Brahmatal Trek
By GoAdven

Description

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 Trek opens up a winter wonderland.


Hardly we come across such 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 the 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 trek 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, the alpine lake of Brahmatal trek, along with colossal mountains make Brahmatal the best trek for beginners and less experienced trekkers.


The 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 to 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 the right height.


Ever-changing vistas and open views of 7000 meters make Brahmatal trek one of the best treks for photographers.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Reach Lohajung

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    • Lohajung serves as the base camp for Brahmatal Trek. Lohajung can be reached easily from Kathgodam. Once you cross the 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 the centre 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 have 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.
    • Lohajung serves as the base camp for Brahmatal Trek. Lohajung can be reached easily from Kathgodam. Once you cross the 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 the centre 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 have 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.
  • Day 2

    Lohajung to Bekaltal

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    • 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 the 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 the 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 mountainside 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 flat land with a crater at its centre. At 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 a dense forest of oak and rhododendron which is the reason for the brown colour of the water of the lake. Due to organic organisms from surrounding forests dissolving in the lake, the water turns brown.
    • 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 the 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 the 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 mountainside 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 flat land with a crater at its centre. At 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 a dense forest of oak and rhododendron which is the reason for the brown colour of the water of the lake. Due to organic organisms from surrounding forests dissolving in the lake, the water turns brown.
  • Day 3

    Bekaltal to Brahmatal

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    • 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 the forest of oak trees take over. Halfway in the trek, the forest opens up to a meadow, known as Telandi. This meadow is a green expansion that transforms into a snowfield in winter. Crossing this snowfield 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 the 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 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.
    • 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 the forest of oak trees take over. Halfway in the trek, the forest opens up to a meadow, known as Telandi. This meadow is a green expansion that transforms into a snowfield in winter. Crossing this snowfield 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 the 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 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.
  • Day 4

    Brahmatal (10,440 ft) to Brahmatal Top (12,250 ft) and return back to Daldum (9,100 ft)

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    • You will be starting early today, to catch the sunrise from the Brahmatal Lake which is 500 meters uphill trek. Walking along with the Oaks and Rhododendron trees, you will be greeted with 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 that is formed by melting ice. The final approach to the 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 the treeline. This is known as Tilbundi campsite. You will be camping here for the night.
    • You will be starting early today, to catch the sunrise from the Brahmatal Lake which is 500 meters uphill trek. Walking along with the Oaks and Rhododendron trees, you will be greeted with 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 that is formed by melting ice. The final approach to the 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 the treeline. This is known as Tilbundi campsite. You will be camping here for the night.
  • Day 5

    Daldum (9,100 ft) to Lohajung (7,600 ft)

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    • 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 guesthouse in Lohajung village.
    • 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 guesthouse in Lohajung village.
  • Day 6

    Lohajung to Kathgodam

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    • This day, you can head to Kothgodam, following the same route.
    • This day, you can head to Kothgodam, following the same route.

Inclusions

  Accommodation
  Trekking equipment’s
  Snacks
  Permits and Entry fees
  Medical kits and Oxygen cylinder
  Transportation (Will be arrange on extra Cost)
  Meals during transit
  Personal Expenses
  Insurance

Terms & Conditions

    • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
    • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
    • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.


    Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.


    If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), GoAdven will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

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