Monsoon Treks in India that You Don't Want to Miss
Indian terrain dotted with towering mountains and diverse hiking trails is an indisputable paradise for trekkers. And if you are one of those who has been longing to realize your trekking dream, the monsoon season is the best time to set out on one. This rainy season scale new heights and land up in the middle of lush-greenery, eternal mountain views, and cascading waterfalls. Put on the trekking boots as we have lined up some of the best treks in India that you must embark on this monsoon. Check out some of the best places to visit in July to September
Grade: Easy - Moderate
Region: Chamoli, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days (2 days one side)
One of the most sought-after monsoon treks in India is the one to the Valley of Flowers also known as the “Phoolon ki Ghati”. Intoxicating is this trek in Uttarakhand that opens to the bewitching views of a valley covered with a riot of around 300 species of endemic alpine flowers. The spectacular sight of the Himalayan mountains in the backdrop with puffy clouds floating around is sure to make your heart skip a beat. Listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Valley of Flowers is a national park situated within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Trekkers who wish to submerge in pristine natural beauty, trek to the Valley of Flowers is going to be an ultimate pick.
Grade: Moderate – Difficult
Region: Gagangir, Jammu and Kashmir
Duration: 7 days
Bragging about an incomparable trekking trail, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek will make you rub your eyes in disbelief. Witnessing the unparalleled beauty of 7 alpine lakes day after day is sure to sweep you off your feet. Considered as the most ethereal trek especially in the monsoon season, this one will offer you the chance to hike past flower-strewn pathways opening to 360 degrees panoramic views of verdant meadows, and towering snow-clad peaks, and pristine high-altitude lakes. If you wish to encounter nature’s wonderment, a trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes in Jammu & Kashmir must top your list.
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Region: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 6 days
An absolute delight is the contrasting and extremely dramatic monsoon trek to Hampta Pass. Starting from Manali, the year-round trek for adventurers, Hampta Pass is an epic crossover trek that starts from Kullu district and leads to the Lahaul region. Encompassing vividly changing landscape, the trekking trail switches from alpine forests, freshwater streams to the tree-less lofty mountains. Besides the dramatic shift, one also gets to witness 180-degree captivating views of Lahaul – Spiti Valleys, the Pir Panjal Range, and the Indrasena Peak. The last day trek to the turquoise Chandrataal Lake set amidst the austere cold desert will be quite an experience. The trek to Hampta Pass any day is an epic Himalayan hike in the monsoon season.
Difficulty: Moderate- Difficult
Duration: 6 days
Considered as the most promising treks in the monsoon season, the Markha Valley Trek has admirers worldwide. Offering stunning views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges this trek in Ladakh is pictorial and loaded with adventure. The most rewarding experiences are traversing the high pass Kongmaru La and eye witnessing the mesmeric Mt Kang Yatse. Waist-deep river crossings and the spectacular sight of the lush green field right in the middle of the barren mountains make this trek stand out from the rest. Not forgetting to mention the diminutive settlements in the Markha Valley that offer the explorers an added chance to experience the local culture. If you are yearning to be a part of a gripping trekking experience in the monsoon season, then Markha Valley is going to be an ideal trek between July and September.
Life is too short to take late decisions, so stop thinking and put your mettle to test. Realize your much-awaited trek this monsoon season in India.
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