Below are a few pictures of snowfall at Khardung La this year in first week of September. These were clicked at top of the peak and this was the first spell of snow for this season. It usually starts to snow at Khardung La by mid September; bringing down the temperature quite a bit even in lower areas like Leh city and other villages of Nubra valley.
Snowfall at Khardung La
If you were planning a trip to Ladakh in next few weeks; then please ensure that you are packing your bags carefully. There is a definite chill in the air and nights have already started to get very cold. Weather will continue to get colder from here on by each passing day. A pair of thermals and woolens accompanied by a heavy warm and windproof jacket is a must. Don’t forget to carry a pair of gloves, muffler and some cold cream as well.
Ladakh festival is just coming up between 20th to 23rd September so that is another great reason to plan your trip within September. If the idea was of October then it would be better to plan the trip from Srinagar side only. Rohtang Pass has already seen its first snowfall this year and it is only days before Baralacha La too witnesses snow. In October, Manali to Leh road just becomes a bit too risky to be driving on.
All the internal roads within Ladakh however will continue to remain open. You may not reach Ladakh by road in peak winter but can definitely travel around in Ladakh; to places like Nubra and Pangong. There could be a temporary roadblock owing to snowfall at Khardung La and Chang La; but Army clears the road just as soon as they are able to; and restore the connectivity.
I hope the information above was of help. 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.