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

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

When to go to Qinghai, China

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

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

January

January in this region is biting cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you are traveling to Qinghai in February, you will notice that it can be bitter cold. Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Qinghai is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Qinghai is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Qinghai can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

Traveling to Qinghai in June, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Qinghai in July, you will notice that it is chilly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you vacation in Qinghai during August, you are likely to find that it is chilly.

Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Qinghai during September, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Qinghai is cold. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Qinghai is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C), with several days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in this region can be bitter cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Qinghai, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Qinghai 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 Qinghai
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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