First Snowfall in Ladakh for 2011-12


Unexpectedly, this year snowfall in Ladakh has arrived much earlier than expected. Higher reaches of Kargil and Drass received good amount of snowfall in last day and expected to get more in the coming 24 Hrs. Although too early to say, but it might be the case that winters may set in early this year. It will surely be a boon to all thouse Ladakh lovers who plan to visit the region late in the season.

Jammu, September 17, 2011
The higher reaches of the Ladakh region received the first snowfall of the season last night. With the fresh snowfall on the mountains, the mercury dipped a few degrees in Kargil and Drass.

Talking to The Tribune over the phone, Sonam Lotus, in-charge of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Jammu and Kashmir, said, “We have received the reports of the first snowfall of the season on the higher reaches of Kargil and Drass. About 10 cm of snow has been measured at these places.”

He added, “This year the snowfall has taken place well in advance. We had not expected the snowfall at this time. It is all due to the favorable conditions created by the monsoon that the snowfall occurred on the high altitudes.”

Asked whether the winter would approach early, Sonam said, “With just one snowfall we cannot forecast anything about the winter. But one thing was sure that the monsoon, which we were expecting to last till September 15, would extend this year.”

Substantiating his claims and comparing the monsoon with that last year, Sonam said the monsoon had arrived late last year. “This year, the monsoon reached the state before the scheduled time, but it may last till September 22-23, as the sky was cloudy at most of the places across the state,” he said, adding, “The western disturbances is the reason behind this development.”

Sonam said, “The higher reaches, including Kargil and Drass, are likely to get more snowfall, while rain may occur in other parts of the state in the next 24 hours.”

External Source: Snowfall on upper reaches of Ladakh

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  1. I m new to ur community buddy pls let me inform when i can see the heaviest snow fall in himalaya

    • Hello Manish,

      Very warm welcome buddy here. Generally, you can see snowfall in the months of January and February in most parts of Himalayan region.However, it depends on entirely when and where you are planning to visit. Let me know any specific place you need to visit and time you are comfortable because many places may not be accessible due to snow on the roads.

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any queries or doubts.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  2. Sankara Subramanian C on

    This is great news! I hope it is totally covered in snow when I am there in late December 🙂

    • Sankara, I am overwhelmed to see you here. A very warm welcome buddy 🙂 … Well, yes indeed you may find most of the things completely covered in snow and freezed by the time you plan to visit the heaven on earth, Ladakh. However, it is just one snowfall and let's see how the winters unfold this year. BTW, I will look forward to see a different Ladakh through your lens once you back from December.


      Dheeraj Sharma

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