“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
Getting a kick of endorphin amidst alluring scenes around is what Brahmatal has to offer. Majorly a winter trail it will keep you engaged with the beautiful scenes, climbing through dense forests of oaks and rhododendrons, camping by the lakeside and will provide you with a lifetime soothing experience for the mind, body, and soul. Brahmatal is a lake in the depth of Himalayas. It is of the rare Himalayan destinations available for trekking.
About the Brahmatal Trek …
Brahmatal which comes from ‘Brahma’ and ‘taal’ literally translates to a lake where Lord Brahma came to meditate. The trek comes from the family of Uttarakhand Himalaya treks and starts from Lohajung which is a base camp for various treks. It is a round trail that starts and ends at Lohajung.
With moderate difficulty, this is the right place to start even if you’re a beginner. It starts with the green lush forest and gradually taking you to bright snow-covered meadows.
The immediate change in weather will check your determination but gift you with a glorious view of Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti. And finally, when you reach the summit, you will have bare untouched snow as a mattress and the blue sky as the roof, and you will want to make it your home. We don’t know what heaven feels like, neither do we know if we will ever find out but with this trail, you will surely have a taste of it.
Duration: 6 days
Maximum altitude: 12,250 ft
Minimum age: 8 years
Best time to visit: November to March
The Brahmatal climate is challenging yet the bearable, making it one of the most favoured winter treks. While numerous high elevation treks in Northern India are shut during winters because of negative climate conditions, Brahmatal offers an unmatched encounter to experience devotees with temperatures plunging to -15 degrees Celsius during the night in January-February.
The Brahmatal temperature makes it a perfect winter trail for trekking and camping. The snow trek offers marvelous perspectives on snowy mountains while you walk towards the trekking summit. Beginning from Kathgodam, the trek is open round the year, offering a lovely path secured by oak woodlands in April-May when the flora is fully blooming.
Planning a Trek to Brahmatal? Here’s How To Get There:
The closest railway station to Lohajung is Kathgodam. Kathgodam is well connected with Delhi, Lucknow, and Howrah and can be conveniently reached by train. From Kathgodam Lohajung 10 hour drive that stretches over a number of hill stations.
The route of the trek will be as such :
Kathgodam – Lohajung – Bekaltal – Brahmatal – Brahmatal summit – Brahmatal – Lohajung – Kathgodam
Required fitness for Brahmatal trek :
As it is a moderate trek that stretches over a period of about 6 days it is necessary to build the required endurance for it. It is advisable to start training your body before the actual trek. Start with long walks and running. In order to train your body for high altitudes, it is necessary to carry out exercises that will help you cope with it. Doing regular cardiovascular exercises will help build stamina. It is necessary that the climber should be able to climb with a weight of 10 kg on his back.
Children under the age of 8 are strictly not allowed, also people with the illness are advised not to go. As the trek majorly has a forest route, chances of altitude sickness are thin.
Base camp: Lohajung
It is a small village, located in the Chamoli district in Garhwal Himalayas. It is considered a base camp for a number of treks. It has a spectacular mountain range around it. You can find all the provisions to set up a camp here. Also, it offers a great market to shop for your trek needs further.
Brief Itinerary of the Brahmatal trek:
Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung
It is a 210 km drive
Time Taken: 10 hours.
Altitude: 7600 ft.
Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal
Moderate level ascent through the forest. Can camp at Bekaltal. It provides a scenic lake view.
Time Taken: 5 hours.
Altitude: 7600 ft to 9885 ft.
6 km trek.
Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal
During this trek Shivalik and greater Himalayas, both can be seen. It is a beautiful and engaging route.
Time Taken: 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 9885 ft to10450 ft.
7 km trek.
Day 4: Brahmatal to Brahmatal top
The First 180-degree angle covers Chaukhambha, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli all the way to the Panchachuli ranges, rest is Shivalik Himalayas.
Time Taken: 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 10450 ft to12250 ft.
8 km trek.
Day 5: Brahmatal to Lohajung
Coming back to Lohajung.
Time Taken: 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 12250 ft to 7600 ft.
8 km trek.
Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam
Driving back to Gathgodam with a memorable experience and fulfilled minds.
Things To Carry on a Mountain Trek:
- Shirts/T-shirts – 2-3, Warm shirt/light small scale wool pullover/full sleeve T-shirt
- Trekking Pants that are water-resistant/anti-agents and having inside coating for additional warmth
- Windproof/water-resistant external shell (coat) of good quality with a hood
- Down coat with min 600 fill power rating, Thick Fleece/Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
- Warm inner wear (upper and lower)
- Woollen top, Inner downy gloves, Outer water evidence gloves
- Thick woollen socks and normal socks (4-5 sets), Scarf/suppressor (discretionary)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes that accompany a thick sole and high lower legs
- Camp shoes, for example, tennis shoes/sport shoes
- Little lightweight towel
- Protected water container and hydration pack (discretionary)
- Top/floppy cap to get the solid sun far from your face, Sunglasses with UV insurance and capacity to cut the glare (significant while crossing through a day off)
- Solid strolling stick/Trekking shaft
- Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
- Light/Flashlight (with additional batteries)
- Meds, if requiring a particular drug
- Individual toiletries
- Day pack/little sack which you will carry on your back each day and keep your fundamentals in it
- Convey for your sacks
- Keep a couple of poly sacks or waterproof packs in your pack in which whenever required you can place your effects if there should be an occurrence of overwhelming precipitation
Advisory For Bhramtal Trek:
Climatic conditions in the high elevations change from the fields; set aside sufficient effort to get acclimatized to high heights.
Pay regard to the trek chief or teacher so as to appreciate a free from any potential harm trekking experience.
Try not to devour liquor or some other intoxicants during the trek.
Abstain from trekking during the evenings.
Prior to undertaking the trek, counsel a doctor.
Convey essential drugs and an emergency treatment unit during the trek.
The trek happens through the eco-accommodating zone; don’t empower littering the neighbourhood destinations or campgrounds
FAQs About Brahmatal trek:
Q) What is the height of the peak?
A)It is around 12250 ft.
Q) Is it a trek for beginners?
A) Yes, absolutely. Although it is necessary to build good endurance and get a medical check-up done beforehand.
Q) Is it safe to take a solo trek to Brahmatal?
A) If you’re an experienced trekker, you can. However, if you are a beginner it is advisable to get a guide. As the path goes through the forest there is a possibility to get lost. Google maps are also not very reliable in such situations.
Q) What are all the things to be carried for this trek?
A) A trekking bag is a must. Also, carry a rain cover. Having good trekking shoes is a no brainer. You will also need polarized sunglasses, water bottles, flashlights, hiking poles, and personal utilities. It is good to have a basic first aid kit.
As it is a winter trek, it is necessary to carry warm clothes. Woollen socks and gloves are a must too.
Q) What is the distance of the Brahmatal trek?
A) It is about 32 km.
Q) What is the best time to take Brahmatal trek?
A) Mid-December to mid-March is considered a good time to take Brahmatal trek. It will all be snowy and beautiful during this period. Also, the lakes freeze and look like a clean mirror.
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