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Ladakh Weather

Ladakh weather is no mystery to the travelers for its extreme nature. From temperature variation of -20 degrees to 22 degrees Celsius throughout the year, this high-altitude place offers arid air, direct sunlight and harsh cold to its visitors and residents most of the times.

However, varying characteristics can be noticed in weather in Ladakh during the change of seasons in this cold desert climate zone. Summers, early winters and extreme winters show the magic of nature distinctly and this feature attracts tourists at a large scale from all over the world. 

The weather of Ladakh in winters can be harshly cold when the temperature sets very well below the freezing point and summers heat up the terrain with a lens like sunlight and aridity. Ladakh climate invites rains on a very low scale, rather very irregular on the other side and this feature brings many changes to the picture perfect location.

Here is a full Ladakh weather guide:

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Ladakh in Summer

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Ladakh in Summer
The summers of Ladakh ranges from the month of May to August, roughly. Calling it a summer as the temperature ranges from 3 degrees at night to 16 degrees in the morning in May. As June arrives, highest shoot up goes with 21 degrees in daylight.

Though the area remains cold in general, direct sunlight and its exposure give sunburn and skin damage easily.With the onset of July, the warmest phase of Ladakh climate appears and a maximum of 25 degrees is easily noticeable. The snow caps melt and zone get rush of travelers at the fastest pace.

By August, the chills in Ladakh weather starts to show its face again. In short, the place doesn't allow one to sleep without blankets in the night due to fall in diurnal temperature as the night rises, even in months of June and July.

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Ladakh in Monsoon

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Ladakh in Monsoon
Well, honestly Ladakh weather is quite plucky and shows a different attitude in Monsoon. As the major zone falls in rainshadow region, usually drizzles to light rain are faced here. But, the roads that take one towards Ladakh turn ugly with landslides and rock breaks.

So, it is better to plan the trip with precautions during months of late July and August.

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Ladakh in Winter

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Let’s give Winters a little division to understand the Ladakh Weather in detail.

-Early Winter: From September to November, the slight winter onset is well noticeable. There will not be almost any day when you will not feel cold. A pleasant Ladakh climate could be seen when days bath with sunshine and temperature goes between 20-22 degrees.
But nights are again bitter cold and needs your warm clothes to be unpacked. By the time November is invited, the aura gets murky and rush gets lower.

-Frosty Winter: As December, January and February stick the calenders, Ladakh freezes deep and the temperature begins to mingle around -20 to -10 degrees. The zone begins to experience snowfall, especially in January and brings in a rush amongst adventurous trekkers who wish to cover naturally hidden and frozen treks.

The ice sheets and thick river surfaces get nakedly visible and the highways and roads connecting Ladakh get blocked. Bring a huge set of good warm clothes, comfortable boots, and thermo
wears if wish to see snow-capped paths and peaks. As February rises up, the respite and some sunshine provide a sense of relief to the frosty skin, body, and soul.

Late Winter: It is still a chilly Ladakh Weather when March arrives. But surely not as much as previous months. Ranging from -5 degree to 10 degrees, a little snowfall could still be experienced. The weather again turns exciting for travelers and roads begin to unblock. Hop in the zone for fun and excitement and enjoy the scenic beauty with bare eyes.

However the weather is, Ladakh is a wonder on Earth and a blessing to nature. Once in a life, the place must be explored by everyone whether a wanderer, adventurer or a couch potato. Get the soul rejuvenated and obtain peace at nature’s lap.

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11 July 2019
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there, we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi about whom I have read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there for which I thought the best way would be to write at thrillophilia reviews.
12 July 2018
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
24 June 2018
Your Destination would be a dream until you come out and step ahead to it and experience. Leh-Manali Bike ride is one such vibe which will resonate for many years to come. Here the journey was more scintillating then achieving those milestones and Thrillophilia ensured we had great time by organising it perfectly to last mile would like to thank Tarun and Chitransh. Tani and Amit who were our Tour Leaders were just amazing with their hospitality to the care taken through out the ride. Ride at Khardungla Pass, Gata Loops, Zing Zing Bar, Barlachala were just amazing.
Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.
We booked this Leh Ladakh complete tour from Delhi with the flights. And the whole trip was beautifully managed and it was a mesmerizing place being the Stupas, or rivers, hills or the passes. They were all enchanting and beautiful.
The Thrillophilia team has surpassed all of my expectations! I was initially apprehensive about the Parang La trek because of the altitude and the difficulty, but Thrillophilia made sure I had no issue at all! Everything was taken care of, and the guide was just brilliant. For any further treks, Thrillophilia is my go-to website and the one I’ll always recommend!
A great way to rent a bike and be secure about the condition and price for it. The bike of choice is also available and it is easy to book as well.
The Thrillophilia sales and support teams are absolutely brilliant. When I heard the Parangla trek pitch for the first time from them, I was not sure if the trek would pan out in the exact same way, but surprisingly, it did. The sales team was very articulate with the trek prerequisites, and outlines and the operator had answers to all the questions I asked!
17 November 2019
Leh Ladakh's location had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme conditions. the food offered was very tasty. everything was perfectly planned by the thrillophilia team. Awesome experience !!

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People Also Ask About Ladakh

  1. Which is the best month to visit Ladakh?

    Best months to enjoy the Ladakh Weather are May to October. These months remain comparatively warmer than the other, thus attracting flocks of tourists from all over the world. In addition to the weather, the other major factor which attracts people here around this time is the Sindhu Darshan Festival. Staying lively for almost a month, this festival exhibits carnival-like vibes through the various entertaining activities and live performances.
  2. What is the average maximum and minimum temperature of Ladakh?

    The average minimum and maximum temperature of Ladakh during various seasons is:

    Summers: In summers, the weather of ladakh becomes comparatively much less cooler and stays somewhere around 20 degree celsius. The average maximum temperature of Ladakh in summers is 25 degree celsius and the minimum stays around 5 degree celsius.

    Winters: Winters are very chilly in Leh Ladakh and the area of Leh gets completely covered in the sheets of snow. The weather of Ladakh around this time creates the average maximum temperature around 10 degrees and the minimum temperature around -10 degree celsius.

  3. Is there snowfall in Ladakh?

    Yes, winters can be really chilly in Ladakh and the minimum temperature can go less than -30 degree celsius. Finding snowfall in such Ladakh Weather is very easy and you can enjoy the best scenery of snow clad mountains. To enjoy such weather, it is advisable to visit there after the month of October, when the winter starts.
  4. What is the lowest temperature in Ladakh in Winters?

    The weather of Ladakh is comparatively cooler than any other part of India. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, this region experiences high snowfall in winters and timely hail storms in winters too. The lowest temperature in Ladakh in winters can go down to -3 degree celsius
  5. Can we visit Ladakh in May?

    Yes, if you want to experience the best scenery post winter then visiting Ladakh in May is the best option. Around this time, summers arrive and the weather of Ladakh becomes way less cooler. In addition to this, you can indulge in various activities too including lake visits and sightseeing as the roads stay clean and without any snow on them.
  6. Which is the coldest month of Ladakh?

    January is the coldest month in Ladakh and around this time, the weather in Ladakh becomes extremely cold. During the day the average temperature is -3°C (27°F) and -15°C (5°F) during the night.
  7. What is Ladakh famous for?

    Ladakh is famous for an array of things and more specially, its natural beauty. The weather in ladakh makes sure that you enjoy cool weather whenever you visit. From beautiful panoramas of the Himalayas to the sights of frozen lakes covered in sheets of snow, you can enjoy so many things here. Studded with monasteries and stupas, this place gets more charmed up by the positive auras of such religious places.
  8. Can I visit Ladakh in December?

    Yes, you can visit Ladakh in December or any other month if the roads are not blocked. However, the weather in ladakh is very cold around the month of December and can go as low as minus 40 degree celsius in some regions.
  9. Is May a good time to visit Ladakh?

    The month of May in Ladakh resembles the beginning of summers which results in the best time to visit this beautiful location. Spotting snow around this time in lower areas can be difficult, but you can visit higher altitudes to enjoy snowfall. In the month of May, the temperature stays around 5 to 10 degree celsius.
  10. Is there snow in Leh in May?

    By the month of May, most of the snow melts away creating clean roads. However, if you really want to enjoy snowfall you can visit the higher altitudes. Locations like Rohtang Pass, Zoji La and Baralacha La experience fresh snowfall in the month of May too.

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