Getting to LehLadakh
Flights to Leh operates all year round. Roads within Ladakh remain open throughout the year. However, the passes leading to Ladakh get buried under the snow during winter months. Therefore, if you would like to take a road trip, the time of the year will be an important consideration.
Two roads lead to LehLadakh:
Srinagar – Leh Highway
It is the most reliable and least challenging route which runs alongside the Indus river via Drass, Zoji La Pass, Fotu Pass and Kargil. It remains open from mid-May to early June till the October-end or mid-November. It is better to avoid the months of July and August, as you’ll have to face both the monsoon rain as well as pilgrims heading towards Amarnath Yatra. Explore the roads in between with summer tour packages.
Manali – Leh Highway
The most famous route goes through the five high mountain passes which include Rohtang Pass in PirPanjal range and three others in Zanskar range (Lachulung Pass, Baralacha Pass and Taglang Pass at 17,480 feet above the sea level). The route has steep ascent which can lead to altitude sickness. It remains open from mid-June till early October. However, travel can be risky from September because of more chances of snow and reduced options for transport and accommodations. Therefore, it is advised to go for summer tour packages so that you travel comfortably.
Adventure travel in LehLadakh
The Chadar Trek is a famous winter trek in Ladakh. From mid-January till February, Zanskar river transforms into the thick slab of ice that it’s possible for the humans to walk across it. The Chadar Trek with the duration from 7 to 21 days moves cave to cave with the ‘icy’ road.
Another adventure is to Hemis National Park which remains open throughout the year but if you want to spot the snow leopard, the best time is to visit between December and February when it comes down to the valleys.
Festivals in LehLadakh
One of the primary highlights of visiting Ladakh with LehLadakh tourism packages is experiencing the unique festivals of the region. The most popular are as follows: