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INR : 8500/person
The Brahmatal Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti. The trek usually starts from Lohajung and takes you through dense forests, meadows, and snowy terrain. The highlight of the trek is the Brahmatal Lake, a frozen lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It’s a moderate-level trek, generally done in 6-7 days, and is perfect for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The best time to undertake this trek is from December to April when the lake is frozen and the landscape is at its most enchanting.
Day 1: Driving from Rishikesh to Lohajung 250 Kms
- Altitude: 2,300 m/ 7,662 ft
- Distance of drive 250km 10 hours
- Pickup Time and Location: Time 6:15 AM from ISBT Rishikesh
- Network available at Lohajung
- Stay will be in guesthouse
- Route: From Rishikesh to Devprayag to Srinagar to Rudraprayag to Karanprayag to Dewal to Lohajung
The journey starts at Rishikesh. Our transport manager will meet you at ISBT Rishikesh at 6:15 AM and then drive you to Lohajung which is the village that forms the basis to begin our hike. Lohajung is situated inside the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand and is about 250 kilometers distant from Rishikesh. It takes between 10 and 11 hours to get there. Transport to Lohajung is provided through Trekup India in Bolero, Tata Sumo or travller vehicles. When you arrive at Lohajung rooms will be alloted in the guesthouse.
From Rishikesh, you’ll drive along mountain roads. on clear days you can glimpse the Garhwal Himalayas from the distance. Enjoy a peaceful landscape along with River Ganga keeping you company. While driving you’ll come across all three main holy confluences in the country: Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karanprayag. Devprayag is the site of an influx of Alakananda along with the Bhagirathi River. It is possible to see the distinct teal and turquoise hues that are the result of merging two rivers. As you travel through Srinagar and coming across Rudraprayag which is the point of confluence between Mandakini as well as Alakananda River, and about 33 kilometers away from Rudraprayag is the third confluence you will encounter on the route: Karanprayag The confluence between Mandakini along with Pindar River.
Lohajung takes you in close proximity to the magnificent Nanda Ghunti peak. If we reach the peak before sunset, you will be able to catch stunning sunsets over the mountain’s peak and paint it with stunning shades. There’s a fascinating folklore that relates to the name of the village. The locals claim Goddess Parvati had the “jung” (war which means war in Hindi) with the demon Lohasur, which is the name of the village. Lohajung is home to a small market, in which you can purchase trekking gear and other essentials that could be helpful for your journey.
Lohajung is a town at the top of the mountain therefore you can anticipate the weather to get cold particularly at night, and it could also be rainy and foggy based on the time of year. Bring appropriate clothes to allow you to adjust to the changing weather.
Day 02: Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal – The Brown Lake
- Bekaltal: 3,000 m/ 9,950 ft
- Distance to Trek 6 km of 4-5 hours
- Altitude Gain: 700m/ 2,150 ft
- Difficulty: Moderate ascent through the forest
- Hot lunch at the campsite
- Water Source: Water Sources: Springs and man-made water sources
- Bekaltal is a 15 minute walk from the campsite.
- Enjoy a walk in the evening to Bekalatal Lake and enjoy a Sunset views
- Tents Stay
It is the first day of the trek, and we’ll start by taking the bus at Lohajung and head to the Bekaltal campsite. After a delicious breakfast, we’ll begin our tour heading towards Bekalatal, and, as we travel, you will be greeted by breathtaking views of Mount Nanda Ghunti. Walking through a coniferous forest consisting of Oak and Firs, the trail ends at Bekalatal Campsite after 4 to five hours. Stay overnight at the Bekalatal Campsite in a twin-sharing camp.
The trail towards the Bekaltal campsite is six kilometers long, with a gradual rise. The paths are well-defined, and a brief walk on the course will lead to Mandoli, the first mountain settlement. Mandoli. Mandoli village will be to your left when you walk on the trail. The trail continues to climb slowly as it winds through the mountain ranges and curves and bends as you go. It is possible to see an area known as the Kali Valley, the meeting point of the Kali and the Pindari Rivers. After Mundoli, it is a good idea to stroll through dense forest areas of Oak, Fir, and Cedar and a specific number of Rhododendron trees. A distinctive woody smell characterizes the forest. The spring and late winter are when you can see flowers of the Rhodendron blossoming and adding blush to the beautiful mountains. The trail remains covered with snow throughout all winter.
Two hours into your journey and you’ll be able to see the next point of interest, a 10 meters long wooden bridge that crosses a stream. It is possible to ration water at this source of water. After crossing the bridge, you’ll arrive at Begum, an idyllic and peaceful resting spot. Nanda Ghunti is the most prominent skyline of the area, and visitors can enjoy stunning mountain views from this spot and the breathtaking view of Navali and Bagdi Bugyal. A further 20 minutes walk will bring the visitor to Gujreni, and you’ll be able to see two streams in the area. A few trekkers also opt to stay at Gujreni, but we’ll walk further to camp next to Bekaltal. Gujarati is also an excellent location for bird watching, and you might see Himalayan bird species such as Asian Barred Owlet, Woodpeckers, Solitary Snipe, and Blue-fronted redstarts here.
Now you are at the final part of today’s hike. Take a walk for approximately an hour and a half, and you’ll arrive at the sandy beach of Bekaltal. The Lake is just 15 minutes away from our campsite. Once your tents are put up, you can refresh yourself and go to the Lake in the evening. It is Bekaltal Lake rests beautifully amidst an Oak forest. The still water of the Lake after the trek is a captivating experience.
The Lake is located in a dense clump of Oak trees, and the Lake’s waters remain dark brown throughout the year. The distinctive brown color in the lakes is due to the significant quantity of organic matter dissolving into the seas. Organic matter stains the water’s color and gives it an undertone of brown. A thin layer of ice may form in the waters when the weather gets more chilly. After watching the stunning sunset from Bekaltal, return to your camp for a delicious meal that awaits you in the evening. After dinner, you can rest comfortably in your camping tent.
Day 3: Trek From Bekaltal to Brahmatal
- Brahmatal 3.200 meters/ 10,450 feet
- Jhandi Top: 3,400 m/ 11,150 ft
- Distance of the Trek 7 km of 6-7 hrs
- Altitude Gain: 400 m/ 1,300 ft
- The ascent is steep for 1.3 hours via Bekaltal and then gradual ascent. The descent is steep in the next section. The final stretch includes a gradual descent to the campsite.
- Hot food is served at the campsite.
- Water Source: No water source is available on the way; therefore, carry at least two bottles of water from the campsite.
- A beautiful day can be seen in Shivalik and the Greater Himalayas.
- Enjoy a night walk along Brahmatal Lake, about 500m from the campsite.
- Tents Stay
Take advantage of the snow-covered paths that lead to Brahmatal. It takes about four hours for the hike. The trail is forested and once you get to Telindi summit, take in breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas. Continue on the path until you arrive at Brahmatal and Khabekhal Lake. Sleep in tents for the night.
Day 4: Brahmatal Lake to Brahmatal top point and return to Daldum Camp
- Daldum Altitude: 2,850 m/ 9,350 ft
- Brahmatal Pass Altitude: 3,500 m/ 11,570 ft
- Distance to Trek 12 km 8 to 9 hours.
- Difficulty: Moderate ascent till Brahmatal top high point. After the Pass, then descend until Daldum Campsite via Jhandi Top.
- Wander through Rhododendron as well as Oak forest.
- Packed lunch at the top.
- 360-degree views of the mountain from its summit
- The First 180 degrees cover Chaukhamba, Mana, Mandir, Neelkanth, Nilgiri, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, and Maitoli up towards the Panchachuli Ranges. The remaining is the Shivalik Himalayan Mountains.
- There is no source of water. Bring at the very least two litres of water along with you.
- Tent stay.
After breakfast, you can prepare for the climb up to the top of Brahmatal. Take a stroll along the treacherous pathways across Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar. A mountain ridge encloses this trail with valleys on both sides. It takes 2.5 hours to arrive at Brahmatal Top. While on this journey, delight in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan Ranges. Mt. Trishul is very close with panoramic views from Nandhaghunti. From the top, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views of the snow-covered Himalayan Ranges. Continue to the following camp location in Daldum; the hike will last up to 3 hours to complete. 2.7 kilometres is the distance you’ll have covered with this hike. The forests will also be your companions on these hiking trails.
Day 05: Return back to base camp Lohajung
- Lohajung Altitude: 2,350 m & 7,700 ft
- Trek Distance: 4 km
- Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
- Altitude Loss: 500 m/ 1,650 ft
- A steep and gradual ascent
- Guesthouse stay
From Daldum, go to the left to get to Lohajung. It’s a quick hike of about 4 km that will take between 3 and 4 hours. The climb to Lohajung follows an easily-marked trail that crosses some streams and through the forest of Oak and Rhododendron, you travelled through. This is the same trail you first came upon. As you traverse the forest, you’ll come across the shepherd’s huts that locals use to house their livestock. Take the path that is paved with stone from here. It connects the mountain communities to Lohajung. When you arrive at Lohajung, it is possible to freshen up in the guesthouse and, later in the evening, wander around the town. Sunsets from Lohajung are pretty impressive, as we’ve mentioned previously. You can take in a fantastic sunset here. You can visit the town market if you want to purchase souvenirs from the excursion. The most delicious meal is served in the guesthouse. Enjoy a peaceful night’s rest, and we’ll drive back to Rishikesh the next day.
Day 06: Back to Rishikesh
Today we’ll take you to Rishikesh to mark the conclusion of a fantastic journey. After having your last morning tea and breakfast with the team TUI, we’ll depart towards Rishikesh. Rishikesh has located 210km from Lohajung and will take approximately 10 hours to return. It is expected to arrive in Rishikesh at 7:00 at night. The time it takes to get to Rishikesh could vary according to the road and traffic conditions. We’ll travel along these same routes to Rishikesh.
Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay in Joshimath on a triple-sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh – Joshimath – Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depending on the number of travelers).
Meals: All vegetarian meals from day 1st Dinner to day 6th Breakfast.
Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.
Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent.
Trek Leader: Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.
Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
Guide ratio: 1:10
Any expenses of personal nature.
Meals during transit.
Any insurance of any kind.
Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).
Unscheduled delay due to landslide.
Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
Note: You can apply for travel insurance before the trek.
For a Himalayan trek, consider packing the following essentials:
Warm clothing (thermal layers, fleece, down jacket) waterproof and windproof outer layers (jacket and pants) sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support Backpack with a rain cover
sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures Sleeping pad/mattress for insulation Hat, gloves, and scarf sunglasses and sunscreen for high-altitude protection
water bottles and water purification method (filters or tablets) high-energy snacks and food for the trek first aid kit with essential medications and blister care items
trekking poles for better stability and support Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries personal toiletries and wet wipes Multi-tool or pocket knife
camera and spare memory cards for capturing memories personal identification and necessary permits for the trek
remember to travel light but adequately prepared for the challenging conditions of a himalayan trek. Always check the specific requirements for the trek you are planning to undertake
Our Cancellation Policy-
Cancelling prior 21 days from trek start date – 10% deduction charges, 90% is refunded.
Cancelling prior 15-20 days from trek start date – 30% deduction towards GST, Transaction, accommodation at Base, ration, etc. 70% is refunded.
Cancelling prior 7-14 days from trek dates – 50% deduction towards GST, Transaction, accommodation at Base, ration, Trekleaders, permits, equipment etc. 50% is refunded.
Cancelling prior 1-6 days from trek dates – 100% deduction As all arrangements are made by transhimalaya and we are set to take you on a trek.
Trek Voucher terms and Condition –
– The Voucher will be valid for 6 Months from date of issuance
– The Voucher can be used in any trek with Trans Himalaya.