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Tibet Winter Tour

Many people consider that Tibet is covered by ice and snow all year round. And winter is not a good season to visit. However, according to experienced travelers, the average temperature of Tibet in winter is -2℃ ~ 14℃ and it can be even higher in the daytime because of intensive sunlight. Winter is also a good season to tour Tibet, especially traveling in Lhasa, Shigatse, Lokha, and Nyingchi areas.

The average altitude of the above areas is around 3,600 meters and may cause slight altitude sickness. Taking some anti-anoxic medicines like Hongjingtian and Gaoyuanan is enough for the first few days after arriving at those places.

Other things that are necessary for travelers who visit Tibet during the winter holiday are sunglasses, caps and sunscreen creams for preventing overexposure to intense sunshine and snow blindness. Last but not least, take some painkillers like paracetamol or aspirin, which can help with frostbite as well as aches and colds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best places to visit in Winter?

Lhasa is an ideal place to visit when traveling to Tibet in winter. There are some popular attractions which are worthy of being visited, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, etc.

Shigatse, Lokha and Nyingchi are also the good places to go. You can check our tour packages or consult our trip advisor.

Yes. According to the law, foreigners are not allowed to travel to Tibet in February and March. Tibet will be closed during those two months because of Tibetan New Year.

Besides that, some places are closed for travelers in winter due to the heavy snows and low temperatures. Some high altitude places and mountainous areas such as Ngari, Namtso Lake, etc. are not recommended to you.

Mainly 2 advantages. Firstly, the scenery in winter has its unique features. The sky is very blue without any clouds. The sun is bright in the daytime. You can enjoy the grand snow-capped mountains even in a far distance. Secondly, winter is the best season for a budget Tibet tour. The fare of the entrance, tour guide, vehicle, accommodation, etc. will have a large-scale discount. You can save a lot of money when traveling to Tibet.

Although winter is the slack season for Tibetan tourism, a lot of travelers still travel to Tibet in this season. The holy snow mountains, warm sunlight, and sacred temples will make you impressed. The main characteristics in the Tibetan winter are dry, sunny, cold, with blue sky. Without white clouds in the sky, winter is the best season for photographers. The temperature in the daytime is higher than in other places at the same altitude because of the strong sun rays. While at night, you need to take thick and warm clothes due to the low temperature. 

Lhasa is the ideal place for tourists getting to Tibet in winter. The temperature in Lhasa varies from -10°C to 10°C. It is warm before the sunset, but the temperature would drop to below zero at night. Therefore, you should bring some warm clothes. Meanwhile, the average temperature in remote areas outside of Lhasa such as Ngari and Nagchu is very low, nearly about -10°C.

Besides the required permits and documents, you need to take some warm and thick clothes. The temperature is very low in some remote Tibetan places, especially in mountainous regions. You also need to wear warm clothes at night. In the daytime, the sun rays are very strong, you need to take some skin-care products, such as sunglasses, suncream, lipstick, sunhat, etc.

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