How to Reach Ladakh in August?
Manali Leh Highway in August
The Manali Leh Highway will make you traverse a total distance of 474 kilometers.
You will start your journey from Manali and pass through Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Suraj Tal, Naee La, and Gata Loops. After having reached Loops, you will continue your journey through Lungalacha La, More Plains, Taglang La and finally reach Leh.
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Srinagar Leh Highway in August
The Srinagar to Leh Highway will make you traverse a total distance of 434 kilometers, and this vital road is a link that connects the whole of India with Leh. The journey will start from Srinagar’s Dal Lake and will pass through Kangan, Sonamarg, Zojila Pass and Drass.
Once you have reached Drass, you will continue your journey through Kargil War Memorial, to Kargil. At Kargil, the route bifurcates, and you can take any one of the two adventurous roads. One that passes from Mulbekh and the other one that runs through Batalik. After having crossed top locations like Namki la, Alchi, and Magnetic Hill, you will finally reach Leh.
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Leh Ladakh Trip in August by Flight
An aerial flight will treat you to some of the bewitching sights that include ravishing aerial views of the snow-covered Himalayan Peaks.
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Essential info about Ladakh in August
Weather & temperature in Leh Ladakh in August
The month of August also brings considerable days of snow in some parts.
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Things to carry in Leh Ladakh in August
Since the temperature of Leh Ladakh in August varies between 10-25 degrees celsius during the month, you can carry regular cotton apparels.
However, this warm month also receives a good amount of rainfall. Hence, it is advisable that you carry everything waterproof when traveling by road.
The most important items you must carry include light woolens, a windproof and waterproof jacket, rain gear, light gloves, sunblock lotion, sunglasses, and sports clothes.
You can also throw in a lip balm, cold cream, and woolen cap inside your travel bag.
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Travel Tips for Leh Ladakh in August
Leh Ladakh in August experiences the peak monsoon season. Thus, you are sure to face some monsoon hassles.
During monsoons most rivers overflow along with the water crossings, therefore, if you are riding a bike, do wear your gumboots to dodge the overflowing water crossings.
Stay alert for the shooting stones, you can spot a huge amount of mud and loose gravel on some stretches.
Since you will have to deal with a lot of rain, it is advisable to carry waterproof sandals, jackets, and rain proof tarpaulins as well as clothes.
Leave early as August is the month of slow speeding cars, roadblocks and landslides; having a couple of extra buffer days will help overcome delays of any kind.
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Water Crossings in Leh Ladakh in August
Throughout the course, there are many water crossings. Leh Ladakh in August has water streams well supplied by rains and melting snow, and some of these grow into enormous monsters. You can find these water crossings on the Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh routes and on Ladakh's internal roads.
To avoid getting your shoes wet at every water crossing, rubber sandals that can cover your entire foot are an excellent alternative. Bringing the right type of vehicle is essential if traveling by private vehicle.
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Inner Line Permit for Ladakh
The RA’s are situated near the LOC and the LoAC. If you have plans to visit Tso Moriri Lake, Pangong Lake or the Khardungla Pass besides other areas, you will need the ILP.
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Itinerary for Visiting Ladakh in August
Leh Ladakh in August calls for an itinerary that you can easily follow. However, the final itinerary depends on certain things like the number of days you have for travel, and where you are starting your journey from.
But, if you are to assume Delhi as your beginning point, on the first day you will travel to Jammu from NCR.
On the second day you head to Srinagar and to Kargil on the third day.
The fourth day would involve a visit to Leh and on the fifth day you will cover the whole of Leh sightseeing.
If your heart yearns for visits to Turtuk, Shyok, Pangong and Hanle, you can visit these places on the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth day respectively.
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Leh to Pangong Route in August
One of the most enchanting places to visit in Leh ladakh in August is the Pangong Lake. Thus, if you are taking the Leh to Pangong route in August, you can expect it to be overflowing, given the monsoon season. But, most times, the majority of the route is smooth and paved. You may come across only one bad section near the top of Chang La but the rest of the drive is certainly going to be a comfy one.
To be precise, the route between Leh to Pangong via Wari La, Sakti, and Agham is a mix of bad, good, and ugly.
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Leh to Nubra Valley in August
Since, Leh temperature in August ranges between 15-20 degrees celsius but there is heavy rainfall, there are many difficulties that surface. If you are taking the route via Wari La, you may have to put up with one of the longest and toughest journeys. But,
if you intend to reach the Nubra Valley through Agham Shyok road then you will have to travel for 4-5 hours as the road ahead is smooth. However, you must take the Khardung La road to save one day.
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Leh to Tso Moriri in August
The Leh weather in August comprises a lot of rainfall, at least 15-22 days of torrential rain. Thus, the condition of the roads is not always up to the mark. You can however choose the shortest path that goes via Chumathang Valley, but yes it will be a hard journey but the road will be a mix of bad, average and good.
You can take the second route via More Plains by crossing Tanglang La. It is advisable you do not take the longest and third route that runs through Changthang Valley and Pangong Tso.
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Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake Direct Route
If you are visiting in August, then you can come across some hurdles in the form of water streams running across the roads, that is because August calls for the monsoon in Ladakh. However the Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake Direct Route passes through high-elevation passes, these include Chang La and Wari La.
You may have to travel for 8-10 hours but the second route that runs via Agham-Shyam is a smooth one and requires steep climbing of no sorts.
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Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri Direct Route
You have to get permits to take this route and keep in mind that while you travel, you will find no cell reception, gas stations, mechanics, phone and accommodation facilities.
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Places to See & things to do in Ladakh in August
Pangong Lake remains frozen for most parts of winter. If you ever pay a visit during the cold season, you will only encounter freezing temperatures and snowfall. But, if you dread cold bites you can visit Leh in August as the temperature around the region is friendly and pleasant. This sacred and serene lake amid arid mountains makes for a spectacular backdrop.
If you wish to reconnect with nature and witness Ruddy Shelducks fly off at the lake, do come here during August-September. Once you are here, you will never forget the awe-inspiring phenomenon of shifting colors where the lake transforms from being blue to gray and even green many times.
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One of the best places to visit in Leh in August has to be Lake Tso Moriri. During this month the weather remains pleasant and it is also an ideal time for sightseeing. If you are into birds then you will have a gala time spotting bar-headed geese, black-necked cranes and many others.
This lake is revered by the Ladakhi locals and is quite an unusual location to explore in August. You can spot the prayer flags of Buddhists during the morning hours, and believe it or not but a visit here is sure to have you speculating about the magical wonders of nature.
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Tso Kar is the smallest compared to Ladakh’s other high-altitude lakes. If you are visiting Leh in August you can catch sightings of rare bird species as the lake is replete with flora and wildlife. It is perched at an elevation of 15,280 feet and lofty mountains surround it from all sides.
This lake lies 50 kilometers away from Tso Moriri and is home to the unapproachable snow leopard. If you are an ardent bird watcher, you will have a great time spotting black-necked cranes. May to August is the ideal time to visit this lake as you can also spot the Gursan and Thugje settlements guarding the lake.
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Built during the 17th century the Leh Palace is a remarkable place to visit in Leh in August. This palace is known for its 9-storeys that make it one of Ladakh’s tallest structures. The palace’s rooftop provides a sweeping 360-degree view of Stok Kangri mountain range besides the whole Leh town. It used to be a royal palace, and impresses you with views of the Khardungla pass.
If you are an architecture enthusiast, you can easily snap a gazillion pictures of medieval Tibetan architecture here that adorns the palace’s massive balconies and walls.
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If you are visiting Ladakh in August, you cannot miss the Shanti Stupa that is one of the perfect getaways for anyone pursuing peace. This Stupa was constructed as a mark of prosperous completion of Buddhism’s 2500 years by the Japanese monks. The gompa’s architectural style is extremely unique compared to conventional Ladakhi style.
During the night, the lights illuminate the entire Stupa and enhance its appeal. You can view numerous sculptures here right from the birth stories to the triumphant victory over his death and devils, all inscribed on the Stupa’s panels.
Your visit to Ladakh in August is incomplete without a trip to the Hemis Monastery. This monastery displays Tibetan-style architecture, and is extremely attractive and colorful and it features a rich assemblage of ancient remnants that include a Buddha statue made of silver, gold and copper.
This monastic institution has over 200 branches and is home to over 1000 monks. During your visit, do stop by the monastery’s huge courtyard which hosts several public functions. The verandah of the monastery is adorned with Buddhist Kalchakra’s vibrant paintings and possesses the nuns’ abode called Chomoling.
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Thiksey Monastery is one of the largest monasteries in Ladakh district. If you are visiting Ladakh in August, stop by this Indus Valley monastery located atop a hill. This monastery is popular for its location and architecture and has 12 storeys and ten temples besides one assembly hall.
It is also popularly referred to as the “Mini Potala''. Legend has it that this monastery was built at the same location where a crow dropped the ritual cake, having snatched it away from Palden Sherab, a disciple.
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Enjoy Local Food
Visiting Ladakh in August is not only about river rafting but doing other adventurous things as well. If you are a foodie then you can embark on a food adventure by heading to some of the popular places that serve authentic Ladakhi cuisine. When trying out the food here, do not miss out on Khambir, and Thukpa (noodle soup).
At almost all the local cafes you can get bread which you must try with yet another delicacy called Skyu, and butter tea. Skyu is a specialty soup that is slow cooked on heat.
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Is it even a Leh Ladakh trip in August if it does not involve shopping? Well, during your visit make it a point to Leh city’s main bazaar. This famous and local market place is extremely popular and mesmerizes people with its sheer collection of superior artistry and artifacts.
You can fill your shopping bags with prayer wheels, flags and Buddha statues besides Choktse that are intricately carved tables made of wood. Other renowned items that must be picked include rugs, carpets and singing bowls.
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When here, do capture stellar shots of the colorful mountains encompassing it, twisty roads, Kangyur’s 108 volumes.
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Situated in the valley of Nubra, the Diskit Gompa must be a part of your Leh Ladakh trip in August. That is because during this time you can catch some spectacular panoramic views of the region. Founded in the 14-th century this monastery is perched atop a hill above Shyok river plains.
You must come to this monastery to visit the massive statue of Maitreya Buddha.
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If you are taking a Leh Ladakh trip in August you must head to the Sham Valley. Trek to this valley can be done all through the year and this valley imparts multiple opportunities to discover everyday life and villages of the locals here.
A flowing stream transformed the entire sham Valley and today it is one of the gorgeous sights for trekkers who are interested in exploring Ladakh’s history.
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