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Best time to visit Ladakh

The beauty of this land will mesmerize you completely
Tourism In Leh Ladakh

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Sep - Oct

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Weather in Ladakh

Best Time To Visit Ladakh

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

The best time to visit Ladakh is when the land calls for you. One of the most remotely populated regions in the country, Ladakh literally means the ‘Land of the High Passes’. It is set in between the Kunlun mountain range and the great Himalayas. Leh, one of the largest districts in the countries in terms of landmass (45100 sq km), is set between the Himalayas, the Zanskar, and the Karakoram mountain ranges. These lands are blest by three rivers - the Shayok, Indus, and Zanskar, all celebrated during their festivals. Summers in Ladakh are characterized by comfortable, and cozy weather with sun shining over the snow clad mountain peaks. It is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh by road as the winds are not harsh, and the weather does not hinder road travel. The plain sailing roads without any blockage by landslides or snowfall, also make it the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike. During winters, and monsoons it becomes quite difficult to travel by road. Summers also make sightseeing in Ladakh quite enjoyable, and one can cover almost all major Ladakh places to visit as these places are open for tourists in this season. Couples going on a honeymoon to Ladakh should also travel during this season. Summers are the best time to visit Leh Ladakh for honeymoon as the weather allows all kinds of activities to be enjoyed to the fullest.

With so much in store, Leh Ladakh places to visit spoil tourists to indulge in their unparalleled charm.

The best time to visit Leh Ladakh by road depends on the region you want to explore. From mid-May to July, Manali road opens up along with Rohtang Pass. Mid-September to mid-October is an amazing time to visit Leh and Ladakh as the place is permeated in flamboyance through the Srinagar-Leh as well as Manali-Leh roads. Road conditions are better during this time. Leh Ladakh road trip cost solely depends on the route taken and the days covered. For instance, 15 Days Leh Ladakh road trip from Delhi costs almost INR 36000. Similarly, 16 Days Complete circuit from Spiti valley to Leh from Delhi comes to nearly INR 38000. For enthusiastic bikers, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh on bike is during the months of July and August as all passes and streets to the land are opened and the land turns exceptionally welcoming.

 

The best time to visit Leh Ladakh for honeymoon is during the summers (June-September) when the temperatures are moderate and hospitable to its tourists.

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Climate in Ladakh

Summer Season in Ladakh

Summer (April-June): With the mountains warming up and the land blooming, it is a tourist season in this region. The landscape is quite barren framed by the snow-capped mountains giving it a beauty that is like no other, making it best season to visit Leh. The lakes begin to melt (Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri) painting the landscape with beautiful colors. Travelling by road is a popular way to see this region. The Passes Khardung La and Chang La are popular routes to take granting breathtaking vistas to be captured by the cameras. The Rohtang and Baralacha Pass are an ideal way to complete the circuit. This is a trip of a lifetime and the best time to visit Leh by road, many traversing it on a motorbike consider it a rite of passage.

 

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Monsoon Season in Ladakh

Early Winter (September-October): This is the time for trekking and exploring the region on foot making it the Best time to Visit Leh. The cool mountain breeze begins to set into the region. Occasional snowfall lends the region a dreamy glow. This along with the water bodies turning the most alluring shades of blue, the region seems to transform into a dream land turning this time best season to visit Leh.

 

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Winter Season in Ladakh

Monsoon (July-August): With the heavy rains and with all hilly terrains, this region too gets blocked. Tourism shuts down due to the landslides and the ‘moving’ earth. Even though there is a different sort of beauty granted to the region during this season, only tourists in four wheel vehicles brave this region.

 

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How long would it take to get acclimatized in Ladakh?

The time taken for acclimatization differs from person to person. Usually oen must rest for one whole day even if you are feeling ok. Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 3 days, and increase your intake of water. The biggest cause of Acute Mountain Sickness is dehydration.

Where can I do white water rafting in Ladakh?

There are several tour operators in Leh that provide rafting packages to travellers on the thunderous rapids of Indus and Zanskar Rivers.

Where can I enjoy camping in Ladakh?

Travellers can stay in a camp in towns along Leh–Manali highway, trek on Chadar River, and expedition to Stok Kangri summit.

Why should I go for nature walks in Ladakh?

An acclimatisation walk for a day or two is recommended for beginners looking to trek or visit higher altitudes in Ladakh.

What are famous treks in Ladakh?

Markha Valley trek, Chadar trek, Stok Kangri Trek, and Padum to Darcha trek are among some popular treks in Ladakh.