The days of lush green flora showered with heavenly downpour gives this weather just the right amount of chill in the air.
However, as pleasant as it is, with disruptive human intervention, monsoons on the hills have led to cautiously spread out getaway trips.
So? Shall we just watch this marvellous show from our balconies? Hell no! There are some fine treks on the Himalayan range solely meant to be taken in monsoon. Yes, let’s talk about them.
When else will these flowers and shrubs bloom if not after a refreshing rain shower? One of UNESCO’s world heritage site, Valley of Flowers is open from 1 June to 4 October. However, July-August are termed as the best months to see these flowers in full bloom. Situated on Nanda Devi biosphere, the valley is at a distance of 300 kilometers from Rishikesh at an elevation of 12,654 ft. It takes up to 7 days to cover an entire trek. Depending on how much you cover and at what time you visit, you’ll find some portions in green and pink while some in glaciers.
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A link between Kullu valley and Lahaul valley, the trek of Hampta pass is filled with beautiful surprises at every step. Spot musk deer, oaks and pines greet you as you go from the lush greens of Kullu to the rocky patches of Lahaul valley. The 14,100 ft trek starts at Manali and takes almost five days to cover.
Situated near Auli, the Kuari pass trek is all things Yash Raj Films: starry nights, lush green meadows and fluffy sheep for friends, Kuari pass literally translates into “doorways” which it is to the Himalayas — and the heavens! In Chamoli district of the Garhwal region, Kuari Pass is a breezy five-day trek and offers a spectacular view of 12 Himalayan peaks.
Roopkund is a pristine lake in the lap of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The lake has a lot of speculated stories weaved around it because of the presence of a number of skeletons around the lake. Yet, Roopkund trek is one of the most celebrate trek routes in Uttarakhand owing to its marvelous snowcapped peaks and it being an apparent abode of Lord Shiva. The Shivling Camp and Baghu Basru are the most sought-after camping spots on this route. The trek is pretty challenging and so trekkers should be well prepared for rocky terrains and unexpected river flow.
In the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas lies Indrahar pass, one of the most sought after routes for shepherds for pasture grazing in the summers. Indrahar pass is the nearest trek of Dharamshala but involves a lot of rocky terrain which makes for continuous climbing over boulders. It’s ideally a seven-day trek at an altitude of 4,342 meters.
Nundkol, Gangabal, Vishnasar, Satsar, Gadsar and Kishanagar lakes one by one occur on your trek to show you how every landscape wallpaper on your office desktop is not Photoshopped but real. Crystal clear, sparkling water reflects rugged mountains and soft meadows as monsoon clouds hover around aimlessly. It’s a long trek of almost 10 days, starting from Srinagar to Gangabal. The trek is closed in the first part of the month due to heavy snowfall. From June to November, it’s open for trekkers all over.
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One of the most popular yet most challenging treks, Pin Parvati will require a good 10-15 days. Starting from Manali to Kheerganga, the famous spring water spot, you will trek all the way to Pin Pass and Spiti region. You can also try rafting across the Spiti region to taste heavenly, fresh wates from the glaciers. The trek has Buddhist monasteries, snow leopards, blue flowers and oak trees to keep you company. One of the longest treks with 5000 m to cover, Pin Parvati is going to give you an achiever’s glee.
Although an extensive and challenging trek of 20 days at an elevation of 5700 meters, this trek gives you much more than you can ever expect. Said to be one of the best monsoon treks in the country, there is a place for all things meditative — Buddhist musing, grassland walks, sparkling waters of Tso Moriri lake and star-lit camping. After you trek to Parang Pass, you get to descend to a spectacular view of Spiti Valley. Undoubtedly, this is going to be on of the best moments of your life.
If you are a beginner and have just 2 days on hand, you can still trek the hills of Uttarakhand. The trek of Dayara Bugyal is a short 9-kilometer trek leading up to beautiful green meadows. You can start trekking from Barsu village coming all the way down to Raithal. Bharna Tal will also be one of the winning spots of this trek, which will be brimming with water and fishes in monsoon.
One of the easiest and yet the most phenomenal treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley is a 6-8 day trek with three passes on its way: Stok La (4,848 m), Kongmaru La (5,274 m) and Gandla (4,878 m). The trek passes through the banks of river Markha giving a marvelous view en-route. However, since it’s not a difficult climb, one can reach the peak pretty soon and might have to adjust themselves quickly to higher elevation.
However, despite all the thrill and adventure monsoon trekking gives you, one needs to be extra cautious due to unexpected weather changes, flash floods and landslides. Research well about the weather from the locals before you make a trip uphill. While trekking, if the weather doesn’t feel right, swallow your pride and descend down. It’s any day wiser to scramble your thrilling plans than be stuck in a crisis situation.