Snowfall at Khardung La – The First Spell of Snow

by Vargis.Khan

Below are a few pictures of snowfall at Khardung La this year in the 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.

The pictures were clicked by a cellphone from inside a car and hence are a little blurred.

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Snowfall at Khardung La

If you were planning a trip to Ladakh in the next few weeks, 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.

The weather will continue to get colder from here on with 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, a muffler, and some cold cream as well.

If you are planning to travel by bike, be very careful around the top of the passes en route. There is a lot of slush and mud on the road that will make riding even more difficult.

Ladakh Festival

Ladakh festival is just coming up between 20th to 23rd September. That is another great reason to plan your trip in September. If the idea was for October then it would be better to plan the trip from the Srinagar side only.

Rohtang Pass has already seen its first snowfall this year. It is only days before Baralacha La also 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 on snowfall at Khardung La 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 happy to answer.

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Anurag Kapoor September 21, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Planned for nov 19 to leh by air from Delhi. Family. Wish to encounter live snow fall. Is Khurdungla pass open at that time.

Sreerag April 1, 2021 - 6:41 am

In september which place we can see snow in Ladakh?

Shweta Singh April 20, 2019 - 3:11 pm

Hello Vargis,
I am travelling to Leh by end of April 2019 till 4th May. Will we encounter snow during this time?

Vargis.Khan April 20, 2019 - 4:08 pm

Hi Shweta – At top of the passes yes you will find some.

Shweta Singh April 20, 2019 - 5:46 pm

I meant snow fall… we ll encounter snow fall ??

Vargis.Khan April 20, 2019 - 9:12 pm

No, there won’t be a snowfall at this time.

Deepak March 20, 2019 - 4:52 pm

Hi Vargis ji, any pass where we can experience snow during Aug 10th – 25th? Also please suggest if it’s ideal climate for a bike trip during this span.

Vargis.Khan March 20, 2019 - 10:34 pm

Hi Deepak Ji – No, there won’t be any snowfall anywhere in August but you may have to face monsoon so pack accordingly

Aulou September 17, 2021 - 9:00 am

Will there be snowfall in the end of this September ? We planned to go khardungla 25th September

abhishek chodankar December 18, 2018 - 8:46 am

will we encounter snowfall in the month of may on way from srinagar to leh and return back via manali?

Vargis.Khan December 18, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Not in the month of May

Sonu October 2, 2018 - 8:38 am

Hey Vargis,

Your blog is so informative, keep up the good work!

I am travelling to Leh from 5th October – 16th October, will it a good climate. Also, I wanted to know if you have contacts for Bike rentals.

Vargis.Khan October 2, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Thanks Sony. Weather is going to be very cold so please make sure that you are packing accordingly. Sorry but I do not have any bike rental contacts.

Rohit 6 September 25, 2018 - 1:23 am

Hii Is there itbp camp in shyok?

Vargis.Khan September 25, 2018 - 1:34 pm

Army is posted there, don’t think ITBP has a camp there.

ABHIJAT SHARMA September 24, 2018 - 5:53 am

Any updates on current condition in Ladakh Region? Have heard that it is raining heavily in Leh and surrounding areas continuously.

Also, that Khardungla and Changla have been reported to be closed down due to snowfall as precautionary measure.

Vargis.Khan September 24, 2018 - 8:05 am

Yes, it is snowing all across. Rohtang, Baralacha La, Zoji La, Kunzum Pass are all closed. Every Khardung La was closed. It started to snow early everywhere.

Srinivasan G September 20, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Hi vargis ji,
I am planning a trip in december. I will reach leh by flight. I would stay for 8 days. I have no fixed itinerary.

1. Is riding bike at december advisiable? or go by public transport?
2. I would like to visit nubra – pangong – hanle-tsomorri leh ( any of these places) ???
3. Will taxi run during december? or a shared cab?

Vargis.Khan September 20, 2018 - 6:01 pm

Hi Srinivasan,

1. Public transport will be rare in Decmeber. You will either have to rent bike or cab
2. All these places will remain open in December
3. Very less chance of finding shared cab.

Shilpa Varshney September 19, 2018 - 5:21 pm

We (4people) are planning to go khardunga by scooty October 1week …Is it a good decision?

B M PARMAR Watsapp No 99799 71294 September 19, 2018 - 4:39 am

Good Morning Vargisbhai.. We are planning a week trip to Leh in from 28 set to 5 oct 2018. This information is more useful to use for our safe and pleasant journey. thanks a lot

Vargis.Khan September 19, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Thank you for taking the time to drop a note Parmar Bhai

sourav shaw September 17, 2018 - 5:35 pm

Vargis Bhai .. I am travelling to leh on friday, will be there till 28th. Will all passes, roads and other activities will be open or close down ?

Vargis.Khan September 17, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Yes Sourav Bhai … Its all open

Nirmal Mathew September 17, 2018 - 2:22 am

We are 6 people in total travelling in 4 bikes from kerala.just reached Hubli.planning to reach leh before 25th.can u suggest some travel options for better enjoyment?

Nirmal Mathew September 16, 2018 - 6:33 pm

Is it possible to visit leh after september 25?

Vargis.Khan September 16, 2018 - 6:46 pm

Yes it is but just be prepared for the cold weather.


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