to protect the skin.
Although summer is the rainy season in Tibet, but the rain usually fall in the evening. It seldom rains during the day, however, in order to prevent the event, you’d better best take rain gears with you.
In simple terms, the Tibetan summer is like this, not too hot, not too cold. Leaving the plateau environment factor, that Tibet is the most suitable place to spend the summer holidays.