Is monsoon the good time to go trekking in Indian Himalayas?
Well, let’s try to put it this way…
…It has Always, Always, Always been about breaking the rules and pushing the limits when in the Indian Himalayas. Be it the season of snowy winter or the threatening monsoon time with landslide and roadblock threats; the spirit of those hopelessly in love with Indian Himalayas cannot be broken. However, if we go by the records, the season of monsoon does witness a bit of slow pace tourism, and that’s probably because of the widespread misconception that no interesting activity can be enjoyed in the rainy season. But we beg to differ! Monsoon, though a little naughty and annoying sometimes, is indeed ideal time for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. In fact, the truth is, there are several treks that can only be done in the monsoon season. And all one needs to do is to research well, carry the appropriate gears and most importantly have a heart for adventure.
Below are few things that might prepare you for your best trekking expedition in the Indian Himalayas that too in the monsoon:
Ok, we admit, it is a fact that you cannot plan to trek anywhere and everywhere you like in the Indian Himalayas during the monsoon season. However, there are still a plethora of trekking places in India that you can choose from. We suggest the following for your monsoon trekking adventure:
Yes, the whole of Ladakh awaits to embrace you in the monsoon season. And there must be hundreds of trekking trails waiting for you to choose from. Ladakh, that has an average elevation is between 3000-5000 m is known to reserve lesser rainfall compared to other Indian Himalayan states. Also, since June to September is only period that Ladakh is not covered in snow, it gives another reason for you to consider this paradisiacal place for trekking. From its easy treks of Sham Valley to moderate treks such as Markha Valleyto difficult ones like Stok Kangri; every trek in Ladakh is at its best during the monsoon period. You can expect light showers of rain but then what you will most likely to encounter are sunny and warm days, clear skies and the most exquisite views.