Shigatse Travel Weather and Climate in November

Shigatse Weather and Climate in November

Average Minimum Temperature (℃): -8 
Average Maximum Temperature (℃): 11 
Average Precipitation/Rainfall (mm): 0.61mm 
Rainy Days: 2 
Relative Humidity (%): 23 
Average Wind Speed (kmph): 5.9

When you travel to Shigatse in November, in the west of Tibet, is normally a little warmer than Lhasa in November, with daytime temperatures of around 11 degrees. However, the nights are much colder, and can drop to as low as -12 degrees, making the warmer clothing a real necessity.

What to Wear for a November Shigatse Travel

While your passport, Tibet Travel Permit, and Chinese Visa are all essential packing items, you would also be advised to bring along plenty of warm clothing since it is starting to get cold. Warm sweaters and fleece or down jackets are a must, to keep the cold off, and long underwear is an essential part of the packing list, especially if you are traveling to the western areas like Mount Everest.

Useful Travel Tips for your Shigatse Travel in November

  • There are some medications for altitude sickness available, but you should consult your own doctor before you take them, and it is not recommended.
  • Tibet Travel Permit: This permit is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is required for all international travelers heading for Tibet. You need to apply for this permit one month prior to your arrival in Tibet as this permit takes some time to get ready and you need to produce the original copy of this permit at the Airport before you board the flight. 
  • For a good visit to Tibet you need to pack carefully, as it can be cold there at any time of the year. Make sure that you have your valid passport and Chinese Entry Visa with you at all times, and that it is kept secure or on your person at all times.
  • No matter which season you go to Tibet, you should bring sunglasses and sun protection equipment, including sun hats, sunscreens etc.
  • November should never be discounted as a good time to travel to Tibet, as the winter is not actually as cold as many people in the western world believe. Warm days are always followed by extremely cold nights, but it is the warm days when you will travel, while nights are spent in warm, comfortable hotels and soft beds, with only a few exceptions.

Things to see and do at Shigatse in November

  • Shigatse beckons yet, calling mountain lovers to experience the beauty and majesty of Everest, the world’s highest mountain and the most popular tourist attraction in the world.
  • One of the most famous attractions is the magnificent Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the traditional seat of Panchen Lama and is the largest monastery in Shigatse. Here you can find the largest gold gilded bronze statue in the world, namely the future Buddha Statue.
  • Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, was established sometime in the early part of the 20th century, under the Nyingmapa Sect. Its history is sketchy. Rongbuk Valley was know as the “sanctuary of the birds”. There was a strict ban on killing any animal in the area.
  • The Summer Palace of Panchen Lamas is situated far below Tashilhunpo Monastery, about 1km south of Tashilhunpo Monastery. You can follow the road till the end and turn right into the compound. After your visit in Shigatse, you may pay a visit there if you have extra time. 
  • The most famous of Natang Monastery are the workshops for printing Buddhist sutras. In 1730, the local government of Tibet started the creation of the printing house in order to save and carry on the Tibet ancient books and scriptures. It took more than 20 years to complete this huge scripture printing house. 
  • Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress in one of the best preserved dzongs (one kind of fortress) in Tibet. It stands high above the Gyantse City on a huge spur of grey brown rock.

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