What is the best time to visit Leh Ladakh?

The best time to visit Ladakh is during the summer season from April to June when the climate is pleasant to enjoy the breathtaking landscape. The temperature during this time ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celcius. Summers in Ladakh is the peak tourist season with the sun bright and pleasantly warm. It is the best time to camp by Pangong Tso, rafting through the Indus River, or taking a safari through the Nubra Valley. April to June is also the best time for a biking trip to Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh is known for extremely low temperatures almost throughout the year. During the monsoons from July to September, Ladakh is prone to landslides and roadblocks. Winters in Ladakh from October to March is freezing cold with the temperatures going down to as low as -30 degrees Celcius at time. The Leh-Manali highway also closes from October to May which makes Leh Ladakh inconvenient to reach during these months. However, the winter months are popular amongst adventure enthusiasts for the Chadar Trek. 

Weather in Leh Ladakh


Upcoming Leh Ladakh Weather

Monthly Weather in Leh Ladakh

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January -15°/ -23° 1 days
February -14°/ -24° 0 days
March -9°/ -19° 3 days
April -4°/ -14° 3 days
May -1°/ -10° 3 days
June 2°/ -6° 6 days
July 7°/ 1° 4 days
August 7°/ 1° 8 days
September 4°/ -2° 3 days
October -4°/ -10° 2 days
November -8°/ -15° 1 days
December -15°/ -23° 0 days

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Events in Leh Ladakh

Activity: Mountain Biking

June - September

Mountain Biking is one of the most challenging adventure sports and is definitely not meant for the faint hearted. The terrain and landscape of Ladakh is perfect for the adventure sport junkies. Go for long or short trips in this beautiful place and have the time of your life.

Activity: Trekking

June - September

Situated at an altitude of about 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh has an excellent topography for trekking. There are several trekking tours offered to travellers, which is one of the reasons why so many adventure fanatics visit this place. Anytime between June and September is the perfect time to visit this place as it remains unaffected by the monsoon.

Mask Dance Festivals, Lamayuru Monastery

12th - 13th June

Lamayuru Monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries of Ladakh. Dating back to the 11th century, it has an inexplicable charm and beauty to it. Two mask dance festivals are held here, in the second and fifth months of the Tibetan Lunar calendar, in which monks surround the gompa and conduct prayers.

Karsha Gustor Festival, Zanskar

11th - 12th July

Celebrated at the Karsha Monastery, this festival marks the victory of good over evil. During this festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed. Also, a masked dance along the lines of 'Chaam' is performed by the monks. It is also known as the Spitok Gutor Zanskar Festival.

Ladakh Marathon

9th September

Registrations for the 4th edition of the Ladakh Marathon have opened! The highest marathon event in the world, it offers a unique opportunity for runners to run in the midst of the beautiful and scenic, high mountains, rivers and valleys. The Ladakh Marathon aims to encourage the young people of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle and become aware of the need to protect a stunningly beautiful, yet environmentally fragile region.

Frozen River Trek

January - February

In the months of January and February, the Zanskar river which flows through the Ladakh valley freezes up and that serves to be the only path connecting the main valley. This frozen river attracts trekkers from all over the world. It is popularly known as the Chadar Trek due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow and is considered to be one of the most dangerous and challenging treks in the world.

Dosmoche Festival

2nd February to 3rd February 2019

The festival of Dosmoche is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Leh-Ladakh region. Falling right at the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, the festival is held in the majestic Leh Palace. Monks from different monasteries gather at the courtyards of the palace to perform Chams"". It marks the victory of the forces of good over evil. "

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Matho Nagrang Festival in Ladakh

18th January 2019 to 19th January 2019

The Oracle Matho Nagrang Festival is held at the Matho Monastery or Matho Gompa in Ladakh in the first month of the Tibetan new year. It is believed that two oracles, or Ronstang, inhabit the bodies of two specially chosen monks to predict the future of the village and individual villagers. Such traditions might seem unbelievable to the outsiders, but for the people living here, it's a way of life. It is one of the most important festivals of the Tibetan Buddhism Sakya School which like other Tibetan festivals, is celebrated with great pomp and show.

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Sindhu Darshan Festival, Shey Manla

June 12, 2019 - June 14, 2019

Celebrated along the banks of the river Sindhu every year, the Sindhu Darshan Festival symbolises communal harmony and unity in diversity in India. People from different parts of the country and with divergent ethnoreligious backgrounds participate in this festival, giving it a multi-dimensional tinge. Initially, a festival to celebrate the water body that birthed life to the Indus Valley civilisation, it has morphed into more than just the celebration of the Indus river and embraces the entirety of Indian diversity and heritage.

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Hemis Festival of Ladakh

11th July, 2019

The Hemis Festival, a two-day festival hosted by the Hemis Gompa monastery celebrates the birth of Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The main highlight of the festival is the gathering of the lamas around the central flagpole, where they perform the mystic mask dances (Chams) and sacred plays.

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Ladakh Festival

25th - 28th September 2019

The Ladakh Festival is an annual fiesta organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Events such as folk dances, musical performances, mask dances, art and craft exhibitions, etc. form an integral part of this festival. It provides an excellent opportunity for the tourists to experience the culture and lifestyle of the people in Ladakh. A blend of Tibetan, Central Asian and Northern India; the Ladakh Festival is a week-long extravaganza that shouldn't be missed if you're visiting Leh-Ladakh.

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Losar Festival

27th December, 2019

The Losar festival of Ladakh is one of the major Tibetan Buddhist festivals that is celebrated with performances of traditional songs and folk dances of the region. The Ladakh area of Jammu & Kashmir witnesses an outburst of mirth in the form of festivities and high surged devotion on the occasion of Losar. The festival is celebrated for fifteen days at a stretch, from the start of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Essentially, Losar festival is a New Year’s celebration of the traditional schedule of Tibetan Buddhism. Although the Losar festival predates Tibetan Buddhism in the region, the earlier festivity of Bon religion was incorporated as an essential part of Buddhist tradition by the ninth Tibetan king, Pude Gungyal.

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