A mix of mythos and fascinating views of grand mountains at such a low lie altitude make Brahmatal Trek, one of the best winter treks in Uttarakhand. As winter sweeps along the slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas, Most of the treks close but then Brahmatal opens up a winter wonderland.
Hardly we come across such a close views of big mountains like Chaukhambha from Deoriatal Chandrashila or Bandarpunch from Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal Trek gives the magnified views of Mt Trishul on the right side and on the left lies the grandeur of Mt. Nanda Ghunti and tops the list of trek with best mountain views.
In the prime of winter, through rhododendron and oak forest, when we climb out of these beautiful settings, we are greeted by the great white wall of Trishul Massif. These views only get closer and closer until we are at Jhandi Top, this is where we are among some of the most amazing mountain vistas.
From here we can even see Ronti Saddle which connects Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. But this is not all it has to offer, from Brahmatal Top, which is the highest point of Brahmatal Trek, we can also see Mt Chaukhambha, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Godi. Snow covered meadows, camping by the frozen Bekaltal, alpine lake of Brahmatal, along with colossal mountains make Brahmataal the best trek for beginners and less experienced trekkers.
Major part of the trek goes under the tree line diminishing the chances of altitude sickness, which is further helped by the gradual rise in altitude. The best thing about Brahmatal trek is its geography first the tree cover and once we are out of the tree cover the trail is very open and exposed, making a perfect stage for the grand views.
On one side we can see layers and layers of mountain ranges and on the other side we can see Roopkund trek as real life google earth. This is all because of the right geographical location and right height.
Ever changing vistas and open views of 7000 meters makes Brahmatal trek one of the best treks for photographers.
‣ Altitude – 7,748 ft.
‣ Stay in Guest House
‣ Drive 210 km
‣ Internet available
‣ Route:- Kathgodam – Bheem Tal – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldam – Dewal – Lohajung.
‣ Trek Time – 5 hours
‣ Trek Distance – 6.5 km
‣ Most of the trail passes through villages and rest through forest
‣ Stay in tent
‣ Moderate level ascent through forest
‣ Hot lunch at camp
‣ Spring and man made water points are available
‣ Camping at Bekaltal
‣ No Internet
‣ Max Altitude – 10,450 ft,Trek Time 6 – 7 hrs
‣ Trek Distance – 7 km
‣ A mixture of ascent and descent with some parts of it being a bit difficult.
‣ Hot lunch/packed lunch, depending on weather and snow conditions.
‣ No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water.
‣ Very scenic day, Shivalik and Great HImalayan Range can be seen.
‣ Stay in tent.
‣ Frozen BekalTal
‣ Trek Time – 7- 8 hours
‣ Trek Time – 9 km
‣ Max Altitude :- 12,200 ft.
‣ Moderate level of ascent till Brahmaltal Top (few slopes may be a bit steeper)
‣ From top it is all descent til campsite at Daldum
‣ No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
‣ Rhododendron and oak Forest
‣ Lunch on the summit (packed lunch)
‣ Summit has a 360 degree view of Greater Himalayan range and Shivalik Himalayas
‣ Trek Time : 5-6 hours
‣ Trek Distance – 4 km trek
‣ Gradual and steep mixed descent
‣ Water source available on trail today
‣ Stay in guest house
‣ 10 hrs drive
‣ Drive 210 km
‣ Early morning departure to Kathgodam (breakfast and lunch on the way)
‣ Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm. suggested to book your further journey 8 pm.
‣ While on the way to Kathgodam, Kausani can be a great place to buy herbal tea and some souvenir
◦ Altitude: 7,600 ft (2,316 m)
◦ Drive time: 10 hours drive from Kathgodam
Lohajung serves as the base camp for Brahmatal Trek. Lohajung can be reached easily from Kathgodam. Once you cross beautiful town of Nainital, route all the way to Lohajung is very beautiful. You will be received in Kathgodam by our team. Kathgodam railway station is easily reachable through an overnight journey from Delhi. Driving through the mountains roads, you can get a glimpse of Garhwal Himalayas in distance.
Once you are in Lohajung, you come across face to face with the beautiful Nanda Ghunti peak. If you are lucky enough to make it to Lohajung before sunset, the colours of the Nanda Ghunti peak will amaze you.
Lohajung is center village for nearby 15 villages with a couple of stores, selling jackets, hand gloves, caps and supplies. But it is advised to carry all the required things for trek beforehand and not depend on these stores. Most parts of the village has a good mobile coverage.
The name Lohajung is derived from a mythological feud (Jung) between Goddess Parvati and Lohasur demon.
For the first few hours, the course of our journey will be running parallel to the river Kosi, flowing softly. Soon, a blustery Pindar river will meet your path. You will pass through some of the best known and sublime hill stations of Uttarakhand, Bheemtal, Almora and Kausani.
◦ Altitude: 7,600 ft (2,316 m) to 9,689 ft (2,953 m)
◦ Time Taken: 5 hours
◦ Trek Distance – 5.8 km
Trek gradient: Overall it can be deemed as Moderate gradient; Trails ascends gradually through forests on well-marked trails
Water sources: 3 hours into the trek and you will come across the first point where you can refill water bottles, the next water source will be at a point where you will stop for lunch.
Starting from the central market of Lohajung the trail moves up from Bisht General Store on the well marked trail. The man made trail passes the upper reaches of Lohajung village into the forest, passing by some more houses. Mandoli village can be seen on your left after a short trek from Lohajung. This village serves as first major hiatus in Brahmatal trek, here you can refill your water supply. Because today’s trek involves 5 hours of gradual ascent through forest cover with rare water supply.
A little further into the trail you are to enter Kali valley, Which is confluence point of Kali and Pindari river. From here follow the water pipeline which supplies water to Lohajung. Which is always covered in the Rhodedoroden even during the snowy winters except for february and march when this part of the trail is majorly matte. A little ahead from here, on your left you will find some mud houses huddled together, This little hamlet is known ad Budla village.
The next remarkable and easily identifiable landmark—a wooden bridge over a stream. This stream is a good water supply option if we go a bit down the stream. Across the bridge after two hours of trekking you will reach a point known as Begum, which is the perfect place to rest a bit and enjoy the magnificent views. Begum provides some of the best views of Navali Bugyal and Bagdi Bugyal.
After a little walk of 15 minutes from Begum you will reach another stream, an hour from this stream you will find yourself at Gujrani stream. From Gujrani stream the trail climbs gradually with patches of some steep ascent. Often you will find mountain side on the right side and valley on your left. This is the point from where we get the first glimpse of Mt Trishul dominating the horizon with all its glory.
After dwelling in the forest for more than one hour you will come across a flat land with a crater at its center. On the end of the crater, The plateau is known as Deval valley. Locally this place is known as Khopdalia. This place is a bed of a dried lake. This flat dry lake bed is used as a campsite for Bekaltal which is just above the Khopdalia.
Bekaltaal is covered with dense forest of oak and rhododendron which is reason for the brown colour of the water of the lake. Due to organic organism from surrounding forest dissolving in the lake, the water turn brown.
◦ Altitude – 9,689 ft (2,953 m) to 10,440 ft (3,182 m)
◦ Time taken – 5-6 hours
◦ Trek Distance – 7 km
◦Trek gradient: Moderate.
First one hour is a bit steep ascent to a meadow and from here it is a gradual descent to Brahmatal.
Water sources – There is no water source on the trail so make sure to carry enough water which lasts for today’s trail.
Today;s trail starts with some steep slopes for some time. This part of the trail is covered in old trees of old oak and rhododendron. On your left you can see the valley open up a bit before forest of oak trees take over. Half way in the trek the forest opens up to a meadow, known as Telandi. This meadow is a green expansion which transforms to a snowfield in winter. Crossing this snow field can be a thrilling experience.
From this meadow we can see unending expansions of layers and layers of mountain ranges, creased one after another. Right in front of you lies the majestic panoramic views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. The meadow continues till an altitude of 11,500 ft which is highest point of today’s trek. The ridge that leads to the way to meadow presents you with the beautiful meadows of Roopkund trek, Aali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal.
Climbing up and down the ridge you can see the treeline sometimes beside you and sometimes down below in the valley. The highest point of the today’s trek is known as Jhandi top. From here it is a gradual descent towards Brahmatal. From the top we can see a temple and bright yellow flags floating in the air.
Walk down towards the small temple, till about 500 meters from the Brahmatal Lake. This place will be used for today’s campsite.
◦ Trek Time – 7- 8 hours
◦ Trek Time – 9 km
◦ Max Altitude: – 12,200 ft.
◦ Moderate level of ascent till Brahmaltal Top (few slopes may be a bit steeper).
◦ From top it is all descent till campsite at Daldum.
◦ No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water.
You will be starting early today, to catch the sunrise from the Brahmatal Lake which is 500 meters uphill trek. Walking along the Oaks and Rhododendron trees, you will be greeted with a magnificent morning views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti along with some other peaks of Great Himalayan range. Anybody who’s been to Brahmatal will know about how charismatic the sunrise from Brahmatal can get.
Brahmatal Lake is situated right in the middle of a crater which will be covered with snow or grass depending on the season. On a sunny day, the views of Lake is out of the world with giant mountains in the background. As you will walk ahead you will come across a little stream which is formed by melting ice. The final approach to pass is a tiring one as you will be ascending and descending several ridges, before the final ascent.
But all the tiredness will be gone as soon as you will see the magnificent views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. This point is one of the best places on Brahmatal trek to click the giants of Himalaya. The descending trail is different from the one you took to climb up here. You will be witnessing a 180 degree view of Chaukhambha, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda ghunti, Maitoli and if lucky can get a view of Hathi Ghodi too.
From the pass, one hour of descent will bring you to a clearing surrounded by treeline. This is known as Tilbundi campsite. You will be camping here for the night.
◦ Trek Time : 2-3 hours
◦ Trek Distance – 3 km trek
◦ Gradual and steep mixed descent.
◦ Water source available on trail today.
◦ Stay in Guest House.
After an early breakfast, you will be descending down towards Lohajung. The descending trail is covered with Oak and Rhododendron trees, just like the trail used to climb up. The trail is very scenic and it is a very good opportunity for shutterbugs to click some great photos. A short trek from camps will take you to upper Mundoli village.
About an hour into the trail you can see the village of Khurali, which just lies down below in the valley. From this point the Lohajung is just half an hour trek.
Stay will be arranged in a homestay or guest house in Lohajung village.
This day, you can head to Kothgodam, following the same route. It is advised to have an extra day to spare at Lohajung, Visit Ajan Top. This is an easy trek which can be done on your own.
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High Altitude Treks: Risk аnd Response A high altitude trek calls fоr аn adventurous attitude, but embarking оn аn adventurous trip withоut calculating thе risks iѕ utter stupidity. That’s whу wе hаvе listed a fеw risks аnd thе response planned bу GoAdven tо minimise оr address thе risks in thе bеѕt роѕѕiblе way.
Risk: Altitude Bеfоrе уоu start thе trek, it iѕ important tо understand thе implications оf high altitude оn уоur body. Bе aware оf symptoms оf AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) likе mild headache, nausea аnd general discomfort.
Response: If уоu feel аnу оf thеѕе symptoms, inform thе trek leader оn priority аnd fоllоw hiѕ instructions. Evеrу campsite hаѕ аѕ stretcher, fullу equipped firѕt аid kit, oxygen cylinders tо address thе situation.
Risk: Weather Weather iѕ unpredictable in thе Himalayas. Thоugh wе аrе аlwауѕ observant аbоut thе changing weather, nо оnе саn guarantee a snowfall, rain оr Sun. Dо understand thаt уоur security iѕ оf utmost importance tо uѕ аnd wе will nоt proceed аnу furthеr frоm thе campsite if thе weather iѕ nоt favourable.
Response: Thе decision оf thе Trek Leaders аnd Guides tо proceed оr wait fоr thе weather tо gеt bеttеr will bе final.
Risk: Injuries Often, whilе trekking оvеr difficult terrains, уоu might hаvе minor injuries likе leg sprain, bruises etc. Sеriоuѕ injuries likе fractures оr major cuts аrе vеrу rare.
Response: All оur Trek Leaders аrе Certified Wilderness Firѕt Aid responders. Thеу аrе trained tо handle emergencies аnd саn tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped firѕt аid kit. In case оf ѕеriоuѕ injuries, thе patient iѕ carried оn a stretcher tо thе nearest road-head аnd iѕ led tо nearest medical centre.
Risk: Lack оf communication devices In thе remote areas оf thе Himalayas, mobile networks dо nоt reach. On a trek, оnе iѕ cut оff frоm thе world оf calls, SMSs оr watsapps.
Response: Wе rеlу оn walkie-talkies аnd runners tо communicate bеtwееn thе campsites аnd thе base camps.
Winter are the best time to do Brahmatal trek. The best time of Brahmatal trek is from mid-November to March but if you want to see snow over there then you can plan for mid-December as during that time, you will get a good amount of snow.
The Brahmatal trek is not difficult. It is one of the best treks for beginners. Brahmatal is easy to moderate level trek and normally, we suggest this trek to the beginners who has good fitness level and walking stamina (5 Km in 30 mins)
On the fourth day we will be walking the longest distance and that is 9 km. On an average you will trekking 6 kms.
During winter the average fluctuates near the freezing point. Nights will be a bit colder. First two days temperature is normal as you don’t find snow. Afterwards you can see the snow but in day time sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you have to dress yourself in layers in night. The temperature will be between 10 to -7 degrees.
A certified mountaineer with good experience of leading treks in the Himalayas, will be leading the trek. There will be a team of support staff to help in conducting a memorable trek for every participant.
The Brahmatal trek is a moderate one. The trails are well laid out. The altitude isn’t too high – the highest point is 12,250 ft and you gain this slowly over 3-4 days. At 12,250 feet, the risk of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness is relatively low. However, you still need to be mindful of the fact that you are in the mountains in extreme weather conditions, and take necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe trek.
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
Yes, but you should intimate us 15 days in advance or you can ask for offloading after reaching base camp .so that we will arrange the porter or mule for you in extra charge accordingly.
Bharmatal trek itѕ оnе оf thе greatest trek, thе food, camps, locations аnd guides аrе perfect аnd professional. Great variety оf food аnd quality iѕ аlѕо good. Hоwеvеr уоu ѕhоuld carry еnоugh water bесаuѕе local water mау саuѕе stomach problems. Sо make ѕurе оf it. Thе view аnd thе location points аrе awesome camp side, people аnd if уоu love photography ѕо thiѕ iѕ thе bеѕt рlасе fоr it.
Bеѕt timе tо gо iѕ mid January уоu mау саn ѕее snow. Bеttеr tо gо with friends
GoAdven’s staff was really helpful. Especially Pradeep Bhai. They go out of their way to ensure your comfort. The food was above expectations all the time. This was definitely a memorable experience.