Tibet weather & when to go: November
November in Tibet is beginning to get a lot colder as winter approaches, with temperatures plummeting well below zero at night and most of the lakes freezing over. In the daytime it can be anywhere between -5°C and 13°C depending on where you are in Tibet and your altitude, but the intense UV rays mean it still feels quite warm, and there is a good chance of sunburn.
November's weather in detail
Visitor numbers are tailing off, as unfavourable weather conditions make travel beyond the cities difficult. The snowy landscapes are, however, quite stunning, and there is very little rainfall by now, with clear skies allowing exceptional views of Mount Everest, and comfortable temperatures at least in the day.
November is a good month to explore some of Tibet’s many hot spring resorts, such as the one at Tidrum Nunnery, around 75 miles from Lhasa. The bubbling hot waters are said to cure all manner of skin complaints and muscle aches, and provide a warm respite from the chilly temperatures.
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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Palden Lhamo Festival
The Fairy Festival, also known as the Women’s Festival, is a traditional folk ceremony during which Tibetan women dress in their finest clothes to visit the temples, and have the right to ask any man for a gift.
Gongbu New Year Festival
Since foreigners currently cannot attend Losar, this early New Year event makes a good substitute. One curiosity is that local dogs are invited to attend the banquets, in the belief that their food choices can predict the success of future harvests.