Below are a few pictures shared by Bala who is currently traveling to Ladakh. Winter it seems to have marked its arrival with first snowfall in Ladakh at Khardung La and Chang La top. There was not much of snow yet but it was enough to paint the roads and nearby hills complete white. There was no snowfall however yet in the city of Leh; or any other nearby areas like Nubra valley, Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri. The snow was as of now limited to top of the peaks; also including Wari La and Tanglang La top.
Snowfall in Ladakh
Neither of the two highways leading to Ladakh have witnessed snowfall as of now and continue to remain open. It did snow at Tanglang La top however the snow was just a little. Neither of the passes on Manali Leh highway or Srinagar Leh highway have seen snow at any other place so far.
If you are planning a road trip to Ladakh, it is yet can be considered safe to travel. However as the year progresses further in to winters, risk of snow resulting in a road block will continue to increase. If planning in October, then it would be best to travel via Srinagar Leh highway and return the same way; exclude Manali route completely from the itinerary. While the road from Srinagar continues to remain until mid November, the Manali highway can be declared closed anytime. Baralacha La receives heavy snow even in the month of October post which the road becomes inaccessible.
I am currently writing another article on how to plan a trip to Ladakh in October which I will post in a couple of days. Meanwhile, If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.