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What is the best time to visit Kargil?

Summer is the best season for a visit to Kargil. The months when Kargil is open for a trip are from March - October. The freezing cold winters, along with the dangerous monsoons, are not the best seasons if you want to have a taste of the district that is Kargil.

Weather in Kargil

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Kargil in Summer (March - June)

This is the best season for a trip to Kargil. The days are warm with cool nights; the temperatures going as low as 13 degrees Celcius. This is the time when National Highway 1 D, which connects Srinagar and Leh, is officially opened for travellers.

Kargil in Monsoon (July - September)

Beginning from late July, the monsoon season lasts till September. This is not exactly the best time to visit Kargil, as there are frequent landslides and cloudbursts. September onwards, there is a certain kind of chill that sets into Kargil, although the sun keeps shining.

Kargil in Winter (October - February)

This is the least ideal season for a visit to Kargil, with freezing winds ready to peel off your skin. November onwards, the travel influx drops down steadily as temperatures can go as low as -50 degrees Celcius. With the chilly weather, most of the roads leading to Kargil are also closed down during these months.

Monthly Weather in Kargil

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January -8 5
February -7 10
March -2 14
April 3 19
May 10 25
June 11 26
July 18 29
August 17 27
September 12 27
October 3 24
November -4 16
December -8 12

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