Ladakh is famous for its picturesque beauty, unique culture, Buddhist monasteries and exciting adventure spots. Leh, Ladakh’s administrative capital, is also a tourist’s haven with its beautiful surroundings and monasteries, in addition to the wonderful trekking routes. Traveling to Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most cherished dreams for many. Ladakh has always been a dream destination for all, people rush to this place whenever possible. Be it the magnificent snow-clad mountains or the gorgeous lakes and the valleys of Ladakh will always touch your chordla.
Trekking in Ladakh
September would be the best time to do so. The roads are clear of roadblocks because of snowfall. The routes that lead to Ladakh – Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh is accessible with fewer challenges as compared to winter (November-February) and monsoon (July-August). Besides, the peak tourist season has almost ended then, and one can get the best deals on hotels too. Summer (April-June) is undoubtedly the best season to travel to Ladakh. It is when the snow melts and spectacular hues are spread all across the region. Breathtaking scenery along with enchanting Buddhist festivals like the famous Hemis Festival (June-July) can be witnesses during this period. Trekking, rafting and camping too can be experienced. It is a high season for tourists. Frozen river trekking at Zanskar Valley, famous as the Chadar Trek is one of the most popular adventure activities in Ladakh.People from across the world come to this place to experience this highly adventurous trek. However, winters in Ladakh can get extremely cold, reaching sub-zero temperatures. Most trekking routes are closed after November due to heavy snowfall. If you are planning to go for Chadar trek in Ladakh, then it is open from mid-January till mid-March. The temperature in Ladakh is freezing most time of the year, and the mercury plummets at night and gets chilly though the sun can be warm during the day and a t-shirt and pants would do you good. It is advised to carry warm clothes. Carry inner thermal suits, pullover, jacket, woolen socks, hand gloves.
Ladakh in June and July
If you are visiting Ladakh in June and July, you will require windcheaters, raincoats and gumboots. Also, carry sunscreen as the sun at high elevations like Ladakh can be harsh on your skin during day time. June is one of the best time of the year to visit Leh by bike or road. If you wish to enjoy the snowy roads and mountains en route this is the best time to go for a holiday in Leh Ladakh. By mid-June, the snow begins dissolving so you will head out to some of the most beautiful lakes in Ladakh. The only time to travel by road to Leh Ladakh is from Mid-May to Mid – October. And the second half of October being a risky affair to travel and May being the only likely option for Srinagar – Leh Highway as Manali – Leh Highway generally opens by June first week or late May. On your visit to Leh, you will face the cold desert climate, especially from October to March.
Winter In Ladakh
In winters the temperatures are extreme in Leh, dipping below freezing point. However, winter days are sunny and bright. The lowest winter temperature recorded in Leh is around minus 23 degree Celsius. Ladakh is pretty safe and secure. Even during the Chinese incursion, the touristy areas of Leh and Ladakh were far away from where a Chinese platoon had set up camp. … Being one of the safest parts in India, feel free to travel to Ladakh and fall head-over-heels in love with it. It starts to snow at the high altitude passes by mid September and you witness a light spell of snow while traveling to Ladakh in October. If not a live snowfall then you will at least get to see plenty of snow around. The weather clears up and one can enjoy their Ladakh sojourn “sunny side up”. Temperatures are pleasant and remain around 16°C during the day. It becomes barely manageable at around 3°C or 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the night. You will find the snow in the month of June usually Leh-Ladakh route is open from Manali side only in the moth of May mid or may end. It remains closed due to heavy snowfalls. So this is one of the times when there is snow. But it’s particularly beautiful during the monsoons, which lasts from late June/July till early September.
Best time to visit Ladakh
Unlike many other tourist hotspots, monsoon is actually the best time to visit Leh—it’s a rain shadow area, which means it doesn’t get much rainfall. Once you reach Leh City, you will be able to reach any part of Ladakh as long as you rent a private cab. … Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Kargil, Sham Valley and Tso Moriri all remain open throughout December. Ladakh is definitely open in May. … Internal roads in Ladakh leading to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are open as well. So once you reach Leh, you will have no problem finding a place to stay or going towards any other areas in Ladakh for sightseeing. Only a few brave and bold tourists are around even though the roads to Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso Lake over Khardung La Pass and Chang La Pass respectively are kept open all around the year barring few days of heavy snowfall.