Brahmatal Trek

The Best Winter Trek in 2024

Duration
6 Days
Trek Altitude
12,240 feet
Destination
Uttarakhand
Trek Distance
24 KM
Group Size
18
Best Time
Winters

Brahmatal Trek Overview

Out of many mesmerizing experiences of the Himalayas, the Brahmatal Trek is sure amongst the few on the list of favorites for all trekkers. “Tal” means lake and “Brahma “means the god of creation. This lake has been named after Brahma the supreme in the triad of great Hindu gods which includes Shiva and Vishnu.

The trek to Brahmatal is particularly popular during the winter season from December to March. The Summit of Brahmatal trek offers some breathtaking views of Silvery snow-dressed mountains and clear blue skies to enjoy the 360 views surrounding you. The lake gets frozen during this season and its beauty multiplies multifold. Most of the trek during this season is in snow and the white snowy meadows and terrain are exciting to explore.

The Starting point of the trek is Lohajung which can be accessed via Kathgodam. This is the base camp for the Brahmatal trek. To reach Lohajung we cross Nainital and the winding mountain roads passing through forest-laden areas are particularly interesting. As per the Legend Goddess Parvati and a demon named Lohasur had a war and hence this place is named Lohajung. “ Jung” means “war”.

Another interesting destination of this trek is Bekaltal, another beautiful lake en route to Brahmatal summit. The trail crossed through some snow-covered forest during the winter season and since this trail is comparatively unexplored it adds to the thrill of the entire experience. Some breathtaking views of gorgeous meadows offering views of Majestic Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti are a part of this expedition.

Highlights of Brahmatal Trek

1. Snow-covered landscape in winter-

Snow-covered forests, meadows, and the frozen lake of Bekal Lake are sure to captivate you as you journey through the winter wonderland. The pristine white landscapes create a breathtaking atmosphere on the Brahmatal trek.

2. High-altitude lake-

This trek takes you to the beautiful Brahmatal Lake which is situated at an altitude of 12,200 feet above sea level. Situated at a high altitude, this lake remains frozen during the winter months. Witness the crystal-clear snow scene and have a wonderful view of a frozen lake amidst the Himalayas. Also, one the way you will you will see Bekaltal which is one of the best attractions of the Brahmatal Trek.

3. Rhododendron arboreum

Wander through forests that burst with colors, especially during spring. The vibrant foliage adds to the trekking experience. Trek through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons and get a chance to spot wildlife species like the Himalayan monal, musk deer, and even the elusive snow leopard.

The Rhododenron Tree (Rhododenron Arboreum), with its outstanding beauty, is a rich adornment to contributes to the biodiversity of nature found during the Brahmatal trek.

The journey of the trekkers into the wilderness gets a beautiful, unreal touch in vibrant colors delivered by the Rhododendron Arboreum. These trees known as Burans or Laligurans are a treat to the eyes, particularly in spring when they explode with reds and pink petals.

In the months of spring season, from March to May typically, Brahmatal trek blooms like a canvas colored with these rhododendron flowers. The trail is flanked along these ways by magnificent trees, perfect scenery truly connotating the image of wilderness in this part.

4. Easy to moderate trek

Brahmatal trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Its well-defined trails make it an exciting adventure for everyone.

5. Views of Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti-

Throughout the trek, view and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Nanda Ghunti, Mount Trishul, and Mount Neelkanth. These majestic peaks are among the highest mountains in the world. Their snow-covered peaks add to the attraction of the visit.

Best Time to Visit the Brahmatal Trek-

Brahmatal Trek in Winter (December, January and February)-

While most of the treks remain closed during the peak winter season until the following summer, Brahmatal is one of the treks that can be accessed during the peak. The best time to visit Brahmatal trek is from mid December to early February in the eastern season.

Brahatal is an altitude of 12,200 feet, and despite winter being at its peak in the month of December, the Brahmatal trek is generally safe. The trek remains active during this time and you get white snow cover in most part of the trek. The snow looks amazing on the Brahmatal trek and it feels like you are in heaven.

As you step towards the Brahmatal trek from Lohajung, you see the majestic oak and luscious rhododendron trees bending under the weight of snow, giving off a mesmerizing aura along the trekking trail. Bekaltal Lake freezes in peak winter and you can enjoy by stepping on this frozen lake. The rays of sunrise falling over the snow on the Brahmatal trek look vibrant.

Brahmatal Trek is one of the most popular Himalayan treks for its stunning mountain peak views. It offers a spectacular view of some of the most beautiful hills like Mount Nada Ghunti, Mount Trishul, Hathi Goda, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth which is one of the highest mountain peaks in the world. The view of mountains in snow creates a feeling of awe and wonder.

Temperature and Weather on Brahmatal Trek in Winter (December, January and February)-

During the day, the temperature usually ranges between 8 to 12 °C, and at night, it can drop to between 0 to -8 °C. Given the possibility of temperatures dropping below zero, it is essential to have at least five layers of clothing, including thermals, warm T-shirts, fleece sweaters, padded jackets and wind-cheaters.

Since snowfall can occur at any time during the Brahmatal trek in winter, it is advised that you carry a poncho or rain cover with you. Additionally, don't forget to wear crampons and gaiters on your feet to ensure safe and comfortable hiking on the trail.

Brahmatal Trek in Autumn (September, October and November)-

In this season, trees start shedding leaves, giving a distinct crunch in your footsteps when you walk on them. The view of the mountains is especially attractive in autumn, because after the monsoon the air is free from haze and the environment is clear. You will see all the majestic mountains like Neelkanth, Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Ghunti, etc, under the clear and blue sky.

If you like crowd-free trails then autumn is also a great season as the Brahmatal trek is generally crowd-free during this time.

There's another aspect of autumn that few people talk about, sunrise and sunset. They are most vibrant during autumn. At sunset, the sun spreads vibrant red colors across the sky and the next morning, don't forget to wake up early to see the golden sunrise on the other side.

The temperature on the Brahmatal Trek in autumn ranges between 10°C and 15°C during the day and drops to between 0°C and -5°C at night.

Brahmatal Trek in Spring (March to Mid-April) and Summer (Mid-April to June)-

Brahmatal is a fascinating trip to do in the spring season. As we proceed further towards its base camp Lohajung, the surrounding landscape is seen covered with rhododendrons (Buransh). The slopes look attractive with rhododendrons blooming in deep pink and red in spring. Moving further towards Brahmatal, when the snow of last winter has not yet melted, its beauty increases even more in the background of this frozen snow. However, if you move much higher, these rhododendron trees will not be visible.

For a magical experience, visit Brahmatal in early spring (March to April). This spring season provides you a chance to see the flowers in bloom as well as go trekking in the snow. By mid-April, much of the route and its surroundings remained covered with snow. During the month of March to April, the trek remains chilly in the morning and evening, while the temperature ranges between 15 °C and 20 °C in the daytime and 5 °C and 12 °C at night.

This trek can be done in summer in the months of May and June but this time is not favorable due to high temperatures. Similarly, it is not suitable in monsoon from July to August due to heavy rains, continuous rain in monsoon causes risk factors of the trek.

Brahmatal Route Map-

Lohajung is the starting point of the Trek and this hilly station serves as the base camp of the Brahmatal Trek in Chamoli, a district in Uttarakhand, India.
  • Day 1- Drive from Dehradun to Lohajung Distance: 393 km Altitude Gain: 1466 ft to 7,600 ft
  • Day 2- Trek from Lohajung to Gujreni Distance: 4.5 km Altitude: 7,600 ft to 9,200 ft
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  • Day 3- Gujreni to Tilandi Distance: 3 km Altitude: 9,200 ft to 10,495 ft
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  • Day 4- Tilandi to Brahmatal via Brahmatal top Distance: 5.5 km Altitude: 10,495 ft to 10,190 ft via 12,250 ft
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  • Day 5- Brahmatal to Lohajung Distance: 8.5 km Altitude: 10,190 ft to 7,600 ft
  • Day 6- Drive from Lohajung to Dehradun Distance: 393 km Altitude Gain: 1466 ft to 7,600 ft
The hike traces routes over snow-carpeted forests, meadows, and lakes - as if you are in a true winter fairy tale.

The Brahmatal Lake is one of the top attractions of the trek where you can marvel at the magnificence of frost as the lake is frozen up during winter months and offers fantastic scenery.

As you journey through this exuberance of nature, you will meet rich flora and fauna as thick oak and rhododendron forest will appease your eyes, and you may spot Himalayan Monals, Musk deer, and Snow leopards, a few of them scattered.

The walk is spread over five nights and six days, culminating in an elevation of five thousand four hundred and seventy-eight feet, from Lohajung to Brahmatal Top. You will reach an altitude of 12,250 feet at the Brahamtal Top, from where you can enjoy mesmerizing views of Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Ghunti, Mt Chowkhamba, and Mt Neelkanth. Next to the Brahmatal, there is a place called Bekaltal, a hidden glacier lake.

Brahmatal Trek Difficulty Level-

The Brahmatal trek is a notch less difficult than easy-moderate treks like Kedarkantha and Dayara Bugyal. Therefore, It is considered easy to moderate level in terms of difficulty. During the Brahmatal trek, you will cover a distance of approximately 23 km in four days and summit an altitude of approximately 4,650 feet. On average, you will travel 7 km every day, which will include ascents and descents.

It is very important to remain physically fit; otherwise, you will miss the beauty of this trek due to fatigue. Although the level of difficulty goes up when you are trekking in snow, similarly at Brahmatal, the level of difficulty increases when you are trekking in snow.

In winter, you will hike this trail buried in knee-deep snow. However, it does not require the support of technical staff. Safety on the Brahmatal TrekThe itinerary of the Brahmatal Trek allows you to acclimatize well. When climbing a peak through thick snow, make sure you wear microspikes. Hard snow has a high probability of slipping. A small mistake can result in injuries like ligament tears, ankle sprains, or even fractures. Always place your feet on the footings made by earlier trekkers. Look for deep bottoms. Don't try to create new paths for yourself.

Itinerary

Early in the morning, we will depart for Lohajung. Travelling through the Himalayan roads will be a mesmerizing experience for you. In the evening, we will arrive in Lohajung and check into the guesthouse. Lohajung serves as the base for the Brahmatal Trek. We will have plenty of time to rest and prepare ourselves for the trek.

Drive: 290 km, 10- 11 hrs

Post Breakfast, we will begin our trek from Lohajung. Hiking through rhododendron and oak forests we will reach to the Gujreni where will set our camp. Gujreni is a picturesque campsite surrounded by oak trees, rhododendrons, and wildlife. The trail enters thick oak forests with glimpses of Mt. Trishul. Khopdalia, a small dried lake, is reached after an hour and a half through the forest.

Bekaltal, just above Khopdalia, is a ten-minute trek away. It’s encircled by dense oak trees, and its brown waters indicate high dissolved organic matter. Brown lakes like this are often light-limited and may be acidic with limited aquatic life.

Trek: 4-5km, 5 hrs

 

Today’s trek is a relatively short one, commencing at the campsite and heading southwest. Shortly after starting, you’ll cross a stream, and then the trail begins a steep ascent through the captivating Oak and Rhododendron forest. On your left, a ridge reveals the valley below, while Bekaltal is on your immediate right. As you continue the climb, Rhododendron trees dominate the scenery in the first half of the trail, gradually giving way to Oak trees. After about an hour of trekking through this stunning forested section, you’ll reach the tree line and enter the meadows. Here, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti, along with their surrounding ranges. At the edge of the meadows, you’ll find a ridge that serves as your Tilandi campsite

Trek: 3 km, 4-5 hrs

The day’s trek leads you along a ridge, with the treeline shifting as you ascend and descend. Rhododendron and Oak trees dominate the landscape. As you continue along the ridge, you’ll be greeted by majestic mountains and sweeping valleys, with layers of mountain ranges unfolding before you, creating an unmatched sense of openness. Following the right trail from Jhandi Top, you’ll ascend another mountain ridge to reach the trek’s highest point, Brahmatal Top at 12,250 ft, where you can relish the awe-inspiring vistas. Descending gradually, you’ll reach the stunning Brahmatal Lake, often with a captivating reflection of the night sky if it’s not frozen. The Brahmatal campsite, situated at 12,250 ft, is just 500 meters to the left of the lake on the slope, offering a perfect vantage point for witnessing a mesmerizing sunset.

Trek: 6km, 7-8 hrs

After breakfast, start descending from Brahmatal Lake towards Lohajung. The trail is relatively open with sparse vegetation until you reach Jhandi Top, where you’ll have occasional mountain views during your ascent. From Jhandi Top, take the left trail for your descent to Lohajung. Initially, you’ll pass through an open area, losing sight of the mountains. After about a kilometre, you’ll re-enter the treeline, now surrounded by Oak trees. Khorurai, a clearing named after oaks, makes for a good rest spot and a potential campsite if you want to extend your trek. After another 1.3 kilometres, you’ll rejoin the main trail, descending through a Rhododendron forest. Follow the well-maintained path connecting mountain villages to Lohajung, crossing two streams along the way. About an hour from the start, you’ll reach Shepherd huts, locally known as ‘chawni,’ used by villagers and shepherds to shelter their livestock. Continue following the man-made trail, connecting these mountain villages to Lohajung. At Lohajung we will stay in a guest house.

Trek: 9km, 7-8 hrs

Today, we will greet the rising Sun and have an early breakfast. Going back home is always a bittersweet moment, but the journey is made easier by taking the same picturesque road back to Dehradun. As we leave behind the dense pine forests and descend towards the city, the landscape slowly changes and opens up into wider roads. Finally, we will arrive in Dehradun in the evening.

Drive: 290km, 10-11 hrs

Upcoming Treks

  • October 5, 2024 open
  • October 12, 2024 open
  • October 19, 2024 open
  • October 26, 2024 open

  • November 2, 2024 open
  • November 9, 2024 open
  • November 16, 2024 open
  • November 23, 2024 open

  • December 7, 2024 open
  • December 14, 2024 open
  • December 21, 2024 open
  • December 20, 2024 open
  • December 28, 2024 open
  • December 29, 2024 open

FAQS

  • Children above 11 years of age can trek depending on their fitness level. Children should be prepared for the high altitude trek in advance.
  • The trek is moderate and climbs to 12,000 feet
  • Although it has longer trekking days, the steeps are less.
  • We cover 24 kms in thee days. On average we trek for 7kms in a day which includes ascents and descents.

  • Hard snow is prone to slips. A small slip can result in injuries like a ligament tear, a sprained ankle or even a fracture. Thus you should wear your microspikes while climbing the steep sections in snow.
  • At high altitudes, there’s a high chance of getting acute mountain sickness. You should watch out for symptoms like headache, dizziness, fatigue and weakness, nausea, loss of appetite, etc.

The trek can be done in all seasons but spring, autumn and winter are highly recommended as each season brings out the different taste of the trek.

The trek is open throughout winters when most of the trek routes are closed, making it a perfect winter trek.

  • From Lohanjung village as we start our trek to Bekaltal, Mount Nandaghunti is visible.
  • Mt. Trishul Massif is visible. The Trishul massif is considered to be one of the most difficult himlayan climbs.
  • A panorama of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Shivling, Mt. Neelkantha , etc . can be seen.

  • “Tal” meaning lake and “Brahma “meaning the god of creation, this lake has been named after Brahma- ‘the supreme in the triad of great Hindu gods’ which includes Shiva and Vishnu.
  • As per the Legend, Goddess Parvati and a demon named Lohasur had a war and hence this place is named as Lohajung . “Jung” means “war”

Lohajung, Tharali is where you’ll find the last ATM. A small town Deval has 1 ATM but it’s not reliable since it often runs out of cash.

VI, BSNL & Airtel are available at basecamp.

There is no electricity at any other point in the trek except at basecamp. Be prepared with powerbanks and extra batteries for electrical appliances.

The closest hospital is at Tharalil which is 45 km from Lohajung.

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Package Inclusion of Brahmatal Trek
  1. Transport Support
    • Vehicle- Tempo Traveler/Bolero
    • Day 1 drive from Dehradun/Rishikesh to Lohajung
    • Day 6 drive from Lohajung to Dehradun/Rishikesh
    • All aplicable fees and taxes
  2. Meals
    • Meals will be as per the Indian food menu
    • Meals start from day 1 dinner to the last day breakfast
    • It include a total of 5 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 4 Tea snacks and 5 Dinner
  3. Accommodation for a total of 5 nights: On a twin/triple-sharing basis
    • Night 01: Guest House Room on Tripe Sharing Basis
    • Night 02: Alpine tents on Twin Sharing Basis
    • Night 03: Alpine tents on Twin Sharing Basis
    • Night 04: Alpine tent on Twin Sharing Basis
    Extra Tent or Guest House room for twin or single sharing can be arranged at a cost of INR 3,500/- per extra tent and extra room throughout the entire trek
  4. Professional AMC/BMC-certified Trek leader
  5. Cook & other support staff
  6. Mules support carrying camping equipment, NOT personal luggage
    • Personal luggage can be arranged at the cost of INR 350 per bag per day, and weight should not exceed the limit of 12 kg
  7. Equipment-
    • Clean sleeping bags & mats
    • Camping stools
    • Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
    • 1 Kitchen tent, 1 dining tent & table
    • 2 toilet tents with portable toilet seats for a group of 10 - 12 participants. Separate toilet tent for ladies.
    • Crampons and Gaiters if required
    • Basic First Aid Kit, and all the necessary equipment
Exclusions of the Package
  1. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  2. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  3. Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions.
  4. Adventure Insurance.
  5. Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, roadblocks etc.
  6. Porter and mule support to carry personal Luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 350 per bag per day (weighing up to 12 kg).
  7. Please carry a lunch box for packed lunch/breakfast to avoid using polythenes and Aluminium foils. Keeping the Himalayas clean is our own responsibility. Reduce the use of Plastic when you are in the abode of the Sacred Himalaya. 🌱