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

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

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About your travel guide

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 Leh, India

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

Important essentials for Leh, India

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities

Leh 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.

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox

  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen

    Like this


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Supplements

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


  • Emergency water purifier

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


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb kit.


  • 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

Activities for Leh, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Leh.

If you go to Khardung-La, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:

If you plan go to a monastery, like The Hemis Monastery, take the following:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Leh.

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

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    January

    January in Leh is frigid. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

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    February

    Traveling to Leh in February, you will notice that it is frosty. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

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    March

    March in Leh can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost nearly every day this month.

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    April

    April for Leh is cold. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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    May

    If you go to Leh in May, you will notice that it is cool. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C). There is frost about half of the time.

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    June

    June in Leh 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 sometimes.

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    July

    If you vacation in Leh during July, you will probably see that it is a perfect temperature 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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    August

    August in Leh is warm and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

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    September

    If you go to Leh in September, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). There is frost regularly.

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    October

    If you are traveling to Leh in October, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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    November

    November here can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost nearly every day this month.

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    December

    December in Leh is freezing. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost almost every day of the month.

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