Grab your hiking boots now! Here are the 7 best monsoon treks in India

Are you a trekking enthusiast but unsure of the right treks to undertake in these peak monsoon months?

In this article, you will discover the seven best treks in India that you can experience during the monsoon season. You will also know which parts of India are safe for trekking during this season and which are to be avoided.

So let’s get started!

North India treks

1. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

One of the most sought after treks in India, the Valley of Flowers is worth every effort to reach this place. The best time to visit the valley is in July when the flowers are in full bloom. Watch a million flowers of every color in bloom, covering every inch of the valley like a carpet. Marvel at the creation of nature as you experience the spectacular beauty of this place.

The trek to the Valley of Flowers is moderately difficult and takes around 4-5 days to reach as you stop and camp on the way to acclimatize to the height. The rain adds to the beauty of the place as you make your way to the top and is almost nonexistent in the valley allowing you to enjoy the views.

The Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand. Photo: Shutterstock/Debanjan0013

In August, the flowers begin to fade, but the place offers its beauty with its snow-capped mountains and its green setting.

2. Tarsar Marsar, Jammu and Kashmir

The most beautiful trek Tarsar Marsar in Kashmir is the most scenic trekking trail ever. Tarsar Marsar is where hikers discover three alpine lakes. Trekkers can not only camp right next to the snow-fed aquamarine lakes, but also hike the entire perimeter of Tarsar and Sundaresar lakes, which offer mesmerizing views true to the name given to this place “Heaven on Earth”.

View from the top of Tarsar Marsar, Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Shutterstock/Shubam Porwal

The magical Marsar Lake remains hidden under a shroud of clouds and is only visible after hiking to an overhanging cliff where the lake is located 600-700 feet below. Consider yourself blessed if you see the big lake and the sun rising over the horizon as the lake disappears in seconds once the clouds work their way in and settle back over the lake. A truly magical sight to behold!

3. Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

The Hampta Pass is a cross trek in the Himalayas. A moderate to difficult hike, it takes about six days to reach the pass, which sits at 14,000 feet above sea level.

Hampta pass is known as the most spectacular cross trek as on one side of the pass is the verdant valley of Kullu with its green slopes and blooming flowers, while on the other side is the arid barren landscape of Lahaul-Spiti. Valley. When you stand at the top of Hampta Pass, you can see a world of difference between the terrain you left behind and the terrain that awaits you.

Landscapes of Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh. Photo: Shutterstock/sumankyal

Hampta Pass is also known as Valley of Flowers in Himachal as the landscape is very similar to Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal.

Treks in Western India

4. Harishchandragad Hike, Maharashtra

The Western Ghats also offer exhilarating monsoon treks that can test the strength and fitness of many. A moderately difficult trek is to Harishchandragrad, a 6th century hill fort.

A particular stretch of the trek known as Cobra’s Hood is one of the toughest climbs as it takes you directly to an elevation of 4,900 feet above sea level. But once at the top, the scenic beauty of the place compensates for all efforts and efforts made.

Hike Harishchandragad, Maharashtra. Photo: Shutterstock/Dilchaspiyaan

The place offers a mesmerizing view of the rain-washed green valley and the Konkan Kada, a cliff which is the main attraction of Harishchandragad. The cliff is vertical and overhangs like the hood of a cobra.

In Harishchandragad, be sure to visit the Stone Age cave of Kedareshwar, which houses a large Shivalinga, waist-deep in water (also believed to be the origin of the Mangalganga River).

5. Sinhagad Trek, Maharashtra

The Sinhagad Trek near Pune offers magnificent sunrise and sunset views over the Western Ghats, with the historic 17th-century fort serving as the backdrop. The rains also add to the beauty of the green landscapes of the place. A relatively easy trek compared to the Harishchandragad Trek, Sinhagad is at an elevation of 4,300 feet above sea level.

Sinhagad Fort in Pune. Photo: Shutterstock/Camera Monkey

The fort also offers stunning views of Khadakwasla Dam and Torna Fort.

Treks in South India

6. Kumara Parvatha Hike, Karnataka

Kumara Parvatha is the second highest peak in Karnataka at 5,600 feet above sea level. It is home to the famous Kukke Subramanya temple which makes the trek more popular.

The trek, although difficult, is quite scenic. Sections of this hike can be a little strenuous, but the scenic 14km climb is worth it.

Kumara Parvatha Hike, Karnataka. Photo: Shutterstock/explorewithinfo

Embark on this scenic hike for an enriching experience and keep an eye out for various Nandi idols along the way!

7. Chembra Peak Trek, Kerala

One of the most rewarding monsoon treks is the trek through the vast and scenic tea plantations of Wayanad to reach Chembra Peak in God’s own country.

Home to the famous heart-shaped Chembra Lake, the summit, being Wayanad’s highest point at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level, offers panoramic views of the misty valley and beyond.

The Lake of Love at Chembra Peak, Wayanad, Kerala. Photo: Shutterstock/Dev Varun

In addition, hikers also have the option of camping by the lake!

It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the lake, a relatively easy hike. September is the best month to embark on this trek when the rains are disappearing.

Treks to avoid in monsoon season

Many trekking organizations offer treks throughout the year; however, experienced expert trekkers like India Treks recommend refraining from doing a monsoon trek to the following places:

• Most treks in Uttarakhand above 10,000ft (except Valley of Flowers) should be avoided during this season as it rains heavily and the trails are dangerous and slippery.

• Avoid the Northeast treks offered in the country during this period, as this region receives the highest rainfall in the country.

Some other treks to avoid during the monsoon are:

• Bhushi Dam, Lonavala

• Kalavantin Durg Trek, Raigad

• Mullayangiri Hike, Karnataka

We hope you have planned your next trek to some of the safe and exhilarating places mentioned above. So what are you waiting for? Prepare your trekking gear and embark on an unforgettable experiential journey!

Happy trekking!

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