clothes to wear in Ladakh?

On an average around 90% traveler who contacted us for Srinagar to Leh Taxi services asks us a lot of questions like ‘Clothes to wear in Ladakh?’ or “What should i wear in Ladakh? or “what clothes should I carry for Leh Ladakh trip? ” or “What should I pack for my Ladakh Trip?” .   As you’re reading this article you also are planning to have a Ladakh trip.

However these are very genuine questions, and you should always think about what should you carrying  for you’re Ladakh trip.

In this article, we will try to enlist some important tips which will help you to pack your Clothes for Ladakh trip,  especially in the start of the season (April to June) and end of the Season (September to October).

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High-Peak Season of Ladakh

We specifically recommend to plan your trip in Peak Season (June to August)  because travelers/tourists living in plain (on Sea Level Altitude) forget sometimes that they may have to face winter-like cold conditions up there in Leh Ladakh even in May-June or September (Today as on 05-July-21 in Khardungla the temperature was -2°C)

What to Wear in Ladakh in Winter?

In winter months like January to Mid-April when both Manali Leh Highway and Srinagar Leh Highway are closed due to snow, then the conditions are icy. In such winters you need very heavy thermals and woolens to survive.

Also Read: Srinagar to Leh Road Trip Guide

The basic thing for making Ladakh trip a successful one and learning how to prepare for Leh Ladakh trip is that, at any cost you Ought keep yourself warm enough always with heavy Thermals and Woolen clothing , Jackets and always wear shoes & double layer of socks.

This helps you keep yourself warm and reduces the chances of getting hot by Acute Mountain Sickness or Cold. You must always cover your chest and head from the cold winds all the time.

Packing List for Ladakh trip in Winter?

  1. Inner Thermals 2-3 [Must]
  2. A windproof jacket [Must]
  3. Sweatshirts, warm Hoodies 2-3 Set [Must Have]
  4. Carry Warm Trousers / Waterproof-Windproof Trekking Pants [Must]
  5. Carry Warm Caps 2-3 [Must]
  6. Carry at least one Monkeycap – Balaclava
  7. Insulated & Waterproof Shoes [Must]
  8.  Carry extra pair of Gumboots
  9. Hand gloves [Must Have]
  10.  Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the reflection of Snow.

Important Tip: In these months i.e. Winters the UV rays are harshest so, you must protect your skin using better SPF sunscreens.

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What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in January?

January is a winter month, hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in January. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in January are listed as

— a heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— balaclava or monkey cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots,
— warm hand gloves and
— sunglasses

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What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in February?

February is also a winter month. Hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in February. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in February are listed as

— heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— balaclava or monkey cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots,
— warm hand gloves and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in March?

March is also considered to be a winter month, but snow clearance begins on Manali Leh road and Srinagar Leh road. Hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in March. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to take to Ladakh in March are listed as

— heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— balaclava or monkey cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots,
— warm hand gloves and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in April?

I also consider April to be a winter month in Ladakh even though the snow clearance operations are in full swing on Manali Leh Highway and Srinagar Leh Highway. Hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in April. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to bring to Ladakh in April are listed as

— heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— woolen cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in May?

May is when the weather starts to change in Ladakh, and the temperature begins to rise. However, most high altitude places away from Leh town like Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri still have icy conditions. So, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in May as well. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in May are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— heavy woolen jacket or parka,
— woolen cap,
— inner thermals,
— light woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in June?

June is when summer finally arrives in Ladakh. Both Manali Leh Highway and Srinagar Leh Highway opens up, and tourists begin to flow into Ladakh. Now, you need to make a balance of woolen clothes. Hence, you must carry a mix of light and heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in June. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in June are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— woolen cap and regular cap or hat,
— inner thermals,
— light woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots
— gumboots for bike riders,
— sunglasses and,
— heavy woolen jacket or parka only for contingency

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in July?

July is when it starts to further warm a bit in Ladakh. It becomes pretty pleasant mostly, but overcast conditions can make you cold too. Hence, light woolens are still necessary. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in July are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— regular cap or hat,
— light woolen clothing,
— regular socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots,
— gumboots for bike riders and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in August?

August mostly gets rains in Northern India, but Ladakh is a rain shadow region. In general, it remains pretty pleasant mostly, but overcast conditions can make you cold in August. Hence, light woolens are still necessary. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in July are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— regular cap or hat,
— light woolen clothing,
— regular socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots,
— gumboots for bike riders and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in September?

September is the month when the cold starts to set in Ladakh, and winter-like conditions begin to prevail. Snow is mostly gone, but high altitude places like Khardungla, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri are pretty cold in the morning and evenings. Not to forget September 2018 when a snowstorm caused lots of casualties. Hence, you must be very prepared with clothing starting from September up to June. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in September are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— woolen cap and regular cap or hat,
— light woolen clothing,
— regular socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots,
— gumboots for bike riders,
— sunglasses and,
— heavy woolen jacket or parka only for contingency

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in October?

Come October, winter-like conditions further grasp the entire Ladakh, and snowfall starts getting common. Now, you need to make a balance of woolen clothes. Hence, you must carry a mix of light and heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in October. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to take to Ladakh in October are listed as

— fleece jacket or light woolen jacket (windproof),
— woolen cap and regular cap or hat,
— inner thermals,
— light woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— regular sports shoes or hiking boots,
— sunglasses and,
— heavy woolen jacket or parka only for contingency

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in November?

November is a winter month. Hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in November. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in November are listed as

— heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— woolen cap or balaclava or monkey cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots and,
— sunglasses

What clothes to wear in Leh Ladakh in December?

December is a winter month. Hence, you must carry heavy woolens for a Ladakh trip in December. Among the list mentioned in this article, the must-have clothing items to carry to Ladakh in December are listed as

— heavy woolen jacket or parka (windproof),
— balaclava or monkey cap,
— inner thermals,
— fleece jacket,
— heavy woolen clothing,
— woolen socks,
— warm insulated shoes or trekking boots,
— warm hand gloves and,
— sunglasses

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Conclusion

We hope this article will help you prepare yourself with the right packing list of clothing items to carry on your Ladakh trip. Now, you know the secrets of how to pack your clothes especially when you are traveling to Ladakh, especially in the Winter season months.

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