Best Time to Visit Ladakh:
Are you tired of everyone posting their Ladakh trips on Instagram but you? Do you also want to show the world how travelholic you are? What about a crazy biking journey with your friends? Do I hear a yes? Marvelous! The Ladakh trip you planned for so long is finally happening! But wait, when are you planning to visit? What if it is too snowy or raining heavily? No worries. We are here to guide you on when to plan a trip and enjoy it the most.
Beauty captured by Sandeep Kr Yadav, credits: Unsplash
April to June
The summer season starts in April and continues till June. The temperature during the summer season ranges between 5degrees to 25 degrees celsius. Throughout the year, the temperature in Ladakh is quite low and roads get blocked. So you can visit Ladakh during the summer season to enjoy a moderate climate. The hospitable environment and snowy peaks in this season are absolutely the spectacular beauty of Ladakh. The Srinagar-Leh highway is open during this time so you can enjoy an adventurous bike trip!
Temperature: 5 to 10 degrees celsius
Attraction Points: Local cultural fests, bike trip via Srinagar-Leh Highway
The 'summer glow' shot of Ladakh, by: WiX
The rainy season in Ladakh onset in July and ends in September. The temperature is 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. It receives a little rainfall and the sky is clear on most days. The fresh breeze with pleasant weather allows you to sightsee the best of places and enjoy your trip.
However, Ladakh, on rare occasions, receives short bursts of heavy downpour. This causes obstructions and it becomes difficult to travel. This is not the safest time to travel. The chances of landslide and snowslide increases during monsoon. Reaching out to other places for traveling in Ladakh becomes tough but the train comes to the rescue at this point! You can always have an option to go via train.
Temperature: 20 to 25 degrees celsius
Attraction Points: Nubra Valley, Zanskar, Kargil, Drass
Mesmerizing Ladakh in the romantic season of Ladakh captured by Sheik Abdul Basit, credit: Pexels
The winter is super cold but the picturesque landscape warms your heart! Ladakh experiences harsh weather climates during December and January. Drass (in Ladakh) becomes one of the coldest in the world. It receives heavy, continuous snowfall. This time is best suited if you want to have fun in the snowy landscapes. The Chadar Trek, aka Frozen River Trek, in Ladakh, is the most popular among visitors. This glamorous trek is best explored in the winters and gives you an adrenaline rush as you cross this trail. With temperatures ranging from -15 degrees to 10 degrees celsius, Ladakh is freezing cold during the nights. Also, the Srinagar-Leh gets blocked due to heavy snowfall and thus remains closed most of the time during winters. So you can take the Manali-Leh route to reach this exotic location. Endless festivals are organized during winters such as Stok Monastery, Matho Monastery, Domsoche, Ladakhi Losar., SpitukGustor. During winters you will get the benefit of less crowd and you can have fun at the fests with local people and know more about their culture. And do not miss out on bonfire in snow!
Temperature: -15 to 10 degrees Celsius
Attraction Points: Zanskar Valley Trek (Chadar Trek), local cultural festivals,
Serene white beauty of Ladakh. Shot by Glance India, credit: Unsplash
Visit with Friends:
If you are an adventurous person who loves trekking, then winter is the best time for you! Visit Ladakh in January and go for the Chadar Trek. The trek includes walking on a river! The river gets frozen during the winters as the temperature drops to -20 degrees. That is why this Unicorn of Snow trek is popularly known as Frozen River Trek.
But if you are looking forward to a biking trip, summer is best for you! The crazy biking journey that you have been planning since your school days. Your dream of riding Royal Enfield in the treacherous mountain lanes with your friends now comes true. June is best to go for a biking trip to Ladakh with your friends.
Visit with Family:
If you are planning to visit with your family but are unsure of the time, then here is the answer. SUMMER! It is the best time to travel as you will get to experience the beauty of Ladakh in a moderate climate. If visiting with kids, June is undoubtedly the best month. It is usually a holiday period for children. The pleasant temperature in Ladakh will save you from the scorching heat of June. But since it does not get too low, the children can travel safely with no worries of catching a cold. You can go sightseeing as all the attraction points will be open during June. Enjoy water sports and cultural festivals here with the amicable people of Ladakh. Or go for a Bactrian Camel Ride with your family and create wonderful memories you will cherish for life!
Ladakh is absolutely best for vacation! By Debrup Travel Film, credit: unsplash
Ladakh is spectacular with its own beauty. Each month here comes with a blended flavor of the recreational and picturesque environment. But we believe Summer is just the time! Come and enjoy during May to July for the best experiences. Also, it is the best month to travel to Leh Ladakh on a bike. It is slightly crowded during this time but you get to visit each and every corner of Ladakh with no hurdles. While it is a bit too snowy in winter or receiving heavy downpours in the rainy season, the Ladakh is all set to make your journey memorable in spite of any season. The choice is entirely yours but for us, the winner is Summertime!