Here is the list of the 7 best monsoon treks in India to pump your adrenaline. The thrill of a new terrain, a new adventure and above all the beauty of darker skies and greener terrestrials is what gets a trekker going in the monsoons.

1. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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The Valley of Flowers, is nestled high in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Frozen during the colder months, it bursts into its youthful splendor at the advent of summer. It is perched gracefully amidst the towering Himalayan peaks, at an altitude of 3,858m. With millions of species of wild flowers in every possible color, the entire valley has an ambrosial scent to it. It’s the perfect setting for a trek, that is moderate in level. The terrains vary throughout, with some steep ascends/ descends. However, even a beginner can undertake this. In case someone is still unsure, there is an arrangement for ponies at some points throughout the trek.

The average trek duration is 6 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 38 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 15,696 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: June to September

Difficulty level: Moderate

2. Tarsar Marsar Trek, Kashmir

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Kashmir, popularly known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ has valleys well renowned for trekking in Kashmir. These valleys are a desirable and yielding site to commence the exhilarating sport of Trekking. Tarsar Marsar Trek is a trek encompassing a journey to two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, surrounded by the peaks of Kolahi Mountain. It is a trek of moderate level which can be rambled by any nature lover, with the highest Peak being achievable at 13, 000 ft. The trek can be accomplished easily without any need of acclimatization.

The average trek duration is 7 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 33 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 13,500 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: July to September

Difficulty level: Moderate

3. Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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The mountains of Himachal Pradesh are used for many adventure sports, with trekking being one among them that is considerably carried out there. The Hampta pass trek is considered to be the easiest and convenient of all treks in Himachal Pradesh. Thus, it is not really the most adrenalin-rush-giving or the most sought after trek. However, it definitely is a trek that will leave you in awe of its beauty. One reason why the Hampta Pass Trek is a famous trekking zone is snow; the pass has lump sum snow which draws tourists and trekkers avidly. The variation in the trails, easy access and an exceptional, adventurous and hair-raising crossing of the pass makes the trek an exciting one.

The average trek duration is 5 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 26 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 14,100 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: May to first week of October

Difficulty level: Easy

4. Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand

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The Roopkund trek is the quintessential Himalayan trek. Roopkund is a mountain lake, again lying in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Placed at a high altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. It is also referred to as the ‘Mystery Lake’, or the ‘Skeletal Lake’, on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake. Make sure you are in good physical health for this trek, as at this altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser and to adapt to the thinning air quickly.

The average trek duration is 8 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 53 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 15,696 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: June to October

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

5. Indrahar Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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Starting at McLeodganj (Dharamsala) in the Kangra valley, the Indrahar Pass Trek progresses over the impressive snowbound Dhauladhar range and ends at Chamba. The trek propounds a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. The Indrahar Pass Trek begins with a steady climb that proceeds into a steep one. Experience walking amidst rich wildlife areas and witness wild goats, leopards and the Monal bird along with an ultimate adventurous experience, comprising of continuous climbing often over boulders. Interestingly, this is a geologically active region, set on a major thrust zone of the Indian plate. All these factors definitely make this one a must in the list of the most challenging treks in India.

Be careful of formidable obstacles like falling rocks, slippery rocks, stinging nettles, insects, landslides and rivers in spate amongst many others.

The average trek duration is 8 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 100 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 14,245 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: June to September

Difficulty level: Difficult

6. Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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This one’s for the seasoned trekkers! The most beautiful region during the trek is the Pin Parvati valley of Spiti. It is risky and difficult given high altitude, lengthy crossing areas, and heavy snowfall for almost the entire year. The name Pin Parvati Pass was derived after the linking of Parvati valley in Kullu and the Pin valley in Spiti. The famous Kheerganga trek too is a part of this pass. Further to Kheerganga, lies Thakurkuan where trekkers can enjoy the wildlife sanctuary of Kanawar. This is the ultimate adventure with reasonable risks!

The average trek duration is 11 days, with an approximate trekking distance of 110 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 17,500 feet.

Best time to monsoon trek: July to September

Difficulty level: Very difficult

7. Dudhsagar, Goa

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One of India’s tallest waterfalls, the Dudhsagar waterfall stands on the border of Karnataka and Goa! This trek is along a railway route, amidst rich flora and fauna. The trek to this waterfall is accessible only through the Indian Rail Network, there are no other routes to this splendid white-as-milk-waterfall!  The waterfall plunges down from a height of 310 meters! Trek starts at Dudhsagar station, which is about 570 kilometers from Bangalore. You can also start your trek at Kulem in Goa. Down south, this is ought to be one of the best monsoon treks in India, not very challenging, but definitely a must on a trekker’s checklist!

It’s about an 11-kilometer-long trek that takes 6-7 hours to complete.

Best time to monsoon trek: June to September

Difficulty level: Easy

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