GENERAL DETAILS

Grade: 3/10
Max Altitude: 12500 ft
Approx Trekking Km: 26 Km
Best Season: Nov-March

Brahma Tal trek is a great and easy winter option .The spectacular views of Himalayan range from the trail are one of the many reasons for doing this trek. Trek through the oaks and fir trees and then cross the steep paths. You also get glimpses of the Garhwal Mountains in the distance on a clear day. Never ending ridge lines, beautiful meadows, High altitude lakes, majestic peak views and fresh snow on the trail are compelling proposition for the Brahma Tal winter trek. The lake is a hidden and isolated, where, Lord Brahma meditated.

The peak view from the route is fascinating, from east to west you can see the High Himalayan ranges. On the right eastward direction we can see Mt.Mrigthuni, Mt.Trishul, and straight north the Mt.Bethartoli Himal and Mt.Nandaghunti. On the left westward side we can see the massive Mt.Chaukhamba, Mt.Neelkanth, Mt.Kamet, Mt.Hathi and Mt.Ghoda peaks.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung – 220 Km by car 8/9 Hrs hours

Pickup from Kathgodam in the morning and reach Lohajung (7,650ft) which is around 220 Km away. The journey may take around 8/9 hours with a lunch break. The road is through the Kumaon region and mostly goes along wide spread valleys of Shivalik Himalaya. You will arrive in Lohajung by the evening & check into a guesthouse for the night. Spend some evening time in the small market of Lohajung. Night stay in home stay.

Day 2: Trek to Bekhal Tal - 9,800ft (6 Km –4/5 hours)

We start our trek from Lohajung base camp. We trek slowly upwards through the forest interspersed by a few village houses. The trail is also separated by a few water streams. Today’s trek will take around 5 hours to reach our campsite . The area is surrounded with thick oak forests and in winters. We will camp at Bakel Tal ground for the night. Bekhal Tal is only 5 minutes from here. You will visit lake in the afternoon with your guide.

Day 3: Trek to Brahma Tal,10,800 (6 Km –,4/5 hours)

We will take the main trail from next campsite .We will be at lake within 5 minutes .From lake we have to climb the ridge which is a continuous moderate climb for one and half hours. We continue our trek inside the forest with infrequent breaks. After completing this climb we reach the edge of the meadow. From here onward the view on our right, i.e., the north-east side unfolds with extended panorama. Peaks of Kumaon Himalaya like Mt.Maiktoli, Mt.Devtoli , Mt.Mrigthuni, Mt.Trishul and Mt.Nanda Ghunti, one by one. From top Called”Danda Dhar” we can easily spot the Brahma Tal. The lake of Brahmatal is small in size. We will find a camping spot by the lake & set up camps for the night. It can be very cold here in the months of winters but our camps & sleeping bags will keep us warm during the night.

Day 4: Brahma Tal to Brahmtal Top,12,500 ft and back to Brahma Tal(8 Km , 6/7 hours)

Today we have to trek till Brahma Tal Top which called summit and return back to campsite. The time taken to reach the summit is approximately 4-5 hours from campsite. You can choose to carry a daypack & leave your backpack in the camps as we will be returning to the same camp. The trail followed is a curvy route through the forest. It offers fabulous views of the mighty Himalayas especially Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nandaghunti which lie side by side separated majorly by Ronti Saddle. We spend some time at the summit enjoying the amazing views and we slowly return back to the camp.

Day 5: Trek down to Lohajung (12 Km, 6/7 hours)

Today we will prepare ourselves for descent back to Lohajung through the same forested trails passing by several mountain villages on the slopes. This day could be used to rest as well as explore the small town.

Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam By car (280 Km , 8-9hours)

Today after breakfast leave from Loharjung to Kathgodam for the journey back home. You will reach Kathgodam by around 5 pm in the evening. But we recommend booking further trains / bus to back home only scheduled after 08 pm. to keep the extra buffer time in hand.

Inclusions

  • Meal while on the trek.
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Technical equipment, Safety Equipment
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage
  • Services of a certified mountaineer as Trek Leader
  • 2 Nights Hotel stay and meal in Lohajung as per itinerary
  • Sharing basis transportation from Kathgodam -Lohajung – Kathgodam

Exclusions

  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”
  • If you are beginner kindly offload your backpack, because trekking with heavy backpack in mountains is not an easy task especially when you are carrying around 8-10 kg uphill.

If you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter. Charges of offloading backpack 400per Day. Inform us in advance so that we can arrange.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover.

What to take:-

Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.

Backpack (40-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.

Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.

Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.

Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories:-

  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
  • Sun cap: The sun is more
  • Hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  • Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs): You can take a pair of woolen socks for the day one at night and one as backup.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Trekking pole: It will you a lot while ascending as well as descending.
  • Daypack (20 liter): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  • Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Two water bottles: 1 liter each
  • Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit:-

  • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  • Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  • Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  • Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  • Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen – 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  • Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  • Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze – 1 small roll
  • Band aid – 10 strips
  • Cotton – 1 small roll
  • ORS – 10 packets
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

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