Brahmatal trek is a winter trek in the Himalayas region. Lord Brahma Ji meditated here for many years for this reason this place got the name. On the trail, you can experience many amazing valleys, oak forests, hamlets, spontaneous streams etc. There are no direct roads that go to the Brahmatal. You can only camp here. In 45 minutes you need to cover a distance of 5 to 6 kilometres. The total trekking distance is 15 kilometres. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam. The railway station is 234 kilometres from here. The closest airport is Pant Nagar airport which is 34 kilometres from Kathgodam and 267 kilometres from here.
The ideal time for doing this trek is the month from January to May and October to December. In July, the minimum temperature hovers around 12 to 13-degree Celsius and the maximum temperature hovers around 20 to 22-degree celsius. One can experience snowfall from December to the Middle of March.
From Rishikesh, you need to start driving towards the starting point of the Brahmatal trek, Lohajung. In mythology Goddess, Parvati had a “war” or “Jung” with a demon named “Lohsur” from where this village got this name. Lohajung is located in the Chamoli district. Lohajung is 250 kilometres from Rishikesh and takes 10 to 11 hours to reach Rishikesh to Lohajung. On the road you can experience the beautiful Garhwal Himalayan range, visitors can also experience the amazing confluence of the Mandakini and Pindar rivers at Karnaprayag and
Alaknanda and Mandakini confluence at Rudraprayag. Lohajung is located in a high-altitude region of Garhwal Himalaya. After arriving at this village you need to stay here overnight and the next day you need to start your trek from this point. At night this village gets cold.
This is the first day of trekking to Brahmatal lake. On the second day, you need to trek towards the Bekaltal campsite. Lohajung to Bekltal is just 6 kilometres. This is a moderate to easy level trek through some forests. After arriving at the Mandoli village you will experience a valley named Kali. From here the trekking trail goes through a dense forest of long Fir, Oak and rhododendron trees. After enjoying this spot 2 hours of walking will take you to the next spot. From where you need to cross a bridge and arrive at Begum.
From Begum, another 20 min walk will take you towards Gujreni. In Gujrani you can make your camp. Bekaltal is situated a few km from this campsite. After reaching the campsite of Bekaltal you need to walk another 15 to 16 min to see the Brahmatal. This is a beautiful lake nestled with Oak trees. The colour of the water is brown due to some organic matter. Here in this spot, you can enjoy a stunning sunset. After enjoying the moment you need to get back to the campsite.
From the Bekaltal 7 kilometres of the walk will lead you to Brahmatal. Today, first you need to reach the Talindi top. From this location, the trail will take you to the Brahmatal camp spot.
You will start your day with an amazing sunrise at Bekaltal. This route gradually descends to the Brahmatal. The trail goes through some Rhododendron trees and Oak forest. From here you need to continue your walk till Talindi top. From Kalindi Top, you will get a view of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti and after that, you need to trek towards the Jhandi Top. Jhandi Point or Jhandi top is the highest point. From Jhandi top, you can continue trekking towards Brahmatal Campsite. From the campsite, Brahmatal is just 500 metres. You can spend an amazing time at the lake and don’t forget to take some amazing pictures here..During the winter season at night, the temperature drops -7 to -8 degrees celsius.
On this day trekkers need to start from a steep ascent. After a 20 min continuous walk, you will reach Brahmatal lake. The beauty of the lake will be heartwarming. Here you will also explore Trishul, Kamet, Neelkanth, Hathi Ghoda etc.From here you need to trek towards the Daldum campsite. You need to stay overnight at a campsite in Daldum.
Today you need to descend toward Lohajung village which is situated at an altitude of 7,700 feet. The total distance is just 4 kilometres that can be easily covered within 3 to 3.5 hours. You need to stay overnight at Lohajung.
This is the last day of your Brahmatal trek. Today you need to drive back towards Rishikesh. This is a 210 kilometres journey from Lohajung. An overnight journey will be better to reach Rishikesh and this journey can be covered within 11 to 11.5 hours.
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