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.
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
Distance: 220 KMs
Time: 10 hrs
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.
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.
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.
Meals Not Applicable
Stay Not Applicable
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.
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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