Rustic and simplistic in nature, Ladakh becomes even more beautiful during the winter season. When it is about visiting Ladakh in February, you will get to experience a slow rhythm of life. The region is blessed with meandering lanes and rugged beauty making it a must-visit destination at least once in your lifetime. Whether you are a nature lover, adventure buff, or religious seeker, the place offers a plethora of experiences that remain in the heart forever. From high mountain passes to alpine lakes, monasteries/gompas, to wildlife sanctuaries, every place you visit in Ladakh will let you connect with nature and your inner self.
If you plan a trip to Ladakh in February 2022 and wonder what can be done, we have your back. We have listed below all the necessary things you need to know before embarking on your journey to Ladakh in this one of the coldest months of the year. Stay glued:
The weather of Leh Ladakh in February is chilly, and the temperature remains below the average level. However, you can get a clear vision during the daytime as the temperature rises a little bit. If you plan sightseeing and other activities, afternoon hours would be advisable as the weather conditions would be favourable.
With snowfall at its peak, Ladakh temperature in February ranges from -5°C to 10°C.
By Public Transport: The cheapest mode to travel to Ladakh would be by bus on the Manali to Leh highway. It would take 2 days to reach Leh from Manali as the night halt would either be at Keylong or Sarchu. You can board a bus operated by either HRTC, which will be an ordinary bus, and the fare would be INR 500 or HPTDC, a non-AC semi-deluxe bus, and the fare is approx INR 2,900.
By Flight: Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is well connected to Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and other cities of the country with direct and connecting flights. Upon reaching Leh, take a shared/private taxi to reach your final destination.
By Private Taxi: You can hire a cab from Manali with a driver, or if you wish to self-drive, you can. But keep one thing in mind, that the taxi hired from outside Ladakh can only travel till Leh. From Leh, you have to take another taxi to indulge in sightseeing or other activities.
By Bike: To reach Ladakh by bike, you can make your way through via two routes, one from Manali and another from Srinagar. When taking the Manali route, you will make your way through Delhi > Karnal > Mandi > Manali > Jispa > Sarchu > Tanglang La > Leh. However if you take the Srinagar route, your trip would include Delhi > Karnal > Ambala > Pathankot > Udhampur > Patnitop > Srinagar > Kargil > Leh.
Located at a distance of approx 127 km from Leh, you need to visit Lamayuru when on a Leh Ladakh trip in February. The place boasts of its lunar landscape, and for this reason, it is popular as the ‘moonscape for tourists.’ On being here, you can’t miss out on one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the region. Whether you are a spiritual learner, nature lover or adventure junkie, you will fall in love with the monastery. Also, there is a meditation centre where you can sit, relax and unwind.
Head to the alpine Pangong Tso, which is one of the most visited places in Ladakh. The lake changes its colour from emerald green to cobalt blue colour at different day hours. But as you will be visiting Pangong Lake in February, you will find it frozen and white. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture good shots for your next Instagram posts.
Popularly known as the twin of Pangong Tso by the locals, Tso Moriri should be yet another destination to visit on your Ladakh trip in February. Tso Moriri is where you can sit for hours, admiring the pristine beauty of nature and unwind. The offbeat place is perfect if you seek peace away from the maddening city crowd. Please make sure you check with your travel agent or the locals before visiting Tso Moriri, as it may remain inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
You can’t avoid the world’s highest mountain pass-Khardung La when looking for the best places to visit in Ladakh in February. Nestled at an altitude of 5,359 m, Khardung La is the gateway to Nubra and Skyok Valleys. Come here to experience a different kind of thrill enjoy tea/coffee and maggie with a view unlike any other.
Standing tall as the symbol of promoting world peace and prosperity, Shanti Stupa is a white-domed stupa perched on a steep hilltop and offers extravagant views of the picturesque landscape. To reach the stupa, you have to climb 500 steps to wear comfortable shoes. The architecture of Shanti Stupa has two-level structures; the first is a Dharmachakra with deer on each side and a golden Buddha image. On the second level, you will see the reliefs of Buddha defeating the devils while meditating and the birth and the death of Buddha.
Also known as Lachen Palkar Palace, Leh Palace is nestled atop the Namgyal Hill and is a 17-century royal palace that has now become one of the famous attractions of Leh Ladakh. It is here where you can treat your eyes to the stunning views of the Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. Walk to the museum inside the palace home to over 450 years old artefacts.
Up for taking a challenge to walk on the frozen river? Prepare yourself for Chadar Trek, where you will walk on the beautiful Zanskar River. Walking on a thin sheet of ice with a river flowing just a few inches beneath, you will get a surreal feeling that can’t be expressed in words.
Nothing could beat the feeling of staying and interacting with the locals when travelling. What could be better than staying in a homestay! The home accommodation in Ladakh is where you can enjoy the taste of the local life of the people of Ladakh. The hosts offer warm hospitality by offering traditional home-cooked meals. What else? Talking to the locals will allow you to learn about the region’s history, culture, and tradition, which is one of the amazing parts of travelling.
A trip to Leh Ladakh in February is when you can witness locals wearing traditional costumes and perform a unique mask dance which is also called Cham dance in the Dosmoche Festival, which is popularly known as the ‘festival of scapegoat’ and happens to be one of the Ladakh’s important prayer festivals. The celebration of the festival takes place under the Leh palace. Attend the festival to witness the colours of Ladakh.
Yet another amazing thing to do in Leh Ladakh in February is spotting or catching a glimpse of snow leopard. This majestic creature preys on heights, and you have to venture out and reach the place. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort if you get to catch a sight of a snow leopard. And if you do so, consider yourself lucky enough.
Visiting Leh Ladakh in February requires much mindful packing, and there are several things that you need to keep in mind irrespective of gender. We have compiled a list of things to know and carry before you embark on a perfect holiday to Ladakh. Take a look:
Clothing: Leh Ladakh trip in February means you need to pack warm and waterproof clothes. Make sure you pack 4-5 pairs of thermals that keep you warm and comfortable. Don’t forget to keep a warm, heavy and windproof jacket with a hood to protect your head, ears and neck. Waterproof gloves, socks, and shoes shouldn’t be avoided. Besides this, moisturiser, sunglasses, lip balm would be other necessary items to pack.
Acute Mountain Sickness: (AMS)To avoid suffering from AMS, ascend gradually to the Leh Ladakh tour in February as cold weather and wind worsen. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the trip. If possible, take a rest for 2-3 days in Manali before heading to Leh. Consult your doctor regarding AMS, who would prescribe you medicine.
Medical Kit/First-Aid Box: Carry all the basic medicines like crocin for headache, paracetamol for fever, Digene for stomach issues, pain relief sprays like Volini or Moov, crepe/first-aid bandages and more.
With this, we would like to bring Leh Ladakh’s February 2022 blog to an end. Hope you found the information helpful. There is no dearth of exciting things to do in Ladakh in February with blanket snowfields, rugged beauty, rich wildlife, and religious places. So, pack your bags and embark on an exhilarating journey. If you need assistance with anything, we are there to guide you to the best of our capabilities to make your holidays in Ladakh in February a memorable one. Happy Travelling!
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