Brahmatal Winter Trek

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BrahmaTal Trek, Lohajung - Wan Road, Mundoli, Uttarakhand, India
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5 Nights 6 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About this tour

About Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal Trek is a popular winter trekking destination located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. The trek is named after the Brahmatal Lake, which is located at an altitude of 3,840 meters above sea level. The region is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul, which offer breath-taking views throughout the trek.

The flora and fauna of the region are diverse and unique, with oak and rhododendron forests being the prominent ones. The trek also offers sightings of rare species of birds like The Himalayan Monal and Golden Eagle. In terms of wildlife, trekkers may spot animals like foxes, musk deer, and sometimes even Himalayan black bears.

The culture of the region is deeply rooted in the Hindu traditions, and the trek offers a glimpse into the local way of life. Trekkers can witness the traditional architecture of the houses and temples, and also interact with the friendly locals.

We are sure if you are coming for a Brahmatal winter trek, there will be loads of awesome experiences because this trek will take your breath away. You will not only be greeted by its awesome views but also by delicious local pahadi food and a beautiful camping experience.

Quick information on the Brahmatal Trek

  • Trek duration: 5N/6D
  • Trek difficulty: Easy- Moderate
  • Trek starting Point: Lohajung, Chamoli (Uttarakhand)
  • Best time to Visit Brahmatal Trek: December to March (winter season)
  • Highest altitude: 7,611 ft. at Lohajung and highest 12,100 ft. at Brahmatal Summit.
  • Total trek distance: 28 Km
  • Temperature: Day: (7°C to 15°C) and Night: (0°C to -6°C)
  • Meals: Veg & Egg
  • Accommodation: Homestay & Tents
  • Age group: 6-60 years
  • Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (approx. 230 km away)
  • Nearest railway station: Dehradun Railway Station (approx. 250 km away)

Trek Route: Distance, Duration and Difficulty

Trek Distance and Duration:

The total Brahmatal trek duration is 6 days including a road journey from Kathgodam/ Rishikesh. The trek distance is around 22-25 km long, starting from Lohajung village and ending at the same place and usually takes around 4 days to complete, including camping at various locations. The trek offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Mrigthuni, Maiktoli and many more peaks.

Trek Route:

The Brahmatal Trek route map covers a varied terrain of forests, meadows, and snow-covered trails. The trek starts from Lohajung, and the trail passes through Begum Top, Bekaltal, Jhandi Top before reaching Brahmatal Lake. The return journey trails go through Brahmatal, Tilandi, Daldum before reaching Lohajung.

Trek Difficulty Level:

The Brahmatal Trek difficulty level is moderate and suitable for beginners. The trail involves a gradual ascent and does not require technical climbing skills. However, the trek involves walking on snow-covered trails, which can be challenging for some. The best time to go on the Brahmatal Trek is from December to February when the trail is covered in snow.

Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.

Brahmatal Trek Short Itinerary: Day-wise Breakdown

Day 1: Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung

  • Altitude: 7,662 ft.
  • Stay: Guest House/Hotel.
  • Drive: 230 km from Kathgodam / 260 km from Rishikesh.
  • Pick-up time: 06:00 am at the Rishikesh/Kathgodam railway station.
  • Meal: Dinner.

Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal Campsite

  • Altitude: 9,689 ft.
  • Stay: Tents.
  • Trek: 6 km, 4-5 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal Base Camp

  • Altitude: 10,440 ft.
  • Stay: Tents.
  • Trek: 7 km, 6-7 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4: Brahmatal Base Camp to Brahmatal Summit and back

  • Altitude: 12,250 ft.
  • Stay: Tents.
  • Trek: 10 km, 7-8 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5: Brahmatal Base Camp to Lohajung

  • Altitude: 7,662 ft.
  • Stay: Guest House/Hotel.
  • Trek: 9 km, 5-6 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6: Lohajung to Rishikesh/Kathgodam

  • Altitude: 7,662 ft.
  • Drive: Lohajung to Kathgodam / Rishikesh (10 hrs drive).
  • Drop-off time: 06:00 pm at the Rishikesh/Kathgodam railway station.
  • Meals: Morning Tea.

Best Time to Visit: Weather and Seasons

The best time to go for this trek depends on the weather and the season. Here is a month-wise description of the best time to go for Brahmatal Trek.

December to February: These months are considered the best time to go for Brahmatal Trek as the trek offers a picturesque view of snow-clad mountains. However, it is important to note that this trek can be quite challenging during this time due to extreme cold weather.

March to April: The weather during these months is pleasant, making it an ideal time to go for the Brahmatal Trek. The trek offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas, and the weather is perfect for trekking.

Temperature of the Brahmatal Trek during different seasons

Winter (December to February): The winter months are the coldest, with temperatures dropping to sub-zero levels. The temperature during the day ranges from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius, and at night, it can drop to -10 to -15 degrees Celsius. The trek is covered in snow, making it a beautiful experience.

Spring (March to May): The temperature during the day ranges from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, and at night, it can drop to 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. The weather during the spring season is pleasant, and the trek is covered in a blanket of lush greenery.

Summer (June to August): The temperature during the day ranges from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, and at night, it can drop to 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. The summer season witnesses heavy rainfall, making the trek challenging.

Autumn (September to November): The temperature during the day ranges from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius, and at night, it can drop to 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. The weather during the autumn season is pleasant, and the trek offers a beautiful view of the autumn leaves.

Brahmatal Trek Accommodation: Campsites and Meals

If you are planning to embark on the Brahmatal Trek, you must be aware of the accommodation options available en route. Lohajung base camp, a remote village in Uttarakhand, is the starting point of this beautiful trek. However, accommodation options here are limited, and trekkers must be prepared to share rooms on a triple or quad basis, with dormitories also available.

During the trek, you will be provided with spacious and comfortable tents on a twin, triple and quad sharing basis. The tents are perfect for resting and enjoying the serenity of nature after a long day of trekking. For female trekkers, separate tents and rooms are available, ensuring privacy and safety during the trip.

Meals During Trek

The meals start from day 1 dinner and continue till day 6 morning tea. During the trek, the trekkers are served healthy and delicious hot meals that include breakfast, lunch, evening tea with snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. The meals are carefully crafted to provide the necessary nutrition for the trekkers to complete the trek successfully.

To keep the trekkers hydrated, hot drinking water is provided daily at the campsite. This ensures that the trekkers remain energized throughout the day and are not affected by altitude sickness.

Packing List: Essentials to Carry

When planning an active trip, it’s important to consider how to stay comfortable in changing weather conditions. The key to achieving maximum comfort with minimum weight is by layering appropriately. Versatile layers that can be mixed and matched provide the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection.

To help you choose the proper equipment, we’ve created a comprehensive gear list. It’s important to only bring what is necessary, as this will not only help you stay comfortable but also make the trek easier for the field staff.

What to Carry on the trek?

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms to keep you warm in cold temperatures
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L to carry your essentials
  • Bag Rain Cover to protect your belongings from rain
  • Fleece pants and Woollen gloves and Woollen cap for added warmth
  • Fleece/ Woollen Jacket or Sweater to keep you warm on chilly evenings
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries to navigate in the dark
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight) for comfort and flexibility
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs) to keep your feet warm and dry
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair) to support your body during the trek
  • Insulated Jacket to provide an extra layer of warmth
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight) to protect you from the sun and bugs
  • Rain-Coat/ Poncho to keep you dry during rain showers
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap for protection against the sun
  • Hiking shoes for good grip and support
  • Water Bottles to stay hydrated during the trek

Make sure to pack wisely and leave behind any unnecessary items to keep your backpack light. A well-planned packing list ensures a safe and comfortable trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the beauty of nature.

Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:

If you don’t want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to inform us in advance.

  1. INR 1200/– if you make an online payment, 7 days in advance.
  2. INR 1400/- if you inform us after reaching Lohajung.

Clock/ Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

Trekkers can utilize the luggage storage facility at the Lohajung base camp to store their extra belongings before embarking on the Brahmatal trek. However, it is recommended to avoid keeping any valuable items in the storage, to ensure the safety of their possessions.

Important Tips to Know Before You Go on the Trek

  • Embarking on a high-altitude trek, it is important to allow your body time to adjust to the altitude.
  • In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, the trek itinerary may need to be modified for safety reasons, be prepared for any changes that may occur.
  • Consulting with a doctor before the trek and carrying basic medication and a first-aid kit is recommended.
  • Camping during the trek is basic and there may not be electricity or charging points available. It is recommended to keep power banks for mobile and camera.
  • The trek takes place in an eco-friendly zone, so it is crucial to avoid littering and conserve water. This will help to preserve the natural beauty of the area for future generations.
  • It is recommended to carry sufficient cash, as there may not be an ATM available during the trek.
  • Trekking at night should be avoided unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is present.
  • Using earphones should be avoided for safety reasons, as it can hinder your ability to hear important instructions and warnings from your trek guides and leaders.
  • To maintain the ecological balance of the area, plastic bags should not be used. Instead, it is recommended to bring reusable bags or containers.
  • For your safety, it is important to follow the instructions of the trek guides and instructors. They are experienced and knowledgeable about the trek and can help you avoid any potential hazards.
  • In the event of a cancellation, it is important to inform the authorities in advance. This will help to avoid any confusion and ensure a smooth process.
  • To make the trek easier and more comfortable, it is advised to keep luggage to a minimum. This will also make it easier to move around during the trek.
  • Children under 6 years old are not recommended for the trek due to the high altitude and potential risks associated with it.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants should be avoided during the trek for safety reasons.

How to Reach Lohajung | Delhi to Brahmatal Trek Distance

Nomad Adventures will arrange a vehicle for you from the pickup point in Dehradun/Rishikesh for Joshimath, however, there are additional charges for that, if it is not included in the package.

Route 1 Via Kathgodam

The nearest best railway station is Kathgodam/Haldwani. From there 9-12 hrs. road journey takes us to Lohajung (Basecamp of Brahmatal Trek) via Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam and Dewal. Kathgodam to Lohajung distance is around 230 km and the distance from Delhi to Lohajung via Kathgodam is approx. 516 km. The total Trek distance is 28km from Lohajung.

Route 2 Via Rishikesh

The nearest best railway station is Rishikesh/Haridwar. From there 9-10hr journey takes us to Lohajung via Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag, Tharali and Dewal. Rishikesh to Lohajung distance is around 252 km and the distance from Delhi to Lohajung via Rishikesh is approx. 490 km.

Note:  Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. Buffer days are kept for unforeseen conditions in the mountains, if not used; you can use them for sightseeing in Rishikesh.



  • Enjoy the scenic beauty & stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.
  • The forest trails on this trek over a carpet of snow are one of the best attractions.
  • Beautiful Rhododendron Forest from Bekaltal to Tilandi campsite.
  • Experience the ridge meadow walk.
  • Experience camping in the wilderness of the Himalayas.
  • Interact with the local villagers and get to know their culture and traditions.
  • Learn more about the Lord Brahma, meditating at Brahmatal Lake from the locals.
  • Visit the Bekaltal and Brahmatal Lake and witness its serene beauty.


  • Food per the trek's menu (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Tea).
  • Accommodation from the first day to the last Day on a Triple/Quad sharing basis (Guest house, home stay, Camping).
  • Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & camp; dining tent, crampon, micro spikes, utensils).
  • Forest permits and camping fees.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA-certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport is available from Kathgodam at an additional cost.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.


🏔️ Altitude 7,662 ft. 🏠 Stay: Guest House/Hotel. 🚗 Drive: 230 km from Kathgodam (10 hrs drive) via Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam and Dewal. Kathgodam to Lohajung 🚗 Drive: 260 km from Rishikesh(10 hrs drive) via Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag, Tharali and Dewal. ⌚ Pick-up time: 06:00 am at the Rishikesh Bus Station/Kathgodam railway station. 🍱 Meal: Dinner.

🏔️ Altitude 9,875 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚶‍♂️ Trek: 6 km trek through village and forest. 🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

🏔️ Altitude 10,500 ft. ⛺ Stay: tents. 🚶‍♂️ Trek: 7 km trek starts with an initial steep climb for an hour, which opens out to a meadow from where begins a slow descent to Brahmatal. 🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

🏔️ Altitude 12,100 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚶‍♂️ Trek: 8 km total trek which usually takes around 7-8 hours to reach the summit and back. 🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

🏔️ Altitude 7,611 ft. 🏠 Stay: Guest House/Hotel. 🚶‍♂️ Trek: 9 km trek which usually takes around 6-7 hours. 🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

👋 End of journey. Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam after morning tea and breakfast. 🚗 Drive: 230 km (10 hrs drive)


6 – 7 Days


Spring (Mar-Apr)
Winter (Dec-Feb)

Frequently asked questions

We pitch our campsites near water sources. Two litres of water should be sufficient for your trek. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.

During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. In a toilet tent, there will be a deep pit where one can answer nature's call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. You'll have to use toilet paper in these dry toilets. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call into the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.

If it rains, we will continue our trek as planned. Rain should not be a problem if you have a poncho. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Nomad Adventures treks also prohibit smoking.

However, there are shops on the base camp in Lohajung that rent shoes, jackets, trekking poles, headlamps, etc.

You don’t need special snowshoes. For the trek, a good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.

Trekking poles provide stability, balance, and fatigue reduction.

The minimum age limit is 7 years. A parent or guardian should accompany minors between 7 and 17 years old. The trek is open to anyone below 65 as long as they follow a fitness regimen before participating.

Brahmatal is an easy trek but requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 7 years. If your child is capable of adapting to mountain conditions and walking every day, then indeed yes! It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.

Lohajung is the last electricity charging point. You’ll get a full network in Lohajung and intermittent signals around the campsites and Brahmatal summit. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.

All female trekkers share a room or tent with their female co-trekkers.

All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

You can leave some luggage at the base camp in Lohajung since you will be starting and returning to the same point. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Any loss or damage to belongings is not the responsibility of Nomad Adventures.

If you are having so, please consult your trek leader on board or doctor because there are many myths about Diamox.

Please inform us in advance if you intend to offload your backpack so that the required arrangements can be done. 

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BrahmaTal Trek, Lohajung - Wan Road, Mundoli, Uttarakhand, India


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