Ladakh is disengaged from the subcontinent’s general climatic conditions by righteousness of the mountain ranges that surrounds it. Humidity is dependably low and the normal rainfall is under 10cm every year and the greater part of it just in the months of July and August. In winter, cold winds and substantial snowfall keeps temperatures beneath 0° Celsius for most of the year. Overwhelming winter snowfall and a bright solid sun in the summers is the thing that the Ladakhis pray to God for, as snow melt from the glaciers is the main source of water for irrigation and other household purposes. Leh Temperature fluctuates from upto 28° Celsius in summers and as low as -28° Celsius in winters.
Summer temperatures rarely surpass 28° Celsius in Leh yet the rarefied air improves the sun’s intensity. It is theoretically possible for a person sitting with his head in the sun and feet in the shade to fail to resist to sunstroke and frostbite at same time!
From the end of May, the days are warm and lovely yet night, even in Leh can get very cold. The peak tourist season is June, July and August, when most of the tourists from across the world plunge here. For those traveling via air, you can visit whenever from May till October. If traveling by road you can consider from June to August as best time to visit Leh because of the roads gets cleared and you will find other tourists as well when you hit the road sitting in front of steering wheel to make it your lifetime trip.
The roads, however, just open by June and close by end of September with heavy snowfall obstructing the passes. If traveling by road, in any case, one needs to consider this and check the careful status at some point in May. Visit here to check latest updates on Manali Leh Road
Leh Temperature today (April 27th, 2017)
Regardless of what mode you decide to visit Leh, while planning your trip it is great you consider the acclimatization needed to adapt to cope with the rarefied air at altitudes above 10,000ft/3050m. Please be sure not to travel without acclimatization as it can cause Altitude sickness(illness caused by traveling to high altitude in short time, described by hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen).
Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you intake more oxygen, thereby reducing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. Since Diamox takes some time to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you start traveling and continue for at least five days while traveling in Leh and Ladakh. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night).
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