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Brahmatal Trek

  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Start: Dehradun
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude : 3,530 m

Brahmatal Trek is a winter wonderland trekking adventure that offers stunning views of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, two of the most magnificent peaks in the Indian Himalayas.

Located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, the Brahmatal Trek offers a unique experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. The trek is named after the beautiful Brahmatal Lake, which is frozen solid during the winter months and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

The total trail of the trek is around 22km which can be covered within 4-5 days. The starting point of the trek is Dehradun, and after reaching Lohajung, a beautiful village of Uttarakhand nestled amidst the mountains, trekking to Brahmatal starts. The trail passes through dense forests that are covered with snow during the winter months and offer a breathtaking view of the valley around.

One of the unique features of the Brahmatal Trek is that it is less crowded compared to other popular treks in the Himalayas. It is perfect for travelers who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas away from the tourist crowds.

Another advantage of the trek is that it can be completed during the winter months when the snow covers the entire region. This adds a new level of excitement and adventure to the trek, making it ideal for those who love challenging and exhilarating experiences.

The trek is ideal for beginner trekkers to experience the beauty of the mountains. Throughout the trek, trekkers can expect to encounter beautiful landscapes, stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Highlights of the trek include Bekaltal Lake, a beautiful frozen lake surrounded by snow-clad peaks, and Brahmatal Lake, nestled amidst the mountains and frozen solid during the winter months.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Departure Time

6 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg): Morning bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner, Hot Bournvita at night, and Yummy Desserts
  • All season Camping tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • Brahmatal LakeSituated at an altitude of 3,230, Brahmatal Lake is a beautiful frozen lake, offering an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges. During the winter months, it is frozen solid, and trekkers can walk on the ice.
  • Bekaltal LakeBekaltal Lake is another stunning lake on the Brahmatal Trail. At an altitude of 9,885 ft, the lake is frozen during the winter months, bordered by snow-capped mountains and lush green forests. The lake offers a serene and peaceful ambiance.
  • The Trekking TrailThe trail is approximately 25 km long and covers a variety of terrains, including rocky terrain, steep climbs, lush forests, and snow-covered paths. You will experience the beauty of the trail with stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and valleys around.
  • Beautiful SettlementsDuring the trek, you will pass through several remote houses that offer a glimpse of traditional rural life. As you trek through these idyllic villages, you will come across friendly locals, authentic culture, and stunning views.
  • Breathtaking Views The Brahmatal Trek offers some of the most stunning views and landscapes in the Himalayas. The trek provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, two of the most magnificent peaks in the Indian Himalayas.
  • CampsitesThe trek offers beautiful camping spots where you can relax and enjoy the serene natural beauty of the mountains. These campsites offer a unique experience, away from the hustle and bustle of city life and provide an opportunity to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Himalayan landscape under a starry sky.

Brahmatal Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Lohajung

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. 

Day 2Lohajung to Bekaltal campsite

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.

Day 3Bekaltal to Brahmatal

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.

Day 4Brahmatal to Brahmatal Top & back

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.

Day 5Brahmatal to Lohajung

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.

Day 6Lohajung to Dehradun

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.

Best Time To Visit Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek Temperature & Weather

However, the best time to visit Brahmatal Trek is during the winter months, which begins in December and ends in early March.

The reason behind this is the weather. The winter months bring a magical charm to the trail, making it truly surreal. The snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and dense forests of oak and rhododendron trees transform into a winter wonderland, with a picturesque setting. The temperature during the winter months can drop as low as -10 degrees Celsius, making it challenging to trek, but the views you get to witness are absolutely breathtaking.

Another reason to visit Brahmatal Trek during the winter months is the clear views. The skies are mostly clear, and the visibility is excellent, allowing you to catch glimpses of the Nanda Ghunti and Trishul peaks. During the winter months, the Brahmatal Lake is frozen, adding an extra layer of adventure to the trek. It makes the whole experience more thrilling and gives trekkers a feeling of accomplishment.

It is essential to note that Brahmatal Trek is closed during monsoons, from mid-June to early September. This period sees a lot of rainfall, and it makes the trail inaccessible and slippery. The summer months, from April to June, offer a more relaxed trekking experience compared to the winters. The weather is pleasant, and the trail is green with blooming flowers. However, the ultimate feel and charm of the Brahmatal trek lie during the winters.

One aspect to consider when planning a winter trek is the equipment required. Proper trekking equipment to combat the cold is a must-have. Additionally, you should choose an experienced guide or trekking company that is familiar with the trail, the weather, and the safety guidelines to make the trekking experience enjoyable and safe.

In conclusion, Brahmatal Trek during the winter months is a must-have experience for trekkers. The trail is challenging, but the views make it all worth it. The snow-capped peaks, frozen lake, and serene surroundings offer a sense of tranquility. The winter trek demands preparation, skill, and patience, but it is an adventure that lingers in one’s heart forever.

Difficulty Level of Brahmatal Trek

The Brahmatal Trek is a popular trekking route in Uttarakhand, India. It is known for its stunning views of the Himalayas and its easy and beginner-friendly difficulty level. The trek covers a distance of about 20 kilometers and takes 6 days to complete from Dehradun to Dehradun. 

The difficulty level of the Brahmatal Trek depends on several factors, including weather conditions, gradient, altitude, and terrain. In general, it is considered an easy trek with some challenging sections. The terrain is mostly rocky with some steep ascents and descents. The highest point of the trek is 12,000 feet above sea level, so acclimatization is important before attempting the trek.

Weather conditions can also affect the difficulty level of the trek. During winter months, temperatures can drop to -10 to -12 degrees Celsius and there may be heavy snowfall which makes it more difficult to traverse certain areas. It is important to dress warmly and appropriately according to the weather conditions during this time of year.

Altitude sickness can also be a concern when doing this trek as it reaches high altitudes quickly. It is important to take your time while ascending and descending so that you don’t experience any symptoms associated with altitude sicknesses such as headaches or nausea.

Overall, the Brahmatal Trek has an easy difficulty level but requires good fitness levels and proper preparation before attempting it. Weather conditions should also be taken into consideration when planning your trip as they can make it more difficult or easier depending on what time of year you are going. With proper preparation and acclimatization, you will be able to enjoy this beautiful trek without any major difficulties!

Brahmatal Trek Route Map

Peaks Visible From Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek Photos

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where is Brahmatal Trek?

Brahmatal Trek is a popular winter trekking destination located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an altitude of 12,250 feet above sea level and offers magnificent views of towering Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and Chaukhamba. The trekking trail begins from Lohajung, which is the base camp for the Brahmatal trek and takes you through dense forests, quaint villages, frozen lakes, and high-altitude campsites.

How to reach Brahmatal Trek?

To reach Brahmatal Trek, you need to first reach Lohajung which is the base camp for the trek. Here are the different modes of transportation available to reach Lohajung:

By Air:
The nearest airport to Lohajung is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is around 240 km away. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from Dehradun to Lohajung.

By Train:
The nearest railhead to Lohajung is Kathgodam, which is around 200 km away. From here, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Lohajung.

By Road:
Lohajung is well-connected to major cities of Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar by road. You can reach Lohajung by taking a bus or hiring a taxi from these cities.

Once you reach Lohajung, you can start the Brahmatal Trek.

Is Brahmatal Trek safe?

Yes, Brahmatal Trek is generally considered safe. However, like any trek in the Himalayas, it comes with its own set of risks and challenges. It’s always advisable to take necessary precautions and follow the instructions of your trek leader.

Here are some safety tips that you should keep in mind before embarking on the Brahmatal Trek:

  • Ensure that you are physically and mentally fit for the trek.
  • Always carry sufficient warm clothing, as the temperatures can drop to sub-zero levels during winter.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Avoid trekking alone and always stay with your group.
  • Follow the instructions of your trek leader and stay on the marked trail.
  • Do not consume alcohol or any kind of drugs during the trek.
  • In case of an emergency, contact your trek leader immediately.

By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can have a safe and enjoyable trek to Brahmatal.

What are the requirements for participation?

To participate in the Brahmatal Trek, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 7 years old to participate in this trek.
  • Fitness: You need to be physically fit to trek at high altitudes and be able to walk for 5-6 hours a day.
  • Experience: No prior trekking experience is required but some experience would be an added advantage.
  • Medical certificate: You need to submit a medical certificate certifying that you are physically fit to go on a high-altitude trek.
  • Equipment: You need to carry your own trekking gear such as trekking boots, warm clothing, sunglasses, and a backpack.

It’s always better to prepare yourself mentally and physically before embarking on a high-altitude trek like Brahmatal, as it can be physically challenging and demanding.

What kind of food will be available on this trek?

During the Brahmatal Trek, you will be provided with nutritious and healthy food to keep you energized throughout the trek.

Here’s what you can expect on the trek:

  • Breakfast: A typical breakfast consists of porridge, poha, upma, bread, and tea or coffee.
  • Lunch: You will be served a packed lunch which includes sandwiches, rolls, rice fruits, and snacks.
  • Evening snacks: You will be served snacks like pakoras, momos, or biscuits along with tea or coffee in the evening.
  • Dinner: Dinner includes dal, rice, chapati, and vegetables. 

Special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets can be accommodated with prior notice. It’s always advisable to carry some extra snacks with you in case you need them during the trek.

What kind of accommodation will I get on Brahmatal Trek?

During the Brahmatal Trek, you will be provided with tented accommodation at various campsites along the trekking route. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Tents: High-quality and comfortable tents that can accommodate 2-3 people will be provided.
  • Sleeping Bags: You will be provided with warm and cozy sleeping bags that can withstand sub-zero temperatures.
  • Toilet Tents: Toilet tents will be set up at each campsite. It’s always advisable to carry your own toilet paper.
  • Dining Tents: Dining tents will be set up at each campsite where you will be served meals.
  • Guesthouses: On some days, you may stay in guesthouses at certain locations which are equipped with basic amenities like beds, blankets, and hot water.

The accommodation provided during the trek is basic but comfortable and is designed to provide you with a good night’s rest after a long day of trekking.


Are there any medical facilities available on this trek?

Medical facilities are limited during the Brahmatal Trek due to the remote location of the trekking route. However, Advenchar’s trek leaders will carry the necessary first aid kit, medicines, and oxygen cylinders to tackle any emergency situation that may arise during the trek. In case of any medical emergency, you will be evacuated to the nearest medical facility.

It’s always advisable to carry your own personal medication and consult a doctor before embarking on the trek to ensure that you are physically fit to trek at high altitudes.

Moreover, it’s mandatory for all trekkers to carry a personal medical kit, which should include basic medicines like painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, antacids, etc. You can always consult with your trek leader if you need any medical assistance during the trek.

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trek?

When it comes to clothing, it’s important to pack according to the weather conditions and the altitude of the trek. Here’s a list of clothing that you should bring along for the Brahmatal Trek:

  • Thermal Wear: You will need warm thermal wear as temperatures can drop below zero.
  • Fleece Jackets: Fleece jackets are important to keep you warm during the trek.
  • Down Jacket: A warm down jacket is necessary to keep you warm at high altitudes during the night.
  • Trekking Pants: Comfortable trekking pants that dry quickly and are water-resistant.
  • Windproof Jackets: You will need windproof jackets that are also waterproof to protect you from chilly winds and rain.
  • Waterproof Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots with good grip are a must for the trek.
  • Woollen Socks: Warm woolen socks that keep your feet warm and dry during the trek.
  • Gloves: Carry waterproof gloves that provide a good grip and protect your hands from the cold.
  • Sunglasses: UV-protected sunglasses are necessary to protect your eyes from the glare of snow.
  • Balaclava or Hat: A warm woolen cap and balaclava that covers your head and ears are necessary to keep you warm.
  • Scarf: A warm scarf that covers your neck and protects it from the cold.

It’s always advisable to carry extra clothing in case you get wet or need to change during the trek.

How to prepare for Brahmatal Trek?

To prepare for the Brahmatal Trek, you need to focus on improving your endurance and strength, as the trek can be physically challenging. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for the Brahmatal Trek:

  • Cardiovascular Exercises: Jogging, cycling, or swimming are great exercises to improve your cardiovascular endurance, which is crucial for high-altitude treks.

  • Strength-Building Exercises: Strength-building exercises like lunges, squats, and push-ups can help build muscle strength and improve endurance during the trek.

  • Drink Plenty of Water: Stay well-hydrated and drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day to keep your body hydrated.

  • Mental Preparation: Prepare yourself mentally for the trek, as it requires mental strength and perseverance to complete.

  • Pack the Right Gear: Ensure that you have all the necessary gear and equipment required for the trek, including warm clothing, trekking shoes, etc.

  • Train with a Loaded Backpack: Carry a loaded backpack while training for the trek to get used to the weight of the backpack.

By following these tips and preparing yourself both physically and mentally, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience during the Brahmatal Trek.

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Rishi Raghav
August 10, 2023.
We were a group of 9 to trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with Advenchar in the first week of August, 2023. Swena was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute since our trek to Tarsar Marsar was cancelled at the last minute with another company. Being a small group, we were able to start early in the morning, cover the hard sections before the sun came up & reach the campsite well before the evening rains. We were guided by Neil from Advenchar through the trek who is as well versed with the mountains as one can possibly get. The local Kashmiri team fed us to our hearts content. Bajjis, gulab jamoons, soup, kawa, sooji ka halwa was what I relished the most during the evening snacks. Mountain stories from Neil, crystal clear weather during the trek, the camaraderie among the co-trekkers & the ever helpful team made the pretty pretty KGL trek all the more memorable. Only disappointment was the trash at Vishnusar & Ganagabal campsites. Wished we had camped further away at these 2 sites. But the remaining 4 campsites were clean & beautiful. I would definitely do my next trek with Advenchar! Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful experience!
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Sheryl -
August 6, 2023.
It is my first time trekking in India & I chose Advenchar for their positive reviews & small batch sizes. The team also patiently answered the many, many questions I had & were always available. True enough, I had a great & smooth experience with the KGL trek. The guides & helpers were experienced, knowledgeable & helpful. The trek timings were well planned; we often set off earlier & managed to avoid the rain. The food was delicious, varied & planned according to the trek. The tents were of high quality, withstanding the evening rain. Overall, I would recommend Advenchar, a huge thanks to them for everything. 🙂
Neetha Sharma B
Neetha Sharma B
August 5, 2023.
karthik b
karthik b
August 5, 2023.
This is my 1st trek with Advenchar. I really enjoyed the KGL Trek . Team Advenchar is focused on their small groups to deliver good experience for the trek enthusiasts. Kudos to team Advenchar.
KIran SHarma
KIran SHarma
August 5, 2023.
Like always Advenchar is the best. Srinagar to Srinagar it was a great experience to be a part of KGL trek. Hospitality is up to the mark. Overall we had a great time. Looking forward for more treks with Advenchar. Thank you for this memorable trek team Advenchar 😍.
Sid Malo
Sid Malo
June 13, 2023.
June 8, 2023.
Excellent experience Amazing team. Keep the hardwork going. 👌🎊
Sukriti Dilwaria
Sukriti Dilwaria
June 7, 2023.
It was my first trek, and I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The team was extremely professional and particular in their conduct and the trek was properly organised and executed.
Husain Nasir
Husain Nasir
June 7, 2023.
The staff is amazing right from the owner to the cook and other helpers. Would highly advise to let the client have an option of changing their trek in case the intended trekking destination is experiencing harsh weather.
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