Valley of Flowers Kashmir Great Lakes

Monsoon Treks in India

India's diverse landscapes offer a thrilling adventure during the monsoon season, and what better way to explore it than through invigorating treks. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the colourful valleys of Uttarakhand, this blog will guide you through the best monsoon treks in India, specifically focusing on treks in July. Get ready to embrace the lush greenery, misty trails, and cascading waterfalls as we unveil the hidden gems and must-visit destinations for all trekking enthusiasts. Lace up your boots and get ready for an unforgettable journey amidst nature's embrace.

Valley of Flowers 

Grade: Easy - Moderate

Region: Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Duration: 7 hours

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 valleys 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. For trekkers who wish to submerge in pristine natural beauty, trekking to the Valley of Flowers is going to be an experience of a lifetime. 

Kashmir Great Lakes

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 one of the best monsoon treks in India, 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.

Hampta Pass Markha Valley

Hampta Pass

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 the 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.

Markha Valley

Difficulty: Moderate- Difficult

Region:  Ladakh 

Duration: 6 days

Considered as the best trek in India, the Markha Valley Trek has admirers worldwide. Offering stunning views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges, this trek in Ladakh offers the best scenic views and is loaded with adventure. The most rewarding experiences are traversing the high pass Kongmaru La and 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.

When planning to go trekking in the monsoon season, it's important to take certain precautions and be prepared for the unique challenges that come with this time of year. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience during the monsoon:

  • Opt for treks that are suitable for the monsoon season, such as trails with well-marked paths, less steep terrains, and fewer risks of landslides.
  • Carry appropriate rain gear, including a waterproof jacket, pants, and a backpack cover. Wear quick-drying and moisture-wicking clothing to stay comfortable during the trek.
  • Invest in good-quality, waterproof trekking shoes with a sturdy grip to avoid slipping on wet and slippery trails.
  • Carry essential items such as a first aid kit, extra clothes, insect repellent, a waterproof bag for electronics, a torch, and extra batteries.
  • Trekking in a group is safer during the monsoon season. It allows for better support, sharing of resources, and assistance in case of emergencies. 

Remember, safety should be the top priority during monsoon treks. With proper planning, adequate preparation, and a cautious approach, you can enjoy the beauty of nature while minimizing risks.

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