BRAHMATAL TREK

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Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal trek is one of the rare gems of outdoor adventure in India. It is one challenging yet doable winter trek which in itself, it is unique. Trekking in the snowy realms of Himalayas in the months of December, Jan, Feb and March is certainly surreal and an outlandish experience for nature enthusiasts. Snow lovers just can’t say no to this one!

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Uttarakhand this trek gives one an opportunity to experience wilderness at its rawest and best. The trek is varied in terms of terrain yet is fairly easy for beginners and lesser experienced trekkers. One gets to traverse in snow laden dense rhododendron and oak forests amidst mineral rich mountain streams and walk across wildflowers that create a carpet like formation. Nothing less than an animated Disney movie!

To add icing on the cake, the trek promises a stunning view of magnanimous peaks like Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti! This is the only trek that gives you a close glimpse of certain seven thousand meters peaks of Himalayas that too from a fairly low and achievable altitude. Now who can say no to that!

All in all, with these factors combined Brahmatal trek earns a spot on the top of your adventure bucket list.

FUN FACT : : Did you know this trek is way less commercial and crowded than other popular treks and hence offers you peace of mind and solace that no other trek does! So, go for it purely for the serene silence and its hauntingly beautiful trails.

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Day 1

6:00 A.M - Participants will meet a representative from Himalayan Freaks at the Kathgodam Railway Station
   
7:00 AM - Drive to base camp Lohajung (11-12 hours) You will cross famous tourist attractions/towns of Uttarakhand like Bheem Tal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam and Dewal
(Transport will be arranged by the company. The cost of this will be shared by trekkers)
   
7:00 PM - Arrival at Guest House in Lohajung

Meet and Greet with other team members and leaders

Orientation and Expectation setting by the team leader

Understanding of route and itinerary and trek rules

Layout and inspection of equipment and gear

Market time can be given to those who want

   
8:30 PM - Dinner
   
   
10:00PM- Lights Out
   

Day 2

5:00 AM - Wake Up
   
5:30 AM- Early Breakfast
   
6:00 AM - 5 hours trek to Bekaltal (9,689 ft)
   
11:00AM - Reach Bekaltal
Hot Tea followed by Briefing for the day’s plan by the leader
   
1:00PM - Hot Lunch
   
2:30-3:30PM - Short acclimatization hike to Bekaltal Lake (15mins from campsite)
   
3:30-5:00 PM - Tent Pitching Lecture, Demonstration and Activity
   
5:00 PM - Tea and snacks
   
6:00PM - Outdoor games and activities conducted by leaders
   
7:00PM - Soup followed by Reflection session
   
8:00PM - Dinner
   
9:00PM - Sleep
   

Day 3

6:00 AM - Wake Up and Morning Tea
Rise and Shine session
   
7:00 AM - 7 Hrs trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal (10,450ft)
(With packed lunch)
   
2:00 PM - Reach Brahmatal
Hot Tea
Briefing for the day’s plan
   
3:30 PM - Tent Pitching
   
3:30-5:00 PM - Hot Lunch
   
2:30-3:30PM - Short acclimatization hike to Brahmatal Lake (500m from campsite)
   
5:00 PM - Tea and snacks
   
6:00 PM - Outdoor games and activities conducted by leaders
   
7:00 PM - Soup followed by Reflection session
   
8:00 PM - Dinner
   
9:00PM - Sleep
   

Day 4

6:00 AM - Wake up and Morning Tea
   
6:30 AM - Rise and Shine Session
   
7:00 AM - Breakfast
   
7:30 AM - 7 hrs trek to Brahmatal High point (12,100ft) (With packed lunch)
   
2:00 PM - Reach the high point and get a glimpse of Himalayan peaks like Chaukhambha, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli all the way to the Panchachuli ranges, rest is Shivalik Himalayas
   
4:00 PM - Back to camp
   
5:00 PM - Tea and Snacks
   
5:00-7:00 PM - Leisure Time
   
7:00 PM - Soup + Reflection session +Next day’s briefing/planning
   
8:00 PM - Dinner
   
9:00 PM - Sleep
   

Day 5

6:00 AM - Wake up and Morning Tea
   
7:00 AM - Rise and Shine Session
   
7:30 AM - Breakfast
   
8:00 AM - Move with packed lunch
   
9:00 AM - 7 hrs trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung (7,662 ft)
   
5:00 PM - Reach Lohajung Guest House
Hot Tea plus market time
   
7:00 PM - Final reflection session with instructors
   
8:00 – 9:00 PM - Music and Bonfire
   
9:00 PM - Dinner
   
10:00 PM - Sleep
   

Day 6

10 hrs drive to Kathgodam from Lohajung

Day 1

Altitude: 7,700 ft

10-11 hours

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.

Day 2

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.

Note*

  • 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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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!

Day 6

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.

OVERNIGHT JOURNEY

  • From Delhi - The Ranikhet Express (5014)
  • Dep. Delhi at 10:40 pm
  • Arrive at Kathgodam at 5:30 am (Overnight Journey)

Or

the Uttar Sampark Kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00 pm

Arrive at Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs, 40min Journey)

BUS

ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam.

These frequently asked questions will be of great help to solve your own doubts and queries. Have a look!

1. Which is the best season to trek?

This depends on a lot of factors. What do you mean by best? Are you looking to seeing a lot of snow? If yes, then the summer treks around May June promise more snow. However, they are way more challenging. If you are looking to be more comfortable and enjoy scenic beauty, then you must opt for the October season. Every trek has its own beauty which varies season to season. Read up about the treks to get a better idea.

2. What will the weather be like?

Again, depends on which trek you are opting for at what time of the month and what the altitude of the place is.

Treks are mostly conducted at a time when the mountains are enjoying good weather. In extreme winters and rainfall time treks do not happen. Please check the temperature of the place on the internet before you opt for it. Prepare yourself accordingly. Nights and mornings are damn cold, and it can get really hot in the day.

Please remember that mountains are unpredictable when it comes to weather. Rainfall, snowfall is common. The course of the trek is decided according to the weather on a daily basis by trek leaders.

3. What should I pack?

Please refer to the Himalayan Freaks To-Pack List. Carry everything

4. What kind of a bag do I need?

It should be more than 60 liters. opt for a good quality branded rucksack that is durable and comfortable.

5. How many trek leaders will be there?

This depends on the number of participants. We ensure a healthy ratio of leaders and clients for your adequate care.

6. Should I carry my own food?

Yes, only dry snacks and not a lot of it because you must carry the bag to the top. Pack light.

7. How many people stay in one tent?

This depends on the size of the tent. We carry four men tents that are comfortable and spacious for four people

8. What kind of food will we get in the mountains? Will we cook our own food?

No. A dedicated kitchen team will trek along with you. The food is fantastic

9. Do I need any documents ?

Refer to the terms and conditions page

10. I don’t have prior trekking experience. What should I do?

You must definitely trek because everyone has a first time. But make sure to pick a moderately easy trek if it is your first time. Prepare physically

11. I am not physically very fit. Can I go?

Physical fitness is a must for treks. For a fun and enjoyable experience train yourself before signing up for a trek. We expect a recent medical certificate from an authorized MBBS doctor proving that you are fit for high altitude trekking. You can download the medical form from the website

If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart, asthmatic, or bronchial disorders, or have high blood pressure you are advised against coming on HF trekking trips that go to altitude.

12. Will I get my money back in case I cancel it last moment?

Refer to our cancellation and refund policy page

13. What is the age limit?

14 to 70 (Minors have to be accompanied by parent/guardian)

14. Are there toilets there?

In the mountains, toilet tents are pitched which basically means that you do your business in pits dug in the ground. Sometimes, depending on the situation one might have to go in the open. This is part of the mountain life

15. Do we carry our own tent and sleeping bags?

No these are carried by porters and provided by us. If you wish to get your own sleeping bag you can.

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