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

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

When to go to Tibet, China

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

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

January

January in Tibet is frosty. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you are traveling to Tibet in February, you will notice that it can be extremely cold. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Tibet is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Tibet is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May for Tibet is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you vacation in Tibet during June, 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
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans

July

July in Tibet is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Tibet is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Tibet during September, you are likely to find that it is cold.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

Traveling to Tibet in October, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you are traveling to Tibet in November, you will notice that it is very cold. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Tibet can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

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

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