Due to the high altitude and strong sunlight, the average winter temperature in Tibet is actually higher than some northern areas of the mainland; the sun can warm one’s whole body. Some places, such as Nyingchi, have a “summer without intense heat” and “winter without severe cold”.
During the so-called “off-season” from November to April next year, the prices of Tibet’s hotels and entry tickets are reduced by 40 to 60 percent.
For example, this year, the ticket price for the Potala Palace was reduced from 200 yuan per person to 100 yuan from November 1st, and tourists could purchase tickets on the day of their visit via ID cards without making a prior appointment.
90 percent of all travelers to Tibet usually come between May and October. After October, the number of tourists drops dramatically. It becomes easier to buy entry tickets and train tickets, hotels are not full, and tickets to popular scenic attractions do not run out.
Winter in Tibet is dry with few clouds and clear sky. During this time, Mt. Namjagbarwa is more visible than in summer, and Lake Namtso becomes frozen over due to heavy snow.
Winter is also the slack season for farmers and herdsmen, and due to the end of one year and beginning of another, most folk festivals occur during this interval, which is an excellent time to experience the unique customs of the plateau.
Must bring items: anti-altitude sickness medicine, sunglasses, sunscreen, down jacket, and hat.
Best time for photos: before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.