What is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh?
Ladakh or A piece of Broken Moon Land as it is fondly called, is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, India; and is connected to India via the Silk Route. Traveling to Leh Ladakh for at least once in their lifetime is a cherished dream among many travelers and tourists, and so naturally, they want to visit this alluring land and all the beautiful places in it. According to the frequent travelers, the best time to visit Leh Ladakh is:
If Planning a Road Trip: June to September
At the beginning of June, the route from Manali to Leh via Rohtang Pass becomes accessible. This is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh by road as they can complete the whole circuit via the Srinagar Route. The sky is clear, the sun shines bright, the temperature is comfortable enough to enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful valleys, and snow capped mountains on the way. However, from late July to August, due to monsoons, road trips become risky due to the possibility of landslides and cloud bursts.
September to Mid October is the time when a chill sets in the air and there are occasional snowfalls, and hence this is one of the best times to be there, except that everyone thinks so and in this period the lonely planet of Ladakh might seem as a not-so-lonely-planet due to such rush. The Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh routes, preserved after the monsoons, are full of scenic beauty and mesmerizing views.
If Planning to Fly: Mid October-to-October End
From Mid October onward, Srinagar and Manali routes, though still open, aren’t advisable as the black ice starts appearing until the winters arrive. Hence this is the perfect time to fly to Leh Ladakh. One can also enjoy Diskit and Thiksey Festivals at this time.
From the end of October, the daily temperatures start falling below 0 degree. Most people start moving back and most places and camps are closed down. Except the Kahltsey Sham Trek, most of the treks are closed down too.
The coldest periods of November and December end up cutting off Ladakh from rest of the India. However, the ways to Pangong Tso Lake and Nubra Valley through Khardung La Pass and Chang La Pass are open at all times during the year except on the days of snowfall.
If want to Trek: January to Mid March
Jan to Mid March is the perfect time for the trekkers, as the famous Chadar Trek is open at this time. You can also walk over Zanskar River as it is completely frozen. This is also the period of extreme cold in the whole region. Also, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes after changing colors from November to Mid January freeze in January.
Travelers can also enjoy Stok and Matho Festivals in March.
April marks the beginning of the Tourist season in Leh Ladakh. You can walk over the lakes as they are still frozen. The lakes Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri begin to melt only by late April. Snow covers both Khardung La and Chang La passes. Camps are set up again along the rivers at this time.
We will leave the best time to visit Leh Ladakh for you to decide according to your preferences. We wish you one hell of a trip, whenever you plan to take it.