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Spanning over 28 km, the Brahmatal trek begins from the base village of Lohajung located in the Chamoli district in Garhwal Himalayas. The 6 km trek from Lohajung to the Gujreni campsite runs through dense forests of Conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. The Gujreni campsite is at the heart of a beautiful clearing surrounded by Oak and Rhododendrons with panoramic views of snow-capped ranges.
The peak view from the route is captivating, from east to west you can see the High Himalayan ranges. On the right towards eastward direction you can see Mrigthuni, Devtoli and Maikoti peak of Kumaon. Straight to your north Trisul massif and gigantic Nanda Ghunti are breathtaking. Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti. On the left westward side we can see the massive Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks. This is just the opposite ridge of the famous Roopkund trek and offers a Birds-eye view of the route including Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, Roopkund and Junargali including far poised famous Ronty saddle.
The best season to explore this trail is either winter or in the springs. During winter weather normally remains clear and panoramic beauty of the surrounding is unmatched. Adequate amount of snow is another reason that this is getting popular in recent years. In Spring the trail is bountiful with Rhododendron blossoms while the last patches of snow start melting. For you who want a longer duration camping trek may combine Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal trek to complete a circuit around Lohajung.
Finally, it would be an unjust, if we don’t mention about our trek base Lohajung here. This small business town at an altitude of ~ 2320 m/7600 ft, comprises a one strip bazaar, few basic restaurants to eat and handful of lodges. However the views of Nanda Ghunti mountain and sunset on the southern valley side are just enough to start the beginning.
In winter ‘December to march’ on Brahmatal trek you not only trek to an alpine lake but also get to camp near lake. The lake water is crystal clear and a lone tree stands on the far bank. The lake got frozen in peak winter duration. The sunset from brahmatal campsite are Breathtaking and magical, everyday you will see different kind of colour contrasts in the sky and meadows. All these kind of experience make the trek life long memorable.
Lower down In your first campsite you will see Bekaltal lake, bekaltal lake is covered by dense forest of oak and rhododendron. Bekaltal lake is larger than brahmatal lake. The seductive folklore of the lake dates back many centuries,
The Brahmatal trek takes one through beautiful valleys, hushed hamlets, streams, and conifers, and oak forests. In winter, the region is covered in a sheath of snow and offered an unparalleled Himalayan view.
The first day of the BRAHMATAL TREK starts from Lohajung to Bekaltal which takes about 4-5 hours. Get up early in the morning, have breakfast and get ready to begin. Just beside Lohajung follow the ascending human-made stone trek. Along the way, you would encounter some startling views of the Nanda Ghunti Peak. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of the conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Spot the Kali valley as you climb higher and it is marked by the union of Kali and Pindari rivers. Amidst thick oak forests, the lake gleams peacefully in summer, while in winter, it is frozen and the trail would be pretty matte. Stay at Bekaltal will be organized in tents.
Today is the day to trek to Brahmatal Lake in BRAHMATAL TREK where Lord Brahma meditated many years ago. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Brahmatal from Bekaltal Campsite. The trail starts steeply into the Oak and Rhododendron forest which leads to the meadow of Telandi top. In the winter, you will see the meadow of Telandi turns into a vast snowfield and crossing the area, a gala of thrill. From here, it is a very gradual descent to Brahmatal campsite. Enjoy some scintillating views of the mighty Himalayas from here and then proceed further to Brahmatal or Khabekhal Lake to be precise. After a great day, spend the night in brahmatal campsite.
Today is the most visually mesmerizing day of the entire Brahmatal trek. Get up comfortably by 07:00 AM, have breakfast and get ready to climb to the top of Brahmatal. The trek to the top of Brahmatal requires around 2½ hours of steep climb. Along the way, it would be all ascents. We would pass through some treacherous trails at Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar. The trail goes through a mountain ridge with valleys on both sides and provides majestic views of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. At the top, you would see a 180° view of exclusive snow covered Himalayan Ranges. Mountains such as Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maiktoli become visible. After spending few time in jandi top, start walking to Lohaganj from Brahmatal followed by some steep descending trail. It takes 6 hours to trek down to Lohajung through thick oak and rhododendron forests once again. You will reach Lohajung in the evening, Stay in the Lohajung guest House.
Depart from Lohajung to Rishikesh early in the morning, preferably before 06:30 AM since the journey takes 10-11 hours. Expected to reach Rishikesh by 07:00 PM. Check out the reaching time to rishikesh and plan accordingly your further journey. and the Treks ends with a lot of memories .
You are likely to find snow on this trail in December, January and February. Sometimes, you can get lucky and find snow well into March. By the start of April, most of the snow on the trail and around it has melted.
The original document of identity proof - driver’s license, Aadhar card, the passport will be fine. It is very important to have your identity proof with yourself while on a journey
The cancellation charges are as under:
● Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund ..
● Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek -- 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek -- no refund
● Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect.
● Route changes, postponement, delay, or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions, or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.
You are likely to find snow on this trail in December, January and February. Sometimes, you can get lucky and find snow well into March. In April most of the snow on the trail and around it has melted.
Since you will be starting and returning to the guest house at Lohajung, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind, if required. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables - Northern Himalayas is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
Having more footprint through porters or mules on any trek route isn’t good for the ecosystem . This is why we do not encourage offloading. A trekker carries his/her own backpack in the true spirit of trekking.
But if — due to a medical condition — you are unable to carry your own backpack, you may offload your backpack.
The cost of offloading on the Brahmatal trek is Rs 1,200 per bag ( 60L) for the trek.
Rishikesh is your best bet to make last-minute cash withdrawals.
We advise you to carry around Rs 4-5k in cash for rental gear and personal expenses en-route to the basecamp. If you are planning to visit other attractions after the trek, we advise you to carry more.
If you’re an Northern Himalayas trekker, there is no major need for cash as once you arrive at the base camp. All meals, accommodations, permits, and related expenses are taken care of by us.
The guest house at Lohajung will have attached toilets.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 3 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild.
Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
Brahmatal is a 5 day trek. The stay on Day 1 and Day 4, at Lohajung, will be in a guest house, where you will share rooms with fellow trekkers. Stay on all other days of the trek in tents. Each tent accommodates 3,4 trekkers. Sufficient number of toilet tents will be set up for the convenience of trekkers.
No. Alcohol and smoking is not allowed while on trek. it is totally misconception that it will keep you warm. your body need to acclimatize properly and for that eat properly and drink enough water, these things will keep you warm.
We allow minimum 7 years kid in this trek and maximum depends on trekker's fitness.
(December — February). December brings in the snow. Along with it comes the winter chill. sometime in base camp the temperatures goes below zero.
During the day when the sun is out, it is quite comfortable to trek. The temperature is a balmy 8 — 12 °C. If you are on snow, then the snow reflects, which makes it quite warm sometimes!
At the higher camp, temperatures could fall below -7 or -8 °C in the night. As long as you are inside your tent and in your layers, it is absolutely fine.
On your early morning summit climb, expect to start in temperatures well below zero. The day will get progressively warmer as the sun touches the ground, even though you may be on snow. Be prepared to shed off your layers as you climb.
(Mid September — Mid October). Autumn is generally like Spring, but a few degrees colder. Nights can be nippy at slightly below zero at the highest camp. As you move towards late November, it is perceptibly colder. Higher camps are 2-3 degrees below zero. Though, at the lower camps the temperature will hang slightly above zero.
While trekking in autumn, day temperatures are pleasant at around 13 – 18 °C, but any rain or slight drizzle brings down temperature rapidly to around 8 – 12 °C. You need to keep a pullover handy with you always.
(Mid March — Mid April): The winter is receding but hasn’t totally left yet. The snow BRAHMATAL TREK is still in patches on the ground. On the upper slopes, especially above 10,000 feet it is still snow bound.
Expect cold nights at your higher camp . Temperature during the night can drop to around zero but generally will over around 1-5 °C.
The day temperatures are usually very pleasant on the trek at an average of 15 – 20 °C. If the sun goes behind the clouds and there is a bout of rain, then the temperature can fall to around 10 degrees.
When most treks in the Himalayas shut during peak winters – January and February, Brahmatal stays accessible. It remains open from December to February and then into spring. And that’s a treat because winter snow is heavenly on Brahmatal trek. Although it makes the trek a notch more difficult. But the experience is still worth it.
In winters, oak and rhododendron trees stoop under the weight of the snow lending a Narnia-like vibe to the trek. And this happens as soon as you set off from Lohajung.
Apart from the snow, the sight of the frozen Bekaltal lake is mesmerizing. Standing by it gives the impression of being frozen in time. But be careful about stepping on this frozen lake. Depending on the month, the ice may or may not be hard enough to support your weight.