What is it like to travel to Tibet in winter? Desolate, cold, lifeless? It’s time to let go of these stereotypes! As early as 2011, Tibet was named “Asia’s Best Winter Tourism Destination” by CNN; in 2014, Tibet was selected as “China’s 12 Most Suitable Winter Tourism Destinations” by Global Travel Network.
Winter Tour to Tibet: 5 irresistible reasons.
01 save money
Winter tours offer a 50% discount on transportation, food, lodging, and travel expenses. These expenses are more than half cheaper compared to peak seasons. Additionally, admission tickets to the Potala Palace and other scenic spots are completely free.
02 few people
During winter in Tibet, only locals and distant pilgrims can be found. With the decrease in tourists, we can fully embrace the simplicity of life and genuinely appreciate the stunning landscapes and genuine encounters.
03 warm winter
Tibet boasts bluer skies in winter compared to other seasons. The sun shines brightly and the temperature remains pleasant. Contrary to expectations, it is not excessively cold. Unless in extremely remote areas, the average daytime temperature ranges from 10°C to 16°C.
Red flowers and green leaves, beautiful mountains and beautiful waters, where is there no such thing in the inland? The glaciers from the third pole, as long as you go, you can reach out and touch them.
05 wild birds
In Tibet in winter, you will encounter national-level wildlife protection animals such as black-necked cranes and grey cranes, which are seasonal exclusive benefits for photographers.
The Samye Monastery in Tibet is a historic and religious site founded by King Trisong Detsen and Guru Rinpoche. It is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet and is known for its unique architecture symbolizing Buddhist cosmology. The main hall, Uzi Hall, combines Tibetan, Han Chinese, and Indian styles. It houses precious Buddhist relics and statues, including the three treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Visiting the monastery offers a chance to witness the fusion of cultures and appreciate the rich heritage of Tibet.
Deep within the icy forest of the tower, the 40 Glacier.
This glacier, located at an altitude of about 5,300 meters, is named after the No. 40 boundary marker, which is situated by the China-Bhutan border. It is currently the most accessible land mountain glacier in China, and no specialized equipment is required for direct contact.
Bomi, the Glacier hometown.
The peak season in Bomi is during the autumn, from October to mid-November when the vibrant colors of orange and yellow dominate the landscape. Additionally, from January to February, visitors can enjoy the mesmerizing sight of uninterrupted glaciers.
God’s tears on Earth: Ranwu Lake.
Ranwu Lake seems to be born to reflect the snow-capped mountains. Almost all the most beautiful photos of Ranwu Lake have reflections of snow-capped mountains. The most beautiful time of the year is November-March.
Elope to Laigu Glacier, a blue exotic planet.
If you’re searching for a Chinese destination that closely resembles Antarctica, look no further than Laigu Glacier. This remarkable location fulfils all expectations of glaciers and snow-covered mountains, while also being famous and easily accessible. Join us for an exhilarating glacier hike in this “Antarctic” environment and let go of any concerns about overtime work or other distractions.
Namchak Bawa Peak.
Nyingchi in winter is one of the thousands of beautiful things in the world. June to October is the peak and rainy season, with only a few fortunate ones getting to see the magnificent Nanjiabawa. However, in winter, Tibet offers high visibility and abundant sunlight, greatly increasing the chances of seeing the sacred mountains. During this time, we enjoyed the winter scenery along the Nyang River, fell asleep to the sound of flowing water in the Yarlung Tsangbo Grand Canyon, and eagerly awaited the sunrise and sunset.
Basum Tso lake
As the “sacred lake” of Tibetan Buddhism, every year there are believers who come to “circumambulate the lake” and “circumambulate the mountain” to pray for blessings. If you come to Basong Lake but only pass by hastily without deeply experiencing the surrounding mountains, lakes, and villages, it can be considered a regret.
Not going to Lake Namtso in winter would mean missing out on the best Lake Namtso. Many people have seen Lake Namtso in summer, and its beauty is unforgettable. But in winter, when Lake Namtso is frozen, it becomes even more pure, more magical, and easier to enchant people.
The valley features a deep ditch and lacks convenient transportation. Currently, there is no public transportation available, and it is approximately 90 kilometres away from the county seat. Sapp is an underdeveloped scenic area with primitive road conditions. The mountain road is narrow, with a section of washboard road that requires hardcore off-road capabilities due to water wading.
Yamdrok Yongtso Lake
Upon arrival in Tibet, visitors invariably make their way to Yamdrok Yongcuo, a vast coral-like lake with tentacle-like extensions stretching in various directions. Regardless of the viewing angle, the entirety of the lake remains elusive. Rather than sticking to the conventional photo viewing platform.
Pumo Yongtso is both holy and hidden, enveloped by the sacred Kuragangri mountain range. It is encircled by Tui Village (5,070 meters), the highest administrative village globally, and boasts an oxygen content merely half that of the mainland.
Aspect 1: A glimpse of Mount Everest
Winter’s blessing unveiled the goddess, revealing her beauty to thousands of admirers. Chute Nyima Glacier, also known as Glacier No. 58, is located in Gangba County, Shigatse, at an altitude of 5,400 meters. It is referred to as “the glacier at the end of the world” by “China National Geographic”.
1. Temperature reference
Lhasa: -2~14℃ | Nyingchi: 0~14℃
Shigatse: -7~13℃ | Shannan: -3~15℃
Qamdo: -5~13℃ | Ali -12~4℃
Reference period: November 2022-February 2023.
The wind in northern Tibet is relatively strong, and general travellers are not recommended to go there. It is necessary to know the weather dynamics according to the travel time.
2. Traffic suggestions
In winter, train tickets and air tickets to Tibet are very loose and can be booked in advance. There are many snow-covered roads, so it is not recommended to drive into Tibet, especially the Sichuan-Tibet line! Self-driving enthusiasts can rent a car after landing in Lhasa.
3. The most beautiful lake
The various lakes in Tibet in winter have a special charm, each of which is very similar to Baikal. Go to Pumo Yontso, Namtso, etc. at higher altitudes. The snowy road conditions are not very good. It is recommended to find a local old driver/travel agency to charter a car.
4. The most beautiful mountain
Professional players and photographers often visit Tibet during winter for the opportunity to witness the majestic Namjagbarwa and Mount Everest in their golden glory under the sun. Additionally, encounters with Cowin are abundant during this time.
5. Important festivals
Winter in Tibet is marked by numerous significant folk and religious festivals. The Bai Lamo Festival celebrates women, while the Lantern Festival illuminates the surroundings and offers the opportunity to receive unique blessings, and the Tibetan New Year in Lhasa is a major event. Attending any of these festivals would hold great significance.