Monsoon Safety Tips For Treks: Expert Advice And Precautions For Tourists

Monsoon Safety Tips For Treks: Expert Advice And Precautions For Tourists

Monsoon Safety Tips For Treks: Expert Advice And Precautions For Tourists

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During the monsoon in the Sahyadri, many tourists venture out for rain tourism. The Sahyadri during the monsoon offers an extremely delightful atmosphere. The entire Sahyadri becomes lush green, with mesmerizing waterfalls cascading down the hills. To experience this natural beauty, many tourist spots become crowded.

However, while wandering in the monsoon, it is essential to do so with great caution. The pathways in the Sahyadri become slippery due to the rain, rocks become slick, and with the increased flow of water in streams and rivers, the paths can become inundated. Sometimes, sudden heavy rains can lead to flooding, posing a danger to those in the vicinity. Therefore, it’s necessary to wander cautiously and avoid areas with steep slopes or near forts. Taking photos in such areas should be avoided, and one should refrain from directly entering the flow of heavy streams.

“It is essential to undertake wandering in the Sahyadri during the monsoon, as the Sahyadri takes on an extremely enchanting form during this season. However, wandering in the monsoon should be done with utmost care, as the swift flow of streams, slippery rocks, floods, and intense rainfall need to be navigated carefully. Human life is invaluable, and during this season, human errors can be fatal. By avoiding recklessness and excess, and by taking care at safe locations, wandering can be enjoyed to the fullest, ” Informs Umesh Zirpe, President – Akhil Maharashtra Giryarohan Mahasangh. 
During monsoon treks, take care of the following:

  • 1. Go trekking with a recognized and experienced group.
  • 2. Limit and plan for the number of wanderers during the trek.
  • 3. Ensure the group has First Aid supplies.
  • 4. Share details of the trek location, duration, and leader/group with someone nearby.
  • 5. Maintain a group formation with the first and last men during the trek.
  • 6. Even for a one-day trek, carry a good torchlight.
  • 7. Always accompany a local guide in case of necessity.
  • 8. Plan the trek considering the estimated rainfall.
  • 9. Be cautious of slippery paths due to rain and watch your steps.
  • 10. Avoid climbing on rocks, gates, or other surfaces, as a slip could lead to accidents.
  • 11. Carry a walking stick for better stability while climbing, descending, and walking.
  • 12. Walk carefully on slippery slopes and riverbanks.
  • 13. Use mobile phones only in emergencies.
  • 14. Avoid taking photos or selfies at risky locations.
  • 15. Avoid urban areas during treks.
  • 16. Do not litter in forts, forests, or near water bodies. Keep nature clean.
  • 17. Be cautious near water bodies during heavy rain, sudden water flow increases can be dangerous.
  • 18. Be cautious of falling rocks near waterfalls.
  • 19. Estimate the depth of water before stepping in to avoid accidents.
  • 20. Avoid crowded areas.
  • 21. Inform relevant authorities if there’s a change in the trek schedule.
  • 22. Ensure everyone safely reaches home after the trek.
  • 23. Carry extra ropes for emergencies; they can be useful in unforeseen situations.
  • 24. Pack all belongings in plastic bags to keep them dry. Be attentive as plastic bags can’t be burnt.

In case of emergencies, contact the 24×7 helpline number 7620230231 for
immediate assistance.