Grade: Easy to Moderate adventure/ winter trek
Brahmatal is one of India’s rare high-altitude treks accessible in the winter months when most of the trekking routes are closed. With the best views of Mt Trishul and Nanda Ghunti at a close proximity, it is considered as the best winter trek for nature lovers and adventure seekers. If you plan to take a post winter trek to Brahmatalyouwill experience the freshness and vibrance of nature under the canopy of blossoming Rhododendrons, grand scarlets and fresh rich foliage. Brahmatal trek doubles up as a forest trek while it offers a high altitude summit experience too. Nature photographers find ample opportunities to capture nature at its best on the Brahmatal trek. The uniqueness of this trek lies in not just the best view of Mt Trisul but also many colors that nature offers- from dense forests to snow- covered meadows and two incredible alpine lakes, namely Bekaltal and Brahmtal. The entire trail takes you through many layers of beautiful thick forests. You start from a village to enter the dense forest of old oak and deodar trees. Soon you leave this dense forest to be welcomed by the rhododendron forest and as you climb out of these forests you witness the majestic Trishul massif right in front. Adding to the beauty of this amazing winter trek are the views of the entire Roopkund valley, Ali Bugyal, BedniBugyal and Junargali.
Best time to take this trek is from Nov to April. It is an easy to moderate trek and well suited for experienced trekkers as well as fit beginners seeking some adventure in snow. Brahmatal trek is also perfect for solo travelers looking for a backpacking adventure. It is one of the best winter treks for families and children above 12 years of age.
Who Can Go:-
This trek is ideal for both experienced trekkers as well as beginners interested in trekking and mountaineering. It can get a bit ardous for the first timers hence they need to train their body for about a month before taking this trek.
Those taking this trek should have the stamina to walk 8-9 km uphill while carrying a backpack of 10kg.
Individuals with heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma and epilepsy should avoid high altitude treks as these conditions cannot be reconciled on such trips.
If possible try to reach Kathgodam/Haldwani a day before the trip starts. That also gives you enough time to relax and to prepare for the trek. Meet the team in the evening and the trek leader will brief you about the trek.
We start around 6 AM forLohajung. This is a long journey of 10 hours through the beautiful hill towns of Bhimtaal, Almora and Kausani. Breakfast and lunch will be enroute. Medicines required, if any, can be purchased at Gwaldam or Deval and the last ATM will be available at Deval.We reach Lohajung in the evening and stay in the guest house.According to Hindu mythology goddess Durgahad a fight with and killed the demon Lohasur at this place and hence the place was named Lohajung. Relax in the evening or visit the local market if you wish to or maybe have an early dinner followed by a long night’s sleep.
Route:-Kathgodam – Bheem Tal – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldam – Deval – Lohajung.
Westart our trekking journey today. We leave around 7:00 am after breakfast forBekaltal. This is beautiful walk through the dense forests of old oak, Fir and deodar trees. A short walk through the forest takes youto the village Mandoli where you get chance to interact with the local villagers and see the life in villages of Uttarakhand. As you walk up higher through gradual ascent curves you can see the Kali valley which is also the confluence of Kali and Pindar rivers. Further up you as reach the ridge top you wouldfind a cluster of old mud houses whichare the summer homes for the villagers. We take a short break here and then continue on our journey to Bekaltal that is cocooned inside a forest of oak trees. We reach our camp site by afternoon and settle down in our tents. After lunch you would have enough time to explore area around. A walk for about 10 min will take you toBekaltalwhich is frozen during winters while it glistens in the spring and summer months. Overnight stay in tents at the Bekaltal campsite.
Today we begin with a steep climb for a couple of hours through thick forests of oaks and rhododendrons which open into the meadow of Telandi. During winter months the green expanse of Telandi transforms into a vast snowfield which is exhilerating to cross.
We climb uptoTelandi top at a height of 11,500 ft- through the meadow and witness the panoramic view of the mighty himalayas.A slow descend begins from here to Brahmatal. We come across a temple as we descend andtake the trail winding towards the Brahmatal Lake.
The valleys of Almora and Nainitalcan be seen around. The majestic peak views of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and others of the Greater Himalayas are captivating.
We will pitching our tents 500 meter away from the Brahmatal lake.
Note: There are no water points on this trail hence make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek.
We start early in the morning for Brahmatal lake to get the perfect mountain views before the clouds set in. The climb today will be short but steep at certain stretches,however it will also be visually very appealing. We go through the forest rhododendrons and oaks which is home to monal, the state bird of Uttarakhand. Further a zigzag ascent trail through the grasslandstakes us toBrahmatal Lake. Watch the morning sun rays reflecting on its deep blue water. Spend some time here and see different shades of the lake from different angles as you go around lake. In peak of winters the lake is usually frozen.
From here we climb up the ridgeand then there is a gradual ascent through the meadow which will lead to the final ridge climb towards the pass. It will be a tiring walk up to the top the majestic mountains Trishul and Nanda Ghunti standing tall so close to you will make it all worth. You will be awestruck as you witness a 180 degree view of the entire Himalayan ranges and peaks such as Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Maitoli etc. at eye level. Spend some time here to admire the serenity and take a moment of gratitude.
We start our descend now and after an hour of climbing down we reach our campsite which is a clear ground of Tilbudi surrounded by trees. We camp here for the night.
Note: There are again no water points on this trail hence make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek.
We start our trek to Wan after breakfast. The entire trail is very soothing and scenic with tall Oaks and canopy of Rhododendrons, meadows and water streams. Capture the beauty of the last day of trek. after a walk for a few hours you can spot Wan village below. You would hit the road end after another half an hour where vehicles would be be arranged to take you on an hour’s drive to Lohajung. Stay in guest house/hotel tonight.
Our tour comes to an end today after a surreal experience and a journey that changes a part of you. Drive back to Kathgodam after breakfast.