As the winter sweeps across the Himalayan slopes, most of the trails are closed for the winter, leaving us with a long wait before we can get to witness the magical mountains. But as it is with Himalaya it never lets anyone down, even when the most of the high-altitude treks will be closed for the winter, some of the treks remain accessible even in the dead of winter, and they are better Trek, the mythical lake of Kumaon region.visited in winter only, to witness the true magic of these places. And one of such treks is Brahmatal

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With a tenacity for mythology, Brahmatal, located near the village of Lohajung in Chamoli district in Uttrakhand, is a perfect trek to witness the changes of vistas in winter. With magnificent views of big mountains, dense forests of oak and rhododendron and snow-covered meadows, Brahmatal Trek is a grand opera of the winter in Himalaya. And this is supported by camping beside the Bekaltal and the alpine vicinity of Brahmatal.

With a tenacity for mythology, Brahmatal, located near the village of Lohajung in Chamoli district in Uttrakhand, is a perfect trek to witness the changes of vistas in winter. With magnificent views of big mountains, dense forests of oak and rhododendron and snow-covered meadows, Brahmatal Trek is a grand opera of the winter in Himalaya. And this is supported by camping beside the Bekaltal and the alpine vicinity of Brahmatal.

Along with mystical forests covering the lake of Brahmatal, when the trail reaches the highest point of the trek at Brahmatal Top, you can see Panoramic views of Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Hathi Parvat, Ghodi Parvat to left, while Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Peak are to your right. Getting to know about these highlights of Brahmatal, must have got you excited about this winter wonderland, so get some winter clothes on and back your bags.

Trip Highlights
  • One of the Top Winter treks in Uttarakhand
  • Thrilling views of Mount Trishul and Nandagunti peak
  • Best Beginners Trek and suitable for family
Trip Facts
  • Brahma Tal Altitude : : 3734 m / 12,250 feet
  • Lohajung Base Camp Altitude : 2316 m / 7600 ft
  • Bekal Tal Altitude : 3012 m / 9882 ft
  • Trek Grade : Easy (Subjective to Individual)
  • Best time to visit : Throughout the year
  • Duration : 5 nights - 6 days
  • Trek Distance : 24 Kilometres
  • Summer Temp : Day 5 deg c to 16 deg c / Night 2 deg c to 5 deg c
  • Winter Temp : Day -2 deg c to - 5 deg c / Night -5 deg c to - 10 deg c
Why to choose?

As a Himalayan lover it is necessary to understand the reason for choosing Brahma Tal Trek.

  • It is one of High-altitude lakes of Uttarakhand Himalaya, doable through the year
  • Total trekking distance of 24 kms, which is relaxed and suitable for beginners.
  • Fabulous views of Himalayan peaks Mt. Nandagunti, Mt. Trishul and Himalayan ranges
  • During the winter the whole region transforms into a fairy land is covered with snow and Rhodendron flower blooms .
  • Acclimatization and height gain to suit to everyone's requirement, and weather conditions
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Any trip extensions, Stay due to road blocks or landslides, extra meals, Accommodation
Itinerary:
Day one - Pickup to you from Kathgodam railway station – Drive to Lohajung
Your trek leader and co trekkers will be waiting for you at Kathgodam Railway Station, soon after a brief intro, we start the scenic ride for Lohajung. This is a 10 hour long drive passing through Kumaon region going over the windy and curvy for most of the time.
Day two - Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal, 6 km, 5 Hours, 3012 Meter.
Starting from the main market of the Lahajung village, the trail soon climbs higher ground, passing through the upper village on a well marked and paved trail. Soon you will enter a forest with occasional houses to keep you company, trail through the forest is not that long and soon it will come out of the forest and you can see the village of Mandoli, on your left. If you need to catch a breath, it can be a good spot to do so.
After the Mundoli village the trail keeps climbing with a gradual ascent towards the confluence point of Pindari and Kali river, the valley is known as the Kali valley, a spread of green contrasting the white snowclad slopes of mountains. A bit more burnt muscle and you will reach a little settlement with mud houses, known as Budla, during the blossom of Rhododendron this part of the trail turns into something which cannot be described in words. Trek out of the village to find a wooden bridge over a stream, get across on the other side of the bridge to reach Begum. A beautiful setting overlooking the beautiful Navali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, is an ideal place to rest a bit and admire the beautiful landscape. It will take another hour to get to Gujrani Stream, the next major landmark on the trail.
About an hour of moderate ascent through the forest will get you to an opening with a dried up lake in the center, just above this opening lies Bekaltal. We will be camping in the vicinity of the Bekaltal.
Day three - Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal, 07 km, 6 Hours, 3182 Meter.
The day starts with some majestic views of Mt Trishul, after Breakfast we start our ascent towards Brahmatal. The trail climbs out of the campsites into a dense setting of Rhododendron trees which soon gives way to a forest of oak. About an hour of climb through this forest comes to halt as the tree line ends and gives way to an open meadow, with a great view of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti right in front.
This meadow continues till the altitude of 11,500 ft, that is the highest point of the Brahmatal trek. From here on the trail takes a gradual descent all the way till the Brahmatal. Standing on the top you can see a temple on the other side of the ridge, with bright yellow prayer flags flying high, take the trail going down to the temple. Once at the temple the Brahmatal is just 500 meters from here. The campsite for today will be a little far from the lake, from here we can witness the grandeur of several Himalayan giants in their eternal glory.
Day four - Exploration Day Brahmatal top summit on to Khorurai camp, 7.5 km, 8 Hours, 3774 Meter.
The day starts earlier than usual today, we will be climbing back towards the ridge we descended yesterday. An early start will enable us to get good views of mountains before the clouds come in to spoil the game. Starting from the campsite we will be getting to the lake first, the trail is the same as yesterday and we will have some time to click photos of the lake from different angles. The lone tree by the lake makes the scene perfect with its shadow in the calm water of the lake.
From Brahmatal, get on the trail ascending from left to reach the ridge. Once at the ridge, we can see an ascending trail in front of us. This trail goes up to the Brahmatal Top, from where we can get a better close in views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti.
After spending some time at the top, descend down through the meadow till we get to a point which has 180 degree view of Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli peak. From this point it is an hour’s descent through the forest of oak and rhododendron to get to our campsite for today.
Day five - Trek from Khorurai camp to Lohajung, 3 km, 3 Hours, 2316 Meter.
The campsite of Khorurai is surrounded by trees on all sides, and soon after breakfast we move towards Lohajung. Through the forest of oak and rhododendron, an hour or so of walking will get to some shepherds hut. These huts are used for livestock by villagers and shepherds, it is called chawni. From here on there is a manmade trail that connects to Lohajung, follow the trail to reach Lohajung.
Day six - Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam, 210 km, 10 Hours
scenic drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam you are supposed to reach Lohajung around 6 in evening.
What to Expect?

A trip graded as a Moderate takes you to high altitude regions - above 3000m / 10,0000 ft and will involve considerable altitude gain 800 ft - 1200ft over the course of the trek. Altitude will have an effect, hence one would need to be careful about Acclimatization. The guide will educate about acclimitization procdure.Moderate treks will have multiple days which involve considerable amount of ascents and descents and would require walking for more than 5 - 6 hours.
There might be a day or two of camping in relatively high altitudes above 4000m / 13,000ft. A typical trek will last around a week to ten days depending on the region and is fro those who have exposure to Himalayan treks, for people who have completed a beginner trek.
Good fitness levels are needed to enjoy these trips.Preparation of your body by doing some fitness actitivies before the trip would help. Prior trekking experience would be an added advantage.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train:We recommend to Overnight train to Dehradun from Capital city of Delhi. New Delhi to Dehradun A/c special train from New Delhi is the best option. The Scheduled reaching time to Dehradun Railway station is at 5:40 am.
      Nanda Devi Express – Train No 12205 (Departure 11:50 pm: Arrival 5:40 am)
      Dehradun Express - Train No 12687 (Departure 21:10 pm: Arrival 5:00 am)
    • By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
    • By Bus: Buses ply frequently from New Delhi to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses options too are available
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the suitability clause for this trek?
A. This trekking expedition is definitely suited for a person who is physically fit to walk approximately 5 to 6 kilometres per day without facing any health issues on a normal day. A person suffering from heart ailments, asthma and such similar problems may consult a doctor before registering for this trek. It is suggested that the doctor is aware of the schedule and climatic conditions before approving for participation in the trek.

Q. How can I best prepare myself for the trek?
A. You are advised to exercise and go on daily long walks and jogs for a few weeks before your trek.

Q. What are the expected adversities in climatic conditions during the trip?
A. The temperature can get as cold as -2 degrees in few regions during the night. It basically depends on where you come from. If you are an Indian, you will feel very cold in these places and it is advised that you carry warm clothing and other required supplementary like a high altitude professional jacket along with your other essentials.

Q. What kind of food will be made available?
A. Summiters give plain vegetarian food which is not too heavy and apt for hiking. Pizza hut or Anand Bhavan will not be in the picture nor will hunting be an option. There will be enough to sustain and apt will be served when hungry.

Q. Does mountain water cause harm?
A. No. The mountain water is clean. But if you are skeptical – a mineral water can be bought.

Q. Is there a charger point for my phone during the trek?
A. The end point that you can charge during the trek is at Mana Village but depends if electricity is there during the stay.