October is still a good time of year to visit Tibet despite the receding daily temperature that hovers around 9°C (although substantial variations can naturally be expected in such a vast country.) Clear, radiant blue skies contrast perfectly with the bright yellow sun, and white snow, while the vegetation is rich in autumnal colours.
October can be an excellent time of year for trekking around Mount Everest National Park and Mount Kailash, as rainfall is much lower, so there’s not as much mud to worry about. Another very popular destination in October is Lulang Forest in Nyingchi, where the trees will be turning photogenic shades of yellow and red.
The higher lakes are just starting to freeze over, but if the road isn’t blocked then making the journey up to see the mirror-like surface of Lake Namtso can be very rewarding. Note that Chinese National Day falls on the 1st of October, after which many Chinese tourists flock to Tibet for a week, so hotels book up early, and major attractions will be very busy.
Trekking across the ‘roof of the world’ in Tibet, at an average elevation of 4,500m, is and adventure hard to beat. It’s not the easiest destination to get to, but the unparalleled rush of standing in one of Earth’s rawest landscapes is like nothing else.