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.
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 meters 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.
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.
For this trek, you first arrive at Kathgodam where you meet the tour operator and the rest of the team. From there, you'll be driven to Lohajung which is the starting point of the trek where you'll spend the night. The next day, you begin your trek to Bekaltal and the trail cuts through dense forests. En route, you also cross the Mandoli Village and the confluence of Kali and Pindari river. After spending a night at Bekaltal, you then continue to the lake. En route, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Himalayan mountains. On the fourth day, you'll begin your trek to the Brahmatal Pass. From there, you'll descent back to Lohajung and spend the night there. The next day, you'll trek to Wan Village. After spending a night at Wan, you'll then be driven back to Kathgodam where your trip ends.
December to February is the best time for theTrek. 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, you can see the Himalayan giants up-close and under blue skies that stretch across the horizon.
Some of the best memories of the 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
The tour operator will provide all the technical and camping equipment required for the trek. So you only have to carry personal gear, starting from a strong bag, along with a personal med kit, toiletries, cap, sunglasses, gloves, balaclava, etc. Apart from this, you need to carry appropriate clothes which include quick-dry apparel, thermal inners, down and fleece jackets, and trek pants. You also need to wear well-broken in trekking shoes with good grip.Once you book the trek, the tour operator too will give you a packing list which you need to follow properly to ensure a comfortable trek to Brahmatal.
The meeting point for the Brahmatal trek is at Kahtgodam, a small town in Nainital of Uttarakhand. You can reach Kathgodam directly either via road or rail. There are many state and privately run buses that connect the town to most major north Indian cities and towns. The town can be reached by rail from most major cities of the country via express trails. However, the town does not have its own airport and the nearest airport is at Dehradun, at a distance of 184 km. If you can't find a flight from your city to Dehradun, then you can take a flight to Delhi and catch a bus/taxi to Kathgodam.
Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung
Day 2: Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal
Day 3: Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal
Day 4: Trek to Brahmatal Summit
Day 5: Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam
Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung
Arrive at Kathgodam Railway Station in the morning where you'll meet the operator. You'll then begin your drive to Lohajung. The drive goes through a scenic route and passes Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal Lake and Baijnath. You'll also get your first glimpse of the Himalayan peaks. You'll reach the destination by evening and you can spend the rest of the evening exploring the place before retiring for the night.
Day 2: Trek to Bekaltal
Today, you'll wake up early for the first day of your trek to Brahmatal. You'll set off for Bekaltal via an upward trail through a forest. And en route, you'll cross Mandoli Village where you'll see the confluence of Kali and Pindari rivers. You'll then trek through rhododendron forests, crossing bridges and streams to reach Bekaltal. You'll spend the night on the banks of the Khopdaliya Lake.
Day 3: Trek to Brahmatal
Today, you'll continue to trek to Brahmatal through forests of oaks. En route, you'll enjoy splendid views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks as far as the eyes can see. The lake is a short descent away. You'll spend the night close to the peaceful Brahmatal lake in the company of a million stars and many Himalayan peaks.
Day 4: Trek to Brahmatal Pass
You'll wake up to filling breakfast and then visit the Brahmatal lake. From there, you'll begin your ascent trek to the Brahmatal Pass. From the pass, you'll be treated to the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. From there, you'll begin your descend to Tilbudi, a clearing in a forest and you'll spend the night there.
Day 5: Trek to Lohajung
Today, you'll begin your trek to Lohajung with an easy descent. Your first destination is the Wan Village from there you'll board the vehicle that will take you to Lohajung. It is a short drive of about 30 min. Upon reaching there, you'll check-in at the guesthouse and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Drive to Kathgodam
Today, you'll wake up, have breakfast and check-out of the guesthouse. You'll board the transit vehicle that will take you back to Kathgodam. You'll be dropped back to the Kathgodam railway station by evening. The trip ends here.
This package includes travel arrangements between Kathgodam-Lohajung in private, shared vehicles, as per the itinerary. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse in Lohajung and during the trek, in tents. All accommodation is either on triple or multi-sharing basis. For your camping nights, you’ll be provided with sleeping bags and camping mattresses, and will have access to a kitchen/dining tent and a toilet tent. Your meals during the trek will be provided, which is from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 5. All meals will be vegetarian, and you’ll also be served hot tea or coffee every morning and evening on the trek. Your team consists of an experienced trek leader and camping crew, as well as porters or mules to carry common camping equipment. This package includes government permits and entry fees, as well as all applicable taxes.
This package does not include your transport or travel arrangements between home city and Kathgodam. It will not cover any meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, nor does it cover personal expenses like snacks, beverages, additional meals, tips to staff, etc. If you wish to buy adventure travel or health insurance for this trip, you are free to do so, but it is not included in the package. The operator cannot cover any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, etc. Personal porters can be arranged at a separate cost. Anything not mentioned in inclusions is to be considered an exclusion.
The best time for this trek is from December to February when you get to enjoy the snow-covered trail along with uninterrupted views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. During this time, especially in the month of December, you'll get the full winter trek experience as you traverse over the snow to reach the lake. You'll cross through gorgeous, lush pine forests, and spend the nights camping on the banks of the frozen Brahmatal and Bekaltal lakes.
From late December to February is the best time for the snow trek. During these months, the snow begins to carpet the landscape, and the trail cuts through snow-covered trails to reach the frozen over the lake. The snow trek can be booked anytime between December and February.
The trek is an easy trail, making it perfectly suitable for fit beginners. However, the trail does consist of some steep sections and the weather can get freezing cold during winters, dropping as low as -4 degrees Celsius. Hence, a certain level of fitness is required for the trek.
Yes, this 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. However, the best time to visit the lake is during the winter season when the lake is flanked by snow in all directions, giving you the perfect snow trek experience.
This trek is an easy to moderate trek, suitable for fit beginners. You don't need to prepare much for the trek if you already follow a regular workout routine. However, if you do not work out regularly, you should start with exercises such as cycling, running, yoga, cardio training, etc. to build up your endurance levels.
For this trek, the tour operator will provide all the equipment required for camping along with the technical equipment required for trekking. Hence, you only have to carry your personal essentials like a personal medical kit, toiletries, appropriate clothes, camp and sunglasses, gloves, etc. Remember to use a strong backpack that is comfortable on your back. One of the most essential things to carry for the trek is a pair of sturdy trekking boots which provide ample grip and support.
The clothes you wear will depend on which season you choose to go to. If you're going during the summer season, then you need to wear comfortable apparel including a full-sleeve t-shirt and trekking pants, along with sunglasses and suncap. You should also carry a light jacket for the night. However, if you're going in winters, then you need to also wear thermal inners, down and fleece jackets, woolen/synthetic gloves, and balaclava/scarf. Regardless of the weather, it is always a good idea to carry a raincoat/poncho.
The trek to the lake is gorgeous all year round except for monsoons. During the summer season, the landscape is peaceful and you get to treat your senses to the sounds and sights of the alpine forests of Himalayas. However, in winter, the experience is entirely different. You get to enjoy the bright white scenery of the Himalayas, with sprawling snowfields, snow-covered Himalayan mountains all around, and the frozen lakes of Brahmatal and Bekaltal. The trek also becomes a hidden gem during this season as there isn't much of a crowd to ruin the experience.
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Kathgodam is a small town in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Kathgodam is well connected via roads to most major cities of India and you can easily reach the town by bus or private vehicle. Kathgodam is also connected to other major cities via a rail network. However, the town does not have its own airport, and the nearest airport is the Dehradun Airport located at a distance of 184 km or Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is located at a distance of 238 km. From those airports, you can reach Kathgodam via local transport.
During this trek, you will trek at high altitudes in cold temperatures. Hence, special attention needs to be given to what you wear. You need to wear a balaclava or a woolen cap to cover your head. For your body, you need to wear quick-dry apparel along with light thermals, wind and waterproof jacket, fleece jacket, and trekking pants. Avoid restrictive clothing especially denim jeans or shorts. Lastly, wear sturdy hiking shoes with a good grip.
Your 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.
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.
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