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Brahmatal Trek: The Snowy Hidden treasure of Uttarakhand

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It is said that one cannot possibly travel, experience and enjoy the complete the Himalayas completely, in one’s lifetime. And winter offers far fewer options for trekking enthusiasts to traverse this grand mountain range. And if you have a knack for landscape photography, this quaint little place is sure to impress you. Located in a northern state of India, Uttarakhand, Brahmatal is a jewel in the crown of this state.

Be it the snow capped mountain tops or the frozen lake or even the lucrative view from a height of about 7000 m, you will feel being cradled in the lap of the awe inspiring and captivating Himalayan ambience. Brahmatal during this period of the year remains accessible for trekkers and hikers; it beckons with its softly falling snows and its pristine white aura. So, would you be rather quenching your thirst to visit the Himalayas during the winters or shall you heave sighs longing to go there?

Read on to Know More:

  • Brahmatal Trek - An Overview
  • Why is the Brahmatal Trek Unique
  • Serene Beauty of the Brahmatal Trek
  • How to Reach 
  • Brahmatal Trek: A Brief Itinerary
  • Brahmatal Trek: Day to Day Breakdown that You'll Need
  • Trek Essentials
  • 9 Reasons to Plan for Brahmatal Trek this Winter
  • Summing Up

If you have already made up your mind not to look back and pack your rucksack for the Brahmatal trek, then go through the lucidly explained detail about the trek below.

Brahmatal Trek: An Overview

State: Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 days
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Max. Altitude: 12,100 ft or 3688.08 m
Distance to be covered: 22 km

Why is the Brahmatal Trek Unique

You have asked a justified question. Of course, you should never visit a place that has got nothing unique to offer. However, you will be glad to know the reasons only to feel inclined to experience the trail. The Brahmatal trek is one of the rare sites in the impenetrable Himalayas where you would be able to view almost all the significant peaks together. Mentions should be made of Mt. Trishul, Ghoda Pahar, Hathi Pahar, Nandaghunti, and Nilkanth and so on. Besides, the vast spreads of snowy landscapes cannot be experienced in any easy treks conducted in the Himalayas. Again, this trek does not demand to burn a hole in your pocket and thus, you would remain less worried about splurging too much.

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Larger than life Brahma Tal Trek (source)

Serene Beauty of the Brahmatal Trek

The Brahmatal trek offers you to enjoy a close view of the Himalayas; with Choukhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks on one side and Mrigthuni, Trishul, Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti on the other you have as many reasons as many numbers of peaks you would get to enjoy. Besides, you would also enjoy the sprawling snowy landscapes with a bird’s eye view along the trail.

Close views of Himalayas
Feast your Eyes with Serene Beauty (source)

Talking about bird’s eye view, you should notice the magnificent variety of flora and fauna here; from rhododendrons and oaks and other conifers to  local birds like Monal, Yellow-billed BlueMagpie, White-tailed Nuthatch, Grey Crested Tit, Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Woodpecker along with pale clouded yellow butterflies  and Himalayan weasels, the trail is enriching.

How to Reach Brahmatal

Kathgodam is a very convenient station, where you may reach from any part of India. It is an old station well connected by networks of roads and rails.

By Train:

From Delhi, you may board the Ranikhet Express (5014) that departs from Delhi at 10:40 pm and arrives at Kathgodam at 5:30 am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar Sampark Kranti (5035) departs from Delhi at 4:00 pm to arrive at Kathgodam at 10:40 pm (6 hrs 40min).

From Dehradun you may board the Doon Express (4120) that departs from Dehradun at 10:30 pm and arrives at Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs).

By Bus:

Regular buses set off from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station towards Kathgodam. Buses those travel to Nainital, stops at Haldwani which is popular as the twin town of Kathgodam (8 hrs). You will get a brief idea of by bus trek essential by the list of accessories which are given above covering all the basic necessities and medical needs.

Brahmatal Trek: A Brief Itinerary

  • Travelling from Kathgodam to Lohajung
  • Travelling from Lohajung to Bekaltal
  • Stunning Journey from Bekaltal to Khabekhal (or Brahmatal)
  • Khabekhal to Daldum via Brahmatal Peak (3,846 m)
  • Descend from Daldum to Mythical Land Lohajung
  • End your trip- Lohajung to Kathgodam

Brahmatal Trek: Day to Day Breakdown You'll Need

Travelling from Kathgodam to Lohajung

Distance to be covered: 215 km

To start for this mesmerizing and memorable trek, you have to reach the base camp at Lohajung. You may reach Lohajung from Kathgodam, which is the nearest railway station. You have two options to reach Kathgodam; you may either travel a distance of 25kms from Nainital or you may also travel only about 9kms from Haldwani.

It takes about 8 to 10 hours to reach Lohajung from Kathgodam. While travelling to Lohajung you would have to cross several other Himalayan tourist spots which you might not want to miss; you would be coming across the serene beauty of the lake Bhimtal along with other hill stations like Baijnath, Almora, Kausani etc. The scenic wonder that you would be gifted with will remain with you forever. Shutterbugs! You will love yourself more for visiting these hill stations, especially, Kausani. Kausani has an impressive spread of noteworthy peaks up its sleeves! Nandaghunti, Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, Nanda Devi, Maiktoli, Nanda Khat, Mrigthuni, Trishul and so on.

Travelling from Lohajung to Bekaltal

Altitude: 2,320 m to 3,010 m (6 km)

Lohajung onwards you will come across a well-demarcated trail of stone. This stony trail would lead you towards the Mandoli village leaving behind the Bisht General Stores at Lohajung. Having reached Mandoli you would have to trek uphill till you reach the Kail Valley. It is here where the two rivers: Kail and Pindari rivers confluence. Next, you will arrive at Budla, a very small hamlet with a handful of houses amidst Rhododendron Forest. Try to plan your trek during February and March to enjoy the blooming red flowers enhancing the snow clad peaks behind. The flora and fauna that you would observe here would make you forget your drab busy life.

After reaching at Begum you would be able to enjoy the view of the beautiful Navali Bugyal. After walking for another 15 or 20 minutes you would have to cross another stream called Gurjani.  Next, you would feel inspired to walk for about an hour to reach Bekaltal.

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Lush Green Lohajung (source)

Did you know?
According to legends, Lohajung is the place where Goddess Parvati had a war with demon Lohasur! Thus the name Lohajung

Stunning Journey fro Bekaltal to Khabekhal (or Brahmatal)

Altitude: 3,010 m to 3,273 m (2.5km)

Depending on the Himalayan weather, you would have to decide upon your camping venue. You can either trail till the snowy landscapes of Brahmatal or you may camp near Khabekhal. If you start at Bekaltal to reach Khabekhal you would have to continue on your trail for just one more hour till you reach a roofless house after you walk a bit downhill according to the bent of the trail towards the right.

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Peaceful Bekaltal Lake

Khabekhal to Daldum via Brahmatal Peak (3,846 m)

Altitude: 3,270 to 2,850 m

Today would the ideal one to trek uphill to Brahmatal. You would have to take a winding route here that meanders through valleys on both the sides. You might feel very hungry en route and thus try to carry your day pack today.  After an hour you will reach the Chota Jhandidar, then the Bada Jhandidar and eventually to the summit of Brahmatal. The snowy landscapes and the close view of the Himalayas will fascinate you so much that you might not want not climb down ever! This is the place to enjoy sublime serenity, peace, and solitude. Glimpses of Mt. Trishul and Nandaghunti will give you an unexplainable company at such a beautiful place.

Livingit Tip-
Make sure to carry enough water as you would not find any water resources on the way to the summit.

Descend from Daldum to Mythical Land Lohajung

Altitude: 2,850 m to 2,325 m

Take rest at Daldum for the night. Lohajung is about a 2.5-hour journey from here at a distance of 3.5 km. Follow the locally made stone trail to descend to Malling within 30 minutes and eventually to the mythical battle field of Lohajung.

End your trip- Lohajung to Kathgodam

Make preparations for departing from Lohajung towards Kathgodam.

Trek Essentials

Things you will need which are the necessities during this trek are as follows:

  • Rucksack, 50l
  • Knap sack, 20l
  • High ankle, rubber sole trekking shoes
  • 2 trekking pants
  • 3 thick tees
  • 1 full sleeves sweater
  • 1 thick downs jacket
  • Light weight water bottle
  • Personal toilet kit
  • Sunscreen and moisturizer
  • 1 pair of thermals
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (optional, but you should)
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • One woollen monkey cap
  • Trekking stick
  • Knick knacks like chocolates, nuts, raisins, etc.
  • Torch
  • Map
  • Personal medical kit ( Voilni spray, Calpol , Avomine, nor- metrogyl, cotton, gauze, band aids, crepe bandage, antiseptic creams, etc)

9 Reasons to Plan for Brahmatal Trek (Especially this Winter!)

Novice Trekkers gear up! This is one of the easiest treks to be experienced during winter months. 

1. Majestic Snow clad Peaks:

Snow clad peaks would beckon you towards them with their captivating presence. Be it the Mt. Trishul or the Nandaghunti, you will spend a short period of your life time in a haven of contentment and solitude.

2. Close view of the Himalayas:

The reason is enough to draw you to the lap of the Himalayas.

If you are lucky and the weather favours you, you would be able to capture a memorable snap of the entire range in your heart to treasure forever. Trishul, Nandaghunti, Gangotri Mountains (Choukhamba and Nilkanth) and so many other peaks would be encircling you at the top of the Brahmatal summit. You can check the top 7 destinations to trek in the Himalayas

3. Postcard Snowy landscapes:

Waking up to snowy landscapes is a dream come true! Isn’t it? Trekkers enjoy snow white terrains must start preparing to visit Brahmatal during the winter months.

Serene Lakes of Himalayas
Snowy landscapes (source)

 4. Flora and Fauna:
Nature lovers Brahmatal is a home away from home!

The entire trail would promise you to engulf you with the ‘lovely, dark and deep’ oak forests along with other conifers. Besides, if you are fortunate you would be able to get a glimpse of the beautiful and unique local bird called Monal.

7 Reasons to plan for Brahmatal Trek this winter
Proud Monal bird

 5. Serene Lakes of the Himalayas:

The serene lakes of the Himalayas apart from the Brahmatal, like the Bekaltal Lake, the Khopdalia Lake, and the Bigun Lake and several others enrich your journey with their existence at intervals throughout the trail.

Snow Camping
Serene Lakes that will make you Stay Forever (source)

6. Funfilled Snow Camping:

Halting at campsites which are amidst the dense and dark forests of oak is heavenly as those camping sites are entirely or partially covered with snow. You have to admit that this experience cannot be explained and means to be experienced only. The biting cold wind and the amorphous snow add to the beauty of the trek.

7. Challenging Yourself Beyond Your Comfort Zone:

We have become so lazy owing to the boon of science and the comfort of urban life; visiting Brahmatal would actually let you test your ability beyond your comfort zone.

8. Unparalleled Natural Beauty:

Some people may argue that the Himalayas are monotonous. It is your responsibility as a trekker and a mountain lover to prove them wrong with the snapshots you bring back to your home. The Himalayas unfold a varied range of the beautiful aspects at different nooks and corners of the range.

9. Attaining True Peace of Mind:

Want to experience Nirvana?

The Brahmatal trek would impress you with the solemn ‘sound of silence’ amidst the snow clad peaks and the deep valleys. Here, you would find peace and contentment that you cannot seek for somewhere else.

Summing Up

So what are you waiting for? Start planning the Brahmatal trek with your friends and family; you may also visit this place on your own if you do not want to share the serenity, calm and beau of the lake.  But, before that start preparing your body system at least a month before by practising rigorous cardio exercises. And at last, make sure you take the help of a local guide on the entire trek.

Bon Voyage! Loved reading this, then check stunning beauty Stok Kangri trek and start planning for the trip right away!

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