- Hampta Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh
The Hampta Pass, known as one of the most spectacular excursions, allows you to be alone in nature. This trip connects the valleys of Kullu and Lahaul in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, and acts as a balcony to diverse landscapes. “The gorgeous Chandratal lake and the contrasting landscapes of Lahaul and Spiti make this walk a memorable experience,” says Juhi Wadia, a Mumbai-based trekking enthusiast.
The Hampta pass trek takes you anywhere from 4 to 6 days, based on your speed and preferences. As you walk through deep forests on your route to Chika, lush meadows following Jobra and Jwara, traverse hills and moraines towards the pass, the snow pass, and the river, you will be rewarded.
Period: 4-5 days
Height: 14,040 feet above water level
- Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The Valley of Flowers has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a cause. Within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the main zone of this Uttarakhand hiking destination transforms into a carpet of flowers in a riot of colours, displaying incomparable natural beauty.
Monsoon season, which runs from June through October, is the greatest time for the Valley of Flowers trek. Ghangaria is a good resting place after a 9-kilometer journey from Poolna. There are a lot of eateries and motels in the area that serve basic meals. After there, it’s another 3.7 kilometres before you’re finally resting in the lap of nature, surrounded by all things green.
Period : 7 Days
12,654 feet above the water is the elevation.
The difficulty level ranges from easy to severe.
- Garbett Plateau, Matheran, Maharashtra
Matheran is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Maharashtra. Hugh Poyntz Malet, the Thane district collector at the time, found the Garbett Plateau in 1850, and it now provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the whole Matheran range, making it a must see. Your 2.5-hour hike up is nothing short of magnificent in the monsoon, with the plateau on one side, several waterfalls on the other, and the Bhivupri Lake below.
Period : 1 Day
Height: 2,625 feet above sea level is the elevation.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
- Chembra Peak Trek, Kerala
Chembra hike leads to Wayanad’s highest mountain, making it a fantastic monsoon trek in Kerala. A beautiful walk past misty cliffs, green tea farms, and a watchtower leads to the ideal conclusion — the heart-shaped Chembra Lake.
It’s best to start early in the morning because the 7-kilometer hike takes around six hours to complete, not including the extra one hour to go to the watchtower and two hours to get to the lake. While there are a variety of food options at the base camp, it is recommended that you bring your own snacks.
Period: 1 day
Height: 6,990 feet above water is elevation.
Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Kumara Parvatha Trek, Karnataka
This hike up Karnataka’s second highest mountain is difficult yet beautiful. This trek’s appeal is boosted by the presence of the famed Kukke Subramanya temple at the mountain’s foot. Even for an experienced trekker, certain sections of the path are hard, but the vistas make the 14-kilometer ascent worthwhile.
About 7 kilometres into the trip, you’ll come across Bhattara Mane, a checkpoint and home that JP suggests for lunch. Bhattara refers to a Brahmin caste, while Mane refers to a home.
Period: 2 days
Height: 5,600 feet above sea level
Level: Moderate to difficult
- Hukyachi Khadi, Goa
The Hukyachi Khadi hike, a seasonal cascade near Kumthal Village in the Sattari taluka of Goa, is a must-do for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts both. The hike, which spans a distance of around 4.5 kilometres and offers a bird’s eye view of rubber plantations, woods, rivulets, and greenery, is rich in biodiversity. In just one day, you may go to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, prepare for a river crossing, and wander through spice farms.
Period: 1 day
- Warwan Valley Trek, Kashmir
This week-long trip puts one’s patience, endurance, and athleticism to the test. It’s not for everyone, and it’s best left to the pros. If you believe you have what it takes, this journey is a must-do, particularly because of the crossing path.
After days of being surrounded by desolate mountains, expect to travel through purple-hued mountains, rivers, and floral meadows surrounding Panikhar. To be honest, the climb to the pass is hard, but it’s well worth it because you’ll soon be strolling on the gorgeous Bracken glacier and camping among the rivers.
Period: 8-10 days
Height: 14,550 feet above sea level