How to Plan A Tibet Tour in October

October is considered as one of the best month to go to Tibet in a year as the weather is cool, dry and sunny. Travelling Tibet in October is very comfortable, it is not as hot as in summer, also not as cold as in winter. It is always sunny every day in October, with blue sky, white clouds, fresh air, you can enjoy yourself in this holy land. Meanwhile, it is also a great time for you to visit the sacred monasteries, temples, holy lakes, fabulous mountains in Tibet. However, in the first week of October, it’s Chinese National Holiday and many domestic tourists may choose to visit Tibet during this week. So the demand of hotels, air and train tickets are really high, and the price is usually higher than most other times of the year. Therefore, if your time is flexible, try to avoid the first week of October, and the rest of October is the best time to view the golden Tibet. If you are wondering to have a Tibet Tour in October, we’ll give you some suggestions about Tibet weather, scenery and some other tips.

Part 1: Tibet Weather in October

In October, the range of temperature is from minus 1 degrees to 23 degrees. It’s very warm in the daytime, you can enjoy sunshine with a cup of butter tea in the Barkor Street. While it’s still a little bit cold in the early morning and evening, bring one warm jacket to keep warm is necessary. October is the beginning of dry seasons in Tibet, when there is little rainfall and dry air. You’ll feel very comfortable with sunny, clear blue sky, pale clouds, fresh air, mild temperature and pleasant climate. If your time is flexible and thinking about when to travel to Tibet, we’re surely tell you that taking a Tibet tour in October is a great choice.

In Lhasa, Shannan, the minimum temperature is about 4 degrees, it’s colder than other areas in China, but not as cold as you imagine. It’s brightly sunshine in the daytime, giving a comfortable body feeling. While you can not ignore the strong ultraviolet radiation, remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and hat. In the evening, wearing a down coat to keep yourself warm is recommended.

In remote area such as Mt. Everest and Ngari, the temperature is lower than Lhasa, but it is regarded as one of the best times to visit these places. Due to the dry season, there is very little fog and the clouds are very thin, you will have more chances to view the clear summit of Mt. Everest, which is the main goal for many tourists to go to Tibet. The average temperature at Everest Base Camp in October is from minus 6 degrees to 10 degrees. October is the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. This plateau is controlled by cold high pressure, and precipitation gradually decreases. As it enters the dry season, the air becomes drier, ultraviolet radiation is intense, and with no moisture blocking and refraction, visibility of Mount Everest is particularly high during this time, and October is also the best time to photograph the Mount Everest.

Part 2: What to see & do in Tibet in October

If you are thinking of Tibet tour in October, that is undoubtedly a very good choice. With warm weather, dry season, you can bath the cozy of sunshine in Lhasa, go to see the holy lakes Yamdrok Lake, Namtso Lake, or view the marvelous summit of Mount Everest, doing a trek around Mount Kailash.


Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet, it is the first destination for most tourists to visit the Tibet. With the mild weather, warm sunshine, it is very pleasant to hang out in Lhasa. Your first view of the red and white Potala Palace soaring above the holy city will raise goosebumps and the charming whitewashed old Tibetan quarter continues to preserve the flavour of traditional Tibetan life. This world famous architectural wonder was built on the escarpments of red hill and rises high above the valley floor. The awesome Potala Palace can be seen from all directions for miles around. The Johkang Temple is the spiritual centre of Tibet, its the most holy place, the destination, over time, of millions of Tibetan pilgrims. Thick with the smell of yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of wide-eyed pilgrims, the Johkang Temple is also an unrivalled Tibetan experience. Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet, it’s located about eight kilometers west of central Lhasa. Sera Monastery is about five kilometers north of central Lhasa, it is the Gelugpa Monastery and the largest scale of sutra debating, between 3pm and 5pm (not weekends), when debating is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. In Lhasa, it is also worth taking a stroll around the Barkor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter. This is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City and the main shopping district for Tibetans.

Potala Palace

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake, one of three great holy lakes of Tibet, it is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la. The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. The lake is considered as the home of the Tibetan God of protection and one of the most spectacular landscapes in the region. It is well worth visiting Yamdrok Lake in October.

Yamdrok Lake

Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake is the third largest saltwater lake in China and one of the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet. It is over 70km long, reaches a width of 30km and is 35m at its deepest point. The lake is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. Due to high altitude, it is possible to encounter heavy snow when traveling to Namtso Lake from middle of October, and the road to Namtso Lake may be blocked.

Namtso Lake

Mt. Everest

October is regarded as one of the best time to visit Mt. Everest. As it is not rainy season in October, it’s hardly to rain or fog, and the weather is always clear you’ll have great chance to view the summit of Mt. Everest and take the best photograph. The Mt. Everest is a main destination for many tourists to travel Tibet, so it is important to select a great time to take a Mt. Everest tour, or you may not see the best state of the world’s highest peak.

Mt. Everest

Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash, as the sacred mountains in Tibet, attracts a number of pilgrims to do a kora around this mountain every year. If you choose to trek around Mt. Kailash in October, it is suggested that you had better travel to Mt. Kailash in early October. From late October, the temperature will drop to minus zero, and the road to Mt. Kailash may be closed due to heavy snow.

Mt. Kailash

Part 3: Tips for visiting Tibet in October

  1. If your time is flexible, try to avoid the first week of October, because from 1st to 7th is National Holiday in China, many Chinese tourists would also travel to Tibet during that time. Therefore the demand of train or flight tickets, hotels is much higher, it’s very difficult to book tickets and accommodations, and the price if also more expensive. If you just have free time during the week, please confirm your tour and book tickets as early as possible.
  2. Passport and Chinese Visa are firstly important for you to travel anywhere in China. If you plan to go to Tibet, Tibet Permit is a must. Booking tour with us, and then we’ll be responsible for your permit application. Before you enter Tibet, we’ll send copy or original permit to you. Only with passport, Chinese visa and Tibet Permit, you can board plane or train to Tibet.
  3. It’s getting cold from October in Tibet, please bring enough warm cloths, such as sweater, down jacket, gloves, hat. To protect your eyes and and skin from being hurt by the sunlight and ultraviolet ray, you’d better bring sunglasses, sun cream, face mask, lipstick.
  4. To prevent high altitude sickness, you can take some medicine under doctor’s instruction. When you arrive in Lhasa, please DO NOT be excited, walk slowly, drink much hot water, wear enough cloths to keep yourself warm, and have a good rest.


Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
January 07, 2020 08:25

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

Kind regards

Julian Franz

Answered by Helen
January 07, 2020 07:14

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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