Post monsoon trekking season: The best, a trekker can get
Are you enjoying the rains? Who does not? We love the wet season for it’s fresh green everywhere. However, some of us love to keep it dry while trekking. If you followed closely, this rainy season has been truly unpredictable so far. Late winter snowstorms, never melting snow, endless and fierce rain showers, Kashmir controversy, and whatnot. After so much of this post-monsoon is the right time to get out. Because what follows next are the bright days!
Colorful, pleasant days will rise once the layers of deep snow are washed out. From September the hidden hue of grasslands, peaks, rivers, trees come out. The Earth that was once covered with shady snow blossoms into brilliant colors, soothing fragrances. Mountains that seemed nothing feel like everything. Wearisome mountains unleash the magic. And that is the best time to come out of the illusion and live it in reality. Actually, the closer you look the more you can see and the best you can get.
1. Monsoon ending is the new start
Rupin pass considered as trans-Himalayan trek stretching from Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh rising as high as over 15,000 feet. Obviously, varying terrains from lush green to aridness, cultures, alpine trees are not the only attraction. The trail passes through the famous Hanging Village, Jhaka, waterfalls falling from the sky, Kinnaur temples, and rare views of Kinnaur Kailash. As if these exquisite sights were not enough, for excited trekkers the trial keeps changing from steep to flat making it an adventurous joy ride of the mountains.
Buran Ghati is a charm of every trekker. It has high strata of everything it has to offer. Infinite grasslands of Dayara Bugyal, almighty Chandranahan lake, rich forests of Oak, Pine, and Silver Birch, serene Janglik village, heart-pumping rappelling at 15,000 feet, enriching Kinnaur-Kailash views and a difficult trial.
Well, these both are truly the best a trekker can get!
2. Old is gold but ancient is beautiful
Pindari glacier trek is a beginner’s charm who like to explore through an easy approach. It is the only trek that reaches to a glacier adorned by huge mountains. Nanda Devi, Nanda Khot, Changuch peaks stand close enough where the Pindari glacier is only a hand’s distance far. The villages en route follow Kumouni culture which is enlightenment about ancient religions. Wooden bridges, rhododendrons, moraine/glacier walk, grazing through meadows, well this trek has it all.
Har ki Doon is a literally the Valley of Gods. Being popular right from the days of Mahabharata, this stunning valley has an abundance of everything. The trail passes through 2000 years ancient villages, amongst which is Oslo. This is a famous habitat having typical and unique wooden houses and 5000-year-old Duryadhona temple. The valley is encircled by peaks of Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Black peak. The valley also sources out tributaries of Yamuna river.
And walk through streams, conifers, meadows…These legendary treks are best a trekker can get!
3. It’s the hard that makes it great
It’s the hard that makes it great. And in the mountains, it’s the difficult trails make the greatest memories. If it’s not May, June then September and October are the only months to achieve a challenging feat of climbing the mountains. The weather is clear, less snow, sunny days and chanting liveliness around.
Goechala and Gaumukh Tapovan are both such trails that get little easier post-monsoon. Gomukh has been in Mythology as a source of mighty Ganga river and Tapovan as the holy lands of meditation near the foot of Shivling peak. On the other hand, Goechala is the famous pass that is a gateway to Kanchenjunga peak. It is also well known for Sleeping Buddha views of Kangchenjunga range.
These trails are pearls of the Himalayan treks that give larger than life experience. They raise us from city lights to the spectacular peaks like Shivling and Kanchenjunga. Both these peaks are a Mountaineers dream and the treks show their elegance and dominance. While the approach might be strainful, the heavenly nature cheers in its own way through lavishing rivers, meadows, dense forests and gleaming stars at night. So, it is hard that will always be the best a trekker can get.
4. Frozen beauty comes to life
Alpine lakes have always been the star attraction for us. They are like a mirror that reveals the beauty of its surrounding. Sometimes, making it the phenomenal captures.
Brighu Lake is one such enticing lake. It is frozen most of the time that comes into life gradually now. One that is completely submerged into white snow and blue skies. The snow carpet is replaced by fresh green meadows which are then adorned with vivacious flowers of blue, yellow, pink, red, purple colors. It seems as if the rainbow has landed on the land itself. Path hidden under deep snow now exposes steep slopes and boulders. This is an underestimated trek for the abundance of beauty it presents.
Brahmatal lake trek requires no introduction. Being popular as a winter trek, no one knows what this winter wonderland brings on the table in autumn. The amazing Garhwal peaks of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul can be seen from 12,000 feet only. Camping near the lake is like a dream come true, a perfect outdoor camping jaunt.
5. Second chance to meet 8000ers
Who does not want to meet the tallest and biggest in the world? Those who missed them in summer can redeem their chance post-monsoon. Everest and Annapurna base camp treks are opened again and are totally worth it.
Everest base camp has the thrill of forgoing the difficulty and other celebrities like Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kalapatthar, Khumbu icefall, Namche bazaar. Annapurna Base camp trek reveals the authenticity of Nepali heritage, Macchpuchre, and entire Annapurna range.
The views of the world’s top are precise. Both these treks are a walk into Nepali culture that gradually leads to the zenith of the Earth. Of course, the approach is strainful, but everything falls in place with stunning views. You only wish for big and they are the biggest you can get!
6. Sometimes less is more
Now for those who wish to get the best in less time, we have weekend treks
While Nag Tibba trek is the flag bearer of Uttarakhand mountains with 360 degrees view of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Bandarpoonch range, etc. Kareri lake trek proudly presents the essence of Himachal Pradesh.
TTH Official Content Writer