Here's the brief from Melissa's original blog post:
- Unlike what most people think, winter in Tibet is no different from winter in any temperate zone climate
A major benefit is that cost in winter is much lower than the summer in Tibet, some tours are even up to 30% cheaper, hotels also offer more discounts. Flights are also cheaper since it's slow season overall in China
- Another benefit is there are much less crowds in winter
- Climate and weather:
- Winter in Tibet is cold, especially in remote areas in the west. Lhasa is however rather pleasant and does not snow often. Daytimes temperature can be as high as 10-15 degrees (but night much lower to about -5 degrees)
- If you are travelling to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) be sure to bring a good arctic sleeping bag and the right clothing, hat, sunglasses (very strong sunlight) - Winter is also the best time to get to see Mount Everest covered in and surrounded by snow
- Travelling in Tibet in winter also offers more authentic cultural experiences
- many Tibetan festivals fall in winter such as:
- the Tibetan new year - Losar. It falls on the 1st day of the 1st month in the Tibetan calendar, usually around mid-February. The most important and largest festival in Tibet, it is celebrated from around two weeks before the New Year and runs on for around fifteen days after.
Monlam Prayer Festival, which falls on the 4th to the 11th days of the first month of the Tibetan New Year, and is a tradition in Tibet to make offerings and pray.
Tibetan Butter Lamp Festival: The last day of the New Year festivities, usually on the fifteenth day of the first month
- Many Tibetans travel and make their pilgrimages in winter