Trail to Brahmatal
Peaks visible from the Trail
Peaks visible from the Summit
The Himalayas lets you venture into a few treks in winter that are as adventurous and stunning as Brahmatal. The amount of snow at the trek teases every trekker to take up the challenge. Forests coupled with impressive views of the Himalayas is a treat to the shutterbugs. Brahmatal reveals a heavenly facet in winter when the snow gently falls on its slopes. The frozen lake with the mighty Himalayan peaks overlooking it creates a mesmerizing ambiance. The trekkers are awed by the views of summits over 7000 meters. Where else would we encounter such high peaks at such close proximity, we wonder!
Girded by myths and other stories, Brahmatal is a high altitude lake settled in the mountain ranges of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkhand. The trek looks amazingly beautiful during the winters as it receives an ample amount of snow which make this an ideal winter trek and can be done in the months of December, January, February and March.
The trail of this trek passes through the dense forests of oak and rhododendrons and reaches the white snow-covered meadows. Apart from this, the thing which attracts trekkers are the lakeside camping at the Bekaltal campsite and grand views of the Himalayan peaks. One can have a very clear and close view of the Mt. Trisul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti.
The Brahmatal trek is recommended for beginners and less experienced trekkers. The terrain is good and gradually ascends.
Why Brahmatal Trek is famous?
Brahmatal trek is a classic winter trek. For one, most of the trek is on snow, which makes it terribly exciting and amazing. Trekkers love camping beside the frozen shores of Bekaltal.
Suitable for beginners as well as less experienced trekkers
This trek takes one through beautiful valleys,s treams,o ak trees and hushed hamlets.
Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung - 300 kms
Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal,4-5 hours.
Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal
Trek from Brahmatal to the summit (Brahmatal Pass) and back to Brahmatal
Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung
Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh
The pickup will be arranged from Rishikesh at 6 AM and from there we will start our road journey towards Lohajung. Lohajung is around 300 km away from Dehradun so it takes around 11-12 hours to reach the destination of the day. The route passes through Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag and finally to the village. As you reach near the village, the Nanda Ghunti peak gets visible. Upon reaching the village, check-in into the guest house and rest. You can also explore the market and shop for winter clothing or any trekking gear as the market has several shops.
Dinner and overnight stay in the guest house at Lohajung.
Post breakfast, you will start the first-day trek and approach towards Bekaltal. The trek goes through the forest on a zig-zag trail. Just after walking for few meters, you will reach a village called Mandoli where you can refill your water bottles. The trail ascends gradually all the way. After walking for an hour, you will reach a point where you can see the confluence of Kali and Pindari rivers. If you are trekking in the months of February and March, you will see a lot of Rhododendrons on the way. Cross the bridge and walk and you will have a sight of the meadows (green or white, depending on the season). From here, it will take a maximum of one & half hour to reach the Bekaltal campsite having a pristine lake. The lake shines in summers and is remains frozen during winters. You will have your camps near the lake. Enjoy the scenic campsite and the views.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps at the Bekaltal campsite.
Enjoy the morning views on the trek. It's better that you wake up during sunrise and have a heavenly sight of sunlight while incidenting on the snowcapped Himalayan peaks. Have your breakfast and you will begin your trek towards the Brahmatal lake. The starting trail will go steep and pass through the dense bushes of Oak and Rhododendrons and will lead you to a vast meadow of Telandi. You will ascend gradually on the meadow and reach the highest point of it and from where the trail will start going downhill towards the lake. While approaching towards the lake, you will see a small temple having yellow flags flying above it. You will descend to the temple and continue on the trail to the lake. From there, the valleys of Nainital and Almora will be visible. The magnificent peaks of Trisul, Nanda Ghunti and other remarkable peaks will also be visible. The camps will be set up 500 meters away from the lake. Enjoy the piping hot tea in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in the camps at Brahmatal.
Today, you will start a bit early as you will be going to visit the Brahmatal lake which is a slightly uphill climb from the campsite. The zig-zag trail will lead you to the beautiful lake. The lake shines beautifully on a sunny day. After spending time at the lake, you will head towards Brahmatal pass. You will take the trail going along the stream and walk through it. After crossing the meadow, head for the final ascent to the pass. The final ascent is steep and sharp and you will get tired but as you reach the top, all the tiredness will vanish by the jaw-dropping views of the mighty Himalayan peaks. After finishing the hunger of your camera, start descending towards the campsite. Evenings will be spent at the Brahmatal campsite.
Dinner and Overnight stay in camps at Brahmatal.
Post breakfast, you will start the downhill trek. The downhill trail will take you back to the civilization. The trail will be the same which you took while coming up. Down hill trek will take less time as compared to uphill one. Though the distance will be longer but it will not be tiring. Reach Lohajung and rest.
Dinner and overnight stay in Guesthouse at Lohajung.
Wake up, have breakfast and board the taxi for Dehradun. You will retrace the same route and reach the capital of Uttarakhand. You will be dropped at Rishikesh Bus Stand. Trip Ends.
Transport Rishikesh to Rishikesh
Camp Stay on Triple Sharing basis
Meals during Trek
Guide and Camping Equipment ( Sleeping Bag and Mats)
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
No refund of booking amount to be provided if customer cancels the booking 10 days prior to departure date.
50% refund if done between 11-20 days prior to schedule departure.
90% refund if done between 21-90 days prior to schedule departure.
100% refund if cancelled 90+ days prior to schedule departure date.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.