Brahmatal is a classic winter trek. The summit unveils a heavenly facet when the snow gently falls on its slopes; most of the brahmatal trek is on the snow, which makes it exciting. Apart from the uneven terrain, the trek is filled with beautiful landscapes, sprawling forests, mighty Garhwal mountains stretch across the turquoise skies and everywhere around you will be the white undulating snowfields. Once you cross the shadows of the trees, the full grandeur of the Himalayas hit you. Never-ending ridgelines, sprawling Bugiyals, High altitude lakes, snow on the trail and majestic peak views make it a compelling proposition for a winter trek. Brahmatal is a hidden and secluded lake amidst the ridge, where Lord Brahma meditated according to the mythology. The frozen blue lake with the mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks overlooking it creates a mesmerizing and an unmatched experience.
The most amazing part of the trek is the view of Mt. Trisul and Nanda Ghunti peaks from such proximity. The 360-degree view from the summit is mesmerizing. This winter snow trek is one of its kind.
The best time to scale the Brahmatal Trek is in the winter months of January and February. This is because, during winters, we can envisage heavy snowfall. You will get the privilege of walking on a blanket of snow. The quantity of snow tempts the trekkers from all over to take up the challenge. Weather condition in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable. Brahmatal trek, being a winter trek, the weather is mostly sunny during the daytime while it tends to get very cold during the night.
Approx Trekking Km
Easy To Moderate
Altitude you are going to See
These points should not be avoided
Temperature and climatic conditions vary significantly vis-à-vis those in the plains. Ample time must be given to acclimatization.
The trek may turn out to be very hard for first timers. So, heed to the instructions given by the trek leader.
Carry a basic medical & first-aid kit.
Phones don’t work
Avoid the consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
The valley and places enroute are prone to being spoilt by littering. Do Not Litter!
How to reach Dehradun?
BY AIR :
Take a flight to Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, Hire a cab to reach Dehradun City as the airport is 29 km away.
BY TRAIN :
The Dehradun railway station is located in the centre of the city which is well connected to all the major cities of the country.
BY ROAD :
Dehradun is easily accessible from major cities of the country as it has an excellent road connectivity with other major cities and towns of North India. There are state-run and private buses that offer a regular service.
The journey uphill from Kathgodam to Lohajung will take you cruising through mountain alleyways connecting the lower Himalayan belt of Kumaom hills to that of Garhwal. This is going to be a hectic 10 hour drive, despite the marvellous changing vistas of the mountains. For the first few hours, the course of our journey will be running parallel to river Kosi, flowing softly. Soon, a blustery Pindar river will meet our path.
Lohajung to Bekaltal (5 hr Trek)
The first day’s trek spanning 5 hours will kick off from Lohajung up a snaky trail going into the forest. After a short while the forest will give way to a small village named Mandoli to your left. Here you can fill your bottles and take a first major hiatus. The trail continues in mostly gradual ascent curves. A little way higher, you will come across the valley where two mountain rivers Kali and Pindari confluence. This is the Kali valley, lying in a splendid green scrap even in the midst of wintry heights. We will trek on further to stumble upon a huddle of mud huts. You are going to find a grove of rhododendron here that sure grows red and heavy from February to March, but at the peak of winter, the trail will be pretty matte.
Bekaltal to Brahmatal
The meadow rolls till 11,500 ft.- the highest point, from where begins a slow descent to Brahmatal. To your left from here, you will find a small temple, bright yellow flags flying in the air. Walk down the slope to the temple and find the trail winding towards the Brahmatal Lake, about 500 meters away from the temple now. We will find the valleys of Almora and Nainital rise and fall around us as we go. The soaring peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and others of the Greater Himalayas can be spotted far across the sky. We will be camping at the mark 500 meter away from the lake, nestling in the beautiful aura of the place.
Note: Make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek since there are no water points on this trail.
Brahmatal to Tilbudi via Brahmatal Pass
Start your day early in the morning as you will be heading towards the Brahmatal lake which is an uphill climb. You will be greeted with Oak and Rhododendron trees on the way which has a charm of their own. After a while, the zigzag ascent trail will take you Brahmatal Lake. On a bright day, the lake looks charismatic and the sunlight makes it look even more artistic. As you walk ahead you will come across a small stream which is formed by the melting of snow. You might get fooled by every passing top which will feel like the last ascent. After walking for a while and crossing the meadow, the final climb towards the pass begins.
It will be a tiring walk towards but as soon as you reach the top you will be greeted with a magnificent view of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti. Take your time and click some jaw-dropping pictures that will last a lifetime. As soon as you start descending, you discover that the trail is different from that which got you up. You will be able to witness a 180 degree of the entire Himalayan range and peaks such as Haukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli become visible. As you continue to descent, after an hour you will reach a clearing surrounded by trees on all the sides which is the Tilbudi campsite. You will be camping here for the night.
Tilbudi to Lohajung via Wan
After having your breakfast you will start your descent to Wan which is a trail filled with Oak and Rhododendron trees. This is a very beautiful trail which allows you to click end number of scenic pictures. After walking some distance you will come across a water source at Chota Tilbundi.
Half an hour later you will be able to spot Wan village which is visible below. From here onwards it will take you half an hour more to reach the road from where TTH will arrange vehicles to take you to Lohajung.
Lohajung to Kathgodam
After a good night’s sleep at our Lohajung guest house, we will go back to Kathgodam today. Destination will be reached by 6:00 pm. We can manage a brief stopover at Kausani to commemorate the trek with souvenir shopping.
Easy and simple trek to start with. One of the best winter treks for beginners.
Brahma tal Trek is considered to be one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas. It is snow-clad from the middle of December to the middle of March. At this point in time, the weather is very cold and the trek is difficult for the rest of the season. Life will come to a standstill witnessing the amazing landscapes snow-clad mountains all around you.
The view from the top of the summit will take you to a fairyland. The alluring snow-clad mountain peaks will take your worries of life. This trek provides an impeccable view of Mount Nanda Ghunti and Mount Trishul.
Food as per menu on the trek ,Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)