Tips for Travel to Tibet in Winter Season
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Tips for Travel to Tibet in Winter Season

Update: Nov. 18th, 2013

Tibet Snow Landscape

The natural landscape on Tibet Plateau in winter is characterized by extremely blue sky and white snow land. Some tourists said it is not suitable to go to Tibet for sightseeing in winter, but the fact is that visitors come to Tibet always had a very pleasant memory. Actually, some breathtaking natural views are only available in winter. It is said that winter is the best season to take an overview of Mt. Namjagbarwa (the 15th highest mountain above the sea level). As an experienced Tibet tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet Tour would like to provide some useful tips for travel to Tibet in winter.

As we all known, winter is the dry season on Tibet Plateau and visitors come to Tibet in the dry season are always impressed by its blue sky and high visibility. Except for Mt. Namjagbarwa, visit Mt. Everest Base Camp in winter would also be a good choice. Visitors could even see the spectacular flag-cloud above Mt. Everest if the visibility is extremely excellent. Therefore, a lot of photographers and shooting enthusiasts would like to travel to Tibet in winter.

Under the lovely sunshine, the temperature during the daytime is about 15 Celsius in Lhasa in winter, but it would drop to -5 Celsius in the night after the sunset. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare enough warm clothes to cope with the obvious temperature difference between day and night for tourists planning to travel to Tibet in winter.

For consideration of the physical health, tourists planning to travel to Tibet in winter should prepare a first-aid kit, and medicines effective in the precaution and relieving of the high altitude sickness should be prepared. It should be noted that the oxygen content in the air is relatively lower in winter due to the lower temperature compared to the other seasons. And it might be easier to suffer the high altitude sickness if you catch a cold on Tibet Plateau. Rhodiola rosea is said to be one of the most effective medicines in the precaution of the high altitude sickness and tourists planning to travel to Tibet in winter could take it about 15 days in advance of your departure.

Sunglasses and sun-blocking cream should be included in the necessary list for travel to Tibet all year around. The solar radiation is extremely strong in winter due to the thinner air. The sunglasses could protect visitors from the possible snow-blind symptom caused by the strong light reflected from the white snow. In addition, tourists should also prepare a lipstick to protect your lips from the dry air.

Tourists planning to join the group tours in winter should note that there might be limit in the number of participants for winter is the low season. To avoid any unnecessary problems, it is necessary to confirm the detailed quotation and services included with your agency. Besides, some scenic spots in the regions with high altitude might be closed in the winter season due to the extremely severe weather condition. For instance, Namtso Lake, Mt. Kailash and Mt. Everest Base Camp might be closed to visitors if the road is blocked by snow in winter season.

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