Ladakh is a high altitude destination. It is therefore advised that you acclimatise
yourself to the altitude and its environment, particularly if you land up in Leh
by flight. High altitude sickness can occur to anyone at altitudes above 3,000m
(10,000ft). Mild symptoms include headache, lethargy, dizziness, loss of sleep and
Inner Line Permit
Ladakh being a frontier area, certain areas are restricted for visitors. However,
since 1994, new areas are open for tourist, but with an ‘Inner Line Permit’, which
is available from the District Collector's office or arranged by a tour operator.
All you need is a copy of your passport or identity card.
Weather and Climate
The altitude range causes wide variations in climate even within Ladakh. Summer
is short, from June to August, with temperatures varying between Max 25°C - 30°C
and Min around 15°C. Winter is chilling and long with temperatures dropping to Max
5°C and Min -25°C.
Spring and Autumn are very short and cold too. It is because of this peculiar climate
that Ladakh is often classified as a Cold Desert.
You may experience a scorching sun and chilling wind on the same day. Carry appropriate
clothing and keep a reserve of woolens. A little snack with sufficient water to
last a day should be handy. A pair of sun glasses with some sun screen cream helps
you in this heat. The so called autumn and spring are also relatively cold, if not
freezing. If you arrive even in the month of May or September, it would make sense
to have a heater in your room. However, avoid LPG heating devices.