HIMALAYAN TREKS DURING MONSOON
The Monsoon season across India begins from June and ends in September. The weather varies from place to place. As a trekker, there might be some questions in your mind like – Is it possible to trek during these months? Would it be safe? And many more! So, here I am going to discuss about the Himalayan Treks During Monsoon
Do not Choose Treks in North East India During Monsoon
The North East India receives heavy rainfall during this period and the rains are vigorous which makes trekking difficult. So avoid treks lying there from May – Sep.
Here are some tips to go on Himalayan Treks During Monsoon –
JUNE – Best Time to Go On High Altitude Treks
Many parts of India may experience heavy rains in June but the Monsoon reaches Uttarakhand after first week of July and a few days later it heads over to Himachal Pradesh, till then the Himalayas remain dry. So, June is the best time to trek in the Himalayas.
Himalayan Treks to do in June
At this period of time they remain at full bloom. The deep valleys are dark and charming, the meadows blossom and the mountain flanks still have thick snow.
JULY – It is possible to go on Himalayan treks during July
Trekking in July is possible but the rains are frequent – not very much to wretch your trek. But the real rains occur in the month of August. Now, we move to Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Treks in Himachal starts only after the snow melts and the passes become accessible (mid-June). By mid- July monsoon reaches Himachal.
Himalayan Treks to do in July –
On Hampta Pass Trek the rains reduces, once you cross the Lahaul and after traversing the pass you enter the rain shadow region. So rains occur only on one side of the trek.
Valley of flowers is an unmatched monsoon trek of Uttarakhand in India. It is at its best during this time because frequent rains make thousands of varied Himalayan flowers bloom making the valley picturesque.
Another great trek to do in July is Kanamo Peak. The trails are through Spiti via quaint villages of Kibber and Kaza. Kashmir treks are also open in July because it is a rain shadow region and experiences very little rainfall.
AUGUST – Experience the blooming trails
The treks turn prettier in the month of August and Kashmir experiences more rains during this time but the trekking is not affected. During the end of August witness Kashmir at its best.
Himalayan Treks to do in August –
In the August end these are wonderful treks to do in Kashmir.
SEPTEMBER – Again, the Season of High Altitude Treks
After September’s third week there is snowfall on the passes and monsoon ends in mid-September. At this time high altitude treks can be done.
Himalayan Treks to do in September –
Do not be worried about trekking in monsoon you only have to choose your treks wisely and it will be the best season to trek in India.
Written by – Tulika Negi