Leh Ladakh in May – A Travel Guide
leh ladakh in may

Visiting Leh Ladakh in May can be an excellent choice. Traveling to and from Leh Ladakh during May is convenient. The climate is pleasant. So, it’s in May that most tourists start coming to Leh Ladakh for tours, treks, camping, and a lot of other interesting activities. We will talk about Leh Ladakh in May in this blog by Cliffhangers India, to let you know about some of the most important aspects of planning a tour of Leh-Ladakh in May.

Cliffhangers India is a registered travel planner with Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Departments. It can help you book a suitable Leh Ladakh tour package for May or other months of the year too. Now, let’s get going on, ‘Leh Ladakh in May:

May is a good month to visit Leh-Ladakh. External and internal roads of Leh Ladakh stay open during this time of the year. Hotels and other facilities for tourists are easily available during May. In short, May marks the beginning of tourism in Leh Ladakh. From May onwards till September tourists keep coming into Leh Ladakh in significant numbers.


Weather and temperature in Leh Ladakh in May

Weather is moderate during May in Leh Ladakh. The temperatures in Leh Ladakh in May during the day can fluctuate between 3-15°C while the nights are colder and the temperatures may drop down even to -15°C degrees. Tourists visiting Leh Ladakh in May can enjoy traveling, trekking, camping, sightseeing, shopping, and much more during the day in pleasant weather conditions. But they need to keep themselves warm at night so carrying suitable clothing for both day and night time is recommended.


Places to see in Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh has a stock of picturesque places to visit all year long but in May tourists can visit these places with more comfort and convenience. They can have an awesome experience traveling and sightseeing in Leh Ladakh in May. We have suggested here a few sightseeing and must-visit places for the visitors of Leh Ladakh in May:

Nubra Valley is a beautiful place with turquoise blue lakes, gray cliffs, comfortable stay options, and camping spots.

Tso Moriri looks adorable in May. It’s almost a must-visit place in May for all the visitors to Leh Ladakh.

The lamayuru-Alchi trek is one of the best treks to be done in the month of May in Leh Ladakh. It’s an adventurous cum picturesque experience.

Khardung La pass bike riding can be fun and challenging. Accomplishing riding or driving through this pass could be an awesome achievement as it’s the highest motorable road.

Shey, Thiksey, Diskit & Hemis monasteries are brilliant places. Tourists should visit these monasteries in Leh Ladakh for experiencing absolute bliss and get beautiful memories to cherish.

Saka Dawa Festival in May is a great time to explore and experience the charming culture of Leh Ladakh.

Hemis National Park is an interesting place for tourists as well as the adventure-driven visitors of Leh Ladakh. You can watch snow leopards in real life here.

Pangong Tso lake looks marvelous and is a great option for sightseeing, photography, camping, etc.

Regal Leh Palace is a grand palace in Leh Ladakh and a famous tourist spot. This architectural and cultural beauty is one of the best places to visit in Leh Ladakh.

Kargil via Drass route can make you experience the landscape beauty as well as the grandeur and martyrdom of our brave Indian Army Soldiers.

Rinchen cafeteria is the world’s highest cafeteria and tourists can enjoy sumptuous meals, snacks, and beverages here.


Does it Snow in Leh Ladakh in May?

Snowfall in Leh-Ladakh during May is uncommon. Tourists can see ice but not get to experience snowfall. May is generally the onset of summer hence snowfall is an unusual possibility.


What to Wear

The day temperatures in Leh Ladakh in May are moderate hence sometimes regular t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and/or another cotton sporty wear can be suitable. But during the nights, the temperatures drop down hence, carrying and wearing warmer clothes is highly recommended for nighttime in Leh Ladakh in May.


Things to do

Leh Ladakh in May can offer an awesome time for tourism. There are many activities to do in Leh-Ladakh during May.

Trekking is the most spectacular activity to be done in Leh Ladakh as Ladakh is a picturesque land of trekking. Ladakh is a dream destination for mountaineers and hikers from India and abroad. You can select your favorite trek from the numerous treks available in Leh Ladakh and enjoy an adventurous trail of Leh Ladakh in May.

White Water Rafting becomes available in Leh Ladakh in the month of May.

Jeep Safari is a fun and thrilling experience. You can watch the wildlife, bird life and many other natural entities of Leh Ladakh during the safari trips.

Bike rides or bicycle rides both can be enjoyed in Leh Ladakh.

Camping can be enjoyed at various beautiful spots in Leh Ladakh. If you want you can also set your campsite near a Dhaba and get treated with food as well as sanitation facilities.

Sightseeing is convenient and picturesque during the month of May in Leh Ladakh.

Shopping is a must for all visitors of Leh Ladakh to carry home beautiful Ladakhi handicrafts, clothing, souvenirs, etc.

Relishing Ladakhi food is one of the best activities to do every day that you spend in Leh Ladakh.


Tourists can travel by air, road, or railway to reach Leh-Ladakh. Leh has its own airport named Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. Reaching Leh-Ladakh is also easy via road routes connected to some major cities in North India such as New Delhi, Shimla, Manali, Chandigarh, and of course Srinagar. Local bus transportation, bike riding, and car or taxis can help you reach Leh-Ladakh. The nearest railway station to reach Leh Ladakh is the Jammu Tawi railway station. From the station, taxis and buses are available to reach Leh Ladakh. Now, imagine how convenient coming to Leh Ladakh would be in May once the weather and roads are clear!

Hope you got a good idea about how a tour of Leh-Ladakh in May would be. Cliffhangers India is specialized in conducting Leh Ladakh tours. Cliffhangers India would be happy to help you choose your next holiday destination in Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir.


Frequently asked questions? 

Is May a good time to visit Leh Ladakh?

Yes, it is the starting month of the summer, snow starts melting from the glacier and the temperature is slowly increasing. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire region with the delightful weather and serenity from all sides. This is the ideal time to enjoy vacations here in Ladakh.

Is Pangong Lake frozen in May?

No, the Lake remains frozen only in the winter season. From October to March the valley observes harsh winters and the temperature at that time remains below the freezing point, thus the Lake gets frozen in winter months. During summer months the Lake offers breathtaking views and stunning surroundings and during summertime, it is at its full glory. Therefore, visiting Pangong Lake in the month of May is quite a beautiful experience. 

Which is the best time to ride Leh Ladakh?

The best time to ride Leh Ladakh is from May to September. During this time the weather conditions are good and the entire Ladakh is in its full glory. Bike riders enjoy the best of Ladakh during this time. The road conditions are also good and clear during this time. Therefore summertime would be the best time to ride for Leh Ladakh.

Is Nubra Valley open in May?

Yes, the valley remains open throughout the year. In the summer season, the valley is blooming with beautiful flowers. If you are planning to visit Nubra Valley in the month of May, it is the best time to visit here, At this time the Valley is at its full glory and the weather is also pleasant for sightseeing.

How many days are enough for the Ladakh tour?

If you are planning to visit Leh Ladakh, then you may require 8 to 10 days. In this duration, you can explore all the popular tourist destinations of Leh Ladakh. Apart from sightseeing in Ladakh, you can also go for many outdoor activities such as trekking, river rafting, paragliding, photography etc.

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