With the daily chaos of life taking a huge toll on mental peace, people look for a change in pace from their monotonous schedule. What’s better suited for a break from the concrete jungle than the mighty Himalayas! The Himalayas have always been the favourite destination of people to get their energy replenished by treating their eyes with the gift of nature and enjoying the peace and tranquillity it offers. But with many people opting for the same destination as a change of pace, you might not get the peace of solitude that you were looking for in your holiday.
Welcome to Brahmatal trek. Offering breathtaking views with a serene ambience at an astounding altitude of 12,250 ft, Brahmatal trek provides a memorable experience to seasoned trekkers as well as beginners in trekking. Being a relatively new trek route, Brahmatal trek remains quite underrated but filled with unexplored areas that are not yet popular. What this means is that if you are looking for a calming trip away from people, this trip is perfect for you as you will meet very people along the way.
This enchanting trek takes you to a staggering altitude of 12,250 feet through a trekking distance of 30 km. The trek commences at Lohajung, which is at a distance of 210 km. from Kathgodam. It takes 10 hours from Kathgodham to reach Lohajung. The next lap of the trek traverses from Lohajung to Bekaltal and then to Brahmatal. Your onward journey traverses through treacherous trails at Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar and brings you to Brahmatal summit which flatters you with a front-seat view of grandiose Himalayan peaks which rise above 7,000 metres.
In addition, this trek also treats you to a beautiful vista of the Roopkund trek trail including views of Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, and Junargali.
At such a height, like in any other Himalayan trek, you get snow-covered trails and experience snow during the trek. What makes Brahmatal trek so unique is the view that it offers not only at the summit but during the trek route. Located in the Chamoli district of the Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttarakhand, Brahmatal summit offers an excellent panoramic 360˚ view of several mountain ranges lined up perfectly quite close to it. The list of peaks that one can see from Brahmatal are endless – from peaks of Kumaon division to Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi-Ghoda peaks and so on. The sight of the sun shining on the ice-capped peaks is breathtaking. Don’t forget the view of the beautiful meadows and valleys.A quick glance to some amazing facts of Brahmatal Trek
- Region- Chamoli district of the Garhwal Himalayan region
- Trek Altitude- 12,600 ft
- Trek Difficulty Level- Easy to Moderate
- Trek Duration- 6 Days
- Trek Distance- 30 km
- Start Point- Kathgodam-Lohajung
- End Point- Kathgodam - Lohajung
- Base Camp- Lohajung
- Temperature- Average day temperatures vary from plus 10 degrees Celsius to plus 3 degrees Celsius and average night temperatures vary from plus 3 degrees Celsius to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
- Nearest Railway Station- Kathgodam Railway Station
- Nearest Airport- Pantnagar Airport, Uttarakhand (70 Km from Kathgodam)
- Network connectivity– Lohajung is the last spot where you will find network. With increasing altitude, you might not get a network on your cellphones.
- Last ATM- Lohajung (but prone to unavailability of cash). It’s better to enter Lohajung with cash and not rely on its ATM. You will find working ATMs and banks in Dewal, which is 25kms away and on the way to Lohajung.
About Brahmatal trek
1 day (drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung) + 4 days (trek from Lohajung- Brahmatal summit-Lohajung) + 1 day (drive from Lohajung – Kathgodam)
Brahmatal trek trail is unique for the range of colours one gets to see during the trek for the flowers that are blossoming on either side of the trail, soothing the eyes of a trekker with nature’s beauty. Brahmatal trek’s speciality also lies in the fact that in this trek route, you experience not one but two distinctive mountain glacial lakes at such a great height – Brahmatal Lake and Bekaltal Lake, with each having their unique features in terms of beauty and ambience.
At a height of 3,400m above sea level, Brahmatal Lake is a frozen alpine glacial lake. As said in Hindu mythology, the lake gets its name from Lord Brahma, who is said to have meditated here. Hence, Brahma-Tal, or Brahma’s Lake. The beauty of Brahmatal trek is the abundance of mountain glacier-fed lakes you find in this route. On your way to Brahmatal Lake, you will come across another lake, Bekaltal. Surrounded by evenly spread out beautiful oak trees, Bekaltal has a beauty of its kind. According to locales, Bekaltal is where Lord Brahma hides. Well, after seeing the beauty and the serene ambience of the lakes, the myths and the legends the locals have to tell you to seem even more believable as these majestic creations of nature seem perfect to be a God’s abode.
Brahmatal trek is of mainly 6 days, covering a distance of about 30kms. What makes Brahmatal trek so special is that it is probably the best trek route one can experience that has forest, meadows, lakes as well as summit. The trek route gives you an experience of a walk through the heavy canopy of forests of silver oak and rhododendrons, beautiful colourful meadows with vibrant flowers, lakeside camping and stargazing at Bekaltal, the serene ambience of Brahmatal lake, the humbling sight of humongous mountain peaks against the backdrop of a large spectrum colours of the evening sky. The trek starts from Kathgodam. After a car ride, it then involves a brisk trek from Lohajung, which serves as the base camp of the trek to Bekaltal, Brahmatal to Brahmatal Top via Tilbudi and back through Khorurai, in 6 days.
With the trek route being comfortably distributed between 6 days, and the trek route having a low gradual incline, Brahmatal trek is an easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty. Also, with the trek route being so eventful throughout, Brahmatal trek stands perfect for a first-timer as the varying changes in view and experience keep a mind distracted from any kind of fatigue of the trek, eventually acting as an energy replenisher.
Rooted deep in mythology, Brahmatal trek allures you with a mystic charm which is hard to resist.
The name Brahmatal owes its origin to Lord Brahma, the Creator who meditated here.
You get astonishing views of the sacred Nanda Devi peak, abode of Goddess Nanda Devi, Mount Trishul resembling a sacred trident (Trishul) and Mount Kamet, the sacred mountain of the Hindus.
Lohajung, the base camp for Brahmatal trek prides itself with the fact that Goddess Parvati had a fight with Lohasur and killed him at this place. The name Lohajung translates to fight (Jung) with demon Lohasur.
How to reach Brahmatal
For Brahmatal trek, Lohajung serves as a base camp. Since Kathgodam is better connected with other cities like Delhi (320km) and Dehradun (277km), Kathgodam serves as the starting and ending point of the trek. Contact our team at Moxtain to get details about the transport we have arranged to and from Lohajung.
- By Flight
Nearest Airport – Pantnagar Airport (PGH). Several popular airlines offer direct and indirect flights between Delhi and Pantnagar, which will cost a minimum of around Rs. 2600. It’s better to book round trip flights since it's more economical. Kathgodam is within a 1-hour driving distance of Pantnagar of 31kms. There are buses, shared cabs, and private cars available from Pantnagar. On reaching Kathgodam, you can take a bus or a private car ride to Lohajung which is an 8 to 10 hours' ride of 250kms through the serene towns of Ranikhet, Kausani, Gwaldam, and Dewal.
- By Train
Several trains are connecting Kathgodam railway station (Brahmatal’s nearest railhead) with all the major cities of India. On reaching Kathgodam which is a 320km or a 6hour 20mins drive from Delhi, you can take a bus or a private car ride to Lohajung which is an 8 to 10 hours' ride of 250kms through the serene towns.
- By Road
Lohajung is accessible with all the major cities of India by road and there is bus service available to Lohajung via Katgodam from most of the major cities. On reaching Katgodam which is a 320km or a 6hour 20mins drive from Delhi, you can take a bus or a private car ride to Lohajung which is an 8 to 10 hours' ride through the serene towns of 250kms Ranikhet, Kausani, Gwaldam, and Dewal.
There’s also an alternate way to reach Lohajung via Rishikesh. Daily buses ply from Rishikesh to Lohajung leaving at 5-5:30 am and share cabs which leave at 6 am but you need to book a seat in advance as the seats are subject to availability.
Highlights of the trek
Forest trails, glacial lakes and a summit – all these in one trek. At an altitude of 12,600ft, Brahmatal trek offers you three distinctive features all combined in one beautiful trek. Sadly, and thankfully for you, Brahmatal remains one of the ‘undiscovered’ treks. What it means for you is that you get to experience the untouched, pure beauty of nature in all its glory.
Having a steady incline and a gradual slope, Brahmatal is a smooth paced trek with marvellous sights to offer of mountains and ridges like that of Trishul massif, Ronti saddle and so on. The gradual slope of the trek route means that on your reaching to the top of the Brahmatal summit, a brand new picturesque sight opens right in front of you with beautiful snow-capped mountains laid out all around you. To stand true to its calling of ‘Dev Bhoomi’ or ‘Land of Gods’, the sight of the sun shining on the panorama of peaks Mount Trishul, sacred Mount Nanda Ghunti, Mount Chaukhamba, Mount Neelkanth, Mount Shivling and Mount Hathi Ghoda and so on. To beautify the majestic view and Roopkund trek route being in the near vicinity, you have the magnificent sight of Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, and Junargali along with various other meadows.
Brahmatal trek route stands out for not being just a mountain trek but also the forest trails through which the route passes through. Meandering through the high and dense snow-covered canopy of silver oak, rhododendron, and other mountain trees, the trek route offers you the experience of a jungle trek as well. In the non-winter seasons when the rhododendron flowers bloom along with the wildflowers, expect a vibrant range of colours to be thrown on your way to the summit as the meadows and forest get lit up with freshly bloomed flowers.
While Brahmatal Lake and Bekaltal Lake takes its own place in the mesmerising sight, this trek has to offer, it’s the lakeside campsites that comes as a bonus. With a vista of colours of the laid out tents on the fresh white snow under the star-studded sky, in a land that’s surrounded by thick forest vegetation is a sight that’s treat to your eyes and warms up your heart as the campsite feels like a dream come true with marvellous mountain ranges in the backdrop.
The base camp for Brahmatal, Lohajung is related to the mythical stories of Goddess Parvati having a fight with Lohasur in this place. Hence, Loha-Jung derived from the name of Lohasur. A hidden hamlet in the mythic tales, the place has a calming vibe of its own. This village is worthy of exploring and the stories of the locals is an icing to the heavenly trek.
Best Time to Visit
While most winter treks close down because of heavy snowfall, the Brahmatal trek route stands out as it can be done in the peak winter months of January and February. The best time to visit brahmatal is from December to March. On the other hand, it can be done in the other months as well(except the rainy season). Having a forest trail en route gives you an entirely different experience depending on the season you visit thus making it a trek which multiple trekkers come back to.
Winter in Brahmatal starts from November and lasts till February. Being a winter trek, it’s obvious for you to expect snow and it’s something you will get in abundance. In winter, your trek route will be filled with fresh soft snow and the sight of the trees on your trail being covered with snow and the sunlight falling on it creates an ambience which is worth experiencing. During the day expect the temperature to be around 3˚C to 6˚C and at night expect the freezing temperatures of around 3˚C to -10˚C.
In the Non-winter seasons, i.e. spring, summer, autumn(all trek routes are closed during the monsoon season) expect Brahmatal to be in a different personality altogether. With rhododendron flowers blooming along the jungle trail and the valleys being filled with bright flowers, the trek trail itself is a treat to the eyes. Along with the melting glaciers, small waterfalls and streams this scenic beauty is a marvel in itself. During these seasons expect the temperature to be within a range of 10˚C to -4˚C.
Tips for the trek
Since this is a trek of easy to moderate difficulty, you will have to walk about 7-8kms a day. With a gradual and steep climb and a trekking bag on your back, this may not be as easy as it sounds. This means that you will need your lungs at full capacity and that means you will have to do away with smoking at least a month before the trek. Not really necessary but to have smoother trekking experience and enjoy it to the fullest, you can do morning jogs every day and build up your stamina meanwhile. Trust me on this. The whole experience of the trek and the view from the top of the summit is worth way more than all of this.
- Trek Essentials
Being a winter trek, expect snowfall. And snow means getting yourself soaked when they melt. So to protect yourself and your trek essentials, it's important that your shoes and your trekking bag are waterproof or at least have a rain cover. Wear good trekking shoes to experience maximum comfort during the trek. Expect freezing temperatures, so carry thermals and layer up to fight the cold winds. Carry a raincoat or a poncho to protect yourself from the snow. Also, you can contact our team at Moxtain if you want shoes, trekking bags, and ponchos in rent.
During the trek, keep drinking water to stay hydrated. With changing altitude, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Keep snacks and energy bars in hand during the trek to recharge your energy as they get drained. Above all, keep your morals high, stay energised and have a memorable trek.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.