Summer in the Himalayas?

May 24, 2024
Summer in the Himalayas?

Summer traditionally isn't the best time to visit most of the Himalayan regions because from May onwards temperatures are rising and it gets hot and dusty and from June it's into the monsoon (rainy) season so trek routes in many areas are muddy and roads and trails are susceptible to landslides, flights can be affected due to cloud and rainfall and it's not ideal in terms of the best experience. However summer is the ideal time to visit Tibet and also Ladakh, which is often known as 'Little Tibet'. If you're looking for a fabulous summer destination with a difference, rich in culture with awesome landscapes, it's time to find out more about Ladakh.

Located in the north eastern corner of India, in the Western Himalaya, Ladakh sits between the world's two highest mountain ranges - the Himalaya and the Karakorum. It's a remote, high altitude region of vast and stark beauty.

The region is dotted with ancient hilltop gompas (monasteries), many of them still in use and most with beautiful and ancient works of art and even some immense statues. Three of the best known are the famous monastery complexes of Hemis, Thiksey and Alchi.

Even the drives are impressive, through vast and sometimes desolate and broodingly beautiful landscapes. Drive across the Khardung La, a high mountain pass and the highest motorable road in the world. Stop at quirky Magnetic Hill and watch parked vehicles roll upwards, defying the laws of gravity and logic!

As well as high mountain ranges and panoramic hilltops, there are bustling villages and beautiful river valleys. Beautiful Nubra Valley was a prominent location on the ancient Silk Route, and is home to two-humped Bactrian camels, brought to the region from Central Asia. Today, these camels are the remnants of ancient trading past and an excellent way to enjoy a trek across the high altitude cold desert.

Many travellers will fly into Leh, the largest city and joint capital of Ladakh and just a short flight from Delhi. It's wise to spend at least a day here to acclimatise before exploring further. 

As well as a really interesting location for tours, Ladakh is also great for short treks and, in winter months, is a fantastic location for wilderness adventures including a chance of spotting the elusive Snow Leopard who live in the mountains.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at our wonderful Ladakh Trans Himalayan 10 day tour  ideal for visiting during the summer months. If a summer adventure isn't possible, how about a fabulous Snow Leopard Wilderness Expedition or simply contact us for a tailor made itinerary in Ladakh this summer.