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The trek to Brahmatal is one of the most favourite winter treks in India. It is believed that Brahmatal Lake served as the meditation grounds for Lord Brahma.
Brahmatal Trek is an excellent trek in winter as most of the other treks in India remain closed owing to heavy snowfall and ruthless weather conditions. Moreover, you get to witness two lakes in the Brahmatal Trek – the beautiful Bekaltal Lake and the majestic Brahmatal Lake.
The trek to Brahmatal takes you through the alpine forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Fir. During the trek, you will also go through Jhandidar, from where you get amazing views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nandaghunti.
Distance: 295 km
Time Taken: 12 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 2,300 m (7,545 ft)
The Brahmatal trek starts from the little village of Lohajung. The drive from Dehradun to Lohajung is a 295 km road journey through winding mountain roads. If you book transport with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Dehradun I.S.B.T at 6 am. You can expect to reach Lohajung by evening.
We’ll drive through Rishikesh, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag with the breathtaking view of the rivers, green hills and the vivid flora during this remarkable road journey.
During the ride, we’ll be having breakfast and lunch on the way where you can enjoy the authentic cuisine of the region. We’ll reach the Lohajung village by evening. Over the past few years, Lohajung has become a bustling hub for trekkers because of the many treks situated in the area.
The stay will be in a hotel/guest house and you can see a sensational view of the sunset in the valley. After that, your trek leader will brief you properly about all the details of the trek, and dinner will be served.
Distance: 6 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Altitude: 3,020 m (9,900 ft)
We’ll be starting our trek early morning after a healthy breakfast. As soon as we start walking on the trail, Mt. Nanda Ghunti makes an appearance behind you.
You will start to find snow on this trail, depending on the season. In the peak winter season, you’ll find snow from the start of the trail. After trekking for a couple of hours, we’ll reach a Dhaba. We’ll rest and snack here.
The trail to the Bekaltal campsite is through a jungle of Cedar, Oak, and Fir. So, it is a nature lover’s paradise! Meanwhile, keep an eye out if you’re interested in bird-watching.
The Bekaltal campsite is nestled in a small meadow. As we reach, we’ll have a cool-down session and relax with a hot cup of tea. After having some snacks, we’ll go and visit Bekaltal lake.
Bekaltal is a beautiful lake that remains completely frozen in the months of January and February. The lake is surrounded by mighty Oak trees. After spending some time at the lake, we’ll come back to the campsite, have dinner, and rest for the night.
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 6 hours
Altitude: 3,230 m (10,600 ft)
Today, we will be trekking to Brahmatal Lake. As soon as we start from the campsite, we’ll reenter the forests and follow the uphill trail. The forests on this trail are home to the Himalayan Monal, the state bird of Uttarakhand.
As you climb up and reach the ridge, you will get mesmerising views of snow-capped peaks like Trishul, Baithartoli and Nanda Ghunti.
We will continue walking on the ridge and towards Jhandi Top. From Jhandi top, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti both seem a stone throw away. Almost as if you can touch them if you extend your hands!
From Jhandi Top, we have to descend to reach the Brahmatal Lake. Brahmatal Lake is the place where Lord Brahma is believed to have meditated years ago. The lake is small in size and difficult to locate from a distance especially during winters when the lake remains completely frozen.
We will find a camping spot by the side of the lake and set up our camps for the night. We’ll have our dinner and sleep tight. It can be freezing cold during the winters but our sleeping bags will keep us warm throughout the night.
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
Brahmatal Top Altitude: 3,850 m (12,630 ft)
We will be trekking to the highest point of the Brahmatal Trek today i.e. Brahmatal Top. Moreover, we will leave our backpacks down at the Brahmatal campsite and carry a small 10L backpack with all the trail essentials including water bottles, snacks, and rain gear. We will be returning to the same campsite.
The trail to Brahmatal top ascends gradually up to the ridge. Once you reach the ridge, you’ll be able to see Mt. Trishul, and Mt. Nanda Ghunti again. We need to keep walking along the same ridge to reach the Brahmatal Top.
Upon reaching the top, look out for the spectacular views of Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda. Don’t forget to ask your guide about the stories relating to each. They are a feast for your eyes! After spending some time on the top and clicking some amazing pictures, we will return back to the Brahmatal campsite.
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 8 hours
Altitude: 2,300 m (7,545 ft)
After having an early breakfast, we will start retracing our steps back to Jhandi Top. After Jhandi Top, we will follow a shorter route that will descend straight to Lohajung. This route goes through the forest and once again, you’re under a canopy of large trees.
During the descend, you will need to be extra careful to avoid any slips, falls, and injuries. After descending most of the way, you’ll rejoin with the main route and again start retracing your steps back to Lohajung.
Mt. Nanda Ghunti will once again show itself as if to bid you a final goodbye before it hides behind mountains. You will reach back to Lohajung by evening. After reaching, have dinner and relax on a bed after days of camping.
Distance: 295 km
Time Taken: 12 Hours (Drive)
Today is the day you’ll be parting ways with your trek leader, trek mates and the support staff. It is sure to be an emotional moment for everyone after spending a week in the mountains together.
If you opt for transportation with us, your vehicles will pick you up in Lohajung in the morning and leave you at Dehradun I.S.B.T by 7 PM. If you plan to continue your travels you can say goodbye to us at Lohajung.
The best time and season to do the Brahmatal Trek is in the winter season because Brahmatal Trek is famous for its snowy landscape
Best Season – December to March
But, if you want to beat the crowd, and don’t want snow, you can do it in any season.
You can reach the basecamp of the Brahmatal Trek (i.e. Lohajung) in the following ways:
By Road: Lohajung is around 224 km from Haldwani. From Delhi or any other city, you can reach Haldwani by either taking a bus or train from Delhi. From Haldwani, you can take an early morning bus to Lohajung or a shared taxi to Gwaldam or Deval. You may need to find another shared taxi to Lohajung from there.
Above all, try to reach Haldwani as early as possible because it is sometimes difficult to find a shared taxi toLohajung. So, you may have to book the complete taxi if you’re late.
By Air: You can fly to Haldwani (Pant Nagar Airport) and continue your journey on the road.
By Train: You can take a train to Haldwani or Kathgodam and continue your journey on the road. There is no rail connectivity in Lohajung.
Brahmatal is a high altitude lake. The Brahmatal trek starts from Lohajung village, which is around 224 km from Haldwani.
Brahmatal Trek is an easy beginner trek. Even if this is your first trek, you should be okay. The only thing you need is a good fitness level and a well-experienced trekking organisation to make the best out of your trek.
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
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