What to wear in Ladakh? A list Clothes for Seasons throughout Year

Ankita | Updated on May 27, 2022

When it comes to arranging a trip to Leh Ladakh, one of the most commonly searched terms is “packing tips for Leh Ladakh trip.” Also, one of the most buzzed questions is what to wear in Ladakh for vacation or for bike trips. Ladakh is a tourist’s dream destination as well as one of India’s most beautiful places. A trip to this frigid desert will undoubtedly leave you with lifelong memories.

As a travel destination, Leh Ladakh is significantly different from the rest of the country’s regions. If a trip to Leh Ladakh is on your itinerary, you should start by compiling a list of things to carry. This will ensure that you are fully prepared for your journey. We are delighted to share our insights about what to wear in Leh Ladakh from clothes, shoes, accessories to every other thing. We hope our shared information helps you pack things for your upcoming Ladakh trip. So, go through this vivid Ladakh Clothing Guide.

What to wear in Leh Ladakh ?

First of all, you should bring clothing that can be worn in layers to assist you to acclimate to the changing temperatures in the sun and shade up in Leh-Ladakh. Yes, while the sun is shining in these early and late season months, everything appears to be fine until you enter a shaded area with the wind blowing, which is cold enough to require a jacket. As a result, use caution near it and prevent allowing the cold to enter the body in such circumstances.

Clothing List for Leh Ladakh Trip Throughout the Year:

The peak season for tourists in Ladakh is from June to September when both the Srinagar and Manali highways are open. The weather is lovely at this time of year. While evenings will stay frigid, severe temperatures will be extremely infrequent.

The clothes you pack for this trip will be very different from those you pack for a trip from October to May. The list below will help you pack in the cold climate, be comfortable during the wind, and cool during the sweat. So, keep going on to know the packing list for Leh Ladakh-

Jacket: The North Face Triclimate, a three-in-one jacket with a waterproof outer shell and a removable insulated inner layer, proved to be extremely versatile and ideal for Ladakh’s climate.

Windcheater: A windcheater that fits snugly and can be worn over the jacket is necessary if carrying a standard jacket/pullover, especially if visiting any of the lakes.

T-shirt: The jacket will protect your T-shirt/shirt, but nothing will save your trouser. It’ll inevitably become filthy. Of course, if you purchased a riding outfit that includes pants, you won’t need to look for jeans.

Trouser and Jeans: Choose one pair of trousers or a pair of jeans that is a little thicker than the rest and is your least favourite. This is going to be your riding pants. Because it’s pointless to get all your trousers dirty, wear this every day when riding.

Thermal or Warmer: You’ll need to put on a warm layer first. Your usual T-shirt or shirt will serve as the second layer. Wear a heavy jacket that is warm, windproof, and waterproof on top of both. This is when a down jacket comes in handy.

Gloves: Carry both a light and a heavy pair of gloves in the cold. That way, you may start with the thinner ones and work your way up to the heavier ones to keep your hands warm. If you’re riding a motorcycle in the summer, bring a heavy windproof jacket. If you’re driving or flying, a quality pair of woollen gloves will suffice.

Woollen Socks: 4 pairs of woollen socks are required. In addition, if visiting Ladakh during the winter months of November to March, you may require sturdy insulated shoes to protect your feet from the cold.

Caps: Because the sun is extremely intense in this area, bring at least one or two caps with you to protect yourself from direct sunlight. When children are out in the sun, they should always wear caps or hats. The UV rays are particularly intense in September and October, so you should protect your skin with hats/caps and high-SPF sunscreen products.

Shoes for Leh Ladakh Trip

When travelling by bike, just wear your regular athletic shoes. Wearing boots, choose one that won’t be destroyed by water. As a finishing touch, bring a pair of rubber sandals like the ones seen below. Stop for a moment at a water crossing, remove and secure your shoes, put on these rubber sandals, and cross. The type of shoes you need for your Leh Ladakh tour is determined by the activities you intend to participate in. Here are a few suggestions:

Sports Shoes or Sneakers
Carry a pair of comfortable walking shoes, such as sneakers or athletic shoes. Also, bring an extra pair of shoes with you.

Shoes for the Winter

  • In the winter, GumBoots recommends wearing furry or insulated boots.
  • There are several streams to cross, so you’ll need gumboots or other waterproof boots if you’re riding a bike.
  • Slippers You can wear slippers when you arrive at your hotel at the end of the day.

Season Wise Clothes for Leh Bike Trip Preparation

Summer: The temperatures in Ladakh fluctuate during this season, making it impossible to stay warm by wearing heavy woollens all of the time. During the day, you’ll get by with just a T-shirt and slacks, but as soon as the sun sets, you’ll seek a jacket. Furthermore, instead of two heavy woollens, carry four lighter ones, as well as lots of cotton apparel.

Winter: Be prepared for sub-zero temperatures if you visit Ladakh in the winter. Thermal underwear, heavy woollens, a windproof jacket, waterproof shoes, insulated socks, a woollen monkey cap, and sunglasses are all necessary. It will be extremely cold not only at night, but also during the day, so you must always keep yourself warm and comfortable.

Monsoon: Bring clothing that dries fast, such as polyester, for this season. The temperature is warm from June to August, so you can get away with wearing light woollens and windproof outerwear. Bring only light summer clothing instead of bulky winter clothing. Look for a garment that is both waterproof and windproof.

Checklist for Ladakh Bike Trip Accessories

Sunscreen Lotion: The scorching heat of Ladakh will leave your skin brown. To protect your skin from the sun, carry a sunscreen lotion with the highest SPF.

Sunglasses: Not only should you protect your skin from the sun, but you should also protect your eyes. The sun’s UV rays are hazardous to your eyes at high altitudes. As a result, bring a pair of comfortable sunglasses that you can wear for an extended period of time.

Bring a Lip Balm or Vaseline: The dry, chilly weather of Leh-Ladakh will dry up your lips, which can be uncomfortable due to cracking and skin peeling.

The List for Long Bike Ride Essentials

  • A good daypack is a must-have. On day trips, we used ours to transport food, extra woollens and stoles, chargers and devices, and windcheaters.
  • Multiple copies of identification (including those that have been notarized): We were never asked for ID papers on any of our excursions because we were Indian citizens.
  • In terms of food, Maggi may be found all along the road! We didn’t use much of our food allotment, particularly the pre-mixed tea packages! In most places in Ladakh, you can have some decent tea.
  • While travelling at a high altitude, carrying water mixed with Glucon C/D is a smart option because it delivers rapid energy on the go when your appetite is likely to be diminished due to AMS, and it doesn’t function as a diuretic like most caffeinated energy drinks.
  • Toilet paper, paper soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb If you have the space and need it, you can also bring your shaving kit and face wash, as well as any other necessities.
  • If you are a frequent smartphone user who plans to track your route on your favourite GPS App, bring a car charger or a power bank with you to keep your phone charged throughout the day.
  • If your phone has one, it’s not necessary, but if it doesn’t, carry a small LED flashlight.
  • Carrying enough cash to avoid wasting time withdrawing cash is my advice, it may not be realistic for everyone. Please keep in mind that ATMs are only available in Kargil and Leh outside of Srinagar and Manali, and they are few and far between, with often huge lines in front of them.
  • In Ladakh, only postpaid mobile phone connections from other states work, and of these, only BSNL has a presence beyond Leh. Carry a BSNL/MTNL postpaid connection unless you want to be reliant on STD booths.

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