Weather: Tibet has relatively severe weather in February, but except for the thin air, the climate is actually more pleasant than in much of northern Europe and northern America because it snows little, is dry, and sunny.
February is still cold with temperatures between 9 °C (48 °F) and -7 °C (20 °F) in Lhasa. The cold and the desire to return home to visit during the Chinese New Year keeps most Chinese travelers away.
Clothing: Bring a coat, hat, long johns, and gloves. Wearing layers is a good idea. Bring sunglasses to avoid the sun’s glare.
Things to do: The special seasonal highlight is theTibetan New Year. It usually falls between late December and February. The famous sights in Lhasa are also open, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, the Norbulinka, Drepung Monastery and Barkhor Square.
Travel outside Lhasa (elevation 3,490 meters (11,450 ft)), except along the Friendship Highway, which will take you to Kathmandu, Shigatse (elevation 3,900 meters), and Gyantze (elevation 3,100 meters), is usually restricted. Travel along the highway is usually possible. It is wise to spend at least a few nights in Lhasa to acclimatize before heading to higher elevation places along the Friendship Highway.
Be aware: The Nagchu prefecture north of Lhasa and the Ngari prefecture (Kailash area) in far west Tibet are extremely cold in the winter and are probably best visited at other times.
Low Season: February is part of Tibet’s low travel season. Prices for rooms and tours are lower than normal, and the city is free of large crowds of tourists. Let us help you plan a personalized winter tour of Tibet.