Great Tibet Tour Logo GREAT TIBET TOUR ®

Tibet Weather in January

When it comes to the winter of Tibet, it reminds us of a well-known saying that goes “It's the best time but it's the worst time.” In Tibet’s January, the climate could be dry and extremely cold, especially in the nighttime. The temperature falls well below freezing generally. So for tourism, it is the worst of Tibet. On the other hand, the world of Tibet in winter will be snow-covered. A tranquil and majestic picture of this ancient land can be viewed by adventurous sightseers who brave the severe climate condition during the winter in Tibet. For those travelers, it is the best in Tibet. If you are a fan of adventure and decide to visit Tibet in January, it is vital for you to know the details of Tibet's weather at that time, and helpful information will be offered for your Tibet tour.

The snow-capped Everest shows the majesty of nature.
The snow-capped Everest shows the majesty of nature.

The Climate of Tibet in January

The coldest time in Tibet within a year is January. The climate is dry and winds often appear during this month. The top medial temperature of a day reaches 8℃, and the average minimum temperature is -10℃. The sun usually shines strongly in January, and there are some regions such as Lhasa where tourists can enjoy the 8 hours of sunshine a day, which makes tourists less cold and comfortable outside.

Clothing and Necessities Required

Because of the cold during the winter, tourists are suggested to take cold-prevented clothing involving down jackets, trousers, sweaters, thick underwear, hats, gloves, and warm shoes. Not only does this clothing keep you warm in the daytime, but also in the freezing night. Some hotels do not have a central heating system. Therefore, it is necessary for tourists to take along enough clothing. Moreover, as we mentioned above, the sunlight is intense in Tibet, so sun hats, sunglasses, sun cream, moisturizers, and lip balms are also needed to protect you from the strong UV radiation and the dry weather.

Altitude Sickness

Usually, tourists are recommended to take a health examination before they start the journey due to the high elevation of Tibet. It would be beneficial for travelers to take some altitude sickness medication and vitamins. Actually, visitors don’t have to panic over altitude sickness. It commonly happens to most tourists and is easily controlled. Anyway, it would be fine if you take precautions and be well-prepared. You should pay more attention to it if you have diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or asthma.

The Potala Palace is the winter palace of Dalai Lama.
Sacred Potala Palace can be visited in January, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Having a Lhasa Tour in Tibet’s January

Except for the coldness of Tibet’s winter, it is a good time to tour cities in Tibet such as Lhasa which is the capital city of Tibet. Fewer crowds discounted traveling fees, and the spectacular landscapes jointly make travel to Tibet in January more attractive. Tourists can take a view of the majestic Potala Palace, which is a large ancient architecture that integrates palaces, castles, and monasteries with the highest altitude. Besides, traveling to the renowned Jokhang Temple is also a good way to know Tibetan Buddhism culture. Overall, it is a wise choice to have a Lhasa tour if you prefer the travel in a slack season and desire a cost-effective tour. >> See more about Lhasa tours

Besides Lhasa city, Shigatse, Shannan, and Nyingchi also deserve your visit in January. There's plenty of sunshine so you will not feel cold at all. The sky is blue, the air is fresh, and the landscape is very beautiful. Enjoy the generous gift from nature!

Related Articles

  • Tibet Weather in June
    June is a good time for traveling in Tibet. Before you go, you may know what to wear, how to acclimate yourself, and what places to visit.

  • Tibet Weather in March
    The weather in March is cold, dry, and sunny. You can visit Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi but Tibet travel permits would not issue this month.

  • Tibet Weather in December
    December is the low season for tourists. Before you choose to travel to Tibet during this month, it's good to know more about the weather and places to visit.

  • Tibet Weather in November
    November is still a good time to visit Tibet. Here're the upsides of traveling this month and related travel guides, such as what to wear, place to visit, etc.

  • Tibet Weather in October
    October is the best time to visit Tibet, as the weather starts to cool down with less rain. Tibet is covered with golden yellow color, like a fairy tale world.

  • Tibet Weather in September
    September is the peak tourism season in Tibet. The climate is comfortable and cool. Recommended activities include Lhasa tour, Shigatse tour, hiking tour, etc.

  • Tibet Weather in August
    Tibet weather in August is warm and comfortable because of the high altitude. It's the best time to travel to Tibet and many festivals will be held this month.

  • Tibet Weather in July
    July in Tibet is warm, and it is the beginning of the rainy season. Recommended travel places include Lhasa, Namtso Lake, Shigatse, etc.

  • Tibet Weather in February
    Tibet weather in February is still cold but the travel cost would be low. Only a few destinations like Lhasa, Shigatse, Everest are recommended to visit.

  • Tibet Weather in May
    May is a good time to travel to Tibet with dry, sunny and cool weather. It's getting warm with little rainfall, trees turn green, and flowers start to blossom.

Ask a Quick Question Below?
or Email Us

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Alle***


I am planning to visit Lhasa and my point of departure is Guangzhou (GZ) during 2024. A few clarifications:

1. is the 'Lhasa train' (like Z365) the same as "Tangula Train'?,
2. In train by train from GZ to Lhasa, can I make multiple stop at various points, cities? ie stop for a few days?

Answered by Merry

Dear Allen, 

I'll answer your questions.

#1. The train to Lhasa is not the same as the Tangula Train. The Tanggula Train train is not available now.

#2. The train from Guangzhou to Lhasa won't allow guests to make multiple stops. If you want to stop in some cities, you have to buy the train tickets again.

#3. In January, the top medial temperature of a day reaches 8℃, and the average minimum temperature is -10℃. The sun usually shines strongly in January, and there are some regions such as Lhasa where tourists can enjoy the 8 hours of sunshine a day, which makes tourists less cold and comfortable outside.

#4. How many days do you prefer to travel in Tibet? And what's your preferred travel date? I can recommend a Tibet tour accordingly.