Tibet winter travel update


Winter is a special prime time to travel to Tibet for many Travelers.

The name Tibet is always connected with the snow mountains. Tibet is surrounded by the snowy mountains of the Himalayan range.

On the high mountains, it is possible to witness the beauties of snow during all the year.

At the lower places below 4000 meters, we can only witness the beauties of snow during the winter around November to end of February. 

During the winter time, the temperature will be around minus 13 in the night and the morning. During the day it is quite warm because of closer to the sun.

The temperature in Tibet during winter is not too cold and not too warm as compared to many other cold regions in the world. 

Winter in Tibet starts typically from the end of October to the end of March.

Even the tea tents at the Mount Everest North Face are closed around October 23rd. Travelers planning to stay at the Mount Everest region after the October 23rd to the end of March during the winter will have to stay at the Rongbuk monastery guest house. 

The Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse 

The Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse offers basic rooms without private bathroom and shower. It is quite cold in the night since they don't have a heater in the room. They provide 2-3 blankets.

The Rongbuk monastery is at the altitude of 5100 meters. The temperature during the night will be around minus 15 during the freezing time.

Travelers will have the option to stay at the lower altitude in Pasum village ( 4500 meters ) in a basic room or New Tingri Pelber town ( 4400 meters ) where there is a 2-star hotel with heating inside the room. 

Video: Beauties of the Mount Everest sunset 

Namtso Lake 

The Lake Namtso is at the altitude of 4700 meters. The duration from the Lhasa to Namtso Lake is 240km one way with 5 hours driving.

In the year 2018, Namtso Lake is not a favorite Lake for many Travelers. The reason is the road construction and too crowded with day trip big buses of Travelers. 

Tibet Travelers don't recommend Namtso Lake for Travelers who prefer only comfortable accommodation and many different choices of food for the tour.

The Lake Namtso has basic cabin style room without private bathroom and shower. The food at the Lake has not so much choice as compare to Lhasa.

The Lake Namtso was a popular destination a year ago because of Mountains nearby and the stars in the night. 

It is still possible to witness the beauties of Mountains and stars in the night, but the crowded of tourist and the basic accommodation are few of the reasons Travelers don't choose the Lake as their favorite. 

The Namtso Lake will be closed because of snow during the winter from the end of October to the end of March. 

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar 

The route to the kora trek around Mount Kailash will be closed during the winter from November end to end of March because of snow. 

Even the Mayum la pass before the Lake Manasarovar will be closed sometimes during winter because of the snow. 

The western Tibet is best to visit from the beginning of May to the start of October. 

Tibet Travelers arranges special Mount Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour during the June and July every year. Travelers can send us Email regarding this special tour. 

Video: Stunning beauties of Potala Palace 

Special Clothing for winter

Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers to bring sleeping bag while traveling to Tibet in winter. 

Travelers can also rent or buy a sleeping bag in Lhasa, Tibet. 

The warm down jackets are necessary for traveling in winter. 

The warm hat and gloves can be able to buy in the market at Lhasa, Tibet with the help of our Tibetan Tour Guide. 

The sunscreen cream, sunglass, and warm thermal undergarments are essential to bring while traveling Tibet during winter.  

Trekking in Tibet during winter

 It is not possible to trek in Tibet during the winter because of too windy, snow on the pass and freezing weather. 

It is possible to hike in Tibet during the winter. We recommend Travelers to wear warm clothes.

Travelers can choose the 1-2 hours hike at Ganden monastery kora and Drak Yerpa meditation caves. 

Previously Tibet Travelers has shared an article on Top hiking sites in Tibet for Travelers.

Sightseeings closed during winter 

The few of the sightseeing which is closed in winter because of snow are Namtso Lake, Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Guge Kingdom, Toling Monastery, and Trekking in Tibet.

Sometimes during the heavy snow, even the Mount Everest base camp and Rongbuk monastery will be closed because of the snow. 

Hotels in Lhasa during winter

Few of the hotels in Lhasa will be closed during the winter.

Most of the hotels in Lhasa will have the heating machine or air condition during the winter inside the room.

Few of the hotel recommendations from Tibet Travelers are 5-star St.Regis hotel, 3-star Kyichu hotel, 1-gold star House of Shambhala, and 3-star Yak hotel.

Video: Beauties of Tibet during the winter ( Tibet from sky - Potala Palace - Ganden monastery - Yamdrok Lake )

Tour Price discount during winter

One of the benefits of traveling in winter is the price of the tour. Most of the private tours in Tibet are available with a good discount price. 

Tibet Travelers group tour will be minimum 2 people during the winter via giving a great chance for the smaller size of Travelers to travel to Tibet. 

Tibet travel sightseeing entrance fees updates in winter

During the winter from October 16th to the end of March. The entrance fees will be free for the 5-star sightseeing in Tibet like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Mount Everest base camp. 

The half-price entrance fees will be charged for the 4-star sightseeing in Tibet like Yamdrok Lake, Karo La Glacier, and many other monasteries in Tibet. 


Winter is an excellent time to travel Tibet for less tourist and more local Tibetans. 

Winter is also a good time to travel to witness the beauties of snow and cold in Tibet. 

Tibet Travelers is one of the most active local Tibetan travel agency when it comes to sharing the Tibet travel update information. 

We hope the above information be useful for all the Travelers planning to travel Tibet during the winter. 

Travel Tibet during the winter to witness the beauties of snow, the more local Tibetans and the less tourist.

Thank you for reading Tibet Travelers article on winter Tibet travel update. 

Travelers can send us Email regarding traveling to Tibet during the winter a prime time to travel to Tibet. [email protected]

Written By :Tenzin

Oct 08, 2018


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