Why You Should Plan to Visit Leh Ladakh in May 2022

Ankita | Updated on May 26, 2022

After another severe winter, Leh Ladakh in May is one of those destinations that conjures up images of a wonderland. The rocky Himalayan mountains and virgin trails that pass across them are full of beauty and carry lots of riches. The beautiful surroundings at the summit would mesmerize you with unbelievable sights as you continued rising to the ‘heights’ of bliss.

The month of May formally kicks off the tourist season in Ladakh, bringing with its thousands of eager tourists, trekkers, bikers, and adventure seekers. The roads will be mainly open, and as it is still early in the tourist season, it will not be hectic. The weather is ideal at this time of year, with reasonably warm days and refreshingly mild evenings, making an ideal time to visit.

Going forward to this guide, you will get to know everything about Ladakh in May from temperature, places to visit, how to reach, road conditions, things to do and many more.

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Ladakh temperature in May

The temperature of Leh in May will range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day but will drop to around 5 degrees Celsius at night. Explore beautiful monasteries perched above mountains, frozen rivulets and streams, spectacular rides across the most treacherous routes. If you visit Leh Ladakh in May expecting snow, you will only encounter hard ice, not new snowfall.

How to Reach Ladakh in May

Leh Ladakh by Public Transport

Board a bus operated by HRTC or HRTDC that passes through the Manali-Leh highway and takes around 2 days. This would be the most convenient way of travelling to Leh Ladakh.

Leh Ladakh by Private Taxi:

In Srinagar, shared taxis are available for travel to Leh Ladakh in May. However, if money isn’t an issue for you or you’re seeking a more convenient way to get to Ladakh in May, it’s recommended that you take a flight to your favourite destination. This is because it will reduce the cost of having to endure some rough roads and the fatigue involved with navigating through rugged terrains, slick roadways, and sloppy hills, among other things.

Leh Ladakh by Flight:

As a suggestion, only plan a road trip when you have at least nine days to spare. If you only have a few days to go, flying to Leh is the best option. Leh is well connected with the cities of India with direct and connecting flights.

Leh Ladakh bike trip

Srinagar-Leh Highway:

A road trip to Ladakh via the Srinagar-Leh Highway is a pleasant and rewarding experience in May. By the time May arrives, most of this highway has been cleared, and it is once again ready to serve road trippers. However, before embarking on a road trip, one should verify with local authorities or service providers.

Manali-Leh Highway:

As the path is still wrapped in snow, the Manali-Leh Highway is still closed in the early days of May. Even the cleaned portions of the road frequently deteriorate due to the influence of the snow on the surface. The road has been temporarily shut because of this. Nonetheless, the Manali-Leh Highway will reopen at the end of May, attracting people to begin planning their Ladakh trips in May. The road is operational after the first couple of June, and public transportation is also accessible.

Best Places to visit Ladakh in May

1. Pangong Tso Lake

The azure beauty of Pangong Tso appears to be a work of art. The lake stretches from Ladakh to Tibet in the north, at 14,270 feet. Photographers will find endless joy here capturing mountains, lakes, and boulders, as well as experimenting with compositions such as mountains with lakes and buildings with mountains. Early May is when the lake is half frozen, providing endless landscapes and views to round out your tour.

2. Diskit Monastery

2. Diskit Monastery

The Diskit Monastery has an old-world beauty to it. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a pupil of Tsong Khapa, and is one of the world’s largest and oldest Buddhist monasteries. Because of the 106-foot-tall Buddha statue found here, it is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Ladakh in May. The statue of Buddha, perched on a hill, is covered with gold and red faces. The peace that the monastery emits is a popular draw of Diskrit Monastery in May. Diskit Gompa, Shyok Valley, Nubra Valley, and Khardung La are nearby sights.

3. Sham Valley

sham valley ladakh

In May, you can also go to Sham Valley. The route connecting Leh and Kargil is open all year, so you’ll be able to see locations like Gurudwara Patthar Sahib, the Indus-Zanskar Confluence, Magnetic Hill, Lamayuru Monastery, Mulbekh Maitreya, Moonland, and others. Sham Valley includes the areas surrounding Likir, Suspool, and Hemis Shukpachan. It is mainly known for its hiking trails and is one of Ladakh’s least visited locations. It will open in May, and you should visit it. If you’re going along the Srinagar-Leh Highway, all these attractions will be along the way, and you may see them all in a day or two by stopping for brief sightseeing stops.

4. Tso Kar

Tso Moriri

This place in Leh can be visited in three different ways. It will fall on the route if you travel from Manali to Leh by vehicle. You can take a 20-kilometre detour from Debring (after More Plains and Pang) to visit the lake. If you arrive in Leh by flight or via Srinagar, the alternative option is to drive across Tanglang La and visit Tso Kar via Debring. In May, all three roads will be open, and it will be easy to include Tso Kar in your schedule. If you want to stay the night, campsites and Chadar tents are available.

5. Magnetic Hill

magnetic hill leh ladakh

Driving along the Leh – Kargil – Baltic National Highway, the magnetic hill may be reached. The hill is 30 kilometres from Leh and stands at an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level. Many people believe that natural or even supernatural powers generate the magnetic pull at work. The Magnetic Hill is where the surrounding area is laid up so that a minor downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. As a result, a vehicle not in gear appears to be rolling uphill. The hill’s slope is an optical illusion.

Things to do in Leh Ladakh in May

1. Take the Highest Motorable Ride at Khardung La

The state of Ladakh distinguishes between a tourist and a traveller. Scaling the mountain pass, one of the world’s highest motorable highways at 17582 feet, is a gut-wrenching experience. The top of Khardung La is 39 kilometres from Leh town. While May is an excellent month for hiking in Ladakh, it is also an excellent month for motorbiking or mountain biking in the region. In addition, this is yet another picturesque location in the Leh Ladakh region. If you’re planning a trip to Ladakh in May, this should be at the top of your list.

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Saka Dawa Festival commemorates Buddha’s life and praises the Lord’s benevolence, with Ladakhi’s attempting to incorporate the precepts into their daily lives. It is said that any good deed performed throughout the month multiplies a hundred million times and returns to you. The festival lasts a month, with the most fortunate day being the 15th, which is also a full moon day. In May 2022, people from all over the world and the country will flock to Ladakh to participate in this celebration.

3. Camping

In Ladakh, the best camping locations are Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri. In Nubra Valley, there are a few campgrounds as well. If you wish to go self-camping, Sham Valley is a great place to go. Camps are also available on the Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh routes. In Leh city, you can also hire camping equipment and sleeping bags. Please do not camp in the middle of anywhere if you are self-camping.

4. Trekking

Sham Valley Trek, Markha Valley Trek, and Stok Kangri Trek are great options for trekkers. The journey from Lamayuru to Alchi is a simple one, and the trip to Phuktal Monastery in Zanskar is another very easy trek that can be completed in 2-3 days. You can go on a snow leopard adventure for a longer length and explore deeper into the Himalayas. In May, Chadar Trek is still unavailable.

5. Rafting

This is one of Ladakh’s most exciting and enjoyable activities in May. Contact any local tour providers in Leh, and they will arrange for you to go rafting.

How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh in May?

May is Ladakh’s peak tourist season and visiting during this month will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. May is one of the greatest months to visit Ladakh since the temperature is mild with a cool breeze. And if you’re planning a vacation to this land of adventure in May, we’ve put up a detailed section to assist you on how to plan Leh trip in May.

May clothing for Leh Ladakh

Please be aware that the weather in Leh Ladakh in May is changeable during the day. Furthermore, you may feel cold in shady locations due to the low room temperature. As a result, you should rock out to both light and heavy music. Over your cotton garments, a good light woollen jacket with a hoodie might suffice. Adjust your clothing as needed until you are comfortable for the day. It will help if you put on a pair of decent athletic sneakers.

Other Things to Pack for a Leh-Ladakh May Trip

The following are some additional items to bring with you to Leh Ladakh in May:

  • Sunglasses
  • Basic medications for the flu, colds, headaches, and upset stomach
  • A sunscreen cream with the highest SPF possible.
  • Balm for the lips
  • Moisturizer
  • A spray or balm for pain alleviation
  • Other toiletries, depending on your requirements

Mountain Sickness (Acute)

If you’re flying to Ladakh, your chances of getting altitude sickness are the highest. We strongly advise you to spend an entire day in Leh City after arriving there to prepare yourself better. Don’t go anywhere and solely stay in your hotel.

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