Planning a Leh Ladakh trip in December comes with its own set of challenges. You may not be able to visit all the tourist attractions, you will have to plan everything meticulously and you will need to prepare yourself for extremely cold temperatures. However, the scenic beauty of the region and less tourists mean that you’ll be able to explore Leh-Ladakh at your own pace. For a very long time, Leh-Ladakh was considered to be open only in summer season. But things have changed, and people visit this rugged region throughout the year.
Book Your Stay in Advance
In the month of December, it can be challenging to find a decent accommodation in Leh-Ladakh. Therefore, it’s important to book your stay in advance, especially if you’re planning to visit regions like Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley. Starting October, most guesthouses and hotels start winding up business, and you may experience some issues when looking for an accommodation.
Thus, it’s highly recommended to book your trip with a reputed tour operator. This allows you to explore Leh-Ladakh under the guidance of experienced trekkers and guides, while not having to worry about the mode of transport, accommodation etc.
Itinerary for Leh Ladakh Trip in December
While travelling to Leh-Ladakh in December, it’s important to keep a simple itinerary. You shouldn’t include any complicated areas, such as Marsimik La, Charchagan La, Horla and Chushul. In fact, in the month of December, it’s very hard to obtain permits for these areas. Unforeseeable circumstances can cause problems on these routes, and you may get stuck in the middle of nowhere.
The overall Leh Ladakh weather is freezing cold in December. Therefore, you need to pack accordingly. It’s important to carry a lot of thermals and warm clothes. Woolen socks and high quality gloves are a must. Apart from head gear, you also need to cover your neck, face and ears. Thus, you should carry a cap and a muffler too. To protect your eyes, carry a pair of sunglasses. Since extreme cold can cause skin issues, you need to pack a cold cream, a sunblock lotion, and a lip balm.
The average Leh Ladakh temperature in December ranges between 2 degree celsius to minus 12 degree celsius. You’ll also see snow on high altitude passes. In fact, December also sees snowfall in lower areas, and you might even witness live snowfall in the region.
A Leh Ladakh trip in December isn’t for the faint-hearted. It needs thorough planning, research, and you need to take certain precautions to ensure your safety. In order to avoid any problems, it’s highly recommended to consult a reputed tour operator. Most service providers have a team of seasoned trekkers, guides, and support staff, who not only ensure your safety, but also allows you to have a great time on the trip.
Renok Adventures has been organising and conducting tours to Leh-Ladakh for quite some time. If you want to plan a trip to this rugged region in December, you can get in touch with us to discuss your requirements. Please click here.