About Brahmatal Trek
The Brahmatal Trek is a trek to the Brahmatal lake, where according to mythology, Lord Brahma used to meditate. The trek is an opportunity to have a front row seat in the snow covered slopes of Himalayas. Brahmatal is famous as a winter trek and this provides you with a wonderful opportunity to venture into the snowy Himalayas and see snow covered landscape while going on a trek.
The Brahmatal Trek can be done both in summer and winter months, but going on this trek during winters is desirable.
The trek leads you to a beautiful lake which is located at an altitude of about 12,600 feet. The Brahmatal Peak is visible from this trek. The landscape will change while coming back if you take a route of descend different from that of the ascend. The view of major peaks from the top like Mt. Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba are very clear during the winter months.
Level of Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
Highest elevation – 3,734 m
Base Camp – Lohajung
Best Time for Brahmatal Trek
The best time is from mid November to March but if you want to see snow over there then you can plan for mid December as during that time, you will get good amount of snow. The lakes of Bekal tal and Brahmatal are likely to remain frozen during January. Click on ‘best time to do brahmatal trek‘ for a detailed information.
How to Reach
To embark on the Brahmatal trek you will have to first reach Kathgodam. There are several ways to reach Kathgodam –
Take an overnight bus from Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT to Kathgodam. Volvo buses leave Anand Vihar for Kathgodam around 9.00 pm. This is an 8 hour journey.
There are several trains which ply between Delhi and Kathgodam. Sampark Kranti leaves Old Delhi around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and Ranikhet Express departs Delhi at 10:30 at night.
If you want to travel via cab, from Delhi, get to Rishikesh/Haridwar and hire a Sumo to Lohajung. The route: Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karanprayag – turn right to Tharali – Debal – Mundoli – Lohajung
Itinerary and Route:
Day 1: Reach Lohajung (2,316 m; 10 hours)
The base camp for the Brahmatal Trek is Lohajung. It is a ten hour drive from the Kathgodam Railway Station. After crossing Nainital, the route is picturesquely beautiful. The Garhwal mountain range will be visible at a distance as you drive through forests and along the mountains.
On reaching Lohajung, the glorious Nanda Ghunti Peak will be visible.
Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal (2,316 m to 2,953 m; 5 hours; 5.8 km)
The trek from Lohajung will take you at an higher altitude through forests and green fields. Soon you will reach a village called Mandoli, which will be on your left. Further along, you will see the Kali Valley, which is the meeting point of Kali and Pindari rivers. On your trail, you will have to cross a bridge known as Link-gaad. Roughly two hours from here you will reach Begum from where you can see the Navali Bugyal and the Bagdi Bugyal. You will pass by the Gujrani stream and within an hour and a half, you will finally reach Bekatlal. This is a mesmerizing lake located in the midst of oak forests.. There is an adjacent lake called Khopdaliya.
Day 3: Bekatlal to Brahmatal (2,953 m to 3,182 m; 7 km; 5-6 hours)
Today’s trek will take you through a thick forest and a meadow before reaching the highest elevation of the trek at around 11,500 feet. From here, it is a descent towards Brahmatal. On this day you will be able to see the Almora and Nainital side of the valley.
Day 4: Brahmatal to Tilbudi via Brahmatal Pass (3,182m to 3,429 m via 3,734 m; 6 km; 7 hours)
You will have to climb to the top of Brahmatal and the trek is filled with mountain ridges and valleys on either sides. You will be passing through Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar. From the top of Brahmatal, you will be able to see the exquisite snow covered Himalayan mountain peaks.
Day 5: Brahmatal to Lohajung
Today you will be coming back to Lohajung along the same path as you went to Brahmatal.
Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam (210 Km, 10 hrs drive)
This day marks the end of your trek as you drive back to Kathgodam from Lohajung. It is a 10 hour drive to the Kathgodam railway station.
The last electricity charging point would be in Lohajung. You’ll get full network in Lohajung and intermittent signal around the campsites and Brahmatal summit. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at Lohajung.