Tibet Winter Tours: Avoid the tourist season
Once you go to Tibet in winter, you'll find an unexpected beauty.

Tibet Winter Tours

Tibet winter tours are a good choice for travelers, once you go to Tibet in winter, you'll find unexpected beauty, such as snow mountains, Tibetan culture, etc.

Most of travelers thought Tibet would be very cold during the winter months, but actually it is not true. The average temperature of Tibet in winter is about 12℃ and can be even higher in the daytime because of intensive sunlight. So the only temperature difference is during the night and morning.

Winter is the best season for local Tibetans to make their pilgrimage and travel to Lhasa and many important festivals, you will experience the authentic Tibetan culture and celebrate the festivals with local Tibetans. Avoid the tourist season, with less tourists, you can explore temples and monasteries at great ease. The snow-blanketed Tibetan Plateau, with superb visibility, brings you dramatic shots. You will really experiences you are in Tibet.

What’s more, as hotels and airlines companies have decreased the price, it is economical for you to travel Tibet in winter. More information, please contact Travel Tibet China, we will customize a Tibet winter tours for you.


Tibet Winter Theme Tour in Private

Except for small group tour with fixed departures, our travel experts handpicked the most suitable and popular itineraries for private Tibet winter tour that departs at any day, covering the hot destinations and festivals of Tibet like Lhasa, Yamdrok-tso Lake, Shigatse, Tsedang, Everest Base Camp, Nyingchi, Kathmandu, the Chinese New Year and Gaden Ngachen Chenmo Festivals to make the most of your time in Tibet.

Choose from the following well-tailored packages to enjoy a lifetime Tibet winter tour. If there is no suitable trip you prefer, we can also help to customize your perfect itinerary.

4 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour


This is classic Lhasa city tour itinerary which covers the best highlights of holy ciy Lhasa, including the magnificent palace, temples, street, etc.

5 Day Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake Tour

lhasa - karuola glacier - yamdrok lake

Visit the Lhasa, enjoy the marvelous scenery around Karuola Glacier and Yamdrok Lake. Explore the holy city Lhasa's famous attractions, then take a daytour to visit the holy lake - Yamdrok.

5 Days Lhasa and Ganden Monasteries Grou...

lhasa - ganden monastery - lhasa

This 5 Days Lhasa to Ganden Monastery group tour will take you to the Great Three Monasteries of Tibet in just one go with a delightful trekking around Ganden Monastery to experience the vi...

Tibet Winter Weather Guide

Winter in Tibet. It’s a time most people normally would not take as a perfect time to visit Tibet. Much of the blame goes to its bitter cold temperature and temporary unavailability of certain attractions. However, such preconception is not that accurate. The coldest areas are in the remote areas of northern and western Tibet. Lhasa and its surrounding and Shigaste City are perfect for travel, with temperature staying at around 10°C to -8°C. Besides, Tibet tour in winter is actually a hidden bless for our tourists, esp. to budget travelers. Not only can you benefit from year-low flight and Tibet train ticket and discounted hotels but also enjoy the most intense religious atmosphere and diverse Tibetans festivals one after another. With highest visibility in air, and least-touristy attractions, you can explore Lhasa and its surroundings to your heart’s content.

Tibet Weather in Nov

November is the start of the winter months, and while it can be cold, it is also still good for travel in Tibet, as the days are dry and bright. Average temperatures usually range around 12-15 degrees during the daytime, and drop as low as -5 or below at night.

Tibet Weather in December

Although Tibet temperature in December keeps cooling down, Tibet weather in December is usually sunny, dry and relatively comfortable. Average daytime temperature is around 7℃ to 12℃, while it would drop to -10℃ in the evening. Tibet average temperature in December is about 0℃.

Tibet Weather in Jan

In January, temperatures drop well below freezing at night in almost all of Tibet. During the day, it may feel nicely cool in Lhasa and even at such high places as Yamdrok Lake. It is dry, cold, and sunny generally. ... The average night-time temperature is usually a very cold -13°C (9°F).

Tibet Weather in Feb

In February, the average high temperature is 8 °C (46 °F), and the average nightly low is -10 °C (14 °F). The higher altitude makes it slightly colder than Lhasa.

FAQs about Tibet Winter Tour

1. Is it too cold to visit Tibet in winter? How about the weather of winter Tibet?

The fact is that the winter of Tibet is not so cold as many suppose, despite of its high elevation on the plateau. The average temperature in the daytime is around 10 degrees, and at night it will drop to a few degrees below zero. Even at the Everest Base Camp region, the temperature still stays a few degrees above zero during the day. And in the lower Nyingchi region, the night temperature can reach up to -1 degrees.

The sky in winter Tibet is generally cloudless and sunny, but the air tends to rather dry with thin oxygen content. In Lhasa, one can always have a comfortable sunbath, because of the strong and abundant sunshine there. Therefore, except some extreme-cold high mountain areas, Tibet is still suitable for visiting in winter months.

2. Why travel to Tibet in winter season?

First, there are fewer tourists that will travel to Tibet during winter season, which makes it is less crowded across the land, even in some popular destinations. Also, the scenery in winter Tibet is not inferior to that of summer. As a result, Tibet presents its different beauty in winter months, with blue skies and clear air. It is a good time to see the clear view of snow-capped mountains, to watch the magnificent Mount Everest at its most solemn state.

In addition, you will save a lot on your budget when travelling to Tibet during winter time. In the low travel season, the flights to Tibet tend to be much cheaper, and hotels will also become more affordable with lower prices. Some tourist attractions may also offer tempting discounts on admissions.

3. What are the best places to visit for a Tibet winter tour?

Lhasa city, as the provincial capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is definitely the first-choice for a Tibet winter tour. There you can visit the iconic Potala Palace, revered Jokhang Temple and explore the important Tibetan monasteries, Drepung and Sera. It will be fairly pleasant to stroll the Barkhor Street, especially when the sun shines in winter months.

Beyond Lhasa, tourists can visit the holy Yamdrok Lake, which is available even in winter. The lake only freezes for a short time in deep winter, and appears to be dreamy beautiful when the white snows covered the surrounding mountains. Also, the Ganden Monastery, around 50 km from Lhasa, is a fine place one can take a scenic trek to view the beautiful Lhasa valley.

Mount Everest, unexpectedly, is indeed a good place to visit in winter. The temperature at the base camp is cold but bearable, and the air is dry with fewer fog. One can have a better chance to see the summit of Mount Everest during this time. But to remember, the tents at the camp will be removed, and the Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse will be the nearest accommodation at Everest Base Camp in winter season.

Besides, we also recommend the Nyingchi region for your Tibet winter tour. At lower elevation with sufficient oxygen content, Nyingchi gives you the chance to enjoy the winter scenery of Tibet ranging from 2000 to 3000 meters. It is also recognized as the best season to watch the Nnamjagbarwa Mountain, the fifteenth peak of the world.

4. Can I visit Namtso Lake in winter?

Namtso Lake is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, and the second largest saline lake in China, sitting at an altitude of 4,718 meters. In the winter season (November to February), there are heavy snows around the lake region, and the road from Lhasa to Namtso will become too icy to drive. So, Namtso Lake will be closed during winter days. If you particularly want to visit Namtso Lake, you are suggested to go in summer and autumn seasons, when the temperature is warm, and the grassland is green.

5. What should I pay attention to when travelling to Tibet in winter?

1. In winter, Lhasa has a temperature of 15 degrees during the day and a temperature of minus 5 degrees at night. The temperature difference is large. You need to wear winter down jacket, and pay attention to keep warm at night.

2. Pack the essential medicines including anti-altitude response drugs. Because winter temperatures are low in Tibet and the air contains less oxygen, it is more likely to suffer from altitude sickness. It is recommended to start taking Rhodiola two weeks earlier before your go to Tibet. In addition, prepare cold medication, cough mixture, anti-inflammatory drugs, vitamins and gastrointestinal drugs, etc.

3. Pay attention to sun protection. Prepare sunglasses, sunscreen, body lotion and lip balm etc. In winter, the air in Tibet is particularly dry and the sunshine is quite strong. It is important for every traveler to protect your skin.

4. When go to Mount Everest Base Camp, take thick warm pants, casual shoes or sports shoes. The sandstone road is common in the journey, so one can wear hard-bottom outdoor shoes to buffer extrusion.

5. The snowy scenery of Tibet in winter is very fanscinating. However, if you expose your eyes directly to this snow land for a long time on a sunny day, you may suffer from snow blindness. If this happens, wash your eyes with liquid medicine, cover your eyes in the dark, and chill with a cold towel; do not apply heat compress, because high temperatures will aggravate the pain.

6. If you plan to go to Tibet in winter, you’d better consult the local travel agency in Tibet online in advance. Since many agencies will stop providing services in winter seasons. It is recommended to make preparation earlier in case your plan is delayed. As the leading tour operator for Tibet tours, we offer a range of Tibet winter tours with multiple departure date choices. Please feel free to contact us for any questions and doubts.

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