Useful Information

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Quick Facts

  • Religion:  Tibetan Buddhism
  • Average Altitude: 5000 meters above sea level
  • Language: Tibetan, Manderin Chinese
  • National Animal: Yak
  • National Food: Tsampa (Barley Flour mixed with Yak Butter Tea

Climate & Terrain

There is much variation in the climate of this region, but in general this region is very dry, with low humidity, strong winds, and relatively cold weather for most of the year. There is often a strong heating of the land in summer months, and a sharp chilling in winter. During all seasons, the high and low temperatures within a single day can face as large as a 20°C difference.  Generally early morning and late evening and night are fairly cold, while the middle of the day is fairly warm.  Temperatures at night can drop dramatically, even in summertime. In the wintertime, the plateau usually experiences cold but calm weather, with little snow except in the higher mountain ranges. Summer monsoon rains primarily occur in the southern and lower eastern regions. Daytime temperatures range from 25-30°C in summer to -9 to -35°C in winter. In some areas, it may be 30°C in the daytime and drop to -15°C at night. In many areas there may be sudden strong winds, causing severe dust storms. In general, several layers of clothing that are easily added or removed as the day progresses is a good idea, in order to stay comfortable both in the heat of summer days, and the chill of the nights. While this is a large region with significant variations in temperature by location, general temperature ranges during the daytime (i.e. not including the much colder nighttime temperatures) by season are as follows:

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