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

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

When to go to Yushu, China

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

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

January

January here is very cold. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February for Yushu is cold. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you are traveling to Yushu in March, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Yushu is brisk. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you vacation in Yushu during May, 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:

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

June

If you vacation in Yushu during June, you are likely to find that it is cool.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

July

Traveling to Yushu in July, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks

August

If you go to Yushu in August, you will notice that it is mild. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

September

September here is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Yushu can be brisk. 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
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans

November

If you are traveling to Yushu in November, 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:

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

December

December in Yushu can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Yushu, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Yushu 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 Yushu
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing

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