BEST TIME TO VISIT LEH LADAKH

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Want to travel to Leh but confused about the right time to visit Leh Ladakh the place of sublime beauty? While some people say that the best months to visit Leh Ladakh are between June and August when summer is at its full bloom and snow has melted. The vibrant and colourful Hemis Festival is held during this time. Some  feel that the best time is in the months of December to February i.e. during winter when you can experience authentic Ladakh, when there are only a handful of tourists.  This is the time when you can go on one of the most adventurous treks of the world, Chadar trek- walk on the frozen Zanskar River for almost a week. Each time of the year has its own perks of travelling to Ladakh. So, if you are wondering when to hop on for a road trip, or go camping and trekking, or experience the beautiful festivals, then this is the post for you! This post will answer all your questions and help you decide the best time to plan your Ladakh trip!

 Best time to visit Leh Ladakh

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Month wise Temperature of Leh

Leh Ladakh Weather During Different Months

Leh Ladakh Weather in June

Leh Ladakh Weather in July – August

Leh Ladakh Weather in September

Month wise Temperature of Nubra

Best Time to Visit Leh Ladakh by Road

Best Time to Visit Leh Ladakh on Bike

Leh Ladakh Places To Visit

Leh Ladakh Festivals


MONTH-WISE TEMPERATURE OF LEH

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LEH LADAKH WEATHER DURING DIFFERENT MONTHS

 

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN JUNE

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 21° C, Minimum 7° C

  • By early June all the road routes to Leh open up and one can travel to leh on the SRINAGAR-LEH-MANALI CIRCUIT
  • If you wish to see ice-covered roads and mountains enroute this is the time to visit Leh Ladakh
  • However, for the initial 7-10 days the roads are in an unstable condition due to snow-slides and road blocks
  • By mid June ,the snow starts melting, so on your journey you will come across various water crossings and streams on roads. So plan and leave early in the day
  • Saka Dawa, Yuru Kabgyat, Hemis Festivals are held in this month.
  • 2016 update – Sindhu Darshan Festival will be from 12th to 14th June 2016.
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Roads -early June
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LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN JULY – AUGUST

TEMPERATURE:Maximum 25° C, Minimum 10°

When there aren’t many places to travel in India during this time due to monsoon, Leh Ladakh is perfect place to be at!

  • By this time, all passes and roads to the land of lamas are opened and the land turns very inviting, spectacular views, bikers’ and photographers’ paradise.
  • If You are planning a road trip from Manali-Leh:
  • Leave Manali early morning so that you can avoid traffic Jam at Rohtang Pass.
  • If You are planning a road trip from Srinnagar-Leh:
  • Leave Srinagar early morning so that you avoid local traffic in Sonmarg.
  • Stongday, Karsha, Phyang, Sachukul, Karzok, Dakthok and Sani Nasjal Festivals are held during these two months.
  • 2016 update – Special unfurling of thangkas after 12 year interval at Hemis Festival 2016 is happening this year. Pl note the dates 14th & 15th July 2016.

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LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN SEPTEMBER

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 21° C, Minimum 5° C

This is one of the best time to travel to leh as this time offers a pleasant stay as well as better road conditions (than during the Monsoons)

  • The peak season (June-August) is over and now the hotel rates come down. However, many campsites are on the verge of closing or are closed by mid September
  • The weather is cool and pleasant-chill starts to peek in!! It sometimes snows during late September
  • NATURE IS AT ITS BEST- you will come across aqua blue water bodies with gleaming sun rays falling over the surface and making it shine like anything
  • The topography is barren, rocky – like that of the moon as the glaciers stop melting by this time
  • The road conditions too improve a bit, the water crossings are now timid in flow. Occasional snowfalls can sometimes block the roads

Ladakh landscape during September
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LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN OCTOBER

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 14° C, Minimum -1° C

  • By this time the tourists go away and only some passionate traveller’s stay back
  • Snow fall starts and cold wave sweeps over the areas of high altitudes
  • Most of the hotels and guest houses close by this time of the year. Camps alongside the lakes too are closed
  • The Manali-Leh highway is open but you will come across snow covered roads and most of the guest houses, dhabas etc. are closed on this route
  • Diskit Festival is held during this month.

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LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN NOVEMBER

TEMPERATURE:Maximum 7° C, Minimum -6° C

  • Temperature starts dropping below the freezing point regularly, specially during nights
  • Highways are covered with snow so only flying in is the option to reach Leh
  • Lakes are frozen so camping beside Pangong is not possible
  • Angeethhi etc. are needed to keep warm.
  • No water supply is available from November.
  • Electricity is available for only six hours, between 5 pm to 11 pm.
  • Thiksey and Padum Festivals are held in this month
Amareshwar-Sainadh

Credit: Tony Kretzschmar & Jakob Horstmann

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN DECEMBER

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 2° C, Minimum -11° C

  • Marks the start of Ladakh’s ferocious winters
  • Highways and passes remain closed because of excessive snow
  • Ice sheets as thick as six inches can be found on lakes and rivers
  • Losar and Galden Namchot Festivals are held during this month.

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN JANUARY

TEMPERATURE: Maximum -2° C, Minimum -14° C

  • The temperature remains sub zero almost the entire month
  • Highways are covered with snow and lakes are frozen
  • The Zanskar River is frozen allowing adventure lovers to go on Chadar Trek
  • Don’t go if you can’t handle cold
  • No water supply and only six hours of electricity
  • It is the best time to interact with locals as there are only a very few tourists
  • Spituk Gustor Festival is held during this month.
  • Best time for Snow Leopard tracking.

The Famous Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN FEBRUARY   

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 1° C, Minimum -11° C

  • February is less biting than January but still too cold
  • The highways are laden with snow and the lakes are frozen
  • The cold being a little better than that of January prompts a few locals to open their shops and stores
  • No water and only six hours of electricity
  • Dosmochey, Yargon Tungshak, Stok Guru Tsechu, Matho Nagrang festivals are held in this month.

Shanti Stupa covered with snow

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN MARCH

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 6° C, Minimum -5° C

  • The cold starts decreasing in March, though it is still too cold for most tourists from warmer regions
  • Days start to become sunny but nights are frosty
  • Both the highways are still closed and you can only fly in either from Delhi or Srinagar
  • Camping at Pangong and Nubra is not feasible
  • Matho Nagrang, Stok Guru Tsechu, Yargon Tungshak Festivals are also held in this month.
Credit: Amreshwaran Sainadh

Credit: Amreshwaran Sainadh

LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN APRIL

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 15° C, Minimum -1° C

  • By April, heavy snowfall stops and summers almost take a step in the lives of the people of Ladakh
  • The city sees a influx of some tourists by this time and the business starts in the city-hotels and local guest houses open up
  • You can visit Ladakh ONLY BY AIR at this time, as the road routes & high mountain passes DO NOT open up by this time
  • The weather however is still not sunny and warm as the usual Summers are &  the maximum temperature is still  around 10-15° C

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LEH LADAKH WEATHER IN MAY

TEMPERATURE: Maximum 16° C, Minimum 3° C

  • By mid-May snow thaws and the narrow city roads are crowded by the Indian Army winter stocking convoys, thus making difficult for the civilian vehicles to move about
  • Also, the effects of winters have still not completely faded away so extreme weather conditions, icy roads will welcome you to the city
  • However, by late May, there are travellers flowing into the city, usually by Air as the roads are still shut
  • There are chances that the Zoji La (Leh-Srinagar route) is open to travellers. Its usually opens by late May or early June
  • The Rohtang Pass (Leh-Manali route) however is still closed in May
Zojila pass starts opening up by the end of May Credit: Daily Excelsior

Zojila pass starts opening up by the end of May
Credit: Daily Excelsior

 


MONTH-WISE TEMPERATURE OF NUBRA

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BEST TIME TO VISIT LEH LADAKH BY ROAD

The best time to visit Leh – Ladakh by road is between May to September. Even though the Srinagar – Leh highway opens by the middle of May, the Manali – Leh highway opens in June only. Come April, the army starts clearing the snow to make roads available for civilian traffic, but it takes time and even the Srinagar – Leh highway opens  only by May. The roads remain open and operational throughout the subsequent months till November. Though, with September, the weather en route starts getting colder. Read more on Leh Ladakh road trip here.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT LEH LADAKH ON BIKE

Ladakh is called a biker’s Mecca, and rightly so because of the adrenaline gushing adventure that the journey to the place offers. Year after year, bikers wait for the two highways, Manali – Leh and Srinagar – Leh to open, so that they can accelerate their bikes on the narrow, snow covered slopes of the beautiful Himalayas. Bike trips to Leh – Ladakh begin as soon as the highways open for public, that is mid May for Srinagar – Leh and June for Manali – Leh. The highways remain open till November.

LEH LADAKH PLACES TO VISIT

Ladakh, still largely untouched by human and and technological advancement, boasts of nature’s beauty in its most raw and pristine form. From azure lakes to high mountains, Ladakh is perfect for seeking solace amidst nature. The several Buddhist monasteries and gompas give a glimpse into the rich heritage of the region, apart from blessing the soul with peace. There is certainly no dearth of places to visit and activities to do in Ladakh. Be it white water rafting in Zanskar or watching the river flow beside the sand dunes of Nubra, each corner of Ladakh always has something to keep you captivated. Read more on Leh Ladakh Places To Visit here and Things To Do in Leh Ladakh.

LEH LADAKH FESTIVALS

Ladakh is a place with natural untouched beauty and it comes to life during its festive season. Festivals mark gatherings and people celebrate them with great zeal and spirit. Festivals in Ladakh are in fact the best way to catch a glimpse of the Ladakhi culture.

There are a number of festivals that take place in Leh Ladakh all round the year. Some of the main festivals of Ladakh are:

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  1. Hemis Festival: June
  2. Ladakh Festival: September
  3. Losar celebrations: 11th month of the Buddhist calender – usually in winters (Dec-Jan).

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