In October, the entire Tibet has entered the dry season, and the winter has not yet arrived. The rain is gone and the snow is about to come. October is a good month for you to experience the crisp plateau weather and see a clearer figure of the snow-capped mountains and holy lakes. The urban area of Lhasa has an average elevation of 3,600 meters, while the coastal city of the same latitude is only about 20 meters above sea level. Although the two places are at the same latitude, there is an altitude difference of more than 3,000 meters and a temperature difference of nearly 15 °C. In October, when Shanghai is still struggling with the heat more than 30 degrees, Lhasa feels cool with a temperature of only 20 degrees Celsius. Lhasa has entered the autumn in October, with an average temperature between 8 °C and 20 °C. The trees in both the urban and suburban areas of Lhasa turn yellow, putting on a bright color on it.
Dressing Guide for Lhasa Travel in October
October is the watershed of Tibet’s weather. The weather in the first half of the month is warm and comfortable. In the second half of the month, the weather begins to drop. Although the scenery is getting even more beautiful with more autumn colors, warmer clothes are needed for this time. The average temperature in Lhasa in October is between 8 °C and 20 °C. A jacket is necessary especially in the early morning and late evening, and the light down is best. You can wear in layers when going out, which will be easy for you to take off or add some layers according
Daytime average temperature: 17°C, warm clothes such as windbreakers, sweaters, wool suits, outdoor jackets, etc. are recommended.
Nighttime average temperature: 2°C, winter clothes such as winter coats, leather jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are recommended.
Lhasa Weather in October over the years
Lhasa Travel Guide in October
October is a perfect month to go to Tibet. It is warm and it rarely rains at this time. The blue sky and white clouds are up high every day. The oxygen concentration is sufficient and the altitude-sickness happens less to visitors. A Tibet tour in October is full of beautiful sky reflection in clear lake water, refreshing scented fields and forests, tastes of harvest and splendid colors. If you are going to Tibet in autumn, a most clear and purest Tibet will present charmingly in front of you with all the amazing colors.
In October, besides the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka, you can also go to visit some other local temples, such as Zaki Temple which is the only temple for Gods of Wealth in Lhasa. It is said that the god of Zaki Temple likes alcohol, so follower come to Zaki Temple to worship not only with Hada and Mulberry twigs, but also a bottle of wine or barley wine. These can be prepared in advance. But if you do not have time to prepare, you can also buy it from the stalls outside of the temple.
Notes for Lhasa Travel in October
The National Day Holiday is the golden week for travel to Tibet, which there will be a lot of tourists. It is recommended to plan and book your hotels in advance, in case the accommodation is not available when you arrive. Even a ticket for visiting Potala Palace may be really hard to book at that time.
It is dry with strong ultraviolet rays in October in Tibet. Please try to drink more water to stay hydrated as well as keeping your skin moisturized. It feels cold in early morning and late evening in Tibet. Please remember to bring some warm clothes such as sweaters and down jackets to Tibet, especially if you are going to Namtso and Mount Everest.
It feels dry and cold in October in Tibet. The altitude-sickness happens more often to people at this time, so it is recommended to take some medicine before you travel to Tibet.
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.
How to buy train tickets to Tibet during the peak season for travel to Tibet?
At present, there are only one Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Tibet, and there are five trains entering Tibet every day, starting from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lanzhou (Xining) and Chengdu (Chongqing). Due to the long time of the train ride, the train’s berth ticket becomes popular. Since the number of tourists entering Tibet in the summer vacation soars, it can be hard to get one during this time. Foreigners need to a Tibet Permit to board on the train or the plane. A copy of the Permit is fine when taking the train, while the plane boarding requires the original document. You do not need to have the Permit when you purchase the train tickets or air tickets though.
Usually, you can purchase train tickets to Tibet at the train station in China. More people purchase the train tickets through various mobile APPs. Valid ID card number and passport number are required for booking online. When picking up the paper ticket, you can go to the counter or the tickets processing machine at the train station. However, in the peak season from June to September, it is difficult to get a ticket to Tibet, especially the berth ones, which are always sold out pretty soon. Our agency can help you to book a berth ticket even when it is super busy. Having been running foreigners’ Tibet tour for over 20 years, we never failed to get a train ticket for any of our customers. The guarantee of the ticket comes from our various channels to purchase it. If you are planning to take the Qinghai-Tibet train to Tibet in June-September, please provide your valid passport information to us ahead of time to book the Qinghai-Tibet train route as soon as possible. At the same time, we will also help you to process your Tibet Permit and plan out your Tibet tour route. Our travel consultants are readily available and will work with you to customize your Tibet tour.