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.
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 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.