The St.Regis Lhasa Resort

Lhasa, Tibet, China

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Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. For a place nicknamed ‘The Land of Snows’, there’s a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese tourists in the summer and particularly in the week-long vacations around 1 May and 1 October. Winter is very cold, many restaurants are shut and snow can close mountain passes, but some travelers swear by the winter months. There are few travelers about at this time and Lhasa is crowded with drokpas (nomads). The average temperature in January is -2°C.

Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. March is a politically sensitive month in the country and there is occasional tightening of restrictions on travelers heading into Tibet at this time, but the weather’s pretty good. April brings reliable weather in eastern Tibet and discounts on accommodation and vehicle rental in Lhasa. Mt Everest is particularly clear during April and May.

From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. (The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall.) Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, due to roads being washed away.

It’s worth trying to time your trip with one of Tibet’s festivals. New Year (Losar) in January or February is an excellent time to be in Lhasa, as is the Saga Dawa festival in April or May.

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St Regis Lhasa Resort contains 162 guest rooms with views out over the city. This is the perfect base from which to explore the city of Lhasa. Expect exposed beams and comfortable furnishings and enjoy the tranquil meditation garden and spa pavilion here.

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  • Cultural and Historical Lhasa

    Dive into the culture and history of Tibet today! Visit Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Barkhor Square, the bustling market of old Lhasa and visit Jokhang monastery, the most important religious activity center for Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Drak Yerpa

    Visit Drak Yerpa, a fascinating holy cave retreat on a hillside with more than 80 medication caves. Hike up the hill and visit the places where former Tibet King usually meditates at. Explore a local Tibetan Village and enjoy a cup of Yak buttered tea.

  • Evening Princess Wencheng Show

    Enjoy an outdoor live action drama performance narrating the story of Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty's marriage with the Tibetan King 1,400 years ago.

  • Ganden Monastery

    Visit Ganden Monastery and explore the largest and oldest temple among the six renowned temples of Gelugpa. You may wish to hike up the hill to soak-up breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Kyi-Chu Valley.

  • Hike Pabongka Monastery to Chupzang Nunnery

    From the underappreciated Pabongka Monastery, hike along Tashi Choling Hermitage and Dode Valley into Chupzang Nunnery, home to 80 red-robed nuns.

  • Namtso Lake

    Journey through the snow-capped Mount Nalagen into Namtso Lake, the world's highest saltwater lake!

  • Norbulingka Summer Palace

    Visit Norbulingka, also known as the Summer Palace for formers Dalai Lamas. The palace consists of 374 rooms of varying sizes. Admire the Tibetan-styled palaces and pay respect to the Buddha as you stroll around the garden.

  • Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum

    Drive to Gyantze and enjoy a spectacular view of Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum with its stunningly unique architecture.

  • Tibet Museum and Sera Monastery Cultural Tour

    Visit the remarkable Tibet Museum embellished with magnificent Tibetan architecture and filled with a rich collection of cultural relics and treasures. Explore Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet.

  • Yamdrok Lake Day Trip from Lhasa

    Enjoy a spectacular view of Kampa La and Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Continue to Yamdrok Lake and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

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Lhasa, Tibet, China

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