6D/5N
Duration
Easy
Grade
5./10
Physicality
30 Km
Trail Length
4000 m/13120 ft
Highest Point

Brahma Tal Trek:

About: There are indeed similar routes like Brahma Tal trek in the Himalayas when comparing beauty but definitely found at much higher altitude. Never ending ridge lines, sprawling Bugyal, High altitude lakes, majestic peak views and fresh snow on the trail are compelling proposition for the 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 you can see the High Himalayan ranges. On the right eastward direction we can see Mrigthuni, Trishul, and straight north the Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti. On the left wesward 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. Two fairly large lakes, Brahma Tal and Bekhal Tal remains mostly frozen during winters. 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. Adequate amount of snow is another reason that this is getting popular in recent years. In Spring the trail is bountiful with Rhododendron blossoms while the last patches of snow start melting.

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 to Brahma Tal camping ground– 6 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 5: Trek down to Lohajung – 12 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Haridwar – By car – 280 Km – 12 hours

Clothing for Brahma Tal trek:

It is important to carry proper clothing in winter as the campsite temperatures are sub zero in winter.

Winter:  From December to February during winter the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold.  Late night/early morning  temperatures at Lohajung, Bekhal Tal and Brahma Tal can be around 0° to 2°C, 0°C to -2°C and -5°C to -10° C. Though inside tent the temperature will be 10°C warmer.

Three layers of clothing is mandatory in the campsite while outside tent.

a) A thermal base layer (warm woolly-cot material).

b) A heavy jacket (Double layer or Fleece jacket ) as middle layer.

c) A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.

Summer & Fall: Day time weather remains warm and pleasant. Night/early morning temperatures at camp sites  can be from 10°C (lower camps) to 2°C (higher camps)

You will not require the thermal base layer from May to October.

Access to Brahma Tal trek base (Lohajung):

We will arrange a pickup  from Kathgodam railway station to Lohajung and drop from Lohajung to Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis and paid directly to the driver. his will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE.

To reach the trek base Lohajung independently/public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

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 Duration: 5 days of trek; Kathgodam to Haridwar in 7 days.

Prerequisite: Ideal for beginners/first Himalayan trek.

 Highest Point: Khamila Top ~ 4000 m/13120 ft.

 Grade: Easy

 Length: 30 Km

 Seasons: March to June and November to January.

 Further Option: Trek via Kukina Khal and Kanol to Kuari Pass (10 days)

 Access: Trek starting point and end point is Lohajung.

Rail station: Kathgodam (STN Code: KGM); Haridwar (while return)

 Airport: Delhi

 Map:

Upcoming scheduled dates for Brahma Tal trek: 

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of  6 days itinerary).
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  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
  • Trekkers need to reach NJP on Day 1 morning or the previous night. Return to NJP on Day 8 afternoon or early evening. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
DEPARTURE LOCATION Kathgodam railway station
REPORTING TIME 7:00 AM for a prompt departure to Lohajung (Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Haridwar/Kathgodam (as you prefer)
RETURN TIME Approximately 8:00 PM (Day 6)

How to reach Lohajung (The trek base):

Nearest Rail station: Kathgodam (Station Code: KGM)

Nearest Airport: Delhi

We will arrange a pick up and drop from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. These can accommodate 6 to 8 people. Similarly a Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 which can accommodate 12 people. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver/owner.

If you wish to reach our Trek Base Lohajung on your own by public transportation:

  • From Kathgodam there is no direct bus or shared car service to Lohajung. Reach latest by 6 am to Haldwani (The city, 4 Km before Kathgodam) and take a shared Jeep service to Deval. This is is 25 Km before Lohajung. From Deval you may get another shared service to Lohajung or you may have to hire one.
  • If you travel from Haridwar side, then reach Rishikesh on the previous night (Day 0, 25 Km from Haridwar) and board the bus for Mandoli/Lohajung at 5 am next morning. This private bus takes 12 to 14 hours to reach Lohajung. As this is a privately operated bus so may not operate during the high demand of Chardham yatra season. The route is via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Tharali and Deval. 260 Km.
  • From Lohajung the bus to Rishikesh starts early in the morning by 6 am and reach by 6 pm .

How to reach Kathgodam:

For the treks in Kumaon or in the bordering area of Garhwal, one has to reach Kathgodam/Haldwani normally. Lal Kuan is just 20 Km and Haldwani is 5 Km before Kathgodam. Bus, shared taxi and private cars are available.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India. Reach Delhi accordingly that you have enough time for transit withing Delhi.

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Kathgodam(KGM)/Lal Kuan(LKU)

BAGH EXPRESS – Train No. 13019 (ONLY book when you stay the night at Kathgodam, DON’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]

HWH LKU EXP – Train No. 12353 – Lalkuan Express (runs only on Friday, you need to stay at Kathgodam for the night, only 20 Km away)

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

You can reach KATHGODAM/HALDWANI EASILY FROM NEW DELHI BY TRAIN OR BUS (~ 6/8 HOURS) AND IS AROUND 270 KM.

By Train:

Following trains are good to reach Kathgodam and run daily.

RANIKHET EXP – Train No. 15013 (best option, runs overnight, arrives KGM early morning @ 5 am. Board from Delhi(DLI)/Old Delhi Junction station)

UTR SAMPRK K EX – Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express – Train No. 15035 (good option when you stay the night @ Kathgodam and travel next morning)

ANVT KGM SHT – Anand Vihar Kathgodam Shatabdi Express – Train No. 12040 (Arrives KGM in the morning @ 11:40 am, alternate choice when you stay the night in Kathgodam and travel by car next morning)

Always avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

By Bus:
Haldwani buses are more frequent than that of Kathgodam. Its easy to reach Kathgodam from Haldwani which is only 5 Km away.

Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana etc) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Anand Vihar ISBT Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. Some of the state transport companies offer online reservation for Volvo/A.C Luxury buses. Check these Govt. operated state bus services for online booking:

https://utconline.uk.gov.in/

https://www.upsrtconline.co.in/#  

From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Anand Vihar via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx).

For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals (http://www.redbus.in). Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back bus service.

For night stay in Kathgodam:

Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Kathgodam. There are few options in Kathgodam for spending a night while staying in Standard accommodation.

State run KMVN (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Tourist Rest House at Kathgodam just opposite to the railway station (beside Bus stand). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. Check the following for reservation of the above

http://www.kmvn.gov.in/contacts/index/23

There are privately run hotels/lodges near Kathgodam railway station & Haldwani Bus terminus.

Return from Kathgodam:

Normally you reach from trek base to Kathgodam by 5/6 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 7 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey.

Day 1

Drive to Lohajung: 220 Km - 10/11 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.

Day 2

Trek to Bekhal Tal: 8 Km - 4/5 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.

Day 3

Trek to Brahma Tal: 6 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 around 4 hours.We camp for the night.

Day 4

Trek to Khamila Top and back to Brahma Tal: 8 Km - 7/8 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.

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 to Haridwar: 280 Km - 12 hours

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. Note that it is also possible to return to Kathgodam like you reached Lohajung.

P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

  TREK FEE: Rs 7900 (Lohajung to Lohajung) + 5% GST  

Book for 3-5 persons and get a discount of 5% and for 5 or more persons get flat 10% discount on TREK FEE

Inclusions:

 2 night’s accommodation at Lohajung (Day 1 & Day 5) in lodge on sharing basis and dinner.

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

 Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

 Stay in tents (3 persons dome or ridge shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)

Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Haridwar/Kathgodam.

Exclusions:

Transportation from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back to Haridwar/Kathgodam (Rs 1500-1800 per persons both ways for the pick up and drop)

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 1200 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://himalayatrekker.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.

 Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
Abhirup Bhadra
December 30, 2015

There are certain things in life that everyone wants to cherish until the last day, the experience with HT in December 2014 at Brahma Tal trek was one of its kind. To endure the biting cold of the completely ice caped regions of Garhwal was the biggest challenge. Team HT dared to push the boundaries of a winter trek when many others have nullified the scope of chalking out the trail through the heavy snow. Snow was literally knee deep but the inexhaustible enthusiasm from our Guide Dev Sing and a clued up dexterity from a knowledgeable veteran like Sapta da made the Trek a success. Last but not the least our porters, they were like soldiers in a battlefield, and without them it was unthinkable. Brahma Tal trek helped me to widen my horizon and relishing photography standing in front of the magnificent Nanda Ghunti , Bhethartoli and mighty Trishul. It is always required to push the boundaries of one’s own abilities, to achieve the unthinkable and cherish the uninhibited. Best of Luck to Team HT and looking forward to join them on another adventure very soon.

Shruthi Tembad
February 20, 2017

Plan zeroed in Jan 2017 with Himalaya Trekkers to Brahmatal. We, a group of 12 opted for a customized trek with HT. Being the first time trekkers in Himalayas, we were all excited and was looking forward for safe and fun filled trek. HT was patient enough to answer all our queries, though we raised the same queries over and over again. Recommendations and instructions flowed down to our team from HT to ensure that we were all geared up for the trek. The team accommodated all of our needs, and helped us throughout the trek. Team was very humble and co-operative.
Food – Served very well
Guidance- Heard a lot of stories all along the way
Service- Would say, expectations were met
We lived like a family though it was just for a very short time. Team HT and all of us exchanged experiences and smiles. Looking forward for many more memorable journeys with HT.
Cheers to all the good memories that we had with the help of team HT ! Thank you guys 🙂

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