Ladakh Festival Dates 2021 – Ladakh Festival Calendar

by Vargis.Khan

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In this article, I will share Ladakh festival dates in the year 2021, 22, and 23. If you are planning a trip to Ladakh in near future and would like to attend any of the local festivals, you can draft your itinerary according to the schedule below.

If you want to truly experience the culture of a region, perhaps the best way out is to visit there at a festive time. Festivals are a time of merry-making when the true heritage, beliefs, and values of a place and its people come to the front. Ladakh is no exception to this theory.

A common thought is that Ladakh is a barren wasteland; where the prominent colors are the brown of the mountains, white of the snow, and blue of the lakes. To some extent, it holds true but would you be surprised if I told you that Ladakh is way more colorful than you ever imagined? Attend any of the fairs and festivals of Ladakh and you are bound to be mesmerized by the colorful celebration of every aspect of life here.

The post below only contains the dates of the festivals but if you want to know more, please take a look at Details of Festivals Celebrated in Ladakh and Zanskar Valley.

Ladakh Festival Dates 2021

Mentioned below are the dates of festivals in Ladakh in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Festival Monastery / Location Month 2021 2022 2023
Spituk Gustor Festival Spituk January 11 – 12 Jan 30 – 31 Jan 19 – 20 Jan
Dosmoche Festival Leh, Likir, Diskit February 9 – 10 Feb 28 Feb – 1 Mar 18 – 19 Feb
Yargon Tungshak Festival Yarma (Nubra Valley) February 15 – 16 Feb 6 – 7 Mar 23 – 24 Feb
Stok Guru Tseschu Festival Stok February 21 – 22 Feb 11 – 12 Mar 28 Feb – 1 Mar
Matho Nagrang Festival Matho February 26 – 27 Feb 17 – 18 Mar 6 – 7 Mar
Ladakh Monlam Chenmo Festival Leh May 2 – 6 May 21–25 May 11 – 14 May
Buddha Jayanti (Vaisakha Purnima) Leh May 26 May 16 May 5 May
Saga Dawa Duchen Festival (Jipe Chonga) All over Ladakh May 26 May 14 Jun 4 Jun
Yuru Kabgyat Festival Lamayuru June 7 – 8 June 25 – 26 June 15 – 16 June
Silk Route Festival Sumoor (Nubra Valley) June 23 – 24 June June 23 – 24  23 – 24 June
Sindhu Darshan Festival Sindhu Ghat June      
Sand Dune Festival Hunder (Nubra Valley) July 1 – 2 July July 1 – 2   1 – 2 July
Dalai Lama’s Birthday Choglamsar July 6 Jul Jul 6  6 Jul
Hemis Tseschu Festival Hemis June 20 – 21 June 9 – 10 July 28 – 29 June
Shachukul Kabgyat Festival Shachukul (Durbuk) June 26 – 27 June 15 – 16 July 5 – 6 July
Stongdey Gustor Festival Stongdey (Zanskar) June 27 – 28 June 16 – 17 July 6 – 7 July
Ladakh Polo Festival Chushot July 11 – 17 July July 11 – 17  11 – 17 July
Karsha Gustor Festival Karsha (Zanskar) July 7 – 8 July 26 – 27 July 15 – 16 July
Phyang Tsedup Festival Phyang July 7 – 8 July 26 – 27 July 15 – 16 July
Korzok Gustor Festival Korzok (Tsomoriri) July July 13 – 14 31 Jul – 1 Aug 20 – 21 July
Takthok Tsechu Festival Takthok July July 19 – 20 7 – 8 Aug 28 – 29 July
Sani Naro Nasjal Festival Sani (Zanskar) July July 23 – 24 11 – 12 Aug Jul 31 – Aug 1
Ladakh Festival Leh September 1 – 15 Sep Sep 1 – 15  1 – 15 Sep
Diskit Gustor Festival Diskit (Nubra Valley) October 4 – 5 Oct 23 – 24 Oct 12 – 13 Oct
Thiksey Gustor Festival Thiksey November 22 – 23 Nov 11 – 12 Nov 31 Oct – 1 Nov
Chemrey Angchok Festival Chemrey December 2 – 3 Dec 21 – 22 Nov 11 – 12 Nov
Galdan Namchot Festival All over Ladakh December 29 Dec 18 Dec 7 Dec
Ladakhi Losar (New year) All over Ladakh January 3 Jan 24 Dec 13 Dec

 

Ladakh Festival Dates – Conclusion

I hope the information above regarding festival dates in Ladakh was helpful. If you have any further questions or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.

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Lisa Merrill November 4, 2019 - 5:28 am

Can you tell me the dates of the Ladakh Harvest Festival in 2020? And are there any others in the area in September?

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Priyanka June 2, 2019 - 6:35 am

Is the yuru kabgyat festival happening on 29-30 June or 29-30 Jul 2019? You’ve written July but i read at 2-3 other places that its in June. Can you please confirm if possible?

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knox bell August 18, 2019 - 12:44 pm

has the ladakh festival in Leh been cancelled for september 2019?

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durga glaser April 18, 2019 - 6:12 pm

Are you 100% positive that Sept 25-28 are dates for ladakh festival 2019? because the manager at grand dragon hotel still says J&K Tourism still hasn’t proclaimed those dates? Also is each festival day different so that we should stay all 3 days in leh to see the festival? We plan to spend 7 or 8 nights in Ladakh, 2 in nubra valley, do monastery tour from leh, concerned about high altitude so may not go up to lakes. What’s your opinion? Thanks a lot, Durga

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Ronald Carlson November 22, 2018 - 9:13 pm

Vargis or Glenn, What were the actual dates for the Lafakh Fest in 2918? W are planning to tour the area in 2019 and would like to know if Sept. 25-28 is relaiable. We have seen various dates for 2017-2019.

Regards, Ron and Joy, Lakeland Minnesota, USA

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Vargis.Khan November 23, 2018 - 4:01 pm

Hi Ronald – This year the festival was held from 20th to 23rd of September.

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Vargis.Khan November 23, 2018 - 4:04 pm

But yes, to answer your question, a date between 20th to 30th September is safe to assume. The actual dates of the festival in Ladakh change and get announced by the Lamas each year.

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glenn matsumoto September 3, 2018 - 4:03 am

Vargis:
Thanks as ususal for you amazing and very generous sharing of valuable informa
tion to traveller like myself. On one item, I would kindly ask your reconfirmation of 2018 Ladakh Festival dates so we can ascertain exactly when the final dates of the 2018 Ladakh Festival is being held in September.

We have seen several differing dates online, from 20-23 SEPT to 25-28 SEPT 2018 and even one 1-15 SEPT 2018, which seems way out of whack….

We need to confirm now exactly when the Festival starts and ends.
Can the dates of 25-28 September be confirmed?

Please advise; thank you.

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Vargis.Khan November 6, 2018 - 8:26 pm

Hi Glenn – Sorry I missed replying to your comment well in time.

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PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS August 19, 2018 - 7:35 pm

You are so humble and so nice.

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Vargis.Khan November 6, 2018 - 8:26 pm

Thanks Partha Bhai

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