June 21, 2021
CM Content Team
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.
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.
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.
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.
Difficulty: Moderate- Difficult
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:
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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