Packing for Winter in Ladakh

Welcome to the winter wonderland called Ladakh.

During the months of winter, temperatures in Ladakh ranges between -8C to -22C and RealFeel being -17C to -35C. Surviving the winter in Ladakh is not a child’s play and you need to be very well prepared to survive the harsh winter and the difficult terrain.

Based on our recent experience, here we give you a list of items that you need to pack to survive the winter in Ladakh:

Packing for winter in Ladakh

Wearing: Beanie – Acessorize India | Jacket – H & M


1. Beanies  – A must, as this will help you save your ears and head from the cold wind.

2. Scarf – A Nice chunky scarf to keep you warm and toasty.

3. Warm winter gloves – Pack a pair of nice gloves, either ski gloves or leather gloves, any one of them would do. It is almost impossible to move in the open without a pair of warm gloves during winter.

4. Neck Warmer – Neck warmer are the coolest thing this winter. Pack one or two to keep you warm.


Wearing: Beanie – Bought from the store at the Hotel Lobby , Ladakh | Coat – Promod | Scarf : H & M

5. Furry Winter Ear Muffs – A furry winter muff is very helpful in protecting your ears against the brutally cold wind of Ladakh.

7. Woollen Socks –  Trust us on this, Woollen socks are a must. Carry at least 2-3 pairs to go with your trip. It will keep your feet warm and functioning. 🙂

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7. Thermals – Preferably Merino wool thermals, this is the most important piece of winter clothing that you would need. Thermals help in creating a warm inner layer as a base.

8. Heavy Coat or Down Jacket – Bundle up in the frosty air with a nice heavy coat or down jacket preferably with synthetic insulation.

9. Ski Pants – Ski pants are helpful in layering and the good part is that they do not take much space in your luggage.

10. Poncho – This is my latest obsession, ponchos are an absolutely cool piece to add to your winter wardrobe. They can be used for layering or you can just throw on for evening hangouts or dinners at the hotel.

11. Sweater – Pack some colourful sweaters to get rid of the winter blues.


Wearing: Beanie & Neck Warmer – Acessorize India | Coat – Promod | Boots – Macy NewYork

12. Draped Cardigan – A winter essential, you can’t go wrong with this one.

13. Long / Short Basics T-shirts w/ or w/o Sleeve for Layering – Layering is the key for surviving the winters in Ladakh, so make sure you pack well.

14. Black Denim – The most versatile piece in the closet.

15. Dark Denim – A must 😉

16. Fleece-lined Leggings – Fleece leggings are the coolest new entry, can be worn under a dress, ski pants or just used as a layer.

17. Dress – Preferably a sweater dress

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18. Leg Warmer – I love this, a nice pair of leg warmer adds so much fun to a boring winter outfit.

19. Waterproof / Snow Boots – One which can withstand rain or snow and protects your feet from getting wet in the snow.

20. Sunglasses – Winter or Summer, sunglasses are the must have. 😀

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1. Moisturizer –  A Lots.

2. Lip Balm – Carry a good lip balm with sun protection to get rid of the cracky lips.

3. Sunscreen Lotion ( SPF above 50 ) – Higher the better as you tend to get skin burns when under the sun as the sun is pretty harsh in higher altitudes.

4. Wet Wipes –  No-brainers

5. Scrub –  To get rid of the dry skin.

6: Face Pack –  No doubt skin needs extra care during winter, so face packs are good to get back to your glowing skin and look the best during winter vacation.

7. Hand Cream –  Winter is harsh and make you hands dry, so a nice hand cream comes very handy.

8. Dry Shampoo – For a bit of boost during winter months, dry shampoo is great.

9. Night Cream –  Repair and nourish your skin.




1. Dry Fruits: Carry and keep munching to keep your energy level up.

2. Dark Chocolates: Who says NO to chocolates 😉


Diamox – Diamox [Acetazolamide] is prescribed to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.(generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters).  As you might feel dizziness or headaches due to high altitude and lack of oxygen. We would highly suggest you to consult a doctor before you take one.




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Many thanks to Hotel Grand Dragon Ladakh for making this amazing trip possible.

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  • Reply
    Archana Kapoor
    January 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    and to think of it, we have to do all of this here… just last week thanks to the winds it went to -16 degrees and it also snowed over the weekend…. brrr….

    Great tips dear… thanks for sharing 🙂 <3

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      I know 🙁 .. we used to stay in New York and east coast winters are brutal …

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    January 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Amazing article. I wonder how you guys take time off to plan such a trip. I’m just in the initial days of my work and unable to travel far. Great blog ! Keep it up ! 🙂

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Glad you like it 🙂

      We plan our vacations well in advance and make use of every single leaves we have, including sick leaves 🙂

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    The Untourists
    January 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Why would you suggest Dark Demin as a must?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      A well fitted dark blue denim just goes with everything… a classic option that will never go out of style 😉

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    January 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This is indeed a comprehensive list and I didn’t have some it myself!

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    Tales of Travelling Sisters
    January 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    A perfect list of winter travel essentials. Its definitely gonna be of great help for us. Thanks for the share Swati and Sam 🙂

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    January 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    superb photos 🙂

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    Anuradha Goyal
    January 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Oh My God ! That is one comprehensive list…I am sure I did not carry 90% of that list on Ladakh trip.

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    Leena Walawalkar
    January 29, 2016 at 8:07 am

    That sure is a pretty exhaustive list! And those are some real lovely pics, yours with the beanie is supercute dearie 🙂

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    Alok Singhal
    January 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    A must-have list…speaks a lot about your experience from the trip. Thanks!

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    March 6, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Wow! This is quite an exhaustive list 🙂

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