Altitude: 7,700 ft
KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG
As per folklore and mythology in Lohajung Goddess Parvati fought a battle (jung) with the demon, Lohasur and hence the name.
You will meet the team and leaders. This will be followed by a thorough brief of the trek and camping and trekking rules by the leader.
Remember that this is the last point where you can charge your camera and mobile batteries, because after this, there is no electricity until you return back. You stay here overnight.
From Lohajung to Bekaltal
Altitude: 7,600 ft (2,316 m) to 9,689 ft (2,953 m)
5 hours treks
This very interesting trek will begin at your road head i.e. Lohajung and will eventually lead to trails in the mountainous terrains. You will cross the surrounding villages of Lohajung like Mandoli. You can also witness the beautiful confluence of rivers Kali and Pindari.
Reaching your destination of Bekaltal will take you through dense rhododendron and oak forests and several streams. One such stream is called Gujrani, the last one you will cross on your way to Bekaltal. You will also come across a famous rest point amongst trekkers known as Begum. This photo stop and rest point is mainly known for its breathtaking beauty as it gives you a stunning view of two of the most beautiful meadows of the area, Naval and Bedni Bugyal(high altitude grasslands).
Approximately one more hour of trek from here will finally bring you to the beautiful Bekaltal Lake. Tents will be pitched around a nearby lake called Khopadaliya.
Toilet tents, Kitchen tents and sleeping tents will be pitched. The team will indulge in short hikes and fun games throughout the day. Late evening the group will indulge in reflection session with the leaders.
- Leaders try their best to incorporate a daily exercise morning session called rise and shine as per the schedule
- It is very important that participants follow the “buddy system” especially at night. Strolling outside alone at night is highly risky as there is always a lurking danger of wild animals.
Bekaltal to Brahmatal
Altitude: 9,689 ft (2,953 m) to 10,440 ft (3,182 m)
5-6 hours of trek
Probably the sight of a meadow covered completely in snow is one of the most stunning images of mountains and gets etched in one’s memory forever. That is what you get to see in this trek! This will be an uphill walk through mystical dense forests leading to a meadow called Telandi, covered under snow.
You will first ascend to a height of about 11,500 m only to descend back to the final destination i.e. to Brahmatal. The camping place will be around 500 meters away from the Lake. It will be one of the most serene, picturesque and quiet camping spots in the entire trek!
Upon reaching Brahmatal a very thorough recap of rules and customs of mountain will be taken by the leaders. The leaders will get stricter and here the group has to take everything very seriously as you will be entering the more snowy and more challenging terrain of mountains. It is a simple rule of mountains that one starts taking more and more precautions as they go to higher altitude.
You will also be briefed by the leaders about mountain hazards and will be prepared to deal with other challenges.
At night once again, the group will have a meeting for the plan of action for the summit day.
Brahmatal to Brahmatal High Point and Back
Altitude: 10,440 ft (3,182 m) to 11,240 ft (3,426 m) via to 12,200 ft (3,734 m)
7 hours trek
Brahmatal Top is known all over the world for its awesome view of the Greater Himalayas and some of its awe-inspiring peaks! This is the day you get to witness that! A gradual ascent from the Lake will take you to this beautiful point that fails to mesmerize no one!
The top is reached via an open ground known as Bada Tilbudi after descending on a sharp ridge. This vast ground will be your campsite that will also offer you stunning views of the popular Roopkund trek. You will be able to see the world famous Ali Bugyal as well (meadow).
You have to see it to believe it- that is the kind of panoramic view the Brahmtal top has to offer! Here you get a 180-degree view of Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli, all famous Himalayan peaks.
Brahmatal to Lohajung
Tilbudi to Lohajung via Wan
Altitude: 11,240 ft (3,426 m) to 7,600 ft (2,316 m) via 8,000 ft (2,438 m)
6-7 hours of trek + 1-hour drive to Lohajung
The route to Lohajung from Brahmatal is a fairly easy and straightforward descent that will take you through Chota Tilbudi(famous water point and rest point) to the beautiful village of Wan. About an hour’s trek through wan village you will reach the road head from where you will be driven to Lohajung.
This will be a long and tiring descent so prepare mentally for that. Upon reaching Lohajung the leaders will inspect the mental and physical fitness of all members. This will be followed by a session of borne fire and music and a celebration of the victorious feat of summiting the Brahmatal top!
Lohajung to Kathgodam
Altitude: 7000 feet
10 Hrs drive
You can reach Kathgodam by evening.
Planning well in advance and booking tickets for flight and train accordingly is advisable for any trek. Kathgodam Railway station is the main point for most Uttarakhand treks. It connects to major cities like Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah.
- From Delhi - The Ranikhet Express (5014)
- Dep. Delhi at 10:40 pm
- Arrive at Kathgodam at 5:30 am (Overnight Journey)
the Uttar Sampark Kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00 pm
Arrive at Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs, 40min Journey)
ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam.