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A Trail in the Rain

It's almost the monsoon, and what better than to spend some time getting drenched in the rain in some of the most beautiful places in India? Get out your hiking boots and get ready to plan your next outdoor adventure. Hobbyist World maps out some of the best monsoon treks and hikes that are on offer.

Valley of Flowers

It is only during the rainy season from July till September, that the Valley of Flower National Park remains open making it one of the top treks in India in monsoon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is the second core zone in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. During the monsoon rains, the valley gets covered with a colourful sheet of beautiful flowers, making the place even more captivating. The amazing weather is an added bonus to the hued scenery. Trekkers can also spot colourful butterflies, birds, and animals like Musk Deer. Do not forget to click some photographs.

  • Difficulty Level: Easy

  • Elevation: 12654 feet

Kashmir Great Lakes

One of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley, Kashmir Great Lake Trek has glistening lakes and stunning mountainous scenery as its highlight. This trek offers you a chance to visit some of the high-altitude lakes, boasting off mesmerizing surroundings, and snow-clad peaks. As the rain comes crashing from above, walk along the banks of lakes like Gangabal, Gadsar, Kishangarh, Nundkol, and Vishnasar. Snow-clad peaks, lush ambience and placid lakes, all look captivating.

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • Elevation: 13,750 feet

Chembra Peak

This trek is a dreamy trail through mist and cloud covered cliffs of Wayanad, all to end up at the heart-shaped Chembra Lake. Behold the green tea estates of Kerala as you ascend into the forests and go past a watch tower to the magical Chembra lake. This trail does absolute justice to the monsoon magic in South India.

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Elevation: 6890 feet

Torna Fort

Combine heritage with this short hike up the Sahyadris to the Torna Fort. Starting at Velhe village near Pune, this trek takes you across a stream to lush green plateaus, dotted by gushing cascades. Don’t miss the abandoned temples and desolate buildings that take you back in time. Get ready for a treat as you spot two valleys separated by a ridge on which you will be walking. A cloud covered hike along this green trail definitely gives you a wet yet magical flavour of monsoon.

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Elevation: 4603 feet

Rumtse- Tso Moriri

The magic of Ladakh is best experienced through this monsoon trail that takes you from Rumtse in Lahaul to one of the highest lakes in India – Tso Moriri. A slightly difficult hike, but worth every minute for the sights along the way are just magical. Discover the saltwater lake of Tso Kar enclosed by the stunning mountains. Keep an eye out for the stunning birdlife in the Changthang Plateau that you cross, all the way till you reach this gorgeous blue coloured wonder – Tso Moriri.

  • Difficulty: Difficult

  • Elevation: 13,772 feet to 15,006 feet

Hampta Pass

Highlights: This trek makes one experience the entirety of Himachal Pradesh’s natural beauty. The trail starts from the popular destination of Manali and then connects with Lahaul and Kullu regions. Alpine forests, extensive lush green meadows, glaciers, and the mighty mountain ranges are just some of the things that can enthral any trekker.

  • Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate

  • Elevation: 14,100 feet