Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty Level: Easy - Moderate
Highest Altitude: 3,734 m / 12,250 ft.
Trekking Distance: 22 Kilometers
Temperature: In summer - Daytime temperature: 8°C to 15°C and Night time temperature: 0°C to 7°C. In winter (December - January) - Daytime temperature: -2°C to 5°C and Night time temperature: -12°C to -5°C
According to Hindu mythology, Brahmatal Lake is the place where Lord Brahma meditated many years ago. It is nestling in the depths of Uttarakhand Himalayas. The trek to the Brahamatal Lake takes you on an epic journey through never-ending ridge lines, high altitude lakes, all dense bugyal, snow-covered peaks, and awe-inspiring views. There are many treks which can’t be done in January and February. Brahmatal Trek that way is a classic winter trek for that period. The trek is known for offering a huge amount of snow that makes a trek exciting. The views from the summit are even more captivating with majestic views of the mighty Himalayan ranges which provide many such excited as well as adventurous trekking trails, but this is probably the only trekking trail in the country where you could get a front-seat view of Himalayan peaks with Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, bird’s eye view of the majestic Roopkund Lake and ample opportunities to capture the majestic snow-covered peak with their camera which rises above 7,000 meters. Brahmatal Trek is one of the best winter treks in the Himalayas.
Best Time to Visit: Brahmatal Trek is best for all the year to visit. Best seasons include December to March, Expect hiking on the snow in the mid of December. During winters, Brahmatal covered in the thick blanket of snow ideal for skiers. Best time to experience Brahmatal Trek in summer includes April to June.
Day 1: Reach at Lohajung (7,600 ft.), 210 Km drive from Kathgodam
Drive to Lohajung which takes about 9-10 hours from Kathgodam with stunning views of high altitude peaks like Trishul, Maiktoli, Nanda Devi, Ghori Parvat, Nanda Khat, Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat. Take a small halt at Kausani for refreshments and make some memories with your camera as the views here are seriously unforgettable. Lohajung serves as the beginning point and the base camp for the Brahmatal trek. After reaching Lohajung, the stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Homestay on sharing basis(3 person per tent/room). There are many local shops where you can buy jackets, hand gloves, caps, shoes, etc. if need be. However, it is advised that you carry all the required things for trek beforehand and not rely on any shop. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Kathgodam Railway Station at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 6,500 per vehicle.
Day 2: Lohajung (7,600 ft.) to Bekaltal (9,689 ft.)
The first day of the trek starts from Lohajung to Bekaltal which takes about 4-5 hours. Get up early in the morning, have breakfast and get ready to begin. Just beside Lohajung follow the ascending human-made stone trek. Along the way, you would encounter some startling views of the Nanda Ghunti Peak. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of the conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Spot the Kali valley as you climb higher and it is marked by the union of Kali and Pindari rivers. Amidst thick oak forests, the lake gleams peacefully in summer, while in winter, it is frozen and the trail would be pretty matte. Stay at Bekaltal will be organized in tents.
Day 3: Bekaltal (9,689 ft.) to Brahmatal Lake (10,440 ft.)
Today is the day to trek to Brahmatal Lake where Lord Brahma meditated many years ago. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Brahmatal from Bekaltal Campsite. The trail starts steeply into the Oak and Rhododendron forest which leads to the meadow of Telandi top. In the winter, you will see the meadow of Telandi turns into a vast snowfield and crossing the area, a gala of thrill. From here, it is a very gradual descent to Brahmatal. Enjoy some scintillating views of the mighty Himalayas from here and then proceed further to Brahmatal or Khabekhal Lake to be precise. After a great day, spend the night in camp.
Day 4: Brahmatal Lake (10,440 ft.) to Brahmatal Top(12,200 ft.) and back
Today is the most visually mesmerizing day of the entire Brahmatal trek. Get up comfortably by 07:00 AM, have breakfast and get ready to climb to the top of Brahmatal. The trek to the top of Brahmatal requires around 2½ hours of steep climb. Along the way, it would be all ascents. We would pass through some treacherous trails at Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar. The trail goes through a mountain ridge with valleys on both sides and provides majestic views of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. At the top, you would see a 180° view of exclusive snow covered Himalayan Ranges. Mountains such as Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maiktoli become visible. This part of the trail is completely different from the entire trek. Return to Brahmatal campsite.
Day 5: Brahmatal Lake (10,440 ft.) to Lohajung (7,600 ft.)
Today you would be leaving this pristine lap of Mother Nature. After having breakfast, start walking to Lohajung from Brahmatal followed by some steep descending trail. It takes 6-7 hours to trek down to Lohajung through thick oak and rhododendron forests once again. You will reach Lohajung by the afternoon. This day could be used to rest as well as playing cricket, Volleyball or many other outdoor games at our Maujkaro Camps and at the end of the day, you can explore the small town and hear the mythological stories by the locals and immerse in their culture. Stay in the Maujkaro Camps
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam
Depart from Lohajung to Kathgodam Railway Station early in the morning, preferably before 06:30 AM since the journey takes 10-11 hours. Expected to reach Kathgodam by 07:00 PM. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Lohajung at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 6,500 per vehicle.
How To Reach
Pant Nagar airport is located 31 kilometers from the Kathgodam Railway Station. There are few flights in a week from Delhi to Pant Nagar & vice-versa.
Take the train from Delhi to Kathgodam
• Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express (15035):- Departure:- 16:00; Arrival:- 22:45
• Ranikhet Express (15013):- Departure:- 20:00; Arrival:- 05:05
Take the train from Dehradun to Kathgodam
• Naini Doon Jan Shatabdi (12091):- Departure:- 22:35; Arrival:- 07:10
• Dehradun - Kathgodam Express (14120):- Departure:- 22:35; Arrival:- 07:10
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Anand Vihar) to Kathgodam. Nainital buses stop at Haldwani, which is a twin city of Kathgodam.
Usually, buses drop you at Haldwani Bus Station. From there you will have to come to Kathgodam railway station through auto rickshaw / shared three-wheelers, which is 4 kilometers away.
There is no direct bus to Lohajung run by the Uttrakhand Government, so you have to share a cab with Trekkaro co-trekkers.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• One Water Bottle (one litre)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks (Woolen)
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Q1. When is the ideal time to visit Brahmatal?
A1. Except during the monsoon season, it is open all year (July and August). There will be more snow throughout the winter months (December to April).
Q2. How tough is the trek to Brahmatal?
A2. The difficulty of the Brahmatal trek varies from easy to moderate depending on the snow level; otherwise, it is a simple walk.
Q3. What level of fitness is required of the participants?
A3. Optimum level of fitness is usually necessary for any trek in order to enjoy it.
Q4. How cold does the Brahmatal trek actually get?
A4. The temperature is average for the first two days as you don’t find snow. After that, you can see the snow, but the sunshine is bright and the weather is clear throughout the day, but you must wear in layers at night. The temperature will range from 10 to -8 degrees Celsius.
Q5. How far do we walk every day?
A5.The average daily walking distance is 4-5 kilometres, and trekkers finish in 5-6 hours. Walking will not be an issue for anyone due to the ease of the trek.
Q6. Who will take the lead and who all will go along with us?
A6. Treks are always led by a professional trek leader who has completed a basic and advanced mountaineering course and is trained in first aid, as well as one local guide, chef, assistant, porter, and other personnel.
Q7. What is the size of the groups?
A7. Normally, we accept maximum 20 trekkers in one batch, including men and women. We require a minimum of 6 persons to execute a fixed departure, however group size is unimportant for private treks.
Q8. I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
A8. Yes, the safety of the females is of the utmost importance to us. On treks, we constantly strive to provide a friendly environment. All of our guides and other support personnel are carefully selected for your travels. They are trustworthy and reliable, however we would urge you to protect your personal items.
Q9. I am a female trekker who is travelling alone. Is it necessary for me to share a tent with a male?
A9. No, female trekker share tents with other female trekkers, and the same is applicable for other trekkers.
Q10. How many trekkers will be sleeping in a single tent?
A10. We have three men's tents, however two persons will share one tent.
Q11. What do we need to bring?
A11. Once you have booked your reservation, our team will give you the trek necessities list based on the trek.
Q12. I am unable to carry my luggage; can someone carry it for me?
A12. Yes, however you must notify us 15 days in advance so that we can provide for a porter or mule.
Q13. What kind of shoes and jacket should I buy?
A13. At Trekkaro, you don’t need to buy or rent expensive trekking shoes as we are World’s only Free Trekking Gears Company. In Free Trekking Gears (FTG), we provide Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoe, SH 100 Jacket (-10°C), Trekking Pole/Stick, Gaiters and Micro Spikes.
Q14. What kind of food is given on a trek?
A14. We always serve Simple nutritious vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
Q15. Where can I find clean drinking water while trekking?
A15. Himalayan water is considered pure and mineral water, however to be on the safe side, we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps. During the trek, ask the trek leader or guide where to fill water bottles once.
Q16. What kind of ground transportation do you employ on your tours?
A16. We have Bolero, Max, Tempo Traveller or equivalent to that.
Q17. Will a doctor join the trek?
A17. No, however our trek leaders are trained in "Wilderness First Aid" and are aware of high attitude issues, and we carry a full first-aid kit and essential medications with us. Check your medical status before embarking on a trek, or get expert guidance if you believe you are unable to evaluate your own abilities.
Q18. Do you think I should bring any medications?
A18. Yes, it is always advisable to bring your own medication on any trek, regardless of whether the organisers provide it.
Q19. Is diamox is advisable?
A19. NO, but if you do, please consult your doctor because there are many MYTHS about Diamox.
Q20. What is the minimum age to participate this trek?
A20. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old, while the maximum age depends on the trekker's fitness.
Q21. How can I make a reservation for a trek with you?
A21. After selecting the trek you want to go on, the first step is to fill out the booking form. A payment is required to finalise the reservation. To make it easier for you to book, all details will be emailed to you.
Q22. Can we modify the itinerary?
A22. However, regardless of the circumstances, the date of trek completion should always correspond with the planned schedule. Keep in mind that this is an adventure tour into the most remote location, where numerous unanticipated occurrences may need a change in schedule. In such instances, we or your trek leader would provide the best alternate schedule that is similar to your original itinerary.
Q23. Do you provide trek customization?
A23. Yes, if you want to travel independently, you are welcome to select any of the treks at your leisure and for any number of individuals. The cost of a private trek is determined by the number of people in the group, the location of the trek, duration, and the type of trek.
Q24. Should I book my travel plan after registration?
A24. No. You should wait for booking confirmation from the Trekkaro executive after registering. When you get it, complete your registration by paying the cost and booking your trip at the same time.
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and tables. Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Lohajung to Lohajung). In Lohajung, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (2 person per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 6. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), and Pole.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxi for trekkers from Kathgodam to Lohajung and drop you back from Lohajung. This will cost approx. Rs. 6,500/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1,000/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Lohajung.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with lifetime validity on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.