Brahmatal Trek

31 Jul

Brahmatal Trek

 

Steeped in mythos, Brahmatal is a lake nestling in the depths of Uttarakhand Himalayas. Winter sweeps alluringly on the slopes here, making Brahmatal one of the rare Himalayan destinations available for trekking in December, January, February, and March.

Pull factors are many on this trek—changing vistas, from deep and shadowy forests of oaks and rhododendrons to snow-covered meadows, lakeside camping at Bekaltal, the alpine Brahmatal lake vicinity, and a climactic vision of fabulous high peaks glittering across a brilliant sky! The Garhwal snowline view is all the more special from here because rarely are colossal ice-capped peaks like Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul are accessible to view on a low-lying trek like this one.

Owing to gradually ascending rolling slopes, the Brahmatal trek route is deemed fit for beginners and less experienced trekkers. A major part of the trek continues under forest cover, diminishing the chances of altitude sickness. All the same, the trek will not deprive one of an out and out thrilling winter experience with the sweet mellow of falling snow, a fascinating trail caught in an absolute white out, the depthless silence inside the grove of rhododendrons and oaks, and iced over lake water faces.

A special shout out for this trek goes to the shutterbugs—diverse frames, from snow-laden forests to white-gold high peaks in alpenglow, and a desolate alpine mountain-scape of a lone tree standing on icy shores of the Brahmatal lake make up the composition of this trek.

Who Can Go:-

First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:- Kathgodam to Lohajung
• Altitude 7,662 ft.
• Stay in guest house.
• Drive 210 km (10 hrs drive).
• Local market and network is available.
• Pick up time 06:30 am at the parking of Kathgodham railway station.
• Route:- Kathgodam – Bheem Tal – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldam – Dewal – Lohajung .

Day 2:- Lohajung to Bekaltal
• 9,690 ft, 4-5 hrs trek, 6 km
• One third of the trek through village and rest through frost
• Stay in tent
• Moderate level ascent through forest
• Hot lunch at camp
• Spring and manmade water points are available
• Go to Bekaltal lake for evening walk
• Bekaltal lake is 15 minutes walk from camp site

Day 3:- Bekaltal to Brahmatal
• 10,450 ft, 6 – 7 hrs trek, 7 km
• First 1.3 hours is steep ascent via Bekaltal Lake, then gradual ascent for few hours and at last steep descent and then gradual descent till camp site
• Hot lunch/packed lunch, depend on weather and snow condition
• No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
• Very scenic day, can see Shivalik and greater Himalayas both
• Go to Brahmatal lake for evening walk, 500 meter far from camp site
• Stay in tent

Day 4:- Brahmatal to Brahmatal high point and back 
• 12,100 ft, 7-8 hrs trek (to and fro) , 5 km (one way)
• Moderate ascent most of the time, few slops have steep ascent
• No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
• Lunch on the summit (packed lunch)
• 360 degree of view from summit
• First 180 degree angle covers Chaukhambha, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli all the way to the Panchachuli ranges, rest is Shivalik himalayas

Day 5:- Brahmatal to Lohajung
• 7,662 ft, 7-8 hrs, 9 km
• Gradual and steep mixed descent, very tiring day
• Spring and manmade water points are available
• Lunch on the way (packed lunch)
• Stay in guest house
• Walking stick and knee cap will help a lot

Day 6:- Lohajung to Kathgodam
• 10 hrs drive.
• Drive 210 km.
• After morning tea move to Kathgodam (breakfast and lunch on the way)
• Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm.
• On the way to Kathgodam at Kausani you can buy herbal tea and some souvenir.

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