India has always been a full platter when it comes to topography and beautiful destinations. From the white Rann of Kutch to the dense mangroves in the Sunderbans, this country never seems to stop awe-ing us. India is a well-known destination for adventure lovers, and especially mountain lovers who can be at home on the treks. Some of these treks can be done throughout the year, some in a specific time period and some are totally dependent on weather conditions. But, can any of these trails be done in the rain? Yes. There are several monsoon treks in India which will leave you awestruck throughout your trip.
Deciding which monsoon treks are best in India can be a tricky one. There are many trails, especially in the Himalayas that gets very risky with heavy rains and frequent landslides. However, there are numerous trails both in the Himalayas as well as the Western Ghats that are at their verdant best during the monsoon season.
We bring you closer to some of the best awe-inspiring monsoon treks in India which include both the Himalayan trekking trails as well as scenic trails in the Western Ghats which you shouldn’t miss while in India.
10 Spectacular Monsoon Treks in India You Shouldn’t Miss
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Jammu & Kashmir
This monsoon trek is different. It opens up to pristine high altitude lakes with snow-clad peaks, highlighting the magnificence of the Himalayas. Being one of the most popular treks in the valley of Kashmir, it is frequently visited by travelers galore and for every right reason. The scenic beauty is captivating, making it a must-do trek while in the Indian Himalayas. Crossing the high altitude Gadsar Pass (13,850 ft) as the rain comes down makes it more pleasurable to trek through, and you will surely remember the trip for years to come, getting intimate with the Himalayas.
- Duration: 8 Days
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Highest Gain: 13,850 feet
Valley Of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand
With close proximity to the famous high altitude treks in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is a relatively easy trek and is only accessible in the monsoon months from July till September. This trek allows you to venture into the virgin Himalayan grasslands, well along with other fellow travelers who come here to experience the unique flora scattered in the meadows. A photographer’s paradise, every turn will trigger you to the take out your camera gear, even if you just have a smartphone! You can also spot colorful butterflies, birds wondering about in the valley, and musk deer if you are that lucky trekker who gets to spot on!
- Duration: 7 Days
- Difficulty Level: Relatively Easy
- Highest Gain: 12,654 feet
Also Read: A Travel Guide to the Valley of Flowers Trek
Dzongri Trek, Sikkim
With a flurry of travelers coming to this trek almost all year around, Dzongri Trek is one of the most loved treks in the Eastern Himalayas for its verdant nature, rhododendron trees and breathtaking panoramic views of Mt.Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. While it is best to visit in the peak seasons of March-May and October – January, a visit in the monsoon season can bring you lush green and wet forests, traveling through places like Phedang and Bakhim. You will be reaching to the highlight of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim, is a must-do trek for every travel enthusiasts. If weather permits, don’t forget to stretch your journey to Goecha La.
- Duration: 9 Days
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Highest Gain: 16,207 feet
Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand
Also known as the Mystery Lake or the Skeleton Lake, Roopkund Lake Trek is probably one of the best monsoon treks in India. It’s a wonderful journey which has it all for you. From green surroundings, snow-capped peaks, thick forests, lovely meadows and narrow passes, you will be in the haven of Himalayan glaciers. The place looks like heaven during the rains, taking you to a lake high in the Himalayas that has several human skeletons in and around it. The lake is tangled with various folklores, wrapping you totally in the experience.
- Duration: 9 Days
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
- Highest Gain: 14,638 feet
Zanskar Valley Trek, Ladakh
During the monsoon rains, the Zanskar Valley Trek gives you a life moment in your travel diary. Savoring wonderful scenic beauty, you can get to pass famous monasteries, remote hamlets and wild canyons, which is why you should definitely carry spare batteries or solar charger while planning a trek here. One of the most rewarding monsoon treks in India, charms the best of wanderers, inviting you with enthralling sights and enchanting landscapes, and will turn you into a pro traveler if you aren’t yet. Be it high passes to the north of Lamayuru or Vale of Kashmir in the west or Lahaul Valley in the south, Zanskar has all the elements that incite the explorers into the Lost Valley!
- Duration: 16 to 28 Days
- Difficulty Level: Difficult
- Highest Gain: 11,500 to 23,000 feet
Sinhagad Monsoon Trek, Pune
A trek to the 17th-century fort of Sinhagad is perfect day trek when you are wandering in the Western Ghats. This historic fort still emits the splendid valor of Maratha warriors during the Sinhagad Battle, the reins look captivating especially in the monsoon months with verdant open surroundings. The sunrise and the sunset will certainly excite the shutterbugs, making the quick monsoon trek even more wonderful.
- Duration: 1 Day
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Highest Gain: 4,320 feet
Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
An ideal trek for every kind of trekkers, Hampta Pass Trek looks like a heavenly beauty during the monsoon months. Forming a gateway between Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley, this stunning trail begins from the popular hill station, Manali and expands to alpine forests, open grasslands, glaciers, and colorful gorges. This route is relatively less ventured in the monsoon months when compared with other monsoon treks in India, ideal for finding peace while traversing through the trail. Sometimes you crave to set out, to a quiet, peaceful world, and Hampta Pass can literally take you there.
- Duration: 4-5 Days
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Highest Gain: 14,100 feet
Tsomoriri – Spiti Valley Trek via Parang La
Blessed by unspoiled natural scenery and a great weather during the monsoon rains, Tsomoriri – Spiti Valley Trek via Parang La is an exciting experience for expert trekkers and one of the best treks in India in monsoon. Walk through the Tibetan nomad hamlet of Changthang, explore the monasteries of Indus Valley, keep walking through verdant grassland, and reach the azure waters of Tso Moriri Lake where you also get to enjoy camping. After acclimatization, trek up to the demanding Parang Pass and then descending to the beautiful Spiti Valley. Savor the ambiance.
- Duration: 23 days, 14 days trekking
- Difficulty Level: Strenuous
- Highest Gain: 18,700 feet
Nanda Devi Sanctuary Trek, Uttarakhand
Nanda Devi Sanctuary is a delight and becomes more so during the monsoon rains. A World Heritage Site, the beauty of this terrain is further intensified with rhododendrons, birch and juniper forests. You will have to prepare well for this trail as this trail can be tricky and will test your skill to navigate through narrow uphill and undulating slopes.
One of the most challenging monsoon treks in India, this trail will take you to the heart of a glacial basin formed by glacial erosion, and with regular sightings of musk deer, I would say we should try it at least once in your lifetime. If lucky, you can even spot a Himalayan black bear and occasional glimpses by a snow leopard.
- Duration: 10 Days
- Difficulty Level: Challenging
- Highest Gain: 13,940 feet
Pin Parvati Trek, Himachal Pradesh
Probably the best of the lot, Pin Parvati Trek is often known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, as this valley offers mesmerizing views to the trekkers and travelers alike. This trek can be that thrilling challenge you want to experience, especially in the monsoon months. It will take you through the forests and beautiful meadows of the Parvati Valley to the Buddhist villages in the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti.
The sharp contrast in landscapes, culture, flora, and fauna will catch you off-guard, taking the pain of traversing over 100 km away in a whisker.
- Duration: 14 – 17 Days
- Difficulty Level: Strenuous and Challenging
- Highest Gain: 17,450 feet
Most of these monsoon treks in India requires you to be physically fit and ready for an adventure. Especially in the rainy season, as you will need to be cautious and steady as many of these treks pass through dangerous bends, twists and erratic altitude gain and loss.
However, if you are ready, gearing for some action and thrill in the monsoon months, trust me, these scenic treks will blow you away with their natural beauty and majesticness.