LHASA WEATHER IN
DECEMBER

TEMPERATURES

In December, days are still quite warm, averaging 8°C / 46.4°F. However, it is colder than November and similar to January. January and December are the two coldest months in Lhasa. 

On most of the days, the temperature ranges between 2 °C/ 36°F and 14 °C/ 57°F.   

Nights in Lhasa in December are cold, with temperatures ranging from -11 °C/ 13°F to -2 °C/ 28°F.

Wind speed continues to increase, compared to November, averaging 10 km per hour / 6.3 miles per hour.

HISTORICAL WEATHER DATA

CLOUDS, RAINFALL, AND HUMIDITY

December, along with November and January are the driest months in Lhasa. In December, you can expect rain on only 1 day in a month and a total rainfall of only 11 mm or 0.04 inches.

The sky is mostly clear in December, with a chance of clouds only about 15%, while there is an 85% chance of a clear bright blue sky. 

Humidity is also low at about 34% on average.

DAYLIGHT AND UV INDEX

The earliest sunset of the year is on December 2nd at 4:56 PM. 

The shortest day of the year is December 21. With sunrise at 6:46 am and sunset at 5:00 pm the day lasts for 10 hours and 15 minutes (compared to 14 hours and 3 minutes on June 21st, the longest day of the year).

The longest day in December is December 1st, lasting for 10 hours and 23 minutes. The sunrise is at 6:32 am and the sunset is at 4:56 pm.

COMPARING LHASA WEATHER IN OTHER MONTHS

November


Average high:12.1°C(53.8°F)
Average low: -4.2°C (24.4°F)
Rainfall: 1.3mm /0.05″
Humidity: 38%
Daylight: about 10.7hours
Sunshine: about 8.9hours
Windspeed: 9 kph / 5.6 mph
Sunrise: 6:08 – 6:31 am
Sunset: 4:56 – 5:09 pm

December


Average high: 8°C (46.4°F)
Average low: -8.2°C (17.2°F)
Rainfall: 1mm /0.04″
Humidity: 34%
Daylight: about 10.3hours
Sunshine: about 8.3hours
Windspeed: 10 kph / 6.3 mph
Sunrise: 6:32 – 6:50 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm – 5:06 pm

January


Average high: 7.2°C (45°F)
Average low: -9°C (15.8°F)
Rainfall: 0.8mm /0.03″
Humidity: 28%
Daylight: about 10.5 hours
Sunshine: about 8.1 hours
Windspeed: 7.6kph / 4.7 mph
Sunrise: 6:46 – 6:51 am
Sunset: 5:07 – 5:32 pm

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT LHASA IN DECEMBER

December can be a great time to visit Lhasa if you pack proper clothing to stay comfortable during cold mornings and evenings (read below for packing suggestions). 

First of all, there are very few tourists in Lhasa in December and you can see real Tibetan life. Many Tibetan pilgrims from different regions visit Lhasa during that time. At the same time, you will get to explore popular Lhasa attractions without the usual crowds. 

The next reason to visit Lhasa in December is its good weather. Although it is cold at night, daytime temperatures remain quite pleasant. In addition, there is very little chance of rain and most of the days have a bright clear sky. With strong sunshine and a clear blue sky, you can take beautiful photos of both landscapes and the city views.  

Finally, with a low tourist season, you can book cheaper tours in Lhasa compared to the summertime tours.

LHASA GALLERY

WHAT TO WEAR IN LHASA IN DECEMBER

Group tour visiting Karola Glaciers
Visiting Karola Glaciers in Tibet

Since there is a significant variation between day and nighttime temperatures, you should prepare by wearing layers. Have a long sleeve shirt or a wool base layer, fleece or wool sweater, and a warm puffer jacket. Wear a pair of comfortable pants with a base layer when needed. Add warm accessories, such as a hat, a scarf, and a pair of gloves.

You will also need a pair of comfortable sneakers or hiking boots. Wear them with wool or special trekking socks.

Although you are traveling in winter, sun radiation is always strong in Lhasa. Don’t forget to bring a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen for your face. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LHASA WEATHER

Frequently asked questions

The warmest month in Lhasa is June. The average daytime temperature is 23.2°C / 73.8°F. Nighttime temperature is 9.8°C / 49.6°F on average.

The warmest day historically is June 26, when temperature ranges from 12 °C / 53°F to 22 °C / 72°F.

The coldest month in Lhasa is January. However, it is only slightly colder than December. In January, the average daytime temperature is 7.2°C / 45°F. Nighttime temperature is -9°C / 15.8°F on average.

The coldest day historically is January 7, when temperatures range from -8 °C / 18°F to 6 °C/ 43°F.

During the year, Lhasa sees 92 days of rain with a total rainfall of 420 mm / 17 inches. Most of the rain falls during Monsoon Season in July and August.

The wettest month in Lhasa is July with an over 54% chance of rain and a total rainfall of 116.6mm / 4.59 inches. July sees 19- 20 days of rain on average.

During the year, Lhasa sees 92 days of rain with a total rainfall of 420 mm / 17 inches, and most of the rain falls during summer. Winter in Lhasa is dry and sunny.

The driest month is December with only a 0.4% chance of rain and a total rainfall of 1mm / 0.04 inches.

The weather in Lhasa is pleasant all year round. Winters are dry, sunny, and not too cold during the daytime. Summer is very warm with cool mornings and evenings. Because of the high altitude sun radiation is very strong and it feels much warmer than temperature suggests.

Although summer sees many rainy days, it usually rains during the nighttime. It makes summer the most popular time to visit Lhasa.

The shortest day in Lhasa is December 21st. It lasts for 10 hours and 15 minutes. The sun rises at 6:46 am and the sunset is at 5:00 pm.

The longest day in Lhasa is June 21st. It lasts for 14 hours and 3 minutes. Sunrise is at 4:55 am, and sunset is at 6:58 pm.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LHASA


LHASA ALTITUDE

Lhasa altitude is 3,656 meters/ 11,995 feet above sea-level. At that altitude, the oxygen level is lower compared to the sea level. For most visitors, it will take a few days to naturally acclimatize to such altitude.

On your first days in Lhasa, we recommend getting more rest, walking slowly, and taking your time going up the stairs. In addition, try to get more sleep, stay hydrated, and avoid exercising. Most people will naturally acclimatize after a couple of days in Lhasa and will be ready to explore high-altitude areas in Tibet.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

All foreign visitors traveling to Lhasa need a valid Chinese visa. You can apply for a Chinese visa in the country where you reside. For travelers, who plan to travel to Lhasa from Nepal, the procedure is different and you will need to apply for a Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu.

Your local Tibetan agency will apply for all necessary permits to travel in Tibet. It might take up to 15 business days to receive your permit, you need to arrange your tour in advance. Once the permit is ready, your agency will mail it to you. All foreign travelers need the original permit to travel to Tibet.


HOW TO TRAVEL TO LHASA

You can travel to Lhasa by flight, train, or overland. Because of the long duration of the overland journey and high transportation costs for tourists in Tibet, most travelers prefer to fly or to take a train.

Flights are available from all major cities in China, including non-stop flights from Beijing, Xining, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lijiang, Kunming, and Shangri La. In addition, there are 90 minute long flights from Kathmandu in Nepal.

Traveling by train to Lhasa takes time, however, offers a great way to enjoy the scenery along the way. Cities with railroad connections to Lhasa are Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xining, and Lanzhou.

MORE ABOUT LHASA

Lhasa is the capital of Tibet, and its cultural and religious center. Read more about geography, history, modern day and Lhasa. Main attractions, when to visit, and the best tours in Lhasa.

View on Lhasa from Drepung Monastery, Tibet

POPULAR TOURS IN LHASA

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POPULAR TOURS IN TIBET

Trekking towards Everest North Face in Tibet

8 DAYS LHASA TO EVEREST TOUR

A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake, and Karola glaciers.

Both group and private tours are available.

Stupas of The Dira Puk Monastery by the Kailash Mountain in Tibet

15 DAYS MOUNT KAILASH PILGRIMAGE TOUR

One of our most popular group tours, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and going to Mount Kailash for three-day trekking around this sacred mountain. During this tour, we visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse monastery and Kumbum stupa, Mount Everest, Lake Manasarovar, Mount Kailash, and much more.

Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

7 DAYS LHASA TO KATHMANDU TOUR

This tour starts in Lhasa. We will stay there for 2 days to explore the capital and acclimatize. After that, we will head to the center of attraction in the Himalayas – Mount Everest. We will spend a night by the highest mountain on a planet and continue driving through majestic mountain ranges, alongside rivers and waterfalls to the border between Tibet and Nepal.

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