Karakol Lake, China: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Karakol Lake, China? If you're planning to go to Karakol Lake, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Karakol Lake, China

Based on the climate and weather in Karakol Lake, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Karakol Lake, China by month

January

January is biting cold. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • High performance gloves
  • Thick pajamas
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Goggles for eye protection

February

February in Karakol Lake is biting cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • High performance gloves
  • Thick pajamas
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Insulated boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Rain coat
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Coveralls

March

March in Karakol Lake is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Coveralls
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Neck gaiter
  • High performance gloves
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Rain coat
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Thick pajamas
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Insulated boots

April

April for Karakol Lake is frigid. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Fleeces
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Umbrella

May

May in Karakol Lake can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy jacket
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Heavy socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

June

If you go to Karakol Lake in June, you will notice that it is brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens

July

July here is cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces

August

August in Karakol Lake is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

September

September in Karakol Lake is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sweaters

October

If you go to Karakol Lake in October, you will notice that it is frosty. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Scarf
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Fleeces
  • Very heavy socks
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Thermal undergarments

November

November here is beyond freezing. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Coveralls
  • Neck gaiter
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • High performance gloves
  • Multiple layer jacket shell

December

If you go to Karakol Lake in December, you will notice that it is unbearably cold. Daytime temperatures are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • High performance gloves
  • Rain coat
  • Neck gaiter
  • Umbrella
  • Insulated boots
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof luggage

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Karakol Lake, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Karakol Lake, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Karakol Lake is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness.

For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox
  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, C and I
  • A SIM card that works in Karakol Lake

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