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Brahmatal Winter Trek

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

5 Nights 6 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people

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About Brahmatal

Brahmatal is one of the most popular winter treks in Uttarakhand. Brahmatal is a high-altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state compromising to be one of the few winter treks that can be done from November to March. Recently this trek has emerged as one of the top winter trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. This trek offers brilliant views of Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maiktoli, Mrigthuni and many other mountain peaks.

The Brahmatal winter trek passes through some of the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas with short stretches of rhododendron, oak forest and snowfields. If lucky you could spot Uttarakhand’s state bird “The Himalayan Monal”. 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 be greeted by its awesome views, delicious local pahadi food, and a beautiful camping experience.

Region:
Brahmatal is a 6-day trek which starts from Lohajung village, in Chamoli district (Uttarakhand).

Trek Difficulty Level:
The brahmatal winter trek is an easy trek making it good for first-timers. Sometimes the amount of snow on the trek makes trekking a little challenging for beginners.

Best Time to Visit:
Brahmatal is a winter trek which is best done between November and March.

Brahmatal Trek Weather/Temperature:
The temperature at Lohajung in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 0 to -5 Degrees Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 10 to 15 degrees and at night it goes down to -10 degrees.

Trek Duration | Distance:
The total Brahmatal trek duration is 6 days including a road journey from Kathgodam/Rishikesh. The total Trek distance is 30 km from Lohajung.

Accommodation Type:
Lohajung base camp is a remote village in Uttarakhand and accommodation options are limited there, so the trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided with 3 person tent on a twin-sharing basis and 4 person tent on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.

Meals:
Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. On Day 6 early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Brahmatal Trek Altitude/Height:
The lowest altitude will be 7,611 ft. at Lohajung and the highest at 12,100 ft at Brahmatal Summit.

Departure: Points:
We have fixed departures from Kathgodam/Haldwani for the Brahmatal winter trek.

How to Reach Kathgodam/Haldwani:

By Train:
Ranikhet Exp – Train No. 15013 (Best option, runs overnight, Departs from Delhi (DLI)/Old Delhi Junction station at 10:05 pm and arrives at Kathgodam early morning at 5;05 am. ), Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express – Train No. 15035 and Anvt Kgm Shatabdi are good trains to consider while travelling to Kathgodam. The distance from Haldwani to Kathgodam is 6 km.

By Bus:
Regular buses run from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Bus Station to Kathgodam. Delhi to Kathgodam distance by Road is around 300 km.

By Flight:
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport for departure from Kathgodam and Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for departure from Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun.  You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport. An alternative option is to reach Delhi airport and then take a train or a bus to reach Dehradun.

How to Reach Lohajung | Delhi to Brahmatal Distance and Trek Route :

Route 1 Via Kathgodam:
The nearest best railway station is Kathgodam/Haldwani. From there 9-12hr road journey takes us to Lohajung (Basecamp of Brahmatal winter Trek) via Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam and Dewal. Kathgodam to Lohajung. The approx. 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.

Fixed Departure Dates in 2022 – 2023:

Jan– 3,7,9, 11,14,15, 18, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

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.

What to Carry on the trek?

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been designed to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Gear List

Required

👉 Thermals – Tops and Bottoms

👉 Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L

👉 Bag Rain Cover

👉 Fleece pants

👉 Woollen gloves and woollen cap

👉 Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater

👉 Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

👉 Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)

👉 Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)

👉 Trekking poles

👉 Insulated Jacket

👉 Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)

👉 Rain-Coat/Poncho

👉 Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap

👉 Hiking shoes

👉 Sun Block and Lip Balm

👉 Water Bottles

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Highlights

  • Trek to an alpine lake and camp near it.
  • 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.
  • Learn more about the Lord Brahma, meditating at Brahmatal Lake from the locals.

Day 1: - Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung

🏔️ 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.

Day 02: Lohajung to Gujrani Campsite

🏔️ Altitude 9,875 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 6 km trek through village and forest.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03: Gujrani Campsite to Tilandi via Bekaltal Lake

🏔️ 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.

Day 04: Tilandi to Brahmatal Lake and Brahmatal Peak and back to Tilandi

🏔️ 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.

Day 05: Tilandi to Lohajung via Daldum

🏔️ Altitude 7,611 ft.

🏠 Stay: Guest House/Hotel.

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 9 km trek which usually takes around 6-7 hours.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06: Lohajung to Rishikesh/Kathgodam

👋 End of journey. Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam after morning tea and breakfast.

🚗 Drive: 230 km (10 hrs drive)

  • Food per the trek's menu (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 breakfast).
  • 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, microspikes).
  • 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
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • 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.
  • Note* 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.

6 – 7 Days

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

Tour's Location

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

How long we have to trek every day?
The average distance trekkers cover each day is 7 to 8 km, which takes them about 5-7 hours. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner includes Dal, rice, roti, and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
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.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the 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.
What will be the accommodation?
During Day 1 and Day 5, you'll stay in a guest house with fellow trekkers at Lohajung. Stay on all other days of the trek would be in tents. Each tent will be shared among 3 or 4 trekkers. Toilet tents will be set up for the convenience of trekkers.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
You will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.
What is the Brahmatal trek best time to visit ?
As a winter trek, Brahmatal is best done between November and March. To know more in detail, you can read the full article here -

https://www.nomadadventures.co.in/best-time-to-visit-brahmatal-trek/
What is the best time to see snow?
Brahmatal is best known as a winter trek, you can expect a lot of accumulated snow on the trail and snowfall depending on the weather conditions. Every year, the start of the snowfall varies. You are likely to find snow after mid of December, January and February. If you get lucky then you can find snow in March also.
What if it rains while trekking?
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.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
It is a normal temperature at Lohajung Base Camp on the first day since there is no snow. Even though the weather is clear during the day, it gets very cold at night, so you have to dress in layers. The Brahmatal trek temperature will be between 10 to -7 degrees.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
Please inform us in advance if you intend to offload your backpack so arrangements can be made. You can contact us for more details. 
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
To check what you'll need for the trek, please visit the tab 'Things to Carry'.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
There are shops at the base camp in Lohajung that rent shoes, jackets, trekking poles, headlamps, etc. You can easily rent them on the spot.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
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.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Trekking poles provide stability, balance, and fatigue reduction.
What is the age limit?
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.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
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.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
All female trekkers will only share a room or tent with their female co-trekkers.
At what time should we reach Kathgodam/Rishikesh?
It is advisable to reach Kathgodam railway station or Rishikesh by 6.00 am. Nomad Adventures pick-up is lined up at that time. From there 9-11 hr. journey takes us to Lohajung (trek starting point)
What kind of vehicle will be there?
1-4 Trekkers: Hatch Back – Alto, Swift or Equivalent Vehicle
5-8 Trekkers: Tata Sumo/Bolero/Max or Equivalent Vehicle
9-12 Trekkers: Tempo Traveler
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
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.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Brahmatal is graded as an easy to moderate-trek. As long as you follow the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements, beginners are able to attempt this trek. All treks require physical preparation.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
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.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Kathgodam, Bhimtal, or Kausani. Please note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
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.
Can I leave travelling clothes behind and collect them after the trek?
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.
How many members will be joining the batch?
In our fixed departures, we take a minimum of 5 persons and a maximum of 30.
For a customised trek, we need a minimum of 4 + trekkers.
Is Diamox advisable?
If you are having so, please consult your trek leader on board or doctor because there are many myths about Diamox.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Keep a copy of your Aadhar ID proof, a medical certificate, and a Covid vaccine certificate with you.

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