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Brahmatal Trek

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6 Days
Availability : All Year Round
Kathgodam
Kathgodam
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 15
Trek Details

Region :- Kumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 12,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Kms :- 24 Kms.

Steeped in mythos, Brahmatal is a lake nestling in the depths of Uttarakhand Himalayas. Winter sweeps alluringly on the slopes here, making Brahmatal one of the rare Himalayan destinations available for trekking in December, January, February, and March.

Pull factors are many on this trek—changing vistas, from deep and shadowy forests of oaks and rhododendrons to snow-covered meadows, lakeside camping at Bekaltal, the alpine Brahmatal lake vicinity, and a climactic vision of fabulous high peaks glittering across a brilliant sky! The Garhwal snowline view is all the more special from here because rarely are colossal ice-capped peaks like Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul are accessible to view on a low-lying trek like this one.

Owing to gradually ascending rolling slopes, the Brahmatal Trek route is deemed fit for beginners and less experienced trekkers. A major part of the trek continues under forest cover, diminishing the chances of altitude sickness. All the same, the trek will not deprive one of an out and out thrilling winter experience with the sweet mellow of falling snow, a fascinating trail caught in an absolute white out, the depthless silence inside the grove of rhododendrons and oaks, and iced over lake water faces.

A special shout out for this trek goes to the shutterbugs—diverse frames, from snow-laden forests to white-gold high peaks in alpenglow, and a desolate alpine mountain-scape of a lone tree standing on icy shores of the Brahmatal lake make up the composition of this trek.

 

Departure & Return Location

Kathgodam to Kathgodam

Max Altitude & Total Trekking Distance

12,100FT / 3688 Meters Approx

24 Kms

Inclusions

  • Transport: Kathgodam To Lohajung And Return
  • All Meals While On Trek (Veg. + Egg)
  • All Necessary Entry Fees And Permits
  • Accommodation:- Guest House, Home Stay, Camping During Trek
  • Mountaineering Qualified & Professional Trek Leader, Guide, Cook And Support Staff
  • First Aid Medical Kits, Stretcher And Oxygen Cylinder
  • Trek Equipments: Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Tent (Twin Sharing), Kitchen & Dinning Tent, Toilet Tent, Utensils And Crampon (If Required)
  • Porters/Mules To Carry Central Equipment

Exclusions

  • Any Kind Of Personal Expenses
  • Food During The Transit
  • Mules Or Porter To Carry Personal Luggage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks / landslides / strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
  • Any Kind Of Expense For Loss / Misplaced / Theft Of Personal Belongings
  • Anything Not Specifically Mentioned Under The Head

Note : Normally Trekkers are expected to carry their personal luggage on their own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 2000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 KGS. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

More About The Trek

Brahmatal Trek can be considered as the ‘all rounder package’ among a various trekking destinations across India. The Brahmatal trek introduces you to famous mountain peaks namely Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda and others.

The beautiful campsites and the snow-filled trail in the winter months make Brahmatal a complete deal that one cannot miss exploring. There exist more than enough snow to take a slow-mo video of yourself tossing the snow upwards or having a snow-fight which makes you fall in love with the place. And if you want some Instagram-worthy location then Brahmatal Trek in winters is surely your best option.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Lohajung

  • Altitude: 7,500 feet
  • 300 km drive – approx 8 hours
  • Trekkers will be picked from Kathgodam at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle
  • Expected arrival time at Lohajung– 3:00 pm
  • Stay In Guest House

Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal

  • Altitude: 7,500 feet to 9,700 feet
  • 5 kms trek, approx 4 hours
  • Stay in tents

Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal

  • Altitude: 9,700 feet to 10,450 feet
  • 6 kms trek, approx 6 hours
  • First 1 hour is steep ascent via Bekaltal Lake, then gradual ascent for few hours and at last steep descent and then gradual descent till camp site
  • You can also go to Brahmatal lake for evening walk, 500 meter far from the camp site
  • Stay in tents

Day 4: Brahmatal to Brahmatal Summit and back to Brahmatal

  • Altitude: 10,450 feet to 12,200 feet to 10,450 feet
  • 4 kms trek, approx 7 hours
  • Spend some time at the summit and descend back to the Brahmatal campsite
  • Stay in tents

Day 5: Brahmatal to Lohajung

  • Altitude: 10,4450 feet to 7,500 feet
  • 9 kms trek, approx 8 hours
  • Descend 2500 feet through dense pine forests

Day 6: Departure day (Lohajung to Kathgodam)

  • Distance: 300 km drive, approx 8 hours
  • You will be dropped at Kathgodam Railway station in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle

Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Kathgodam between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Lohajung

We will see you the first day at Kathgodam railway station. The pickup place is Kathgodam railway station early in the morn. An overnight train travel from Delhi could be sufficiently convenient.

The journey uphill from Kathgodam to Lohajung will take you cruising through mountain alleyways connecting the lower Himalayan belt of Kumaom hills to that of Garhwal. This is going to be a hectic 10 hour drive, despite the marvellous changing vistas of the mountains. For the first few hours, the course of our journey will be running parallel to river Kosi, flowing softly. Soon, a blustery Pindar river will meet our path.

Look out for a few of the best known tourist hubs nestling in Uttarakhand’s sublime hills. We will pass through Bheemtal, Almora, and Kausani—all celebrated hill stations. Upon entering the last stretch of the drive, near Lohajung, the mesmerizing Nanda Ghunti peak will come to sight. We will reach Lohajung guest house, our halt for the night around 5:00 pm, close to dusk and just in time for tea!

Note: If you are not carrying something of winter clothing or basic gear, the Lohajung market can come in pretty handy.

Day 2Lohajung to Bekaltal

The first day’s trek spanning 4-5 hours will kick off from Lohajung up a snaky trail going into the forest. After a short while the forest will give way to a small village named Mandoli to your left. Here you can fill your bottles and take a first major hiatus. The trail continues in mostly gradual ascent curves. A little way higher, you will come across the valley where two mountain rivers Kali and Pindari confluence. This is the Kali valley, lying in a splendid green scrap even in the midst of wintry heights. We will trek on further to stumble upon a huddle of mud huts. You are going to find a grove of rhododendron here that sure grows red and heavy from February to March, but at the peak of winter, the trail will be pretty matte.

Crossing this point, trek on to find the next identifiable landmark—a wooden bridge over a stream. This steam is a viable water point which you can access going down the slope. Crossing over on to the other side, you will reach Begum—a nestling rest point on the slopes overlooking a vast expanse of bugyals at distance. From here, the path bends on to two more chattering streams, the last being Gujrani stream. Take approximately an hour’s hike after crossing the last stream to reach the beautiful Bekaltal gleaming peacefully in the summer while partially frozen over in the winters.

We will be camping in the vicinity by the lake Khopdaliya. Enjoy the stillness and the quiet of this place with the thick oak forests closing in from around.

Day 3Bekaltal to Brahmatal

Today’s trek will take you through thickets of oaks and rhododendrons over steep slopes for quite some time before finally coming out to a meadow. This is the meadow of Telandi. In the winter, you will find the green expanse of Telandi transform into a vast snowfield and crossing the area, a gala of thrill.

The meadow rolls till 11,500 ft.- the highest point, from where begins a slow descent to Brahmatal. To your left from here, you will find a small temple, bright yellow flags flying in the air. Walk down the slope to the temple and find the trail winding towards the Brahmatal Lake, about 500 meters away from the temple now. We will find the valleys of Almora and Nainital rise and fall around us as we go. The soaring peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and others of the Greater Himalayas can be spotted far across the sky. We will be camping at the mark 500 meter away from the lake, nestling in the beautiful aura of the place.

Note: Make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek since there are no water points on this trail.

Day 4Brahmatal To Brahmatal Summit and Back to Brahmatal

The visual treat of the high peaks is going to intensify today, opening up a view from the 12,200 feet summit of Brahmatal. We will cross the lake and go higher up through the depths of a hushed forest. Where the forest hike ends, a panorama of stunning ice peaks opens up. At the first 180 degrees to your left you can spot Chaukhamba, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and Maitoli peaks. At the furthest horizon, the Panchachuli ranges will unveil, as will a great expanse of the lower Shivalik stretches, equally snow filled and white as the higher visible zones.

Bask in the glorious sight and come back to camp.

Note: Carry 2-3 litres water, there will be no water points available.

Day 5Brahmatal to Lohajung

Wake up and gear for a long winded descent from Brahmatal to Lohajung- a 9 km trek likely to span 7-8 hours.

For those new or unpractised to trekking, knee-pads and walking sticks are a must. The long hike down can really take the life out of your legs if hitting on the rocky ledges hidden under snow is constant.

Our first route will break towards Lohajung after reaching the point Khabekhal. Post this point, the trail will go into a beatific tree surrounded location. This place is Daldum. A 20-30 minutes more into the trek, we will be reaching Malling. This is just outside a fringe of forests and equipped with water sources. A cluster of locality can be seen down below from Daldum.

Hiking down ahead, we will reach an expansive farming ground. This is an agricultural land growing potatoes and other crops in summer. Winter renders the place quite desolate, save a few houses on the brink. A paved stone trail shows the way towards Lohajung from here- another hour’s trek on the descent.

Day 6Departure Day (Lohajung to Kathgodam)

After a good night’s sleep at our Lohajung guest house, we will go back to Kathgodam today. We can manage a brief stopover at Kausani for lunch. Destination will be reached by 7:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

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Things To Pack For The Trek
  • Down Jacket (Main Warm Jacket)
  • Raincoat/ Poncho
  • Tshirts and Fleece Jacket
  • Track Pants
  • Extra Pair Of Socks And Undergarments
  • Good Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. You Can Buy It From Decathlon Stores)
  • Woolen Cap, Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
  • Slippers, Sunglasses, Tissue Roll, Hand Sanitizer
  • Personal Toiletries, Sunscreen Lotion
  • Medicines and A Basic First Aid Kit
  • Power Bank and Head Torch
  • Extra Thermal Clothing Layers (For Winter Treks)
Cancellation Policy
  • To initiate the cancellation request, you need reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking
  • Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
  • Up to 30 Days: – 80% of Trip cost will be refunded
  • Between 21 – 30 Days: – 50% of Trip cost will be refunded
  • Between 20 – 10 Days: – 25% of Trip cost will be refunded
  • Less than 10 Days/ No Show - No refund
  • No Show . No refund
  • Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides or any other unforseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are cancelled, we provide the best alternate but no refunds are provided
  • If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Travelikers will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
  • If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
  • Any extra expenses coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer.
  • The Cancellation policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
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