Ladakh, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Ladakh, India? If you're planning to go to Ladakh, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Ladakh, India

Based on the climate and weather in Ladakh, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Ladakh, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ladakh, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities

Ladakh is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness. For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)


  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen

    Like this

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox

  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb option.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Ladakh, India by month

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January

January in Ladakh can be extremely cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). There is frost nearly every day this month.

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February

February is very cold. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost most days.

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March

March here is cold. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost almost every day.

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April

Traveling to Ladakh in April, you will notice that it is brisk. Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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May

If you visit Ladakh during May, you will probably see that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

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June

June in Ladakh is mild and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost once in a while.

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July

If you are traveling to Ladakh in July, you will notice that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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August

If you visit Ladakh during August, you will probably see that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

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September

Traveling to Ladakh in September, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). There is frost 5-10 days this month.

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October

If you vacation in Ladakh during October, you might find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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November

November in Ladakh is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

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December

Traveling to Ladakh in December, you will notice that it is freezing. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

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