Snowfall In Ladakh in September This Year

by Vargis.Khan

If you are planning to visit Ladakh in September this year then I got good news for you. There is news of snowfall In Ladakh in September this year. A friend of mine just returned from his Ladakh road trip. He witnessed the season’s first snowfall at the top of Khardung La Pass in September 1st week.

While the last year saw very mild snowfall in the entire Himalayan region, the story is slightly different this year. September this year started with Ladakh experiencing its first snowfall of the season in the very first few days of the month. Below are a few pictures of a snow-covered Khardung La Pass taken last week.

snowfall in ladakh in september

snowfall in ladakh in september

snowfall in ladakh in september

snowfall in ladakh in september

Snowfall in Ladakh in September

Apart from Ladakh, Rohtang was also covered in snow last week and was temporarily closed for civilian traffic until BRO was able to clear the road. This means that there is a high probability of Manali Leh and Srinagar Leh highways closing early this year.

Along with Ladakh, the Manali to Kaza road may be closed early as well. Kunzum Pass receives snow almost at the same time as Baralacha La. Hence, it may also get blocked early this year.

My advice to anyone who is now planning a trip to Ladakh is of caution. Taking the Manali Leh highway in October should be out of plans and you are better off taking the Srinagar Leh highway.

If you are traveling to Ladakh in September, then keep a couple of days as a buffer in case the road gets closed temporarily and you are stuck somewhere. Keep a check on the weather and make inquires before you start your journey.

For people planning to visit Chandratal, it is open for now and all the campsites are still operational until the last week of September. If your plan is to visit Chandratal after that, you must carry your own camping gear. There will be no campsites open after September. In this case as well, please make inquiries in Kaza before you head off to camp at Chandratal.


I hope the information was of help. Snowfall in Ladakh in September is definitely a pleasant surprise and will make a lot of tourists happy this month. If you have any questions about your trip, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum, and I would be glad to answer.

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Swayamdeepta Sanyal June 13, 2018 - 9:06 am

Hi. Planning to cycle from Manali to Khardungla this September.
I don’t want to go early September for any changes of rainfall, and late September might bring chances of snow.
What would you suggest for the cycle trip? 1-15th or 15-30th September?

Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 4:01 pm

I will recommend 1-15th. It starts to snow at Khardung La around 15th of Sep.

prudhvi May 6, 2018 - 5:52 am

we are planning a bike trip to leh from srinagar 3rd week of october this year, what are the chances of snow?

Vargis.Khan May 7, 2018 - 3:12 am

There will be a high chance of snowfall at Zojila only in October

Rakesh Kahurke October 20, 2017 - 2:03 pm

We r planning Leh on October 26th with kid 2.6 aged .Is it okay after reading reviews a bit confused. …

Vargis.Khan October 20, 2017 - 8:20 pm

You can go but must prepare accordingly. Please take a look at this article.

Dr Tejas Gaware August 14, 2017 - 9:27 pm

We are planning trip to leh on sep 8 to sep 15, 2017 . is it good time? Can we get to see snowfall ?

Vargis.Khan August 15, 2017 - 11:39 am

September is a good time to go to Ladakh however chances of catching a live snowfall are next to none.

Pavan June 27, 2017 - 11:15 am

I would like to know if we would be finding snow on manali-leh highway in 3rd or last week of September..

Vargis.Khan June 27, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Most probably not

ADLIN November 10, 2016 - 11:21 am

We r planning Leh on December 26th with kids aged between 4 to 9 .Is it okay after reading reviews a bit confused. …

Vargis.Khan November 13, 2016 - 2:51 pm

Not really a good time with kids that young. It is going to be extremely cold at that time. If it is snow that you are after than you may plan at this time or else, postpone it for next year.

LUCKY October 5, 2016 - 4:08 am

we are planning to go from 7oct – 18 oct via leh manali route and return the same ……
are we good ? we are going by bike……..
Please reply with current condition
Thank YOU

Vargis.Khan October 8, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Returning to Manali on 18th October is not a good decision. Why not come back via Srinagar?


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