Ladakh weather in December is the beginning of winter’s peak. In this month, the entire region undergoes the scariest wrath of the weather. Extreme snowfall, near to zero movements, still life, and an array of other challenges represent the month of December in Ladakh.
So far, December has been known as one of the coldest months in Ladakh. During this month, Ladakh experiences heavy snowfall all across. Due to this, both the routes leading to the main valley – Srinagar-Leh Highway and Manali-Leh Highway remains shut throughout the month. In fact, within this month, most of the roads that connects the many different regions of Ladakh, also remains covered with thick layer of snow. Thus, movement through them becomes a challenge. Even the locals in this month, zeroes down their movement, or keep it at the least. Keeping all these conditions in mind, it may become extremely challenging for non-locals to manoeuvre through the region in the month of December.
Well, though Ladakh weather in December may sound alarming to some of the travellers, these conditions usually tempt the thrill seekers to plan a trip to Ladakh in the month of December. This is the month that offers the much-desired adrenaline rush to the adventure seekers.
As already mentioned, snowfall in December is almost at the peak, temperature level starts dropping down to the lowest level. While day temperature can get up to a maximum of 1 to 2 degrees, temperature during the night can get worse. On an average, night temperature can fall down somewhere between -13 to -15 degrees.
Also, as snowfall is at the peak since the beginning of December, lakes, streams, rivulets, and other water sources also freezes down in this month. Thus, water scarcity becomes a usual issue in Ladakh in December. If you are planning for a trip in this month, you should first prepare yourself mentally as well as physically to cope with this sort of extreme weather conditions.
On a clear note, Ladakh weather in December month does not permit road transportation in any possible ways. Both the Leh-Srinagar Highway and Manali-Leh Highway remains completely shut in this month. Most part of these routes gets covered with thick layers of snow; on an average, there exists a minimum of 6″ of snow over the roads. This invites extreme challenges in driving or riding through both the routes.
However, if you are an adventure seeker, or is planning to visit Ladakh in December, you can always opt for direct flight journeys to Leh city. Flights are usually available from most of the major airports in the country at regular intervals.
In addition to all these, hotel availability becomes yet another greater challenge of Ladakh weather in December. During this month, most of the hotels closes their doors due to the extreme weather conditions. However, not much to worry, as some of the hotels still welcomes visitors. But then, you may not be able to enjoy all the basic services during your stay. For an instance, as snowfall reaches its peak, and water sources freezes down, it results in a huge crisis of running water throughout the Ladakh region. Under such situations, you may be provided with water only to carry out the most essential tasks of your daily schedule.
At times, there may not be constant electricity supply throughout the region. Hence, you must keep your gadgets well charged, or carry external power banks to keep yourself connected with the outer world.
Also, while planning for such an enthralling trip in December, you should be extremely careful with what and how you pack. Woollen clothes, thick jackets, wind proof jackets, good quality sleeping bags, and other similar clothing is a must while packing for such a trip. Along with all these, you should also carry basic medication, skin moisturisers, water bottles, energy bars, ready-to-eat-foods, and everything that you think would keep you get going amidst such harsh weather conditions.
Having mentioned all the challenges of Ladakh weather in December, you can still plan an amazing as well as much exciting trip to this picturesque land. Our detailed guide to how to plan a Ladakh trip in December is the best travel planner to plan such an amazing trip; you must check it once before planning your December trip to Ladakh.