Every year from June to September is the peak season for tourism in Tibet. At other times, Tibet is still infinitely beautiful. Winter is the off-season of Tibet tourism. At this time, the number of tourists going to Tibet is significantly reduced, and the weather is relatively cold. However, when you go to Tibet, you can feel completely different Tibet.
Is it cold to go to Tibet in winter?
If you ask the whole of Tibet, the answer is definitely cold. If you ask Tibet where you can travel and play, the answer is not too cold. In Lhasa, the temperature in winter is 0℃-15℃. As long as it is a sunny day, the Lhasa and Shigatse in winter can reach around 15℃, which is very warm, even warmer than Shanghai and Chengdu at the same latitude. However, if it encounters rain or snow, the temperature will drop suddenly and it will be cold. The temperature difference between day and night in Tibet is large, when the sun goes down, it will be colder. Therefore, traveling to Tibet in winter should try to reduce the night out.
How thick clothes do you need to go to Tibet in winter?
During the winter tour of Tibet, the most classic routes are mainly to visit the Lhasa-Nyingchi-Shannan, Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp line. These two places will be relatively low in average line elevation and the temperature will not be too low.
The first principle of clothing is cold protection, followed by sun protection. Scarves and wool caps are good windproof and warm tools, and it will be useful to go to Tibet for tourism in winter. In addition, sunglasses are recommended for carrying all the year round in Tibet. They can be sun-protected all year round and prevent snow blindness in winter. Because it travels to Tibet in winter, when going to Nyingchi, it will take the Mura Pass, which is more than 5,000 meters above sea level. When going to Shigatse, it will rush into the Gangbara Pass at an altitude of 5,190 meters. It may be snowy, and it is easy to be reflected by snow when it is snow. The sun burns your eyes.
As for the winter to go to Tibet, you need to bring thick clothes, depending on your personal coldness. Down jackets are definitely essential. Warm underwear, comfortable sweaters and windproof jackets can be worn in the inner layer of the down jacket to block the cold in Tibet. In Lhasa, ordinary winter clothes can keep out the cold, because the sunshine in Lhasa is warm in winter.
Can I go to Everest Base Camp in winter?
The answer is of course you can. In the winter, you can definitely go to Everest Base Camp. Although the tents of the base camp were evacuated at the end of October, this only means that they cannot stay overnight in the base camp area. The base camp still has accommodation in the Rongbuk Monastery area. It is still possible to watch Mount Everest.
The road from Lhasa to the base camp has been tarred, the road is flat, and the snow in winter will not cause the vehicle to pass, so the road to Everest Base Camp is smooth in winter.
From November to March, the temperature of the Everest Base Camp during the day is 0℃-10℃, and the temperature at night is between -15℃ and -5℃. The temperature around sunrise and sunset is around 0℃. As long as it is warm enough, you can still see the different Everest.
There is very little cloud weather in the Everest base camp in winter. The probability of the peak of Mount Everest is higher than that of summer, making it easier to watch the sunset and sunrise of Mount Everest.
TIP: Our travel agency has prepared ample warming equipment for visitors to the Everest base camp in winter. The Tibetan wool apron can keep visitors out of the scenery, or use it indoors to keep warm. The electric blankets will be provided if stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery.
Can I go to Namtso in winter?
Namtso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Yamdrok is the closest holy lake to Lhasa. Namtso is the second holy lake near Lhasa. Namtso is more than 200 kilometers away from Lhasa, and the journey takes about 4 hours.
In the peak season in Tibet, the round trip can be realized on the same day. However, in the winter, the road from Lhasa to Namtso is through the Nyainqentanglha Mountain, relatively slippery and easy to snow. For the safety of tourists, we generally do not recommend tourists to visit Namtso in the winter, especially in the days of rain and snow.
Every year from December to February, Namtso is prone to road icing and heavy snow closures, which are not suitable for visits. But every year from March to April, ice and snow start to thaw, so you can visit it. The unopened Namtso has a different kind of beauty, especially pure and clean.
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