Brahmatal Trek

Lohajung, Uttarakhand 6 D / 5 N 


About The Trip

Plan The Unplanned brings to you Brahmatal Trek of the finest Himalayan Winter treks out there suitable for those looking to attempt their first Himalayan trek as well as the more experienced trekkers looking for a quick Himalayan getaway.

Winters being extreme in the Himalayas makes it difficult to access the higher reaches of it during the peak winter months starting from November-December to the end of March. During this time, Himalayas receive a lot of snowfall which makes a lot of treks inaccessible. It is the same very reason which makes Brahmatal Trek a unique affair as this is among those rare treks nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas during that period wherein the trekkers can tread through snow and indulge in a magical experience.

This trek offers varied experiences as we walk through the dense Oak and Rhododendron forest for the most part of the trek but the trek also offers the trekkers with an opportunity to walk on snow-covered meadows along with camping next to Bekal Tal. The surroundings of the high altitude Brahmatal lake is serene and on a clear day, one can see the perfect reflection of mountains in it.

The trek also offers majestic views of Mt. Nandagunti and Mt. Trishul from the highest point on the trek and a panoramic view of other Himalayan peaks. Add to the fact that this is a fairly easy trail with most parts of the trek in the treeline in a gradual ascend which makes it accessible for beginners by reducing the chances of altitude sickness and you can select this to be your first adventure in the Himalayas. Two beautiful lakes, thick Oak and Rhododendron forest, and majestic mountain views from the top is a recipe to make it a perfect winter trek in Garhwal Himalayas.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh and Arrival at Lohajung

Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal (9,700 ft, 6 kms)

Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal (10,500 ft, 7 kms)

Day 4: Brahmatal to Tilbudi via Brahmatal Pass (12,200 ft) – Tilbudi (11250 ft, 7 kms)

Day 5: Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung

Day 6: Lohajung to Rishikesh

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 2 nights in a hotel or homestay on a triple/quad sharing basis. 3 nights' tented accommodation for three people.
  • Surface transfer by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler from Rishikesh to Lohajung and back ( Depends on the number of travelers).
  • Meals: All meals are included from (day 1 dinner to day 5 dinner). On all days of the trek, we provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food.
  • Snacks: Tea or coffee in the mornings and evenings, with light snacks and soup served on the trek.
  • Camping equipment includes a tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, a dining tent, and a toilet tent.
  • Trek Leader Experienced and qualified trek leader and support staff.
  • Permits: All fees and permits are required.
  • Trekking Gear: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope, if necessary.

Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above.
  • Any kind of personal expense.
  • Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole etc.
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc.
  • Anything not included above.
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strikes or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Detail Itinerary


Dinner

Private Vehicle

Homestay


Details

Distance: 220 KMs
Time: 10 hrs

  • At 6:00 AM, everyone will meet at the pickup location.
  • Following that, we'll leave for Lohajung.
  • Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag will all be stops along the way.
  • Lohajung is a tiny community in the Chamoli district that serves as a base camp for numerous other communities, including Roopkund, Bedni Bugyal, and Brahamtal.
  • By evening, we'll arrive in Lohajung.
  • We'll have dinner and then spend the night in Lohajung.
  • Rishikesh ISBT/Railway Station will be the meeting place.

 

 



All Meals

Trek

Tents


Details

Distance: 6 kms

Time: 5 Hrs

Following breakfast, the trek departs from Lohajung. It will be a gradual ascent through nearby villages until you reach the middle of the forest. The trail is zigzag throughout and serpentine, making the ascent simpler. The trekkers can rehydrate their water bottles in a few of the villages along the way. Additionally, there are numerous springs along the trail that can be used for water stocking. In the gorgeous, verdant Kali Valley, we will soon cross the confluence of two mountain rivers, the Kali and the Pindari.

We will cross a stream to reach the next water source, which is at a height of about 8500 feet, using a notable wooden bridge that also serves as a landmark for hikers. From here, it takes about an hour to hike to our campsite. We will be provided with a hot lunch at the campsite in Bekaltal. Bekaltal Lake, which is surrounded by oak trees and can be seen in semi-frozen conditions in the winter, is located 15 minutes' walk from our campsite. Evenings are set aside for exploring the neighborhood.



All Meals

Trek

Tents


Details

Distance: 4 kms

Time: 3 hrs

The trek will begin with an arduous climb through an oak and rhododendron forest. Before the view opens up to the Telandi meadows, this area of the forests is one of the densest, making it a pleasant setting to be walking in their shade. Since the trekkers must navigate through a lot of snow to get to the Brahmatal campsite during the winter, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and adventurous parts of the journey. Your day's highest point will be reached when you reach 11,500 feet thanks to the meadows' gradual ascent. You can reach the Brahmatal Lake by descending from here. About 500 metres separate the campsite from the lake. Awe-inspiring views of the formidable Mt. Trisul and Mt. Nandaghunti, as well as other Himalayan ranges in the distance, are to be expected. Since there are no water sources available right now, bring enough water with you to last until you get to the campsite.

Brahmatal lake is only 500 meters away from the campsite.



All Meals

Trek

Tents


Details

Distance : 6 KMs
Time : 8 Hrs

As today is Summit Day, anticipate an early start. We begin our journey through the enchanted oak and rhododendron forests, which we follow all the way to Brahmatal Lake. When the sun is shining brightly, you will be reminded of your science classes about reflection and refraction because the colours change as the sun's angle changes.

After a short distance of walking and traversing the meadow, the last ascent to the pass starts. As soon as you reach the top, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti will be in full view. Take some time to take it all in and accept that you are actually seeing these things, and don't forget to take some incredible photos for your collection. From here, you can see the Himalayan ranges in all directions. As we begin our walk, you will be treated to a panoramic view of distant peaks like Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli, as well as Tharali and Gwaldam (Places that you crossed on the way from Kathgodam) in the distance. The descent will take a different route towards Tilbudi from Brahmatal Pass. We finally arrive at Tilbudi, where we will spend the night, as we continue to descend.

 



Breakfast, Dinner

None

Homestay


Details

  • We'll leave our campsite after breakfast and an early-morning tea.
  • We'll then make our way down to Lohajung. We will finally leave the woods at Malling, and signs of civilization will start to emerge.
  • We'll check into our homestay once we get to Lohajung.
  • After dinner, spend the night in Lohajung.

 



Meals Not Applicable

Car

Stay Not Applicable


Details

The taxi would arrive in the morning to drop the trekkers back to Rishikesh Railway station to continue with their return journey. It is always a good decision to start early in the mountains as the weather is very unpredictable. Onward journey from Rishikesh can be booked post 8 PM.


Things To Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Policy and Terms

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

FAQ's

The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/

Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Usually, we take a maximum of 12 - 15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups. We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips - If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded - If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

The Chamoli area of the Garhwal Himalayas is home to the base hamlet of Lohajung, where the Brahmatal trek begins.

Even though the hike to Brahmatal Lake is considered easy, you still need to be in decent physical shape to finish it. A total novice with no prior training shouldn't attempt such a high-altitude hike.

This trek is likely to get snow in December, January, and February. Snow can occasionally be seen long into March if you're lucky. The majority of the snow on the route and around has melted by the beginning of April.

There will be restrooms at the Lohajung guest house. Toilet tents will be erected along each campground throughout the journey. Depending on the size of the gathering, there may be a number of these toilet tents. This is the cleanest and most practical approach to respond to nature's call in the wild.

Most networks' mobile signals are available in Lohajung. Mountains will have patchy signal coverage. Therefore, wrap up all of your crucial conversations at Lohajung and let your worried relatives know about the poor phone signal.

You can leave some luggage behind if necessary because you'll be starting and ending your trip at the Lohajung guest home. However, be careful not to leave any valuables behind.

Additional Information

  • How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
    For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India)

    Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

    Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

    Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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