Every year hundreds of tourist visit Uttarakhand just to experience the mystical charm of the Great Himalayas. They are undoubtedly intimidating, but the thrill to summit its peak takes you to a whole new world. Away from the cobwebs of city life, Brahmatal trek is thrillophillic enough to give you a joyride. If you’re wondering where to head next for your vacations, then Brahmatal has a whole new lot of adventure to offer you. But before that, let’s know something about Brahmatal.
Brahmatal as the name suggests, is the lake of Lord Brahma. It is the snow-lined lake cradled amidst the Himalayas. The lake got his name from the legend which tells that Lord Brahma meditated on the banks of this lake. This lake is located at an altitude of 10,440 feet. Although you can visit Brahmatal Lake any time of the year, but witnessing the pristine white glory of this lake in the winters is a next-level experience. It is touted as the one of the best treks to take in winters.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 10:00 AM|
|ALTITUDE||3,734 m (12,250 ft)|
Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung
On your first day, you will begin your journey from Kathgodam early in the morning so that you have ample of time in your hands for the rest of the day. You will be taken to Lohajung from Kathgodam bus station via shared taxi. The drive is 275 kilometres long but it takes around 9 hours to complete. By the afternoon, you will reach Lohajung where your stay will be arranged in a guest house.
Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal
The next morning, you will begin the second leg of your journey after the breakfast. This will be a forest-lined trek consisting of views of Nandaghunti Peak. After the 4-5 hours of trek, you will reach Bekaltal in the afternoon. Your overnight stay will be arranged in tents overseeing the snow-capped mountains.
Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal
From Bekaltal, you will begin the final leg to reach Brahmatal. It will be a snow-covered path which takes around 4 hours to complete. When you reach Telindi top, you can spend some time gazing at the views of might Himalayas. You will spend the night in the tents, gazing at the incandescent glow of the moonlight.
Day 4: Brahmatal to Brahmatal Top and back to Brahmatal
Right after the breakfast, you will be trekking to the top of Brahmatal. You will pass through Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar on a trail covered by trees and overseeing valleys on both sides. This will take around 2.5 hours to reach Brahmatal top. The scenic beauty of Mt. Trishul from Brahmatal top is another cherry on the cake. After spending some time on the top, you will proceed to back to the Brahmatal camp site. We will call it a day and spend the night in the tents.
Day 5: Brahmatal to Lohajung
On the fifth day, you will begin descend back to the starting point, Lohajung. Enjoy the beauty while traversing through the tree-lined trails. Descend is easier as compared to ascend and takes much lesser time. Enjoy the scenery while coming back to Lohajung which you might have missed amid the onerous uphill trek during the day 2. You can also interact with the locals and learn about the history of the place. Check-in at your guesthouse in the evening and retire for the night.
Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam
The next morning, you will begin your day with the breakfast. After spending almost a week in the grandeur of Mother Nature, you will be bidding goodbye to these pristine meadows. You will head back to Kathgodam on the sixth day in a shared cab. The trip officially ends here. You can still spend some time in the nearby markets, buying souvenirs for your friends and family. You can also halt at Kausani to pack a few bags of herbal tea.