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What is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh and how?

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:42 am
by yayawar
Someone asked this question on Quora and here's what I've responded (reproducing here as going by upvotes that I've got, I believe this is a popular question and will be helpful for many):

First things first.. Ladakh is not a particular place, rather it is a valley and Leh is a city in Ladakh valley.

The best time to visit Ladakh? That’s a tough question to answer - from the perspective of someone who has been there multiple times. Still, I’ll try to answer.
  • If you want to do a road trip (either Srinagar-Leh-Manali or Manali-Leh-Manali):
    • If you want to see loads of snow - Late May to Late June is the answer
    • If you want clear roads with less challenges - August is the answer
    • If you want to see varied colours of Ladakh - Mid to Late September is the answer.
  • If you want to see White Ladakh, you’ll have to fly-in and out:
    • If you want to do a Chadar Trek - Late Jan/Feb is the answer
    • Else go in between Dec-May
While some people have said July as answer, I’d advise to avoid. July and early August is the rainy season and while Ladakh generally is in rain shadow region, still, if it rains, then it creates havoc with landslides and flash floods.

Similarly, I’d advise to avoid October for a road trip as it may snow any time and the passes may get closed.

Hope I’ve answered your query in detail, if still there is any further confusion, you may always get expert help at the Road Tripping Community in planning your trip.

Re: What is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh and how?

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:11 pm
by ravi.thakur
Awesome. This helps a lot. Thank you @yayawar.

Re: What is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh and how?

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:31 pm
by royalenfielder
Thanks @yayawar ! Very detailed and will surely help loads of people!

Re: What is the best time to visit Leh and Ladakh and how?

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:03 pm
by vishnu17
Well written @yayawar, this is really helpful. When it comes to travel, lots of answers in Quora are just copy-pasted from blogs and other forums, and finding a genuine answer becomes difficult, thanks for taking out your time to answer this, cheers!