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Brahmatal Trek Itinerary: Everything You Need To Know

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Written by Ardra M B
30 Nov, 2023

The Brahmatal Trek Itinerary is a highly sought-after topic for those planning to embark on this exceptional winter journey in India. Recognized as one of the top winter treks, the Brahmatal Trek is not just a physical adventure but also holds religious and mystical significance, making it a truly unique experience. The focal point of this trek is the breathtaking alpine lake, Brahmatal Lake.

Traversing the snow-clad landscapes of the Himalayas, the Brahmatal Trek in winter unfolds like a mesmerizing odyssey. Nestled in the state of Uttarakhand, this trek presents an awe-inspiring adventure with its expansive alpine meadows, frozen lakes, and panoramic mountain vistas. It’s a journey through a snow-covered wonderland, providing trekkers with a distinctive and soul-stirring experience. Navigating the icy challenges adds an extra layer of thrill, allowing adventurers to witness the untamed beauty of the Himalayas in all its glory. For those in search of an unforgettable winter trekking escapade, Brahmatal stands out as a destination that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Let’s Dive together to one of the most mesmerizing winter treks of India – Brahmatal Trek. 

  • Basic Details 
  • Altitude: 12200Ft.
  • Base Camp: Lohajung
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy To Moderate
  • Trek Length: 24km
  • Temperature: Day: (8°C to 15°C) and Night: (0°C to -7°C)
  • Best Time for Brahmatal Trek: December – March
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station 
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest ATM: Dewal has the last ATM point before your trek begins. It’s advisable to withdraw money from Rishikesh itself.
  • Start/ End point: Rishikesh 

Brief Itinerary For Brahmatal Trek

Breathtaking views from Brahmatal
Breathtaking views from Brahmatal
  • Day 1 : Drive From Rishikesh to Lohajung (260 Kms, 9 Hours Drive)
  • Day 2 : Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal (4 Kilometers, 4 Hours)
  • Day 3 : Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal (7 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
  • Day 4 : Trek to Brahmatal Summit (6 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
  • Day 5 : Back to Lohajung (7 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
  • Day 6 : Drive From Lohajung to Rishikesh (260 Kms, 9 Hours Drive)

It’s your time to plan an adventure in Brahmatal

Route Map for Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek Route Map
Brahmatal Trek Route Map

Day 1 : Rishikesh to Lohajung 

Rudraprayag  Uttarakhand
Rudraprayag

Your journey to the winter wonderland of India is starting from Rishikesh, the yoga capital of India. According to the itinerary we prefer, the group will assemble at the pickup point at 6 AM to start the adventure to Lohajung. The pickup point of this adventure is Rishikesh ISBT or Tapovan Chowk. 

En route, we will witness the confluence in  Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag, the confluence of Alakananda with Bhagirathi, Madakini and Pindari rivers respectively.

The highlight of the day is the picturesque drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung. On the way you will pass mountains and forests, and these views serve as a signal to what you are going to experience. The more you move forward you will also get to experience the magical beauty of Garhwal mountains.  Upon reaching Lohajung, we will check in to our designated hotel and prepare ourselves for the adventure that is waiting for us…

Your journey to the winter wonderland of India starts from Rishikesh, renowned as the yoga capital of India. According to the preferred itinerary, the group will gather at the pickup point at 6 AM to embark on the adventure to Lohajung. The designated pickup points for this adventure are Rishikesh ISBT or Tapovan Chowk. During the journey, we’ll witness the confluence in Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag – where Alakananda meets Bhagirathi, Madakini, and Pindari rivers, respectively. The highlight of the day is the scenic drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung. Along the way, you’ll pass through mountains and forests, providing a glimpse of the upcoming experiences. As you progress, the magical beauty of the Garhwal mountains will unfold. Upon reaching Lohajung, we’ll check into our designated hotel and prepare for the adventure that awaits us.

  • Altitude – 2,300 meters 
  • Distance covering in Day 1 – 260 kms 
  • Route – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Dewal – Lohajung
  • Stay – Hotel in Lohajung 

READ MORE: Brahmatal Trek

Lohajung 

Scenic views from Lohajung
Scenic views from Lohajung

The first day of your Brahmatal trek sets the stage for the magnificent views that await you. On this initial day, you’ll discover the hidden gem of Rishikesh – Lohajung. As you arrive in Lohajung, you’ll be captivated by the mountain views, offering you a breathtaking glimpse of the Nanda Ghunti peak. Lohajung is known for its color-changing nature during sunsets, providing a mesmerizing spectacle. Positioned at the central point of approximately 15 villages, most areas in Lohajung have good network connectivity. Given its high-altitude location, the village tends to be cold, especially at night, with the possibility of rain and fog depending on the season.

Nestled in the majestic Garhwal ranges of the Himalayas, Lohajung peacefully resides at an impressive altitude of 2300 m in the Chamoli district. According to ancient tales, locals believe that the mighty goddess Parvati engaged in a fierce battle with the formidable demon Lohasur at the very spot where the village stands today. Hence, the village earned its name, Lohajung, as a tribute to the epic clash or “Jung” between the goddess and the demon, translating to ‘War with Lohasur.’

However, some locals attribute the name to the frequent downpours that drench the village, causing metallic objects, or “Loha,” to rust, or “Jung.” Consequently, trekkers often choose Lohajung as their base camp, utilizing this small village as a place to rejuvenate and prepare for the challenging journey ahead. The village strategically lies along routes leading to captivating destinations such as Brahmatal Lake, Homkund Lake, Ronti Saddle, Auli Bugyal, and several other mesmerizing spots.

Day 2 : Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal 

Campsite - Brahmatal
Campsite – Brahmatal Trek

Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and feel the cold breeze giving you a refreshing hug every ten seconds. It’s finally time for your long-awaited trek to Brahmatal. Start your day with a strong cup of tea and a hearty breakfast. The trek leader will then guide the team through a briefing session, covering everything you need to know for the next five days.

After the informative session, we’ll set out on the trail to Bekaltal. The path is surrounded by oak forests, making you feel like you’re in the middle of a lush green paradise. As you ascend, Mount Nanda Ghunti will come into view, welcoming you to your upcoming journey. The trek involves gradual climbs, and the paths are well-defined. On your left, you’ll see Mandoli village, one of the first mountain settlements. Along the way, witness the confluence of Kali and Pindari River in Kali Valley. The journey offers panoramic landscapes, expansive green pastures, frozen ice valleys, and an exciting progression of the trail, making it a memorable experience.

After exploring Mundoli, it would be highly recommended to leisurely wander through the enchanting forests filled with Oak, Fir, and Cedar trees, as well as a considerable number of Rhododendron trees. The forest exudes a unique and captivating woody aroma that adds to its charm. During the spring and late winter seasons, the Rhododendron flowers burst into bloom, painting the already stunning mountains with a rosy blush. Throughout the entire winter, the trail remains blanketed in a pristine layer of snow. 

The beautiful alpine meadows will make you feel incredibly happy. Afterward, you’ll come across a 10-meter-long wooden bridge over a stream. It’s a great spot to refill your water bottle. Soon, you’ll reach Begum, a perfect place to take a short break. While resting, don’t forget to gaze at the sky – you’ll see a perfect mix of blue sky and towering mountains like Nanda Ghunti, Navali, and Bagdi Bugyal. Keep going until you reach Gujreni; many trekkers choose to stay there, but we’re continuing our journey to Bekaltal.

Gujreni is renowned for its exceptional bird watching opportunities, where you may have the chance to spot magnificent Himalayan bird species like the Asian Barred Owlet, Woodpeckers, Solitary Snipe, and Blue-fronted redstarts. Embark on a delightful stroll lasting approximately an hour and a half, and you will find yourself at the enchanting sandy beach of Bekaltal. Our campsite is conveniently located just 15 minutes away from Bekaltal Lake, which is nestled amidst a picturesque Oak forest. The serene waters of the lake, following your trek, offer a truly mesmerizing experience. 

You’ll start encountering snow at this campsite from late December to early March, significantly dropping the temperature. Once you reach the Bekaltal campsite, take some time to appreciate the beauty of this brown lake. Feel free to wander around and explore the campsite on your own, and we’ll also have some group bonding activities. Surrounded by a beautiful forest, you’ll connect with friends who share the same excitement for adventure and travel as you. When night falls, dinner will be served. Rest well and dream about the breathtaking views you’ll witness tomorrow.

  • Altitude – 9,950 ft
  • Distance covering in Day 2 – 4kms 
  • Route – LohajungMundoli – Begum – Gujreni – Bekaltal 
  • Stay – Tent in Bekaltal 

Extended Read: Brahmatal Trek – The perfect winter Trek

Bekaltal 

Bekaltal - The Brown Lake
Bekaltal – The Brown Lake

Bekaltal known as the brown lake is a campsite for Brahmatal Trek. Bekaltal remains completely frozen during the months of January and February, surrounded by majestic Oak trees. Nestled within a dense cluster of these trees, the lake’s waters maintain a deep brown hue throughout the year. This distinct coloration is attributed to the abundant presence of organic matter dissolving into the lake, imparting a subtle undertone of brown. As temperatures drop, a delicate layer of ice may form on the surface, adding to its natural allure. 

Day 3 : Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal  

Treat your taste buds at Brahmatal
Treat your taste buds at Brahmatal

The Brahmatal Trek is an incredible journey that will lead you to the stunning alpine lake known as Brahmatal. On the third day of this adventure, we will embark on a trek towards the lake after enjoying a refreshing morning tea and breakfast. As we leave the campsite, we will enter the enchanting forests and follow a trail that gradually ascends. These forests are home to the majestic Himalayan Monal, which happens to be the state bird of Uttarakhand.

As we climb higher and reach the ridge, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks such as Trishul, Baithartoli, and Nanda Ghunti. During the winter season, the entire trail is covered with a thick layer of snow, creating a truly magical atmosphere. From here, you can also catch sight of the Shivalik range and the magnificent Greater Himalayas. It’s important to note that there are no water sources along the trail, so it’s essential to carry an ample supply of water with you. 

The path to Brahmatal lake is adorned with captivating forests. Along the way, we will pass through Tilandi, a vast green land that transforms into a snowy wonderland during the winter months. After approximately an hour, the forest opens up to a breathtaking meadow called Tilandi Top, which offers unparalleled views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti. Just 1 km further is Jhandi Top, which serves as an even more stunning vantage point, surpassing the beauty of Talindi Top.

With the vast expanse of the sky above and layers of jewel-blue mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, the spectacle is truly surreal. Jhandi Top marks the highest point on the ridge, and from there, the trail begins to descend. After some more ascents and descents, we will finally reach the awe-inspiring Brahmatal Lake, which may be frozen during the winter season. Upon arrival, we will settle into our campsites and indulge in the mesmerizing view of the lake, with the picturesque backdrop of Nainital and Almora. A delicious dinner will be served, followed by a peaceful overnight stay at Brahmatal. 

  • Altitude – 10,450 feet
  • Distance covering in Day 3 – 7 Kilometers
  • Route – Bekaltal – Tilandi – Brahmatal 
  • Stay – Tent in Brahmatal

Know More: Kedarkantha Trek Guide

Brahmatal Lake

Snow-covered Brahmatal Lake
Snow-covered Brahmatal Lake

Brahmatal Lake, situated at an elevation of 3,400m in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, is a mesmerizing frozen alpine glacial lake. According to Hindu mythology, the lake derives its name from Lord Brahma, who is believed to have meditated in this very spot. Hence, it is known as Brahma-Tal, or Brahma’s Lake. One of the highlights of the Brahmatal trek is the abundance of mountain glacier-fed lakes that adorn the route. The panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges from Brahmatal is truly awe-inspiring.

In the winter months, the lake freezes completely, allowing trekkers to walk on its icy surface. Adjacent to the lake, there is a small temple dedicated to Nag Devta. If the lake is not frozen, it offers a stunning reflection of the night sky, creating a captivating sight. The Brahmatal campsite, located at an altitude of 12,250 ft, is positioned 500 meters away from the lake on the left side of the slope. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the breathtaking sunset from the campsite.

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Day 4 : Trek to Brahmatal Summit

Panoramic view from Brahmatal Summit
Panoramic view from Brahmatal Summit

Can you recall the most incredible sunrise you’ve ever witnessed? Well, let us guide you to where you can experience the best sunrise of your life – the Brahmatal Summit. After an early breakfast at the Brahmatal campsite, we’ll set out for the summit. The Brahmatal summit offers an opportunity to see picturesque views of Himalayan peaks like Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. The entire trail is surrounded by the Garhwal Himalayas, making the experience breathtaking. The morning sun’s fiery rays add positive energy to the challenging terrain. Even from the meadows, you can spot the magnificent peaks, elevating your excitement.

As you reach the ridge, a breathtaking spectacle of snow-capped mountain ranges unfolds, making you feel like you’re watching them on a theater screen. Try spotting Mt. Trishul, Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Mt. Chaukhamba, Mt. Neelkanth, Mt. Kamet, and Mt. Hathi Ghoda among the ranges. While Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti accompanies you throughout the trek, the close-up view from the summit is thrilling. The 360-degree panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan mountains is a mind-blowing experience you’ll cherish for life. After taking in the views, you might doubt your own eyes. Spend ample time at the summit, appreciating the wonders of nature, then trek back down to the campsite. 

Once you reach the campsite, enjoy a delightful dinner followed by an overnight stay at the Brahmatal campsite. This night will be special because as you close your eyes for a cozy sleep, you’ll see the mighty mountain views you experienced during the day. In the deepest part of your sleep, you might struggle to figure out if the mountains are really in front of you or if you’re dreaming. One thing we assure you is that you’ll wake up the next morning with a smile that you can carry throughout your life.

  • Altitude – 12,200Ft.
  • Distance covering in Day 4 – 6 Kilometers
  • Route – Brahmatal campsite – Brahmatal summit – Brahmatal campsite 
  • Stay – Tent in Brahmatal

Back to Lohajung

En Route views from Brahmatal Trek
En Route views from Brahmatal Trek

Today marks the beginning of our descent. Start your day with early morning tea and breakfast at the Brahmatal campsite, which has been our home for the past two days. Before leaving, take a moment to absorb the magic of nature one last time.

The journey back to Lohajung involves following a well-defined path that winds through babbling streams and picturesque Oak and Rhododendron forests. This is the same trail you initially took. As you pass through the forest, you’ll come across simple shepherd’s huts, providing shelter for the locals’ livestock. Continue on the stone-paved path, an essential link connecting mountain communities to the lively hub of Lohajung.

Appreciate the time you’ve spent with the mountains. Today, we start our descent to Lohajung, passing through oak tree forests once again. Upon reaching Lohajung, check into your hotel or homestay. After some rest, enjoy the best sunsets or take a stroll to explore Lohajung on your own. Make the most of your last night in this breathtaking place.

Drive From Lohajung to Rishikesh

Snow-capped Brahmatal Trek
Snow-capped Brahmatal Trek

On this day, you’ll wake up to one of the most beautiful mornings of your life. The sight of Lohajung in the morning is beyond words. Before you bid farewell to Lohajung, the Nanda Ghunti mountain will come close to say goodbye. You’ll whisper “Until next time” to your favorite mountains with a heart full of memories and shivering hands as you begin your journey back to Rishikesh.

FAQs 

Q1. How long does the Brahmatal Trek Itinerary typically take?

The Brahmatal Trek Itinerary usually takes 6 days to complete. This includes the trekking duration, camping, and acclimatization days.

Q2.  What are the highlights of the Brahmatal Trek Itinerary?

The Brahmatal Trek Itinerary offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Ghunti and Trishul. It also includes camping at beautiful locations like Bekaltal and Brahmatal Lake, where trekkers can enjoy the serene surroundings and starry nights. Additionally, the itinerary includes exploring the enchanting oak and rhododendron forests, as well as experiencing the local culture of the Garhwal region.

Q3. What is the best time to do Brahmatal Trek?

For all snow fanatics who love to see sun rays illuminating the ivory surface, winters are the best time to do the Brahmatal Trek, more specifically the months of October, November, December, and January.

Q4. Which are the campsites in Brahmatal Trek?

Lohajung, 7644 ft – Lohajung is the basecamp for the Brahmatal trek. A scenic drive from Rishikesh leads you to the village where you get the first glimpse at Nanda Ghunti Peak. It is believed that Goddess Parvati had a battle with the demon Lohasur here, and that is how the village got its name.

Bekaltal, 9875 ft – Trekking through coniferous forest of Oak, Fir and Cedar trees and traversing through the Kali Valley leads you to the Bekaltal. The brown water of the lake contrasting with the snow covered peaks in the backdrop make a dramatic landscape that keep trekkers mesmerized.

Brahmatal lake,10,630 ft – The pristine Brahmatal lake overflowing with spirituality holds extreme significance as it is believed that Lord Brahma meditated beside the lake. The breathtaking views of Mt. Trishul & Nanda Ghunti in the backdrop of the lake make this the most beautiful campsite of the entire trek.

It’s your chance…Ready to trek to winter wonderland?

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