One of the most beautiful treks to be done in summers as well as winters is the amazing Brahmatal Trek. Stunning views of the Himalayan ranges all around are a sight to remember. A very scenic trek with views of Mount Trishul (7,120 metres), Nanda Ghunti (6310 metres), Chaukhamba (7138 metres), Mrigthulli, Chandaniyaa koti (at the foot of which is Roopkund at 15,750 feet) are visible on clear days. We get to an altitude of 12,200 feet as the highest point of this trek.
Trekking through the dense forests of Oaks and Rhododendrons, passing through local villages and homes that practice step farming, meadows from where we get to see the mighty Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, the trek is an easy one in summers and a moderate one in Winters. We walk over ridges, narrow trails and over stones & boulders, crossing over to the other side from the Brahmatal pass and trek down towards the village called Wan. A couple of beautiful lakes – Bekaltal and Brahamatal on the trek route adds on to the views and feel of the trek. Brahamatal is an amazing trek for anyone who wants to trek & camp in the Himalayas for 5 to 6 days.
Brahmatal Trek is also an amazing choice for beginners or trekkers wanting to explore the world of Wilderness. Alternatively, Kareri Lake, Dodital Trek, Valley of Flowers are some other choices for beginners.
Arrive at Kathgodham railway station by 6.30am. Ranikhet express starts from Delhi at 10:05pm and reaches Kathgodham by 05:30am the next morning. Start drive from Kathgodam railway station by 7:00 am towards Lohajung. Have breakfast & lunch on the way and get to Lohajung by evening. We have a briefing session with all the trekkers just before dinner.
After a brief discussion of the route for the following day, things to pack, things to keep at base and a quick health check, we will have dinner and call it a day.
After having breakfast, we start our trek to bekaltal. The ascend starts from the market through the cemented trail. It is a gradual ascend right from the start. After a while, we get to the trail and get beautiful views of the valley on our left. We cross the Mandoli village and continue on the trail to reach Khopdaliya which will be our campsite for the day. We do a cool down session and start fixing our camps. Just a 5 to 10 minutes hike to our right will get us to Bekaltal. At Wanderers, we don’t want to spoil the majestic surroundings of Bekaltal and therefore, we camp at Khopdaliya and not Bekaltal.
Later in the evening after some snacks and some rest we go to Bekaltal and spend some time. After clicking some pictures and listening to the local folklore from our guides/locals we head back to the campsite. We will call it a night post a quick health check of the entire team followed by the dinner.
From Khopdaliya, we start our trek post a warm up session and get straight into the dense forest. It takes about 1 hour through Oaks and Rhododendrons forest as we get to the first clearing. From this clearing or ridge, we get stunning views of both the valleys. To our right would be the snow-covered Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. To our left would be a wide valley that goes down to Mundoli village and roads towards Gwaldham. After spending some time with these amazing views around us, we continue to trek further straight on a zig-zag trail. This is a little steep ascend that leads us to the right side that opens to a centre point from where we get closer to Mount Trishul. Towards our left we can see the camping spot, which is 4.5kms away. We trek over the narrow muddy trail and get to a section descending over stones and boulders. A descend of 30minutes gets us to the campsite for the night. Brahmatal is on our right (just a 15mins hike).
After lunch and rest we walk up to Brahmatal to click pictures and enjoy the views. We get back to the campsite for soup followed by dinner.
180 degree view of the Himalayas (12,200 feet)
Today we start early to enjoy the 180-degree views of the Himalayas. We enter the trail through the forest taking the steep uphill route. Approximately 45minutes to an hour of trekking uphill and we cross the forests to get to the patch of boulders. From here it becomes extremely windy on clear weather days, so we need to ensure proper and adequate layering. We ascend to get to the pass and depending upon the time, we take a left from this point and climb over this beautiful ridge to get to a temple. We climb further up to get views of the Chaukahmba, Haathi parbat, Ghoda Parbat, Neelgiri, Neelkanth, Mana and many more. We spend some time here at the tallest point of our trek and descend to the pass and head towards Tilbudi.
Descend from the pass
We get to Tilbudi and rest. A cool-down session followed by some soup and snacks feels great after the day's long trek.
Post breakfast, we start to descend to Lohajung. A couple of hours trekking through a forest of Oaks and Rhododendrons will get us to the Wan village. This route provides many scenic pictures all throughout. After reaching Wan village, we board the vehicles and a 45mins drive brings us to Lohajung.
Later in the evening we have a closing ceremony with all the trekkers and staff members and have a good time.
1) Meals - All the meals from Lohajung to Lohajung.
2) Accommodation -
- Camping/forest guest houses while on trek on twin sharing basis.
- While camping, wanderers will provide: dry cleaned sleeping bags and mattresses with fresh individual fleece liner for hygiene.
- Toilets – clean and hygienic (traditional cat pit style).
3) Trek Leader - An experienced mountaineer who is also a certified wilderness first aid responder.
4) Guide - There will be a well experienced local guide who is well versed with the local topography.
5) Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities.
6) Other Equipment (if required) can be rented from Wanderers.
1) Transport - To the base (Lohajung) and back.
2) Any meals/services not mentioned above
3) Any costs in accommodation & food arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
5) Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
6) Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
7) Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.