One of the best times to visit Tibet when it comes to culture is November. It is a bit cool in the 60’s during the day and 30’s at night but the skies are usually clear and the sun very bright and warm. Why November? There are not many tourists during the winter months but the nomads from all over Tibet come to Lhasa to trade their goods, get supplies and make a pilgrimage. Many tribes come to Lhasa with their different dress and culture during the winter months and are also there to have a good time after being out in the remote areas. They spend just about all their money they get for selling hides, jewelry, yak meat and of course Yak Butter the staple for every Tibetan family which you see above. Money has no use out in the plateaus so they spend it all while they are in Lhasa. My Tibetan friend above and I spent several days combing the city which is only about 400,000 people and easy to get around in. We visited all the monasteries, the Potala Palace, old neighborhoods and of course the Barkhore street market just a block from my hotel. Earlier I wrote about visiting Lake Yamdok at 16,000 feet above sea level and visiting a home in one of the villages there. See my web site at www.interlakechinatours.com for some great package tours to Tibet or ask us to plan a special tour just for you to include Tibet and other places in China. 25 years experience in Tours To China. Ask us for our references of very satisfied clients who have visited Tibet too.
My Chinese associates tell me that the Americans seem to be the most interested in Tibet more than other nationalities. I find that true as a Tour Operator to China and Tibet. Many people love it but some people return home a bit disappointed. Perhaps their expectations were much more. Many going to Lhasa expect to see high towering mountains….except that in Lhasa at 10,000 feet you are on top of them. One must go to central and western Tibet to see the higher peaks. Lhasa, the largest city, is only about 300,000 population but the new train going there has brought more tourists than ever to Tibet. The main attraction of course is the Potala Palace. It is only open during the morning hours and a entrance ticket is required but often sold out so be sure you have reservations before you go there. Above you see a photo of the Palace and a photo looking back at the city which I took standing on top of the Palace roof. Then below is the famous Lama Debaters which is always interesting to see. The sun is very bright and a good hat and sun screen is necessary. I had a sun burn from just 25 minutes on the roof of the Palace. A permit is required to enter Tibet and your tour company can get this for you in advance. You should be in good health as the 10,000 altitude is highly noticeable as you arrive by plane or train which are pressurized so the effect is immediate. A few hours rest to get use to the change and a special ginger tea with brown sugar helps to get use to the change. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am a Seattle Tour Operator for China only for over 20 years.