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Brahmatal Trek Spring 2017 - The Endless Panorama

Upcoming Spring Treks to Brahma Tal (Brahmatal): 

Trek Code: BT17SP1 – 12th Mar (Day 1) to 17th Mar’17 (Day 6)
Trek Code: BT17SP2 – 2nd Apr (Day 1) to 7th Apr’17 (Day 6)
Trek Code: BT17SP3 – 15th Apr (Day 1) to 20th Apr’17 (Day 6)

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Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung – 220 Km by car 10 hours
Day 2: Trek to Bekhal Tal – 7 Km – 4 hours
Day 3: Trek to Brahma Tal – 5 Km – 4 hours
Day 4: Brahma Tal to Khamila Top/Jatropani and back – 5 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 5: Trek down to Lohajung – 12Km – 6/7 hours
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Haridwar – By car – 280Km – 12 hours

*** Trekkers need to reach on their own to Kathgodam on Day 1 morning (by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Haridwar on Day 6 evening (by 9 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and back to home accordingly ***

Cost : Rs 7900 (Lohajung to Lohajung) + 9% Service Tax

(Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%; Book for 5 or more to get a 10% Group Discount)

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Customised Trek: If the dates above don’t match or you want a separate private tour for your group then fill up the Customise Your Trip form with correct details.

The Trek Highlights:

Length: 4 days of trekking; Walking from Lohajung to Brahma Tal and summit to Khamila Top/Jatropani , returning to Lohajung, around 30 Km. Kathgodam to Haridwar in 6 days. 

Access: Train from New Delhi/Kolkata to Kathgodam and then drive to Lohajung around 220 km via Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam, Tharali and Deval.

 Highest Point:  Brahma Tal ~ 3400m/11150 ft ;  Khamila Top ~ 4000m/13120 ft.  

Grade: Easy (Fresh snow in winter)

Seasons:  April/May and November to January. Further Option : Trek via Kukina Khal and Kanol to Kuari Pass.

About Brahma Tal: There are indeed similar routes in the Himalayas with comparing beauty but definitely found at much higher altitude. Never ending ridge lines, sprawling Bugiyals, High altitude lakes, majestic peak views and snow on the trail make it an compelling proposition for a winter trek. Brahma Tal is a hidden and secluded lake amidst the ridge, where Lord Brahma meditated according to the mythology. The peak view from the route is captivating, from east to west one can see the High Himalayan ranges. From right to left on one side we can see Mrigthuni, Trishul, Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti. On the other side we can see the massive Chowkhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks. This is just the opposite ridge of the famous Roopkund trek and offers a Birds-eye view of the route including Ali Bugiyal, Bedni Bugiyal, Roopkund and Junargali inlcuding far poised the famous Ronty saddle. The best season to explore this trail is either winter or in the springs. During winter weather normally remains clear and panoramic beauty of the surrounding is unmatched. In Spring the trail is bountiful with Rhododendron blossoms while the last patches of snow start melting.

Access to Lohajung (The trek base):  We will arrange a pickup from Kathgodam to Lohajung and drop from Lohajung to Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis. The car cost is Rs 5500 for a pick up from Kathgodam to Lohajung and Rs 6000 for the drop from Lohajung to Haridwar. The vehicle type is either a Ta Ta Sumo/Mahindra Maxx and can accommodate 6 to 8 people.

Otherwise if a trekker wants to reach Lohajung by public vehicle then there are two options: 1)Reach Rishikesh by night (23 Km from Haridwar) and board the bus for Mandoli/Lohajung which starts from Rishikesh at 5 am in the morning and takes around 12/14 hrs to reach Lohajung. This is a privately operated bus and may not operate during the high Chardham yatra season. The route is via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Tharali and Deval. 2) From Haldwani shared taxis are available for Deval early in the morning. Take such one by 6 am from Haldwani and reach Deval. Lohajung is another 25 Km from Deval. Either you can get a shared Jeep or need to reserve one.

3) While returning from Lohajung, there is a bus from Lohajung to direct Rishikesh in the morning. This will take around 10/12 hours. From Rishikesh there are regular transport to Haridwar and takes one hour.

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The trip itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung – 220 Km – 10 hours

Pickup from Kathgodam in the morning and reach Lohajung (~ 2300m, 7500ft) which is 240 Km away. The journey may take around 10 hours with a break or two. The road is through the Kumaon region and mostly goes along wide spread valleys of Shivalik Himalaya. We cross Almora and Kausani on our way. From Gwaldam onwards the road enters in the Garhwal administrative region and the road is gradually winding and goes through the conifer forest. The last stretch of the journey from Deval to Lohajung has considerable height gain. Lohajung has one GMVN tourist lodge, one Tourist Rest House and few private hotels. All the major mobile networks have connectivity here. The sunset from Lohajung needs a special mention indeed. Warm colours on Nandaghunti massif is bound to make you speechless. The night accommodation in Tourist Rest House/Lodge.

Gwaldam, on the way to Lohajung

Gwaldam, on the way to Lohajung

 

Lohajung

Lohajung

Nandaghunti

Nandaghunti

Sunset colours

Sunset colours @ Lohajung

Day 2: Trek to Bekhal Tal – 7 Km – 4 hours

Our trek starts today. We walk gradually up on the ridge starting just beside Lohajung and walk on a gentle gradient up encircling the mountain. On the route we see magnificent view of Didna village and Nandaghunti mountain while looking back, and the far stretched ridge lines and Mandoli village in front. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. After walking for 2 hours we get a small lake down on our left, called Khopdalia Tal. We turn right and get inside the canopy of forest, once more. The forest is a mix of Rhododendrons and Conifers. In spring the forest blooms in pink and red. In next 15 minutes we reach the camp at Bekhal Tal (~2750m, 9000ft). This is a moderate sized rectangular lake. A temple stands lone at the edge of the Tal. Total distance is 8 Km and can take 4 hours. Camp for the night.

Trail climbs leaving Lohajung behind

Trail climbs leaving Lohajung behind

The tail becomes easy after initial climb

The tail becomes easy after initial climb

Khopdalia

Khopdalia

Bekhal Tal

Bekhal Tal

Day 3: Trek to Brahma Tal – 5 Km – 4 hours

We continue our walk through the forest while going up and reach the edge of the “Bugiyal”, the high altitude meadow of the Himalayas. The fringes of the forest is residing place for Himalayan Monal during winter. From here onward the right hand view, i,e, the north-east side opens up and we get the magnificent panorama of the peaks of Mrigthuni, Trishul, Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti. We walk along the ridge and witness one of the most enticing panorama of Garhwal. After about an hours walk we decent to the hidden lake Brahma Tal (~3400m, 11150ft) surrounded by the slopes of mountain. This is a medium sized longitudinal lake , with few last remaining trees on this altitude. The lake is hard to locate from far but one needs to be close enough to get the glimpse of the dark turquoise water. We set up our tent on a suitable ground around Brahma Tal. During sunset climb up the ridge to witness magnificent hue on Trishul, Nandaghunti and Mrigthuni. During winter nights the temperature can drop to -10 deg C. Total distance is 8 Km and may take 3/4 hours.We camp for the night.

brahmatal

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Day 4: Brahma Tal to Khamila Top/Jatropani and back – 5/6 Km – 5/6 hours

Today in the morning we walk to the Top of the ridge for about ~600m/2000ft to reach the Khamila Top. There are two tops one is referred as east and the other as west summit, later one being ~ 100m/300ft higher. The camping ground around Brahma Tal is below the ridge and inside a depression. The climb to the top is tougher than our previous days but much rewarding. We steadily climb the ridge while in the grass-line. The last stretch to summit is boulder strewn. This top is also called Jatropani. From here we can see peaks all  around. The peaks to our left hand reveals one by one. Kamet and Mukut further north, Nelkanth and mighty Chaukhamba to the west. To the north east Nandaghunti, Bethartoli Himal, Ronty , Trishul and Mrigthuni range captivate the surrounding. After spending an hour we descend to the camp at Brahma Tal. Total distance is 6 Km and may take up to 6 hours.

Camping around Brahma Tal

Camping around Brahma Tal

Climbing to the top

Climbing to the top

Brahmatal from top

Brahma Tal

Brahmatal after a fresh snowfall

Brahma Tal after a fresh snowfall

Day 5: Trek down to Lohajung – 12Km – 6/7 hours

Today we descend to Lohajung retracing the trail back. Distance is around 12 Km and can take up to 6  hours. Accommodation in lodge.

Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Haridwar – 280Km – 11/12 hour

Today morning we start our return journey and this time to Haridwar. We follow the same route till Tharali and turn right towards Karnaprayag following the turquoise Pindar river. From Karnaprayag we follow Alaknanda river till Devaprayag where Alaknanda meets Bhagirathi to for Ganga. Rishikesh is another two hours journey from here. Finally we reach Haridwar completing our journey through Garhwal. Trip ends here.

P.S.: Altitudes and distances are approximate and may not be exact.

All pictures are taken by HT trek members and staff.

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