6 Days 5 Nights
Brahmatal trek trail is unique for the range of colours one gets to see during the trek for the flowers that are blossoming on either side of the trail, soothing the eyes of a trekker with nature’s beauty. Brahmatal trek’s speciality also lies in the fact that in this trek route, you experience not one but two distinctive mountain glacial lakes at such a great height – Brahmatal Lake and Bekaltal Lake, with each having their unique features in terms of beauty and ambience.
At a height of 3,400m above sea level, Brahmatal Lake is a frozen alpine glacial lake. As said in Hindu mythology, the lake gets its name from Lord Brahma, who is said to have meditated here. Hence, Brahma-Tal, or Brahma’s Lake. The beauty of Brahmatal trek is the abundance of mountain glacier-fed lakes you find in this route. On your way to Brahmatal Lake, you will come across another lake, Bekaltal. Surrounded by evenly spread out beautiful oak trees, Bekaltal has a beauty of its kind. According to locales, Bekaltal is where Lord Brahma hides. Well, after seeing the beauty and the serene ambience of the lakes, the myths and the legends the locals have to tell you to seem even more believable as these majestic creations of nature seem perfect to be a God’s abode.
Brahmatal trek is of mainly 6 days, covering a distance of about 30kms. What makes Brahmatal trek so special is that it is probably the best trek route one can experience that has forest, meadows, lakes as well as summit. The trek route gives you an experience of a walk through the heavy canopy of forests of silver oak and rhododendrons, beautiful colourful meadows with vibrant flowers, lakeside camping and stargazing at Bekaltal, the serene ambience of Brahmatal lake, the humbling sight of humongous mountain peaks against the backdrop of a large spectrum colours of the evening sky. The trek starts from Kathgodam. After a car ride, it then involves a brisk trek from Lohajung, which serves as the base camp of the trek to Bekaltal, Brahmatal to Brahmatal Top via Tilbudi and back through Khorurai, in 6 days.
The journey from Kathgodam to Lohajung is 09-10 hours long, there will be one or two breaks in which you can have your breakfast and lunch en route.
Go through the region of Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges. The road takes you through picturesque forests and curves with amazing mountain views in the backdrop.
There is a direct road from, Gwaldam to Deval but it is damaged due to heavy rains, so the other route is preferred.
Deval is a village from where we will drive towards Lohajung. The road is mostly windy and curvy.
Altitude: 7,600 ft. to 9,689 ft.
Time taken: 5 hours, 5.8 km
Water sources: The first point to refill your water bottles is around 3 hours into the trek, followed by another place where you can stop for rest and having lunch.
Trek Gradient: Moderate
The beginning of the trek is from Lohajung central market. The walk is through the upper region of Lohajung and then through the forest trail with few houses. A short trek will lead to a village spot called Mandoli.
Climbing high will lead you towards Kali valley where two rivers join names kali and Pindari. Water pipes will lie along the trek that supply water to the Lohajung. Then on the left, there is a small mass of homes called Budla where you will find rhododendron trees from February to March which makes the trail more beautiful.
Approximately at 8,500 ft., you will find a bridge of 10 meter known as Link-gaad to help you cross the stream. After two hours of trek, you will reach Begum which has splendid views of Navali Bugyal and Bagdi Bugyal. It a place where you can rest and take some time. An hour walk will lead you towards Gujrani stream and from there it’s just 75 minutes’ walk to reach Bekaltal. Bekaltal is a beautiful lake in the midst of the oak forests and there is adjacent lake called Khopdaliya, near which we can camp.
The ascent to Brahmtal starts just after you leave the campsite, trek through the forests of Rhododendrons and Oaks. Crossing this section will lead you to a meadow and from here a gradual ascent will lead you to the top.
Reach the high point and start the descent till you come across Brahmatal. An amazing high altitude glacial lake which remains frozen in winters.
Throughout the trek Almora and Nainital side valley will be visible, Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul can also be seen from some points.
The campsite is at some distance from Brahmatal Lake and is clearly visible but if there is change in weather and there is heavy snowfall then will camp at Khabekhal.
Pass through a forest area and reach the campsite. Setup your tents and after having food retire for the night.
The trek today is an ascending one, you are going to gain altitude. Start trekking and after one hour reach Chota Jhandidar.
Chota and Bada Jhandidar will lead you to the top, the trail isn’t straight but zig zag and fenced by valleys from both the sides.
Crossing the steep climb will take around 2-3 hours.
Brahmatal Top gives the fetching view of the Himalayas and the clear blue sky makes it look adorable. From the top Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti views are much clearer than the previous day, they look magnificent.
The panorama sights of Himalayan mountain ranges are enough to leave you awestruck.
Now, descend and move towards Khorurai camp .
Our Home stay – on twin share basisPost breakfast, descent is through the forest area, you can reach Lohajung in 2 to 3 hours by covering 3 km.
Reach Malling in half an hour. Now, some houses on the slopes comes into sight. Follow the stone made path frequently used by the villagers.
Reach Lohajung. Have your dinner in a pre-booked hotel and enjoy your overnight stay there.
Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Rockclimber team.
The certificates will be given and after some beautiful photos we will bid you all a good bye from Lohajung and Brahmatal trek .
scenic drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam you are reach 6 to 07 pm evening