Tiger Leaping Gorge Climate

Tiger Leaping Gorge Weather & Climate describes information about temperature & precipitation. Find out the best time to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge and see the season highlights in Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Geography

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, At a maximum depth of approximately 3,790 meters from river to mountain peak, located between Haba Snow Mountain in Shangri-La and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang. It is a part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas-World Heritage Site and one of the top hiking route in the world. 

Tiger Leaping Gorge Climate

Tiger Leaping Gorge weather is generally mild, with abundant rainfall and plenty of sunshine. It has an average annual temperature between 13°C(55°F) and 20°C(68°F), without too much change from spring to winter. In summer, the temperature just falls between 10-26°C(50-79°F) low because of the continuous rain. Coming to winter, the high mountains block the cold air from northern China, so it is still as warm as spring for most of the days.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Weather by Month

Four Seasons of Tiger Leaping Gorge and What to Pack

  • Spring: March and April are best months to hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge for the comfortable weather with temperatures up to 20°C. Take a light jacket. May is even more warmer than April and there are more blooming flora.
  • Summer: It's the rainy season of Tiger Leaping Gorge from June to September. The wettest months are July-August. Hiking is still possible as there are many sunny days. However, during or after heavy rainfall the road and path through the gorge might be closed on certain days.
  • Autumn: Mid-October-November are also excellent. Usually, it is dry and sunny. However, the scenery from mid-autumn to November is also excellent, such as beautiful landscape, green trees, and blossoms. It is necessary to bring a long-sleeve shirt, light sweater, and a coat.
  • Winter: A good time to hike the gorge for the sunny weather, dry and clear. While it's cold at night and chilly at morning. In general, the Chinese Spring Festival occurs in February. Therefore, it is necessary to book hotels in advance. In winter, it is a little cold and it is necessary to bring the down jacket, thick sweater.

Best Time to Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking can be done at any time around the year as it enjoys a mild climate even in winter (5-15 degrees Celsius), but the temperature difference of a day is great. Between April and June and the autumn time during September to October is the best time to travel. During these two periods it is suitable to go hiking on the Tiger Leaping Gorge, also can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenery. The late spring and early summer the temperature is moderate, flowers on the meadow blooming like a piece of brocade which is charming.

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