- by Beatrice
- Last Updated: 2018-12-12
October is one of the best months to visit Tibet, since the weather in this month is cool, dry and sunny with less rainfall. It is always sunny in Tibet every day, with blue sky, white clouds, thin and clear air. Meanwhile, leaves and grasslands in Tibet turn from green to yellow. Therefore, October is the best time to view a golden Tibet and have outdoor activities.
In October, the temperature starts to fall. The average minimum is about 4℃, and the average maximum is about 12℃. Meanwhile, the temperature difference between day and night is large. At daytime, it is around 12℃, and it drops to 2℃ at night.
What to Wear in October?
Owing to the the large temperature difference between day and night in October, it is better to wear long-sleeved T-shirt, coat and trousers at daytime, and wear warm clothes like wool sweaters, wool trousers, gloves and down jacket at night especially when you travel to Mt. Everest or Mt. Kailash. Meanwhile, wearing comfortable shoes is very necessary for you to have outdoor activities like hiking in mountains, visiting monasteries or kora around lakes. Because of the strong ultraviolet light in Tibet, taking sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses is quite important.
What to Do in October?
For the weather in October is quite well and the Tibetan Plateau is covered with blazing yellow color, it is quite suitable for getting to Tibet to have outdoor activities.
1. Lhasa city
Lhasa, known as the “City of Sunlight” with clear air, is always the first choice to have a visit for most tourists. In Lhasa, you can enjoy the autumn sunshine when visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang Tmeple, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka, etc. Spending 2-3 days in Lhasa attractions is enough.
The leaves turn to gold by the Lhasa River.
The weather of October in Chamdo is cool and pleasant with blue sky and dry air. The fall in Chamdo is like a fairy tale world covering with golden color. Chamdo, as the birthplace of the Khamba culture, is one of the three ancient cultural relics in Tibet.
Chamdo is like a fairy tale world in autumn.
3. Namtso Lake and Yamdrok Lake
Namtso Lake and Yamdrok Lake are two of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. October is one of the best month to visit Namtso Lake and Yamdrok Lake, as you can enjoy the the stunning sunrise, sunset and starry sky.
Yamdrok Lake in October is surrounded with yellow grassland.
4. Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, as famous holy lake and sacred mountains in Tibet, attracts numerous pilgrims to do kora around this mountain and lake every year. It is believed that having a kora around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar can flush people's soul and wash away sins. October are always considered as one of the best time to trek around Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar with less rainfall.
Travel to Ngari Perfecture and have a kora tour around holy Mt. Kailash. After October, trekking around Mt. Kailash is not available until the next April due to the low temperature.
5. Mount Everest Base Camp
October is a great time to have a Mount Everest Base Camp tour, because the weather is dry and sunny with less rain and clear air. Meanwhile, you can see the peak of the Mount Everest clearly.
You will be amazed by the beauty made by nature.
1.October 1st to 7th is the National Day, and many Chinese tourists would travel to Tibet. Therefore the booking of train or flight tickets and hotel becomes more difficult. If possible, you may avoid traveling to Tibet during the seven days; or confirm your travel plan in advance to book tickets and accommodation beforehead.
2.The altitude of Tibet is extremely high, and the content of oxygen is less. So, when arriving in Tibet, you should take a good rest first. Once the altitude sickness gets worse, you should take some medicine to remit it.
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