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Lhasa Weather in October

Barkhor StreetBarkhor Street

Weather: October has about the best weather, but it also is when crowds of tourists come in. It is one of the best months for travel around Lhasa and Tibet weatherwise. It is the start of the dry season with only 5 days of rain and a total of only 9 mm of rainfall. If you want warm days and dry weather with lots of sunshine, October is when to come. There are 9 hours of sunshine a day on average.

The average nightly low temperature is 2 °C (36 °F), and the average daily high temperature is 17 °C (63 °F). It feels warm because the altitude is 3,600 meters (12,000 feet). The UV radiation is high. See the Lhasa weather forecast>>

Clothing: There is a huge temperature drop of 15 °C at night. So it is best to dress in layers with a coat, trousers, a T-shirt, a sun hat and sunglasses. You might be able to wear shorts on some days, but you'll still need a coat at night. Have some rain gear, and remember to take winter gear up to higher mountain regions.

Altitude Sickness: Oxygen in Lhasa is only 2/3 that of sea level. Seek medical advice, as some medical issues are exacerbated. Most people get altitude sickness. Read Lhasa health advice>>

Things to Do in Lhasa in October

Shop and Dine on Barkhor

Barkhor Street: In Lhasa's main shopping street, you'll see people bowing and stretching their way on the pavement. This is a traditional Buddhist way to worship and make pilgrimages. Their focus is Jokhang Temple on the street. They circle it and worship outside.

The street has dozens of stores selling handicrafts and artwork. Tibetan rugs, clothes, crafts products, and gold and silver jewelry make good souvenirs. Remember that haggling is expected. During the National Day holidays in the first week of October, the street is crowded.

Tour the Ganden Monastery

Ganden MonasteryGanden Monastery

Ganden Monastery: This big monastery is an authentic ancient and important monastery where crowds of monks are still trained. It is probably the most scenic and interesting monastery, and it sits on a mountain at an elevation 4,300 meters or 14,000 feet in a scenic area where there is good hiking. Even the 1½-hour drive there is scenic.

Ganden is one of Tibetan Buddhism's three main monasteries. It contains huge temples and was founded in 1409. Many think it is Tibet's best monastery to see because it isn't a museum like others in Lhasa and the scenery is great. See the autumn colors on the mountains and enjoy the sunlight.

Hiking Near Lhasa

Hike between Ganden Monastery and Samye Monastery: The dry sunny weather is a good time to hike in the high altitude areas. Between Ganden and Samye, there is a great high altitude hiking route. The 80-kilometer route can be covered in several days. Be prepared with good winter gear and rain gear. It is one of the best hiking routes in Tibet and is conveniently near Lhasa.

Touring Lhasa in October

Mid-Autumn Festival


High Travel Season

High season: A big National Day travel rush starts at the end of September, and it lasts until about the middle of October. In one in three years the Mid-Autumn Festival adds even more tourists in the first half of October.

But tourism drops off in the second half of October, so you might want to aim for later in the month if you want to get lower prices, have a better choice of accommodations, and go when there are fewer crowds.

You should plan ahead and prearrange for tickets and accommodations in October. You'll need a Tibet Travel Permit, which we can arrange. We can help get Lhasa hotel rooms, flight tickets and train tickets that you'll appreciate.

Recommended Tour Packages

Shugla PassShugla Pass, 5,256 meters, on the hike between Samye and Ganden

4-Day Essence of Lhasa Tour: Tour the highlights, including the Potala Palace and Barkhor. We can modify this tour if you want.

Tailor-Make Your Tour or see more Lhasa Tours.

Further Reading

Lhasa Average Daily Temperatures Based on Historical Data

DateAverage HighAverage Low
October   164 °F17.78 °C40 °F4.44 °C
October   264 °F17.78 °C39 °F3.89 °C
October   364 °F17.78 °C39 °F3.89 °C
October   464 °F17.78 °C38 °F3.33 °C
October   563 °F17.22 °C38 °F3.33 °C
October   663 °F17.22 °C38 °F3.33 °C
October   763 °F17.22 °C37 °F2.78 °C
October   863 °F17.22 °C37 °F2.78 °C
October   962 °F16.67 °C36 °F2.22 °C
October   1062 °F16.67 °C36 °F2.22 °C
October   1162 °F16.67 °C36 °F2.22 °C
October   1262 °F16.67 °C35 °F1.67 °C
October   1361 °F16.11 °C35 °F1.67 °C
October   1461 °F16.11 °C34 °F1.11 °C
October   1561 °F16.11 °C34 °F1.11 °C
October   1661 °F16.11 °C33 °F0.56 °C
October   1760 °F15.56 °C33 °F0.56 °C
October   1860 °F15.56 °C33 °F0.56 °C
October   1960 °F15.56 °C32 °F0 °C
October   2059 °F15 °C32 °F0 °C
October   2159 °F15 °C31 °F-0.56 °C
October   2259 °F15 °C31 °F-0.56 °C
October   2359 °F15 °C31 °F-0.56 °C
October   2458 °F14.44 °C30 °F-1.11 °C
October   2558 °F14.44 °C30 °F-1.11 °C
October   2658 °F14.44 °C30 °F-1.11 °C
October   2757 °F13.89 °C29 °F-1.67 °C
October   2857 °F13.89 °C29 °F-1.67 °C
October   2957 °F13.89 °C28 °F-2.22 °C
October   3056 °F13.33 °C28 °F-2.22 °C
October   3156 °F13.33 °C28 °F-2.22 °C

Lhasa Climate Information by Month