If you are planning to visit Ladakh in the next few days then below is a picture that can give you an idea of what you are in for. I received this picture from a friend of mine who is currently visiting Ladakh. Believe me, when I say this that this is not what Khardung La in June usually looks like. But all thanks to the heavy snowfall that the entire region experienced this year, most of the high altitude passes in Ladakh and Spiti, and en route, are still buried deep under snow. As a matter of fact, Rohtang La too was freed of snow just last week and Manali Leh route is yet to be declared open. So if you are heading towards Ladakh in coming days and Khardung La is a part of your itinerary, then prepare to be mesmerized by a frozen wonderland.
Khardung La in June
Khardung La actually remains open for traffic throughout the year, except for when heavy snowfall may block the road temporarily. The road from Leh across Khardung La will take you down to Nubra Valley and then continues further to Siachen Base camp and Siachen Glacier. So it is indeed very important for the Indian Army to keep this road operational. Another thing to know about the pass is that there is always some amount of snow remaining towards the top. It is never completely free of snow but the sight in the picture above is rare in the month of June. Usually, this amount of snow can only be seen if you are going towards Khardung La in April or May.
Khardung La in April
April is the time when the snow starts to melt towards the end of the month. A snowfall, however, can still happen anytime at the pass in April.
Khardung La in May
Towards the beginning of the month, there is plenty of snow that you can enjoy at Khardung La; similar in the picture above. But by the end of the month; and then in June, it is mostly all gone except for the area around the top of the pass.
So if you are reading this in the year 2019, you are going to find a lot of snow at Khardung La. If you are reading in later years, it will all depend on how the weather was that year but do not worry; Khardung La will still not disappoint you. You will still find plenty of snow at the summit unless you were completely out of luck. I hope the information above was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other information; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.