World’s Best Cold Desert Destinations

What Are They ?

Cold deserts are high-altitude deserts; they can also see sub-zero temperatures in winter.

Where Are They ?

They are in Central Asia, parts of South Asia, North America, South America, Antarctica, and the Arctic.

Ladakh, Spiti And Sikkim, India

Places like the Nubra Valley and Changthang in Ladakh, Gurudongmar in Sikkim, and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh are India’s high-altitude deserts.

Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert is the coldest desert in Chile. Due to its geographical location, temperature here ranges from zero to 30 degrees.

Gobi Desert, Mongolia And China

Parts of the Gobi Desert in East and Central Asia are some of the most hostile places on Earth, temperature-wise.

Taklamakan Desert, China

This desert was a major part of the old Silk Route. Taklamakan has a harsh and windy winter.


Though not a desert in the traditional sense, Antarctica is a cold desert nonetheless.