The average temperature in Shigatse in January is -13 °C ~ 10 °C. The temperature in Shigatse in January is not much different from that in Lhasa. It is recommended to have less activities in the early morning and late evening because of the temperature drop. In Shigatse, the highest temperature in January can reach to 18 degrees Celsius, and the warm sunshine makes Lhasa and Shigatse a good choice to go in winter. You can perform the Kora, take a stroll on the streets of Shigatse together with the local Tibetan people. Catching up with friends in a sweet tea house is pleasant as well. This is the authetic local life of the Tibetan people and the most leisure way to travel in Tibet.
Since it feels cold in Shigatse in the early morning and late evening In January, warm clothes such as sweaters and down jackets are needed. The temperature between day and night is large. When it is sunny, you can wear less. While there is no sunshine, you need to wear something heavier to stay warm. It is easier to catch a cold in Tibet due to the weather changes. But catching a cold in Tibet can be dangerous, so please stay alert to keep yourself comfortable.
Daytime average temperature: 10°C, warm clothes such as windbreakers, sweaters, wool suits, outdoor jackets, etc. are recommended. Nighttime average temperature: -18°C, heavy winter clothes such as winter coats, leather jackets, down jackets, hats, gloves, etc. are recommended.
In January, Shigatse feels a bit desolate. As a post-Tibet center, Shigatse is a transit point for many tourists to the Everest Base Camp. Since there is no tent in Everest Base Camp in January, staying in Shigatse and then going to Everest Base Camp to enjoy Mount Everest has become a choice for many tourists. From Lhasa to Shigatse, you will pass through the Gambala Pass at an altitude of 5,190 meters, and once again watch the famous holy lake, Yamdrok. because of the roads to Namtso sometimes are blocked by the heavy snowfall in the winter, Yamdrok Lake almost becomes a must-see for tourists to go to Lhasa in winter. The Yamdrok Lake in winter looks especially blue and clear. Although the scenery is good, the wind is strong around the lake. Wearing a hat and a scarf to keep out the wind is advisable.
The winter climate in Tibet is relatively dry. In winter, it is necessary to keep your skin moisturized. It is recommended to bring lip balm, hand cream, lotion, face cream and other skin care products. It is recommended to drink more water and eat more fruits in Tibet. When you come to Tibet in winter, you don't need to take a bath every day like in the mainland. Bathing every day is not only easy to catch a cold, but also the skin gets more dry after showering. Therefore, it is recommended to apply moisturizers and other moisturizing products after a shower. In fact, even if you don’t take a shower in Tibet for a few days, you will still feel dry.
The sunshine in Tibet in winter is bright and sunny of strong radiation, so you are strongly suggested to bring sunscreen, visor or other sun protection products before entering Tibet to enjoy the warm sunshine of Tibet without getting sunburnt.
Since it feels cold in Tibet，although it’s sunny, it is more easily to have the Altitude sickness. In fact, no matter when you enter Tibet, anti-altitude sickness work is always needed. You can take some medicine contains Rhodiola a couple of weeks before entering Tibet and bring some anti-altitude sickness with you when you go.
A trip to Shigatse in Tibet in January is pleasant considering both the weather and the temperature. Many people think the winter in Tibet is freezing especially in January. They believe that January is not a good time to travel to Tibet. But actually the winter in Tibet is warm during the day, and it just gets very cold at night. However, most of the accommodations in Tibet have heating facilities at night, and it won’t feel too cold.
In Shigatse, the maximum temperature in January can reach 18 degrees Celsius, which far exceeds Chengdu and Shanghai at the same latitude. The warm sunshine makes Lhasa and Shigatse good choices for winter tours in Tibet. In the streets of Shigatse, You can perform the Kora, take a stroll on the streets of Shigatse together with the local Tibetan people. Catching up with friends in a sweet tea house is pleasant as well. This is the authentic local life of the Tibetan people and the most leisure way to travel in Tibet. There is a variety of ways to tour Tibet. Some people pursue life experiences; some come to feel the unique culture and art in Tibet, others come for religious beliefs or the spectacular Mt. Everest or the beautiful lakes. Which kind of way can be found in Tibet in a unique way. January is the off season for travel in Tibet. There are few tourists and there is no queues in front of the temples. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle during the peak season, January can be a good time for you to travel to Tibet.