Brahmatal trek is a rare classical winter trek that allows you to experience the breathtaking world of frozen lakes and snow-covered peaks. This trek is rare as it takes you to an alpine lake and lets you camp near it. The trek happens to be in the winter with temperatures freezing up the lakes. Suitable for fit beginners and intermediate-level trekkers, this trek is rated from easy to moderate level. The enchanting looks of the white world of the trek will start from Lohajung, leading up to the 3846 meters high Brahmatal top point. Besides the views from the highest altitude, you will come across enthralling terrain throughout the trek. Brahma Kamal is the most wonderful flower that you will ever witness growing in the cold world above the heavenly skies. You will meet the delightful animals and birds of Brahmatal like Himalayan Woodpeckers, Himalayan Wild Goat, White Beer, and many more stars of the Himalayas. The mysterious brown lake named Bekaltal stuns you with its unique color and beauty. Throughout your journey, you will witness friendly villages, beautiful streams, snow-covered paths, rhododendron, and oak dense forests. All this will take you to the highest point of the trek presenting you with the once-in-a-lifetime panoramic views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti.
Trek distance: 22km
Maximum Altitude: 12,150 ft
Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Base Camp: Lohajung
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Trek Grade: 2
Trail Type: One-way trail starts and ends at Lohajung.
Service from: Kathgodam to Kathgodam.
Best Season: Winters- December to March.
Snow Season: December to March.
Day 01: Transfer from Kathgodam to Lohajung (2331 m) covering 225 kilometers in 9 hours.
Day 02: Lohajung (2331 m) to Bekaltal (2750 m). Trek for 4-5 hours through the forests of oaks, and rhododendron trees.
Day 03: Bekaltal (2750 m) to Brahmatal lake (3400 m). Trek though steep oak and rhododendron forests.
Day 04: Brahmatal (3400 m) to Brahmatal high point (3846 m) and back to Brahmatal lake (3400 m). Spot Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Ghunti, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Kanye, Mt Hathi Ghoda, and Mt Chaukhamba.
Day 05: Brahmatal lake (3400 m) to Lohajung (2331 m).
Day 06: Lohajung to Kathgodam.
Kathgodam to Lohajung
Lohajung to Bekaltal
Bekaltal to Brahmatal
Brahmatal to Brahmatal high point and back
Trek from Brahmatal lake (3400 m) to base camp Lohajung (2331 m).
You will trail back to Lohajung through the same trekking path.
Again, cross oak and rhododendron forests to reach your destination after witnessing the wonderful views of mountain tops.
The journey will take 7-8 hours for you to reach Lohajung for staying in the Lohajung guesthouse to reset yourself.
Lohajung to Kathgodam
The Kathgodam station is the nearest to base camp Lohajung with good connectivity to many places like Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. First, you have to reach Kathgodam and from there, the package starts.
By Train:- Take the Ranikhet Express (5014) from Delhi at 10:40 PM to reach Kathgodam at 05:30 AM the next day.
- Take Uttar sampark Kranti (5035) from Delhi at 04:00 PM to reach Kathgodam at 10:40 PM. - Take the Doon Express (4120) from Dehardun at 10:30 PM to reach Kathgodam at 7:10 AM.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Kathgodam at a distance of 32kms. You can access the airport via Delhi.
By Bus:- Board a bus from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to reach Kathgodam. There is no direct bus but the buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani bus station near Kathgodam.- From there, you have to travel 4 km to reach Kathgodam Railway Station via Tata Sumo. - After reaching Kathgodam Railway Station, we will assist you further on the Brahmatal trek.
Trekking shoes-most importantTrekking shoes that are suitable for any kind of terrain, especially for snow.
BackpackA 50-60 liter backpack is required.
Protective items- Sunglasses for preventing snow blindness with UV protection. - Sun cap and sunscreen for protection against the sun.- Carry a headlamp covering a wide area instead of a single beam or torch. The headlamp will make your hand free to carry out another activity. - A pair of trekking poles for balance and stability while moving upwards. The poles would reduce your energy consumption by 30-40% increasing your speed and reducing the trek time.
ToiletryToothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, tissues, moisturizer, cold coral, sanitizer, anti-fungal cream, and medicine kit.
CutleryCarry leakproof lunch box, mug, spoon, and disposable plates.
EatablesWater bottles, snacks like biscuits, protein bars, glucose-based chocolates, cup noodles, dry fruits, and quick energy bites must be carried.
Other Essentials- Plastic covers to keep your used clothes away from fresh clothes and eatables. - Carry chargers, power banks, and a magnetic compass for proper communication and the right directions.
Spring SeasonThe spring season starts either in late March or April when the flowers start to bloom your way. The dense rhododendrons look amazing with the looks of magenta and crimson starring receding snow. The. Brahmatal lake will not be frozen and will present you with beautiful reflections. During this time, the temperatures range from -2 degrees Celsius up to 10 degrees Celsius. After the month of March, the snow slowly starts to melt down and the temperatures rise. The forests tend to look greener providing you an easy trek with 360-degree views from the top under clear skies.
Autumn SeasonThis season will offer you a dark canopy of rhododendron and oak trees with almost no sunlight entering your way. The topmost views of the mountain ranges would be clearer and greener.The sunsets and sunrises from different points are stunning enough to capture your heart.
Winter SeasonThe best time to experience Brahmatal Trek is during the winter season in the months of December, January, and February. Snow makes the experience captivating as 90% of the treks happen to be in this season, making it a perfect classic winter trek. The trek lets you witness frozen lakes and snow-covered peaks. The Bekaltal and Brahmatal lakes would be frozen owing to the low temperatures. The weather during the daytime remains cool but at night, the temperature falls down up to a whopping minus 10 degrees.
The trek starts from Lohajung at an altitude of 2331 meters to reach Gujrani or Lower Bekaltal with a total distance of 6 km. Trekking begins by moving through the Mandoli village after passing the Lohajung central market. You will be crossing a stream on the Link-gaad bridge to reach begum. Another stream will come across your way to reach Bekaltal. From the Bekaltal campsite, you will cover a distance of 8 kilometers to reach Brahmatal. You will be trekking through the cold dark forests of oak and rhododendron with no trace of sunlight penetrating inside. After spending some time at the top, you will reach the Brahmatal campsite. From the campsite, you will travel to the Brahmatal top point to view Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti at an altitude of 3846 meters. Again, you descend to Brahmatal lake covering a total of 5 km. From the campsite, you will move down to Lohajung via Daldum to stay overnight in Lohajung lodge. The entire trek would take 6 days for you to complete and travel 23 km.
Lohajung is named so because this beautiful town is believed to be the place where goddess Parvati had a war (jung) with a demon known as Lohasur. Hence, the Lohajung name means “War with Lohasur”.
It is said that Lord Brahma would meditate in Brahmatal lake according to Hindu beliefs. Hence, this lake got its name from this holy theory.
The story of arrowheads- There are a lot of arrowheads seen in the neighboring villages of Bekaltal lake. They are hung on the walls, displayed in shops, used in homes, struck on the trees of the forests and even people wear those in bracelets and lockets. There are two unverified legends behind it. The first one is according to Hindu beliefs that Uttarakhand is “Dev Bhoomi”, the land of Devtas. Most of the Mahabharata took place in the region only and those arrowheads relate to the archery practiced around the same time. The second legend has it that all the arrowheads are related to Lord Curzon. George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston of British India is famously linked to arrowheads.
Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti have their legend that this place witnessed holy pilgrimage and was governed by powerful Goddess Nanda Devi.
Brahmatal Himalayan trek is one of the most anticipated classical treks that people challenge themselves with during the winter season. The entire trekking experience will take you on a journey of a white world of snow with stunning views of the Himalayas from the top. The highest point of view at 3846 meters encompasses the legendary look of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti above the heavenly skies covering Brahmatal trek distance of 23 kilometers. You will come across a few villages at the starting of the trek but they will surely give you a sneak peek into the culture and hill life. The campsites for resting will be a blessing for snow lovers as the tents would be set up in the forests near frozen lakes. You will be moving through marvelous forests of oak and rhododendrons. The trek unravels you with serene views of frozen lakes and snow-clad peaks. Moreover, the steps of this trek are small but steep, not very difficult for one to give a try.
What fitness levels are required in Brahmatal Trek?
The Trek requires you to ascend and descend 23 km, walking an average of 5 km daily. You have to be physically sound and active to cover this distance. For this, prior fitness training is required. You can start to jog 20 km in a week or 80 km a month.
What is the lowest age permissible for the Brahmatal Lake trek?
The minimum age for registration is 7 years. Also, your child should be physically fit and active to participate in Brahmatal trek.
Is the Brahmatal trek suitable for families?
Yes, this trek is suitable for group participation such as families, and friends. If you plan to go on trekking with your family, all of you must train a month prior to your start.
Will I find snow during my Brahmatal Winter trek?
Yes, in December, January, February, and March, the entire region is covered in snow. In April, the snow melts off and paves way for greener looks.
Is there mobile network present on the Brahmatal trek?
Beyond Lohajung, mobile networks aren’t accessible. You should inform your family and loved ones before heading out from Lohajung on the Trek.
How Difficult is the Brahmatal trek?
In Brahmatal Trek, you will be reaching up to the heavenly heights of 3846 meters. The trek is rated as a suitable one for fit beginners graded with easy-moderate. The trek is on Level 2, meaning longer trekking time with steep steps with the exit being relatively easier than the climb. This Himalayan trek will cover 23 kilometers in 4 days with an average of 7 kilometers per day travel. The main difference comes due to the season chosen by the trekkers to explore the region. Generally, the trek moves through forests, lakes, meadows, and valleys to the top of the mountains. This level is beginner-friendly and easy for first-timers as well. However, the trek intensifies at moderate levels due to the presence of the snow. The winter season is the most preferable time to experience this trek as it blesses you with breathtaking views of snow-covered mountain peaks and frozen lakes. There are no specifications necessary for fitness levels but it is advisable to practice brisk walking four weeks before the trek for increasing endurance. Basic jogging, walking, and accelerating brisk walks are known to open up the body and prepare it for taking long routes. It is required that you jog for 5 km in a span of 45 minutes.
Can I offload during my Brahmatal trek?
Yes, you can offload at additional costs. However, it is recommended that you carry backpacks on your own as it would require more effort. This is because challenge and adventure are the essence of a real trekking experience.
Is the Brahmatal trek safe?
Yes, the Brahmatal trek is safe because it doesn’t take you through extremely difficult terrain. The climb is steep but small, making it range from easy to moderate. You will be crossing oak and rhododendron forests for most of the journey. During spring and summer, the trek becomes even easier as the snow melts off and it gets greener, reducing the complexity of traveling on the mountainous grounds.
What is beyond the Brahmatal Top point?
Above the staggering height of the Brahmatal Point at 3846 meters, another point above it can be reached. Jatropani peak is above the Brahmatal top point at a whopping height of 4100 meters.
Are there hygienic washrooms along the Brahmatal lake trek?
Hygienic washrooms are available in the Lohajung guest house. While trekking, 2-4 toilet tents would be set up by the trekking leader and the team to ensure proper hygiene. It is advised to use toilet paper as these are dry toilets with mud and a shovel to cover up.