I am considering doing a hike with a guide in Tibet from Gandan Monastery to Samye Monastery in May.

From what I've heard the temperatures during the night should be between -5C and 10C which is nothing extraordinary for the camping.

However I couldn't find any decent information about the precipitation. Could the Internet help me?


Well the closest decent-sized town to all of this is Lhasa. There is rain there of about 500mm (20 inches) annually, but most of that is in July - September, and at night. As such, for warmer months and to avoid the weather, May is the peak tourist season.

Further down on the same link it indicates that in May, the average precipitation is 1.1 inches (26mm) in May. So next to nothing really, you'd be unlucky to get a lot of rain, if at all during the day.

The average temperatures according to that are from a low of 5C to average high of 19C, so potentially even better than you thought ;)

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    With over 1000m altitude amplitude over the hike, I'd be wary of generalizing climate information from one point. I guess it would tend to be drier higher up than in the valley? – Gilles Nov 9 '11 at 22:33
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    I'm also wary of generalising, but I agree with the reasoning. – Anonymous Nov 13 '11 at 9:15

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