Leh, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

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.

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

January

January here is freezing. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Coveralls
  • High performance gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Neck gaiter
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Thick pajamas
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Goggles for eye protection

February

February for Leh is freezing. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Scarf
  • Very heavy socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Insulated boots

March

March in Leh is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters

April

Traveling to Leh 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots

May

May for Leh is cool. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

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 occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella

July

If you go to Leh 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).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals

August

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

September

September in Leh is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses

October

October in Leh can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces

November

November 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy jacket

December

December in Leh is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Sweaters
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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. 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
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Leh
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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