- by Mark
- Last Updated: 2018-11-15
Most tourists like to visit Tibet from May to October which is the high season. During that period, the temperature is warm, with lush prairies and verdant forests. However, winter is one of the best time to take a tour to Tibet, and it is not as cold as you think it would be.
Tibet is located on a high-altitude plateau and surrounded by mountain ranges, which block the rainfall from reaching the plateau. That means most of Tibetan areas are made up of the steppe, permafrost or tundra except the southeast areas. Although the weather varies a lot from a region to another, there is hard frost from November to April, and most of the lakes here will freeze throughout winter.
Weather in Winter
Winter in Tibet means cold, dry, with clear blue skies. Compared with summer, the oxygen content of the air is thinner but you will have a better visiblity. With clear skies throughout the winter months, the blazing sun can make you feel almost in summer during daytime. It's a good time to take pictures, as clarity through the thinner air gets improved. If you want to get a perfect shot of Mount Everest, or see the universe around you at a starry night, winter is a perfect time to go.
If you're going to Tibet during the peak season, usually from July to August, you will meet the majority of the tourists from mainland China. The major spots like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street will be crowded so it's hard to take any desired photo, enjoy a quiet afternoon with a cup of coffee, etc. The price of accommodation, vehicle, tour guide, entrance fee will rise up lot. That's why we recommend you to visit Tibet in winter, to experience the glorious region without the crowds of tourists. And in Lhasa and other places available in winter tour, the temperature is not as cold as your imagination, about 10℃ ~ 15℃ in the daytime because of intensive sunlight, which is warmer than many places in northern China. However in some high altitude places like Mt. Kailash, Lake Namtso, etc. will be covered with snow and ice with frost and the roads will get blocked due to the heavy snow. So you are not suggested to choose winter time to go to Tibet if you want to visit Northwest of Tibet and see the plateau lakes.
The main drop in temperature comes at night when it drops to well below freezing. And this can be countered by warm clothes, a good sleeping bag, and tent if camping, and even the luxury of a warm, cozy hotel. All of the hotels used in our Tibet Winter tours are of excellent quality and have working heating in all the rooms, so your stay is even more comfortable than ever. Whether you are staying in Lhasa in a nice hotel, or out in the middle of Tibet in a local tent guesthouse, you are guaranteed to be warm and comfortable wherever you go.
Tibet Winter Tours
We have developed some of the best winter tours based on our expertise in Tibetan culture which can give you the most perceptiveness into the one and only Tibetan culture and religion. From the astounding scene of Butter Lamp festival in Lhasa, which butter lanterns are lighten up in Ganden Monastery and on the streets of Lhasa, to the unique beauty of the monastic debates at Sera Monastery, we have got various tours to satisfy every need and have hand-picked the itineraries showing the best sides of Tibetan culture and religion, to bring a unique experience for your winter tours, which will delight and amaze you.
If you just want to spending several days in and around Lhasa, explore the unique sites of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Sera and Drepung monasteries, you may choose our 4 days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour; or join a longer 8 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour besides the Lhasa by taking you across the region from Lhasa to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, pass through the stunning Lake Yamdrok on the way, and then pay a visit to Everest Base Camp, where's the closer place to touch the sky, stand high above the surrounding of Himalayan Mountains.
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