Most of places in Tibet in November is pretty cold. The urban area of Lhasa has an average altitude of 3,600 meters. It feels dry in November with less precipitation and strong sunlight. When it is sunny n the holy city of Lhasa, the temperature can be up to 18 degrees Celsius. The average maximum temperature during the day is about 12 °C, and the average minimum temperature at night is about -4 °C.
Dressing Guide for Lhasa Travel in November
It is generally warm in November during the day due to the strong sunshine. But it gets very cold at night or in the rainy days because of the high altitude. A fleece outdoor jacket is recommended at this time. You can also bring a sweater, a warm scarf and gloves. For those who fear cold, a hat can be added as well. The wind in Tibet is strong that the hat can help you feel better if you are not used to the windy weather.
Daytime average temperature: 12°C, warm clothes such as windbreakers, sweaters, wool suits, outdoor jackets, etc. are recommended.
Nighttime average temperature: -4°C, winter clothes such as winter coats, leather jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are recommended.
Lhasa Weather in November over the years
Lhasa Travel Guide in November
November is the off-season of Lhasa tours with less tourists. It gets quieter and less busy for visiting the attractions such as the Jokhang Temple. The queues are gone and it’ll save you a lot of time. If time enough, you can drink a cup of tea with some Tibetans on the sunny streets of Lhasa. There are pros and cons to travel to Tibet in November. The pros are savings on transportation, accommodation, tickets and less traffic. The cons are some roads and places (such as Namtso, Sejila Mountain, Mira Mountain, Gyatso Mountain) may be blocked due to the heavy snowfall. Tibet looks a bit bleak in the second half of November. Therefore, early November will be a better choice.
In November, Tibet enters the winter. You will see the authentic winter view of the snowy plateau in the warm bright sunshine of the holy city of Lhasa during this time. Tibet in November was not as cold as it was thought to be. Most people think it impossible to go to Tibet in winter and they assume a freezing winter completely covered in snow, which is not true. Some places of Tibet have some real cold high-altitude areas, especially in northern part, while some other places are totally fine to visit, such as the Lhasa-Shigatse-Arigang Rinpoche route.
Notes for Lhasa Travel in November
The winter climate in Tibet is relatively dry. In winter, it is necessary to keep your skin moisturized. It is recommended to bring lip balm, hand cream, lotion, face cream and other skin care products. It is recommended to drink more water and eat more fruits in Tibet.
When you come to Tibet in winter, you don’t need to take a bath every day like in the mainland. Bathing every day is not only easy to catch a cold, but also the skin gets more dry after showering. Therefore, it is recommended to apply moisturizers and other moisturizing products after a shower. In fact, even if you don’t take a shower in Tibet for a few days, you will still feel dry.
The sunshine in Tibet in winter is bright and sunny of strong radiation, so you are strongly suggested to bring sunscreen, visor or other sun protection products before entering Tibet to enjoy the warm sunshine of Tibet without getting sunburnt.
Since it feels cold in Tibet，although it’s sunny, it is more easily to have the Altitude sickness. In fact, no matter when you enter Tibet, anti-altitude sickness work is always needed. You can take some medicine contains Rhodiola a couple of weeks before entering Tibet and bring some anti-altitude sickness with you when you go.
Best Time to Visit Lhasa:
May-October every year is the best time to tour Lhasa, Tibet. Lhasa is known as “Sunlight City”, with long sunshine hours, mild climate, no heat in summer, no cold in winter. The highest temperature in the whole year in June, and the lowest in winter in January. Lhasa has less rainfall, but the dry and wet season is obvious. The rain is mainly concentrated in July, August and September, and it is mostly at night. Lhasa’s summer climate is warm and humid, making it the best travel season. This time is also the most pleasing time of Lhasa’s natural scenery in a year. The whole city is lush and in stark contrast with the winter bleak. There is a saying that the oxygen concentration in Lhasa in summer can almost double that of winter. Lhasa should be regarded as the first stop for most people to enter Tibet. The cultural landscape is mostly; the climate is suitable for all seasons. The summer is not hot, the winter is not cold, but the temperature difference between day and night is large. If the main purpose of your trip is to experience, feel and live, it is recommended that in October-March, avoiding the peak season of Tibet tourism, the cost is relatively low, and there is no need to worry about the limited Potala Palace tickets and train tickets. Few tourists make it easier to feel the purity and authenticity of Tibet.