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

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

When to go to Lhasa, China

Based on the climate and weather in Lhasa, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Lhasa, China by month

January

If you are traveling to Lhasa in January, you will notice that it is brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Scarf
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleeces
  • Very heavy socks
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves

February

February in Lhasa can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you are traveling to Lhasa in March, 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
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens

April

April in Lhasa is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you are traveling to Lhasa in May, you will notice that it is cool and dry with little rain. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts

July

If you go to Lhasa in July, you will notice that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece

August

If you visit Lhasa during August, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat

September

September in Lhasa is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Long skirts

October

October in Lhasa is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Lhasa is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Lhasa in December, you will notice that it is brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Insulated boots
  • Gloves
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Lhasa, China

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Lhasa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Lhasa 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 Lhasa
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch

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