The rain is an extraordinary sensory experience. With the ongoing awakening monsoon, it is one of the best times to be on the mountains and do some adventure trekking. Reason- monsoon gives them the opportunity to revel in the arms of nature.
There are some beautiful things that can be experienced only in the monsoon trekking, like witnessing the waters of a swollen turbulent river rushing down in all its might & glory, but at the same time there are risks like injuring oneself due to slippery terrains.
Take a look at the tips you should follow when trekking in the monsoon
Make a checklist
The first thing you do while going a trek is to make a checklist of things you ought to carry during the trip. This will help you be prepared to face the worst of the conditions while trekking. This list should certainly include things like: a torch, extra pair of batteries, sticky tape, sewing kit, glue, medicines, first-aid kit, toiletries, rain coat, food and water, among many others.
Find out whether there will be heavy downpours; It is not safe for you to hike in such conditions. Go for it only when the climate is stable. In the Himalayan regions, monsoon trekking is even more difficult because landslides are much frequent.
Get an early start
Start your trek earlier in the mornings and make your days shorter in wetter areas as it typically rains more in the afternoons than in the mornings.
Pack Smart This is the most common rule for any tours. Especially for trekking expeditions, it is a must to carry a light luggage. So carry only the necessary things.
Waterproof your bagpack
A waterproof backpack is the best option for keeping your gear dry, but it can be expensive. A cheaper solution is buying a cover for your backpack or simply packing your wet-sensitive gear in dry bags, garbage bags or Ziplocks.
Make sure you're spot on with markers and finding your way with map and compass as you may not come across any other hikers if you get lost. Also, always tell someone you're going hiking, telling them where and for how long.
Keep yourself dry
You are free to enjoy the rain but try keeping yourself dry most of the times to avoid falling sick. Also rain ponchos are a better alternative to carrying umbrellas, as they may be a bit cumbersome to handle in the mountain winds.
Protect yourself from bugs and insects
Mosquitoes and leeches can be a big annoyance if you are caught unguarded. Be well- prepared to combat them by carrying insect repellents and table salt.
Keep a flexible schedule
During monsoon roadblocks, or bad weather situations are common. It is better to have a flexible schedule to avoid any inconvenience. Wait, let the situation clear off and then go ahead.
So what are you waiting for? Hurry!