6 Days 5 Night
Brahmatal trek base camp – Lohajung is the base camp of the Brahmatal trek.
The temperature at Brahmatal– 8-10 degrees Celcius during the day and 0 to -7 degrees Celsius at night.
Total trekking distance – 24Kms
Brahmatal trek difficulty level – moderate
Brahmatal trek nearest railway station– Kathgodam Jn
Airport– jolly grant airport, Dehradun is the Brahmatal trek nearest airport.
Best Time (Mid Nov-Feb)
Maximum Altitude of Brahmatal Trek– 12,200ft
Brahmatal trek is not only famous for trekking but it has got mentioned in Puranas also. There are many mythologies around this lake that you get to hear while trekking or from local villagers. One of the most famous is that the creator of the universe Lord Brahma had done mortification for a very long time. After that many yogis did the same. So this trek got its name on the name of Lord Brahma.
Trek to Brahmatal, Lake of Lord Brahma begins from Lohajung, a tiny village in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand.
As per the Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma is said to have meditated beside this lake so it’s given the name Brahmatal. The Brahmatal trek trails through beautiful valleys, forests of cedar, conifer, oak, and fir. Moreover, the snow-covered path makes the Brahmatal trek a paradise for snow lovers. Brahmatal trek offers a bird’s eye view of the mysterious Roopkund Trek and lush meadows of Ali & Bedni Bugyal, taking its trekkers on two Himalayan treks simultaneously. Lakeside camping at Bekal Tal, changing Sceneries with ascending along with a view of glittering Garhwal Peaks like Mt. Nandaghuti, Mt. Neelkanth, Mt. Chaukhambha makes Brahmatal trek one of the best winter treks in Uttrakhand. The absence of step ascend together with great heights makes the Brahmatal trek one of the best treks for beginners booking for first-hand trekking experience in Uttrakhand Himalayas.
Brahmatal trek can be done 7 months in a year. Except for Summer and Rainy seasons, it can be done in all other seasons with different experiences in each season. So let’s talk about experiences and changes on trails of Brahmatal trek with the change of season.
The Spring season is one of the most favourable seasons to do this trek especially if you are planning to trek with kids or family. Rhododendron-a famous flower especially found in himalayas0 blooms in this season. These flowers make this valley more beautiful and picturesque. In this time you will also get a clear view of some of the most famous peaks of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Gunti. Kids coming on this trek enjoy the most in this season.
In autumn whole valley turns golden making the views of this trek more beautiful. The best thing about this trek in this season is a clear view of some of the most famous peaks of the inner Himalaya and Asia’s largest Bugyal i.e. Ali and Bedni Bugyal which will appear clearly in front of you.
Brahmatal Trek in the winter months of December and January
receives fresh snowfall and with it comes the winter chill. During the daytime, the Brahmatal trek temperature
ranges around 8-10 degrees Celcius. This is a pleasant time to trek. However, at night, expect
Brahmatal trek temperature to go to sub-zero level and at higher altitudes around minus 7-8 degrees. The whole valley will get covered with knee-deep snow and at end of December and starting of January month, you may face some very strong storms. This makes this trek more challenging and thrilling.
1) Camping locations around frozen glacial lakes are among the best camping locations in
2) The entire Brahmatal trekking trail is covered with snow during winters.
3) Brahmatal trek route goes inside ancient forests of oak & rhododendrons standing there for
4) It is not trekked by many trekkers. So if you don’t like much rush and want to go on a trek
similar to the kedarkantha winter trek in Uttarakhand the Brahmatal trek is the best alternative.
Meals during the Brahmatal trek includes simple and hygienic veg + egg.
Moreover, you shall be served morning/evening tea/coffee with light snacks and veg or Non-veg
soup during the trek.
As Brahamatal trek is one of the famous winter treks of India. So you will get many options of homestays in Lohajung. But after Lohajung you will not get any permanent establishment, so you have to make your own arrangement. You can rent tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses from basecamp. If you are trekking with Manchala Mushafir then just leave your worries to us. In Lohajung we will stay in a very beautiful homestay with an amazing atmosphere. After Lohajung we will stay at our camping locations on the mountain. Our staff will take care of all your camping needs.
1st Day:- Kathgodam to Lohajung
Altitude: 7,662 ft.
Distance: 210 km (7 hrs drive)
2nd Day:- Lohajung to Daldum
Distance: 3.5 km
Approximate Time Required: 3.5 hours
3rd Day:- Daldum to Bekaltal
Distance: 3 km
Approximate Time Required: 3.5 hours
4th Day :- Bekaltal To Daldum Via Brahmtal Trek Summit
Distance: 5.5 km
Approximate Time Required: 6hours
5th Day :-Daldum To Lohajung
Distance-: 3.5 km
Approximate Time Required-: 3 Hours
6th Day:-Lohajung To Kathgodam
Distance: 210 km
Approximate Time Required- 7hrs Drive
As we all know that Brahmatal trek is a high altitude trek with an altitude of approximately 12,200 feet. Snowfall and chilling wind during winter make this trek more challenging and adventurous. So if you want to enjoy this trek without falling sick then you have to pack your Backpack wisely. Here I am providing a checklist that you can refer to before packing your Backpack.
*These things can be rented from basecamp at a nominal rate. If you need any of these then please inform Manchala Mushafir executive or trek leader well in advance.
Lohajung a small hamlet in Uttarakhand is the base camp of Brahmatal Trek. So we will start our trek from Lohajung. Lohajung can be reached mainly by two routes one is from Kathgodam and the second is from Rishikesh.
Kathgodam is a small town have a railway station which is approximately 220kms away from our base camp Lohajung. There are three direct trains from Delhi those are
a)02040- Kathgodam Satabdi(daily) – 6:20 NDLS – 11:55 KGM (5 Hours 35 Minutes)
b)05035- UTR Sampark Kranti Special (daily)- 16:00 DLI – 22:45 KGM (6 Hours 45 Minutes)
c)05013-Ranikhet special( daily).20:20 DEC – 05:05 KGM (8 Hours 45 Minutes)
All three are very nice trains you can book any one of them. But if you are coming from a place other than Delhi or nearby then I would recommend you to go for the train in serial number “a” or “b” and take a break either in Delhi or in Kathgodam. You can check availability and book any of these trains from the IRCTC website directly.
Once you reach Kathgodam come out of the railway station. If you will book our package from Kathgodam then our representative will welcome you at the gate. If you wish to join us from Lohajung then you will get Sumo on sharing basis outside the railway station which will drop you directly to Lohajung where our representative will meet you. This journey will take approximately 8-10 hours and will pass through Almora-Gwaldam-Tharali-Dewal-Mundoli-Lohajung. This route is very beautiful and will get some very beautiful picturesque locations.
The other option available to us is to reach Lohajung from Rishikesh. Although it’s a bit longer than the above route scenic beauty makes this route worth it. Rishikesh land of yoga is about 260kms away from Lohajung and it will take about 10 to 12 hours to reach there. You will get a direct bus from the Rishikesh bus stand early in the morning. The bus will depart from Rishikesh at sharp 5 A.M. So plan your trip accordingly. As you have noticed that the journey is of 10 to 12 hours so it’s our sincere advice to you to reach the bus stop at least 15 minutes before the departure and secure your seat well in advance.
If you are coming in a group of 4 or more then you can also book your personal cab from the Rishikesh bus stand. The cab will take approximately 9 to 10 hours.
The snow-covered hilly village of Uttarakhand, Lohajung is surrounded by numerous natural beauty and adventurous other than Brahmatal Trek. I am providing a shortlist of some places, if you have one or two days spare or are stuck in Lohajung due to bad weather then you can visit any or all of these places. Trust me these places are really beautiful and worth your attention.
It is a small village situated at a distance of about 15km from Lohajung. This village is a famous night halt destination of one of the most famous treks Roopkund trek. This village is situated at a height of about 2400 meters above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Fully dipped in the raw culture of Uttarakhand other than scenic beauty all around this village also offers many cultural and historic footprints. Welcoming villagers will welcome you with smiling faces and some ancient stories about Latu Devta and Nanda Devi, the local deity of the wan village.
Ronti Saddle trek:-
Not much famous among trekkers Ronti saddle trek is about 33 Km away from Lohajung. This is a saddle trek located between two famous peaks of Mt Nanda Gunti and Mt. Trishul. Actually, this trek is an extension of the Roopkund trek. We reach Roopkund on the fourth day and then we will move toward Ronti saddle and the Channai ghat and ultimately trek will end at Sithail.
It is a meadow located at a height of 8399feet on top of the hill which is at a distance of 2.35km from Lohajung. The trail full of Rod0dendron and the oak forest is a perfect one day hike. Amazing view of some of the highest peaks of this area like Mt Nanda Gunti, Mrigtoli, Trishul etc. and trails of Ali and Bednibugyal will definitely make your day. The sunset view from this top is just more than a simple wow…
Brahmatal trek has the difficulty of medium level, especially in winter it is a bit challenging so going on this trek solo is not a good idea. Heavy snowfall, chilling wind and slippery surfaces increase the risk level of this trek. You must go on this trek in a group especially during the winter season.
If I will talk about other seasons then yes you can go solo only if you are a regular trekker or have done a basic mountaineering course or advanced mountaineering course from any reputed national school or have done this trek before. Otherwise, try to come here in a group it will be much safe.
If you are travelling with Manchala Mushafir then you don’t need to worry. Even if you are going on this trek solo our certified trek leaders and staff will ensure your safety. They are well trained to tackle any emergency situation and are certified medical practitioners. They are also equipped with wireless devices so that they can inform the nearest camping location for help in an emergency situation. So if you wish to travel solo then leave your worries to us.
Yes, Brahmatal lake is located on the Kumaon side of the great Himalayan ranges.
You will get snow on Brahmatal right from the month of November. In December and January, you may witness light to heavy snowfall almost every day. So if you want to enjoy snowfall not just snow then you can plan your journey in these two months.
Every trek is unique, so it’s really difficult to compare one trek to another. Every trek has its own features. But still, if you want a comparison of these two treks then let’s start with the Kedarkantha trek which is very much famous among trekkers for its summit beauty. From the top of this trek, you will get a 360-degree view of all the snowcapped mountains around. But on the other hand, the Brahmatal trek is least marketed and so less popular among trekkers. This trek has everything a trekker expect from a trek like snowfall, challenging terrains, beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks and many more.
As we have discussed earlier Kedarkantha is more famous so reaching there is much easier than reaching to Brahmatal trek. You can get regular departure for Kedarkantha but for Brahmatal you have to join batches on some specific dates. But as Kedarkantha is the most famous winter trek of India it is more crowded than the Brahmatal trek, so if you wish to have some isolation and visit one place still untouched by urbanisation and pollution then you can choose for Brahmatal trek.
No, at Brahmatal you will not get any mobile network. Lohajung is the last point where you will get a good signal. So inform your well-wishers before leaving from Lohajung. After Lohajung just enjoys nature and capture some beautiful moments of your life.
So if you wish to experience a roller coaster ride experience with a closure view of some of the world-famous peaks and meadows then buckle up and join Manchala Mushafir as our next group departure for this trek. It’s my promise this trek and Manchala Mushafir team will not let you down because we are known for our commitment and the Brahmatal trek for its amazing view.
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Upon your arrival in Kathgodam early morning, you will meet our representatives at a bus stand or railway stand. From there You will be driven for almost 9 hours to reach Lohajung, 225 KM from Kathgodam.
Your night stay is at Lohajung.
After breakfast, start your trip to Bekaltal. En route, let your eyes enjoy some awe-inspiring views of Nandaghunti Peak as you trek through the forests of oaks and firs.
Conclude the 4-5 hours long trek after you reach Bekaltal. The total distance you cover would be 8kms.
Stay overnight in tents.
Enjoy the snow-covered pathways that let you reach Brahmatal. It will take around 4 hours to complete the trek.
The trails go through a forest and when you reach Telindi top, behold the enchanting views of the mighty Himalayas.
Continue walking to finally arrive in Brahmatal Lake.
Right after breakfast, get ready to climb to the top of Brahmatal.
Tread along the tricky pathways which go through Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar.
This trail is encircled by a mountain ridge with valleys on both sides.
It will take 2.5 hours to reach Brahmatal Top.
On this journey, revel in the glimpses of magnificent Himalayan Ranges. Mt. Trishul is very close along with the views of Nandaghunti.
From the top, you get exotic views of snow-covered Himalayan Ranges.
Proceed to the next campsite in Daldum and the trek will take up to 3 hours to finish. 2.7 KM will be the distance you would be covering with this trek.
Again, forests will accompany you through these trekking trails.
Today, you will trek back to Lohajung along the same path you took to reach Brahmatal.
Once you reach here, check in to your guest house and take a rest.
Conclude the trek and depart to Kathgodam early morning.
After your arrival at Kathgodam, your trip comes to an end.
You can spend the rest of the day fruitfully on your own. Be it sightseeing or shopping, Kathgodam will not disappoint you.