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Best time to visit Leh, Ladakh, India

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The best time to visit Leh is February

Leh can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, February is the best time to go.

In summer, the temperature in Leh can rise as high as 7℃ (45℉). The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -34℃ (-30℉).

If you’re keen to see the sights of Leh during the day, the sun stays up the longest around July. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Leh in June. Head over there in December instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Leh. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

July

Leh seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Leh as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Leh is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Leh

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Leh for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Leh climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Leh for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Leh in January

  • Average temperature: -24℃ (-11℉)
  • Average high temperature: -17℃ (1℉)
  • Average low temperature: -29℃ (-21℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 19 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in February

  • Average temperature: -21℃ (-6℉)
  • Average high temperature: -15℃ (5℉)
  • Average low temperature: -27℃ (-16℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in March

  • Average temperature: -17℃ (2℉)
  • Average high temperature: -11℃ (13℉)
  • Average low temperature: -24℃ (-11℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in April

  • Average temperature: -13℃ (9℉)
  • Average high temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average low temperature: -20℃ (-4℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in May

  • Average temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average high temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average low temperature: -16℃ (3℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in June

  • Average temperature: -5℃ (24℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average low temperature: -10℃ (14℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 50mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 13 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in June, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in July

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in July, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in August

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 14 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in August, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in September

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average low temperature: -8℃ (18℉)
  • Average humidity: 67%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 10 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in September, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.

Leh in October

  • Average temperature: -12℃ (10℉)
  • Average high temperature: -6℃ (20℉)
  • Average low temperature: -17℃ (1℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in November

  • Average temperature: -18℃ (0℉)
  • Average high temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average low temperature: -23℃ (-9℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Leh in December

  • Average temperature: -22℃ (-8℉)
  • Average high temperature: -16℃ (4℉)
  • Average low temperature: -27℃ (-17℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Leh in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Leh is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 5℃ (42℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Leh is generally around December. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in December first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Leh is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Leh, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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