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

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

When to go to Zanskar, India

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

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

January

January in Zanskar is very cold. 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you are traveling to Zanskar in February, you will notice that it can be extremely cold. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Zanskar is cold. 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:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella

April

If you are traveling to Zanskar 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:

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

May

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in this region is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Zanskar is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Zanskar during September, you are likely to find that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you vacation in Zanskar during October, you are likely to find that it is cool. 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Zanskar can be brisk. 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:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks

December

If you are traveling to Zanskar in December, you will notice that it can be extremely cold. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Zanskar, India

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

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