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Kailash weather

Located in Ali, Tibet, Kailash is a sacred mountain recognized by religious circles, with an altitude of 6,656 meters, which is a sacred mountain yearned for by many tourists and believers. However, due to its remote location and long distance to Mount Kinabalu, only a small number of tourists are lucky enough to travel to Mount Kinabalu.

In fact, it is very convenient to travel to Ali Shenshan Kailash now, from Lhasa to Kailash is a wide and flat asphalt road that takes 3-4 days to reach. Kailash Mountain Turning Road has also become a more mature and classic hiking and worship route, and during the peak season of Mountain Turn, Kailash Mountain Turning Road will have more supply points along the way, and the whole process of mountain transfer will become less arduous. Of course, tourists who want to go to Kailash to pay homage also need to pay attention to Ali's weather conditions at all times, so that they can go to Kailash at the best time to fulfill their dream of turning the mountain.

Kailash weather and climate characteristics

There is a large temperature difference between day and night

The large temperature difference between day and night can be described as a characteristic of the climate of the whole of Tibet, but in Ali Kailash this temperature difference experience is even stronger. Not only is the temperature difference between morning and evening, but even during the day, walking in a valley without sunlight and walking on a sunny ridge will have a large temperature difference.

Simply put, with and without the sun, the temperature is really much different. Tourists should pay attention to temperature changes on the way to Kailash and put on and undress in time to avoid catching a cold.

The clouds and sunshine are unpredictable

This is a typical feature of highland weather, and the altitude of Kailash Mountain Road is between 4500-5000 meters, and the weather changes are impossible to predict and judge. You may get up in the morning and find that the sky is clear, the blue sky and white clouds are very beautiful, but there may be dark clouds halfway through the hike, and even snowflakes flying, and the visibility is low. Tourists should always pay attention to weather changes on the way to the mountain, try to walk with the guide and team, and do not easily break away from the team, so as not to get lost and get separated from the team. You should also wear appropriate equipment to ensure that your trekking journey is safe, comfortable and secure.

Strong ultraviolet rays

At an average altitude of 4,800 meters, the Kailash Mountain Trail is particularly penetrating with ultraviolet rays, even in the cold season, and the three-day trek can also cause visitors to be burned by ultraviolet rays. Trekking Kailash is advised to prepare for protection, such as long pants, sunglasses and hats, etc., to protect their skin as much as possible and not to be exposed to the sun.

Why May-September is the best season for Kailash to turn the mountain

The best time to visit the plateau is greatly influenced by weather changes, especially the pristine hiking routes. The end of April to the beginning of October is the right time for Kailash to turn the mountain, why is it not suitable to go hiking to Kailash at other times? There are several reasons for this. (Ali Shenshan Sacred Lake Tourist Route)

The first is the security factor

From the end of October to the beginning of April, Kailash was in a cold and long winter, and some high-altitude sections were covered in ice and snow, making hiking difficult and risky.

From May to September, the snow and ice melt, the hiking sections are exposed, the walking route is clearer, and the high-altitude sections are easier to walk and less difficult. Ordinary tourists can complete the entire trek smoothly.

The second is the temperature factor

From the end of October to the beginning of April, the weather in Kailash was cold, and the night temperature in the Ali area, which already had a large temperature difference between day and night, was even lower at night. The higher altitude Everest Base Camp is cooler in winter, so why visit it? This is because visitors to Everest Base Camp only need to stay in the Rongbuk Monastery area for about 12 hours, while if they go to Kailash Zhuanshan Mountain, they need to stay at high altitude for at least three days and two nights, up to 70 hours. If you stay in low temperatures for too long, the body of ordinary tourists will not be able to withstand it.

From May to September, the weather warms up, with higher daytime temperatures and a warmer nighttime temperature. At this time, hiking in Kailash is more comfortable, and sleeping at night is not too cold.

Finally, there is the supply factor

From the end of October to the beginning of April of the following year, due to many reasons, the number of tourists and worshippers decreased, and the supply points that used to provide services and meals for tourists and pilgrims around Kailash would basically leave Kailash because there was no business to do at this time, and the local living conditions were harsh, so they would go to warmer places such as Shigatse and Lhasa to spend the winter, so the Kailash area was not suitable for hiking in winter.

From May to September, more and more tourists and worshippers are walking to the mountain, Tibetans who provide catering services also return to Kailash and more porters, horsemen, yak workers, etc. also return to the land.

Kailash spring weather from March to May

Kailash spring weather

March to May is the spring in the northern hemisphere, but not the spring of Ali Shenshan Holy Lake, where the special geographical conditions make the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter not so obvious. There are few plants along Kailash Mountain, and we can't judge whether spring is coming based on the changes in plants, we can only judge the passing of winter based on changes in temperature.

Can I go to Kailash from March to May?

In March, Tibet is still winter, Kailash is still in the ice and snow, tourism activities have not resumed, and there are few worshippers, so it is not recommended to visit the sacred lake of Ali Shenshan in March.

April is the time for tourism to revive in Tibet, but Kailash is still not suitable for hiking, but you can choose to go to Ali without hiking and use the original 3-day hike time to go deeper into Ali's Zada Tulin, and the ruins of the Guge dynasty. This route offers a view of the magnificence of Kailash from afar and the vastness and holiness of the holy lake of Mabonyong.

May is the peak of Kailash trekking, and Tibet's annual "Sagardhawa Festival" is solemnly opened on April 15 of the Tibetan calendar, roughly on a certain day in May in the Gregorian calendar. The main way to celebrate the Sagardhawa Festival is to turn mountains and lakes, and Kailash is the most solemn. At this time, Kailash was dry and dry, the road surface was clearly visible, and the hike was easy.

What to wear to Kailash in March-May

At the end of April and May, I went to Kailash to hike the mountain, and the equipment should still be mainly for leisure and warmth. Don't worry about carrying too much luggage around the mountain, you can hire a local porter to carry your luggage for you. Use quick-drying thermal underwear and fleece jackets to keep warm during the hike, and once you arrive at your accommodation at night, wear a thick down jacket to keep warm.

In addition, travelers who love cleanliness can also bring sleeping bags to ensure the quality of sleep at night, Kailash hiking mountain accommodation is limited, please be prepared. Hiking in such a holy and sacred place, whether for the ideal of worship in your heart or to enjoy the beauty along the way, Kailash is worth it.

Kailash summer weather from June to August

Kailash summer weather

In summer, when Kailash turns to the mountains, the weather is clear, the temperature is more suitable, the nights are not too cold, and the days are relatively cool and comfortable. Whether in terms of physical comfort or viewability of the landscape, summer is a more suitable time to go hiking to Kailash and turn the mountain.

Traveling to Kailash in June and August is even better

【Experience the Sacred Mountain Road with ease】

Hiking is not easy, and hiking at high altitude is challenging. From June to August, Kailash hiking is even better, although there are occasional winds and snows, but most of the time it is a good weather with clear skies, and the hiking line of sight is not affected, and the difficulty of hiking is greatly reduced. Ordinary visitors can experience Kailash hiking, even if they are over the age of flowers, as long as they have enough physical strength and good health, they can still complete the challenge.

【Hiking with pilgrims from all over the world】

From June to August, Kailash Mountain is crowded and lively. Walking on the classic outward transfer route, you can basically see other hikers other than your own team in sight. More importantly, during this period, I could see many Tibetan believers worshiping on the ground, which was very shocking. Along the way, you can also see many European and American faces and Indian pilgrims who come to Kailash to pray and worship during the peak season of the mountain, and the whole Kailash will become very lively, and you will not feel lonely hiking in the valley.

What to wear when you go to the mountains in June and August

From June to August, when you go to Kailash Mountain, basic hiking equipment and a pair of comfortable and suitable hiking shoes must be the most important. Dress is mainly comfortable and warm, those who are afraid of heat can wear onion dressing method, wear short sleeves inside, then extend sleeves fleece jacket, and then wear a warm storm jacket or down jacket outside.

From June to August, Kailash has very comfortable weather during the day, and you can wear a single clothes during the hike. Once the sun goes down or it is rainy and sunless, it will be relatively cold. Therefore, how the temperature mainly depends on whether there is sunlight, and it is necessary to prepare in advance and adjust according to weather changes.

Kailash autumn weather from September to November

Kailash autumn weather

September to mid-October is still the best time to hike Kailash to the mountains, when Tibet is no longer the rainy season, the sky is brighter, and the sacred mountains are more willing to show their true face. The daytime temperature is around 10-15 degrees, and the nighttime temperature can drop to minus five degrees or even lower.

From October to November, Ali Kailash has entered winter, and although the weather is good, the temperature will be very low, and we do not recommend travelers to stay at low temperatures and high altitudes for long periods of time.

Can you go to Kailash from September to November in autumn?

From September to early October, it is completely possible to go to Ali Kailash Zhuanshan Mountain, which is still the peak season of Zhuanshan Mountain, and there are many tourists who go to Zhuanshan Mountain, and we also have Zhuanshan tours during this period. Tourists can safely travel around the mountains with the tour group and feel the sacred mode of worship in Tibet.

From the end of October, Kailash begins a long winter, with cold winds, depression, snow at the top of the mountain, and hiking trails covered with ice and snow, making it not suitable for hiking. But tourists can still come to Alitakin town to admire the pyramid-shaped sacred mountain and pray to it. It's just that the weather will be cold, and the trip to Ali is bound to be more difficult, and tourists should also prepare more warm clothes for the cold and try to stay outdoors as little as possible.

What to wear to Kailash in autumn

Go to Kailash in autumn and dress the same as going in spring. When walking, wear comfortable and warm clothing, but also pay attention to wind and sun protection, and also prepare snow goggles or sunglasses to avoid burning your eyes in a large area of snowy landscape.

Kailash December-February winter weather

Winter is not Kailash mountain travel season, because Ali's winter is too cold, we do not recommend tourists to travel to Tibet Ali in winter. In winter, tourists visiting Tibet can visit Lhasa, Shannan, Shigatse and other relatively low altitudes and relatively large populations. Because of the cold weather, many Tibetans in Ali will also move to warmer areas, and when they travel to Ali, they may not find a place to live or a restaurant to eat.


The weather in Ali Kailash was mostly sunny with little rain, but strong winds and strong ultraviolet rays. The Kailash Mountain Route is undulating, the route is long, and the weather changes rapidly. The four seasons in a day are no longer a fantasy in Kailash and the snow in June is no longer a distant legend. The best time to visit Mount Kailash is from May to September, when the temperature is relatively high, the hiking is more comfortable, and the night temperature is relatively high, not so cold. If you are planning a pilgrimage trip to Mount Kailash and trekking to the mountains, choose to go between May and September, bring enough warm clothes and experience an unparalleled spiritual pilgrimage. Contact us for the latest Ali Kailash Mountain quote.