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Leh Weather

Irrespective of what time you are arriving in Leh, the weather will always play a major role in how your adventure turns out. A remote region on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is as beautiful as it gets. 

Dusty mountains, snow capped peaks in the distance, blue lakes, green rivers, oasis-like towns, and the colorful monasteries are the best places to visit in Leh which make this place a heaven worth visiting while you are alive. Leh, at the very center of it, is the capital of Ladakh and has somewhat a similar temperature as the rest of the region.
With the coming of every season, Leh dawns on a different color and dazzles everyone who visits or at least wishes to visit here, with pictures coming out of the region and enticing everyone to witness the beauty on their own. 

Be it the dusty and dry summers with pleasant weather, or the wintery cold sheet of snow of the winters in Leh, the climate has been welcoming visitors to witness the best of it. Although the ways to get to Leh keep changing as per the season, the magnificence of this place keeps getting better with time. 
Leh weather guide will be everything you need to know before you start your trip to Leh-Ladakh.

Here is a full guide to know about Leh weather:

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Leh in Summer

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Leh in Summer
With the ways to get into Ladakh by road opening up, Leh is at its pleasant best-come summers. In the month of May, the winter snow starts to melt and gives Leh a new life. For the next almost 4 months, Leh turns the center seat for all of Ladakh, with tourists pouring in from around the world and wanting to visit various attractions of Ladakh.

The summer average temperature of Ladakh is around 13-degree Celsius, with the lowest hitting 2.8 degrees in the nights of May, and the highs going up to 18-degrees in the days of July. This is what makes summer the best time to arrive in Leh.

When it comes to Leh weather, summer also means that the climate at major attractions like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake remain at their pleasant best. Also, 
summertime is when there are many amazing festivals actually happening in Leh. Hemis Festival happens in the month of June and the Ladakh festival in the month of September, making summers very much a great time to visit Leh.
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Leh in Winter

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Leh in Winter
In the winter, touring around Ladakh does become a little different from what it is in the summers. With both the major roads to get into Ladakh being closed due to heavy snow, the only way to get to Leh is by air. In the winters of Leh, weather takes a turn for the amazing as you will find the place covered in a white carpet of snow the entire duration you are here.

The dusty mountains turn white, the roads peek out from mounds of snow, and beautiful blue lakes turn into a mix of white and blue ice surfaces. This is because Leh is situated at a height of about 11,400 ft above sea level, where temperatures average out at a -4 degree Celsius for the months of November to March.

At this time, the highest temperature that you will find is about 7.5 degrees in the afternoons of November, while the lows hit -14 degrees in the nights of January. And speaking of January, winters is the time where the most adventurous trek in the world comes into existence; The Chadar Trek.

Adventurers from all over the world come to walk on a frozen River Zanskar for a 10-day trek, which is only possible in the month of January, and in the early weeks of February. Though difficult, winters are not an impossible period of time to explore the pearly white beauty of Leh.

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Leh in Monsoon

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Leh in Monsoon
The rest of North India starts getting the first drizzles in the month of July, but when it comes to Leh, the climate has a different turn to take. Because of being on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, rains are a rare thing to happen in Ladakh.

Though it does rain here sometimes, there is no major change in the overall scenario of the place, and Leh remains to be the pleasant self of its charm. However, the roads leading to Leh, especially the Manali Leh Highway get tricky to traverse on because of frequent landslides. 

Taking it all in, Monsoons are also a great season to visit Ladakh, especially Leh.

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Best Weather to Visit Ladakh

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Best Weather to Visit Ladakh
When it comes to the question as to which season is the best to visit Ladakh, the short answer is the summer season. A more elaborated answer will tell you not the entire duration of summer is as great.

Starting from the months of June and going on till August, visiting Leh is the best thing to do, as the snow has melted, the views are clear, the roads are open and not at all unsafe as there is always a large crowd of people on the way or returning from Ladakh. You will also find easy access to major attractions of Ladakh like Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley, Khardung La Pass, Sham Valley, and Kargil which, many of the travelers visit during their Manali Leh Srinagar bike expedition.

The days are longer and there is more light to explore all the major highlights of the area.

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"the experience was awesome. The whole thing organized by Thrillophilia was great. Our tour operator Jigmet sir and the whole crew were 1 no. SHAMAAASS. Julley.
05 October 2017
First, I would like to say thank you to for their coordination and cooperation by writing my thrillophilia reviews.The trip was well planned and executed extremely well by the tour operators, I am very happy with the services provided by thrillophilia during this trek. 1) Our trek leaders Salman and Stenzin are really a wonderful Guys, they were very helpful and supportive all the time during trekking.Other staff members were also supportive and helpful. 2) Food quality and quantity was good. 3) Accommodation was good, camps were in good shape, neat and clean and quite spacious. Let's review the Trek about which I had read a lot at thrillophilia reviews. No doubt Stok trek was awesome as well as difficult. It would not be correct if I will say Stok trek is the most beautiful trek ???? but there is something which makes this trek different from all other treks and which is the main reason to attract tourist from every corner of the word, that is its height. At 20,500 feet Stok Kangri is the highest trekkable summit in India (6,153 m), what google says but when I googled it bit more and try to find if there is any other trek exist in this word which is above Stok, I did not get any information so I assume this is the highest trekkable summit in world ???? Highlights of this Trek 1) Trekking till base camp is not very tiring, which itself a big achievement as you would be able to achieve the height of 16300 feet ???? and the best part what I found in this trek is “you don’t need to walk too many hours to reach base camp” 2-4 hours walk a day is max you will walk. 2) Leh treks are totally different from Himachal and Uttrakhand treks in terms of scenic beauty, it’s a different experience, you would be able to see some splendid views of the Stok mountain ranges. 3) The last day “Summit day” will give you a totally different experience. You start your trek at night time which generally don’t happen in other treks. Moreover, you will get a chance to do snow trekking in summers as well “Only in summit Day”. Here is a great saying "the best view comes after the hardest climb" Very True!!! Preparation: I should say this is not a trek for first time trekkers but still if someone wants to give a try, Start your preparation at least 2 months before this trek as last day “Summit Day” is really a challenging one, compare to other days where you have to just walk 2-4 hours max here on final day you have to walk for a 12 – 14 hours and Trekking at night on Snow is bit tricky task and it becomes more challenging when you have to walk by putting Crampons on your shoes as rightly suggested by many people at thrillophilia reviews. a) Aim for 5 km running in 30 minutes b) Do breathing exercise which helps you a lot during this trek especially. c) Drink as much as water you can.
It 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. We were walking on ice, we were drinking those ice (of-course the boiled one), but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme condition. Thank to these amazing group of people I was travelling with. The support staff, the organiser and each and every people related to this trip were an amazing host. They made us feel at home, they fulfilled almost all our demands. I had done 2 treks before with other organizations, but these people were the best. The fun we had is quite vivid with this picture, but trust me nothing can be explained in words, you just have to feel it. Keep yourself fit and go for it . It will change the way you see nature , it will change your perception towards people and many more things. Stay happy and keep trekking
12 February 2019
Being a fauji kid i always dreamt to do something adventurous and so i chose the most dangerous most exciting chadar trek as my first trek. After reaching the hotel in LEH i was welcomed by Satya sir and guess what we both shared common backgrounds i.e. fauj. After having breakfast i went to the room and slept for an hour or two. In the evening we were briefed by Satya sir and Shashank sir about the trek which actually helped me during the trek. We were a group of 14 among which 8 came solo just like me. At night we introduced each other and slept. Next morning we went for sightseeing and explored beautiful Shey palace and monasteries and by that time we all knew each other names. On day 3 we all went for medical checkups and every member from our group was fit for the trek. In the meantime we went to LEH market for some shopping. We were again briefed by Satya sir , Shashank sir and Sonam Sir and guess what we slept in the tents with our sleeping bags. Next day we started our journey from LEH to Chilling . After reaching chilling we were all set to step our foots on chadar for the first time and that feel was amazing. We walked for 3 hours and reached our first campsite. After having a lovely dinner by our porters we sang songs and went to sleep. Next morning i experienced first snowfall of my life and everything all around us appeared to be white and ahhh what an amazing feel i had that time. By God's grace we all successfully made it to Nerak on day 6 and saw that frozen waterfall for the first time. The josh and the deshbhakti inside me came out, i removed my jackets and stuff, wrapped myself in INDIAN FLAG and waved it at NERAK. I cannot describe that feeling until you experience chadar trek, we spent two hours at Nerak. Alright we made it to Nerak so easily and we all were like wow that was easy but nah something was about to come. After having lunch at Tibb caves we started our journey , after an hour there was a patch when our trek leader Dorge sir saw that chadar is weak ahead and went solo upto 50-80 meters & came back and said we cannot go from here, so we climbed up the hill carefully as it was all covered with snow. And again after this we saw the same thing but this time we couldn't go through the hills as those were standing hills. And at this point we all thought one thing that we all made it to nerak so easily, this has to be happened. Dorge sir again went solo up to 50 meters to check the chadar and suddenly his legs went inside the chadar upto knee. Being an experienced trekker he immediately came out and changed his socks. We didnt have any option so we started walking on the chadar. I being second last in my group saw my group mates how carefully they were walking on chadar, I heard the satisfying sound of crushing the chadar when my right foot went inside the chadar and my gumboots was filled by water. Ah i didn't went mad but stayed calm, my friend Dev behind me shouted Dorge sir come here, and he within 30 seconds came back to me removed my gumboots and helped me to change the socks. We successfully made it to our tents that day and the rest of the journey. All I want to say is we were a group of motivators, we became a family and from day 1 to day 9 we all were positive and supported each other. Much thanks to all the porters who made such yummy foods for us. Thank you to dorge sir & Sonam Sir who always said we will go to Nerak. Thank you to Satya sir and Shashank sir who's briefings really helped me during the trek. I wish again to be with this group because we became a family. Thankyou Thrillophilia for such a wonderful journey on chadar. I will be uploading my chadar trek journey on youtube soon i.e. PUNEET VLOGS. Peace
16 July 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Thrillophilia Out tour was Leh-Ladakh 6N7D, which includes Leh Sightseen, Nubra Valley Overnight Stay, Pangong Overnight Night. 1. First of all you should know that Thrillophilia doesn't have its own Travel Team. Thrillophilia actually linked up with several local Travel Agency. Once your Tour is booked Thrillophilia tagged one local Travel Agency for your Tour and that particular travel agency will take care of your entire tour. Our travel manager is Lobzang Tseldon. She is very helpful and you will not face any problem in your entire tour. 1. Hotel provided in Leh: Ladakh Heights. The hotel was very good,neat and clean.It is a new hotel so you don't found any pics in the internet. But lobzang will send you the pics of the Hotel. There is a canteen within the hotel where you will be having complimentary breakfast and dinner. Non Vegetarian please let Lobzang know that you want non-veg items as well.they generally prepare veg items only.but on request they will provide you omlette in breakfast and chicken/mutton in dinner. So if anyone wants to book Thrillophilia please ask Thrillophilia to tag you to the travel agency that offers non veg items too. The Hotel Ladakh Heights is a bit far from the main city but don't worry Lobzang will provide you car for visit to Leh market whenever required and she will not charge you for that. You will get a beautiful view from this hotel but if you want to stay near the main city you will not get any view from the hotel. 2. The stay at Nubra Valley was awesome. They have Royal Camp in Nubhra and it's is a nature-friendly camp. You will love it, I can guarantee you. 3. They stay at Pangong was okay. You can understand that at that altitude you will not get the camp provided at Pangong was good for 1 night stay. Overall my experience with Thrillophilia was very good. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks a lot to Lobzang Tseldon for the wonderful arrangements of our tour.
06 February 2021
After skimming through numerous tour providers, I bumped into thrillophilia. Although quite skeptical initially, I decided to go through them for the Chadar trek; couldn’t have made a better choice! The pre-arrivals and registration team, especially Devanshu did a great job at providing detailed information concerning travel, accommodation, trek and miscellaneous. Super safe for Solo travelers, absolutely nothing to worry about. The trek group is a conflux of people from various age-groups and backgrounds with similar interests, meticulously put together. Extremely hospitable hosts, super-hard working porters made sure our trip was incredibly amazing!!! The ground operations lead SATHYA was constantly on his toes making sure every trekker’s need was tended to. His delightful rapport with the staff and fellow trekkers is truly commendable!!! SATHYA was a savior in disguise, helped us get through any glitches we had during acclimatization period and also made the post-trek celebrations an unforgettable experience!!! Great food, mesmerizing views, genial, super-responsive staff and a bunch of like-minded trekkers, all these made my trip freaking aweeeeeesome!!! #THINKTHRILLOPHILIA for your next adventure!!! They are tremendous!!!!
06 February 2021
When I have received this link for sharing my story with thrillophilia uphorians, I indeed thought once really am I worthy enough for this column!! Then I thought no, if I don't put my bit through here,it will be a non-justice towards those blossomoed flowers who actually could made my story...... They are Satya right from thrillophilia ground team at Leh, Jimmy the Mithun chakraborty of our team who ensured safe dispatch of every individual in trip in one piece from leh...or even Mr Nimoh,.... Who ensured knocking every individual during the trek for keeping them safe.... Yes I of course did trekking of Sandakaphu or Pindari Glacier earlier.... But they were much earlier almost about 30+ years back ... So again this CHADAR trek was a bit challenge kind of trek to me to prove the actual worthyness of a 50+ mota (fat) aadmi all through..... Still it could become possible only because of never ending support of thrillophilia ground tean along with real time management... This is not a bid adieu to you all. ... it's just a break...I will be back definitely again amongst you all buddies....
06 February 2021
Trip with thrillophilia is so amazing.. Arrangements and all the staff are so's a life time experience for me....every one should visit ones. Akash Agrawal
Completed Chadar trek with Thrillophilia last week it was one of the finest trip of my life. Starting from the booking to execution every thing was planned well. We were well briefed by Satya regarding trek and we'll organised local operator.
05 February 2021
Had a recent trekk to Chadar Lake. It was planned with add ons by thrillophilla in a very professional manner. We had a date change as well due personal reasons and they accommodated our request. All communication were well handled from office side and local operator were very helpfull. The trekk team and porters were very supportive and helpful. The ground representative of thrillophilla based in Leh could do better in way of a more professional briefing and feedbank about trekk in general and fine tuning. Rest was very nice.

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  1. Which weather is best for Leh Ladakh?

    The best weather in Ladakh is the Summer season (April to June). The temperature in summer is the most pleasant in Leh and attracts many tourists from various parts of India. Leh becomes the hot spot of natural wonder as the snow melts from the mountains and more and more greenery comes to life.

    The temperature in Leh and weather in Leh in the summer season becomes suitable to visit various popular places in and around the city.
  2. Which is the best month to visit Leh?

    The best month to visit Leh is anyone from April to June. The climate in Leh from April to June becomes the best and most suitable to explore various places. During the harsh weather ie. Leh weather in December gets very intense and cold, and it becomes impossible to visit some of the major places.

    If you are planning to visit all the popular places in Leh, plan your trip between April to June.
  3. Which is the coldest month of Leh?

    January is the coldest month of Leh when the average temperature in Leh is from -2 degree Celcius to -16 degree Celsius. The entire winter season in Leh is the coldest period of the year in Leh.

    Travelling in January is impossible as the Manali-Leh highway which is the connecting route from many Indian states to Leh is closed due to heavy snowfall.
  4. Is it safe to visit Leh in Monsoon?

    Yes, it is safe to visit Leh in Monsoon. Weather in Leh during monsoon is mild and humid and is totally awesome to wander and explore places in and around Leh.

    Also, Leh can sometimes face minor floods or landslides so it is advised to check out about the place before visiting it Also, monsoon marks the spectacular river rafting season. The popular Ladakhi Gumpas, organise the annual dance festival during Monsoon.
  5. What clothes to wear in Leh in October?

    Though it is the start of winter and the end of monsoon in Leh in October, the Leh weather is always cold and mild. Whenever you visit Leh, it is advisable to wear Thermal and Woolen clothes. Always wear at least two layers of clothes (excluding the jacket) as the Leh weather is unpredictable.

    Wear your thermal attire and then wear a cotton t-shirt. Whenever you are out in the streets of Leh in October, put on your gloves, caps, and woollen socks. Also, make sure you cover your head and ears with the proper material and not just normal cotton stuff.
  6. Does Leh have snow?

    Yes, Leh has snow and some areas of Leh experience snowfall all around the year. Leh experiences snowfall during the winter season and Leh weather in December is the most intense as most of the snowfall in Leh happens in December and January.

     Also, the climate and snow of Leh makes it one of the coldest places in India. To experience the best environment and snow in Leh, plan your trip in October.
  7. Is Leh open to visit the entire year?

    Yes, Leh is open to visit the entire year. From July to March, most of the time the Manali-Leh highway remains closed. So, people visiting Leh have to travel from the Srinagar-Leh highway.

     If you wish to travel by Air, always check in advance the availability of flights as most of them are either delayed or cancelled due to intense fog.
  8. Does it rain in Leh Ladakh?

    Yes, it rains in Leh Ladakh from June to September. Though the precipitation is not that heavy, the monsoon in Leh brings the cheerful green and lush season. Leh weather in monsoon is mostly humid but sometimes it gets cold and in some hilly regions, the mercury drops to less than 10-degree Celsius.

     From mid-August to September, the rain in Leh is quite moderate and sometimes low and the sky is mostly clear and sunny. One can go for an awesome hike or drive on the magnificent roads of Leh during the monsoon.
  9. Is Leh closed in December?

    No, Leh does not remain closed in December but one of the highways that leads to Leh, the Manali-Leh highway remains closed in December due to heavy snowfall. Also, some parts of the city, especially the hilly region are closed in December as the snowfall is maximum during this period and the temperature can drop to -5 degree Celsius.

     If you plan your visit to Leh in December, it is advisable to check the routes and all the various tourist spots in and around Leh.
  10. What things should I carry while visiting Leh in summers?

    The climate in Leh is sometimes unpredictable. Talking of summers, it is advisable to carry full sleeve clothes made up of cotton and a few woollen ones. Also, always pack a pair of thermals and woollen socks, clothes, caps, gloves and perfect shoes.

     It is the best thing to carry a windproof jacket as the summers in the hilly region of Leh can be windy.
  11. Is Ladakh a cold desert?

    Yes, Ladakh is a cold desert as it experiences snowfall and the temperature in the region is cold throughout the year. Ladakh is always covered with snow and the flat land of the region has cold temperatures throughout the year. There are plain snow-clad and white lands all-around Ladakh, making it the best snow desert in India.

     Citing these reasons, the union territory of Ladakh is called a snow desert.
  12. Is Leh open to visit the entire year?

    No. Starting October till December end and sometime mid-January the Leh-Manali and Leh -Srinagar routes get closed. This happens due to the heavy snowing in the region that can lead to the risk of accidents and other mishaps to travellers. The roadways passages only open up again starting May. For flight travels too, the chances of a visit till December are thin. But around January the air-route opens up at the Leh Airport
  13. Is there snowfall in Leh in May?

    No. May is the month when spring and summer seasons are transitioning in the region. With relatively warmer weather and higher temperatures, the snow that covers Leh-Ladakh in winters starts to melt off. And only patches of snow and slushes can be seen.
  14. What is the driest month in Leh?

    The driest month for travel purposes is June. This is when the Leh Weather experiences warm sunny days and pleasant temperatures. The Leh-Ladakh region is dominated by dry climate all year long with some precipitation from between August and September. October is also among the driest months due to the shift in weather and winds bringing in snowy winters.
  15. What is the warmest month in Leh?

    July is the warmest month recorded in Leh. Starting from April onwards the Indian Union Territory goes into the summer season with vibrant and enjoyable surroundings. Despite it being a warmer time of the year, the temperatures still stay low with the highest number reaching 18-19 degrees in the day in July.
  16. What is the rainiest month in Leh?

    There is almost no colossal rainfall in Leh, being in a shadowed part of the Himalayas it is rare for a heavy downpour in the Union Territory. However, it does experience drizzling, especially during August. Travellers can surely plan a trip to Leh-Ladakh well till mid-October keeping in mind that the Leh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar routes may not be suitable for a monsoon trip due to frequent landslides.
  17. Which is the coldest month of Leh?

    The coldest month with sub-zero temperatures in December. The Leh weather around this time of the year is bound to the massive snowfall that covers the entire landscape in a blanket of snow, blockades on entrances and roadways that connect the UT to other cities and states. Frequent blizzards and winter winds also put a halt to the air-route, making it impossible to travel until mid-January.
  18. Is May a good time to visit Ladakh?

    Yes. It is one of the best months to plan a trip to Leh-Ladakh. Beginning of warm and fuzzy summers, the Leh weather between April till September is idyllic. One can explore the beauty and vibrancy of the region, indulge in adventure and water sport activities as well as be a part of the many regional festivals. Moreover, these are also the only months when Leh-Ladakh remains open for tourism and shuts down starting October till mid-January.
  19. Is it safe to visit Leh in December?

    No. Due to negative temperatures, snowfall and unfavourable weather conditions, it is not advisable to visit Leh-Ladakh in December. Moreover, starting October, the road routes - Lh-Manali and Leh-Srinagar highways are also closed-off, meaning no possible travel. Flights also stop during these months and only begin operating in late January which is when many adventure enthusiasts visit the Union Territory to attempt the winter Chadar trek.

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