Brahmatal winter trek, Uttarakhand

Brahmatal is a high altitude lake believed to be Lord Brahma’s favourite meditation spot. You’ll trek through oak forests and over mountain streams, meeting pink-cheeked children and friendly locals en route.

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The Brahmatal trek is an easy to moderate trek that is suitable for fit beginners, but you can expect some low temperatures in winter, so do come prepared. This is one of the few trails in the country at an elevation of 12,500 feet that offers stupendous views of peaks over 7000 metres at such close proximity.

The Brahmatal trek starts in the mountain town of Kathgodam, winding past quaint Himalayan villages and settlements. As you gain altitude, you’ll leave civilization behind. The mountains surround you, and offer some out-of-this-world views. Once you reach Brahmatal lake at 12,250 feet, you will be able to see the three magnificent pointed peaks of Mt. Trishul, shining white and gold, and Nandaghunti standing tall in the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

Brahmatal trek – A hidden gem in Uttarakhand

The Brahmatal trek is beautiful year-round, and takes you through rhododendron and oak forests, stopping by mountain streams along the way. In summer, it is peaceful, and listen to the sounds of the forests as you walk: birds singing and the scampering of little animals.

In the winter, it is considered a hidden gem, with almost no crowds to ruin the experience. You’ll spend time admiring the winter scenery; camping beside frozen lakes fringed with pine trees, and enjoying the snowy route. The great peaks in the Himalayas wear a beautiful white blanket during the winters, but when you reach the frozen lakes of Bekaltal and Brahmatal, you’ll gasp in awe.

Best season for the Brahmatal trek

December to February is the best time for Brahmatal Trek. The misty haze that envelops the mountain peaks in May-June and obstructs the view lifts, and you get cracking mountain views. From the top of Brahmatal, you can see the Himalayan giants up-close and under blue skies that stretch across the horizon.

Some of the best memories of the Brahmatal trek will be the full winter trek experience: you’ll get to pull on those boots and head out into the snow. You’ll walk through peaceful pine forests and camp on the banks of frozen glacial lakes, and you’ll always have towering Himalayan peaks around to admire.

Looking for more adventures? Read our post about Top Adventures in Uttarakhand . If you’re a beginner looking for snow treks, check out Top Easy Snow Treks in India.

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Brahmatal Trek
Kathgodam, Nainital District, Uttarakhand
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This 6-day, easy to moderate Brahmatal trek is among the few Himalayan trails that can be done all year round, even during winter. You'll walk through rhododendron forests, cross pristine streams and camp by the shores of a high-altitude lake. Sounds challenging? In certain areas it sure is, but nothing a first-time trekker can't manage.
    Inclusions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (veg meals)
  • Pick up and drop (to and from Kathgodam)
  • Accommodation in Loharjung on triple sharing basis and in tents
  • Camp crew/kitchen staff during trek
  • First aid
  • Toilet tents
  • Proper segregation bins and waste management at campsite
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • On prior intimation, supplier will arrange porter for a charge of INR 350 extra per day, per bag, if trekkers don't want to carry their own.
  • Travel Insurance (up to INR 2,00,000) is available at INR 350 per trekker for the duration of the trek.
  • Meals during transportation
  • Additional permit cost if the charge is over INR 500.
  • Tips, personal expenses
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
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Brahmatal 6 day trek
Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
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This trek to Brahmatal is perfect for fit beginners and those who are looking for a fun trek that offers some challenges. Some of the slopes on this trek are steep, but it'll be worth it. This trek itinerary takes you to both Bekaltal and Brahmatal, and lets you camp just 500 metres from Brahmatal lake.

The Brahmatal trek is a favourite snow trek in Uttarakhand. During these months, the snowfall covers the landscape in a blanket of white, and Brahmatal gleams like a mirror in the midst of it. It will take your breath away, and give you a chance to enjoy the full snow experience.
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  • Private vehicle from Kathgodam-Kathgodam as per itinerary
  • 2 nights in Lohajung in guesthouse/homestay on twin/triple/multi sharing basis
  • Stay in alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Meals (veg and egg) from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 5
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Utensils and crockery
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Toilet tents
  • Crampon
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits
  • Stretcher
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and qualified trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 6
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1200 per backpack of 11 kgs)
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any additional costs for unforeseeable events like bad weather, landslides, road blocks, medical emergencies or evacuation, taxi strikes, etc.
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Trek to Brahmatal Lake
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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One of the best snow treks in the Himalayas, the Brahmatal trek takes you to the two high-altitude lakes of Bekaltal and Brahmatal. You'll make your way across mountain slopes, with overgrown woods of oak and rhododendron, and climb up to altitudes of over 12,000 feet. En route, you'll pass small villages like Malling and Burali, with terraced farms and flocks of sheep grazing over green grasslands.

In the winter, the landscape gets blanketed with fresh, white snow, offering magnificent views of icy vistas all around. Trekking through the soft snow, you'll get views of snow-stormed mountain peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and many more.
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  • Travel arrangements between Kathgodam-Lohajung in private, shared vehicle
  • Accommodation in guesthouse and tents for 5 nights on triple/multi-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Vegetarian meal package including all meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 5, plus morning/evening tea/coffee
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Kathgodam
  • Any meals not included in the inclusions
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Trek to Brahmatal
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The Brahmatal trek is a gorgeous 6-day adventure that takes you to the high-altitude, Himalayan lakes of Bekaltal and Brahmatal. You'll spend hours every day trekking across mountain ridges with dense woods. En route, you'll breath in the stunning beauty of Uttarakhand's mountains, rivers and forests. At night, you'll stay in tents pitched besides the clear and still waters of the alpine lakes. In the months of winter, the Brahmatal landscape turns white with heavy snow, allowing you to get better views of the snowy mountain slopes and pine trees. Another highlight of the trek to Brahmatal, you'll trek to Brahmatal top to get breathtaking views of higher Himalayan peaks like Kamet, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvath, Trishul and many more.

NOTE: Prices displayed are per person prices for a booking of 4 travellers.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Kathgodam-Lohajung in private, shared jeep or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in guesthouses and tents for 5 nights
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Vegetarian meal package including all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Kathgodam
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (available at an additional cost of INR 750 per backpack, per day)
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Brahma Tal Trek
Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
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This 6-day easy to moderate difficulty trek is one of the few winter trekking options available to an avid hiker. This lake is opposite Roopkund, where the famed mystery human skeletons lie. On this trail, you'll get spectacular views of legendary peaks like Trishul, Nanda Ghanti, Chowkhamba, Nilkanth, as well as views of the sprawling Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, both meadows that are covered in snow. This is the closest you'll be able to get to these peaks without actually climbing them. You'll also get to camp at two frozen glacial lakes, and hike through silent conifer forests. The forests are calm and peaceful, with sounds muffled by the snow, and once you cross the tree-line, you'll start seeing mountain views like you've never seen before.
    Inclusions
  • Food (as per menu) on the trek
  • Forest permits/camping charges (if any)
  • Tents, sleeping bags, mats, technical and safety equipment
  • Mules for carrying common luggage
  • 2-night stay in Loharjung
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal utensils
  • Transport from Haldwani - Haldwani (can be arranged for INR 2300)
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Porters for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1285 per person, for a 12 kg bag)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions

FAQs about Brahmatal winter trek

When should I go to see snow at Brahmatal?

From late December onwards, the snow begins to carpet the landscape around Brahmatal. You can book your snow trek to Brahmatal anytime between December and February.

How difficult is the Brahmatal snow trek?

The Brahmatal snow trek is not difficult, so is suitable for fit beginners. You can expect some steep stretches along the trek. Because it takes place in winter, the mercury will drop quite low, so expect temperatures from 3-10 degrees Celsius. At night it could drop as low as -4 degrees Celsius.

What should I carry for the Brahmatal snow trek?

Your Brahmatal trek operator will provide you with all the camping gear you need, but you will need to carry your own clothing and snow gear. Make sure you have thermals, warm layers, a snow jacket, trekking boots, and a warm hat and gloves. Do go through the packing list provided by your operator to ensure you have all the required gear.

Can I do the Brahmatal trek in other seasons?

Yes, the Brahmatal trek is possible throughout the year, except in the monsoon. You’ll see very different landscapes depending on which time of the year you go.