Magnificent camping near frozen Lake of Brahmatal.

Nothing lasts forever, not even the cold January snow. One peculiar kind of trek which comes to mind while talking about trekking under harsh conditions, deprived of many resources yet blissful experiences, is the Brahmatal Hike. It is an understatement to call Brahmatal Winter Trek, one of the most awe-inspiring treks in India.

Some precious moments make a lifetime worth living for us. Similarly, the frozen lake that’s part of the Brahmatal Trek is insidiously beautiful with the icy land proving to be an ideal place to camp and enjoy the timeless moments in life. The Brahmatal Winter Trek is still a hidden one and considered an undiscovered treasure, untouched by humans. The silent echoes of the ancient forests are so still enough that you can even hear the crackling of dead forgotten leaves beset on the snowy path you happen to traverse.

March and April, this time of the year appeals trekkers from across the globe and invites travel enthusiasts from different age groups.

The simple reason behind the gathering of about thousand people from the world is the views of the summits that stun the onlooker, and the breathtaking scenic views of the Brahmatal Trek, totally engulf the travelers. You may greet the crystal clear blue skies which encompass the whole horizon geometrically. Every side you ponder, you see the mighty Himalayas guarding you from the monstrously icy winds from the North. A regular day would include seeing at least 4 ranges 7000 ft. and above.

However, the Brahmatal temperature in December is astonishingly cold and is inconvenient for travelers to trek along this side.

As you make your way across vast snow covered mountains, exhausted by the ascent, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti inspire you to keep chugging along. Picture by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

View of frozen lake in winters

Emerging out of the forests, to reach the highest point during the Brahmatal trek and watching the sunshine over the snow- clad mountains can be one the one of the most eye opening and self- affirming views that you can capture. While the pristine lake murmurs, do look forward to camping along its side on the snow. Pray that the sky is clear for it will be lit by stars that will glow bright on the surface of the Brahmatal lake.

A lone trekker stands beside the frozen Brahmatal Lake. Picture by Gajendra

Magnificent view of snowcapped Himalayas on summit day

Snow Capped Himalayas- You will bump into Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti on the Brahmatal trek. Right from the time you start on day one till you reach the peak of the trek, the two Mountains who always act as companions to each other and to you during the trek are the MT Trishul and MT Nanda Ghunti.

The snow topped MT Trishul is picture perfect and depending on the time of the day its beauty varies. They are among whitest Himalayan Mountains or the rockiest ridge that you could see from Brahmatal summit. The sky playing the coy background in this scene makes the view unforgettable.

Trekkers head towards Brahmatal Top. You get astoundingly clear and close views of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti from here. pc: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

Hey, this isn’t for everyone

The Brahmatal trek is apt for someone who likes to overdose on adrenaline and yearns to get lost into the wild green yonder of the Rhedrondrone going through ice snow as if they were guardian elements.

It’s preferable if you’re a fresher or already had your fair share of trekking in Himalayas or other mountains. Also, physical fitness and agility goes hand in hand with the trek as it falls under the above average Difficulty category. The minimum required age required for this trek with a Brahmatal Trek Guide is 9 years.

It is impossible to peel your eyes away from Mt.Nanda Ghunti and Mt.Trishul once you’re face to face with them on Brahmatal top. Picture by Gajendra
Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 1 : From Kathgodam to Lohajung

Altitude gain: 7000 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 10 -11 hrs.

Estimation distance of drive: 226 km

Tip: Get ready to make a memory

Kathgodam is the last railway station in these hills, so best way to reach Lohajung is to start your ride from here.

Upon reaching Lohajung, you are exposed to the magnificent Nanda Ghunti peak and if you’re having a good day you just might catch the exuberant colors of the Nanda Ghunti at dusk. Lohajung acts as the focal connection between the two astoundingly beautiful treks Roopkund and Brahmatal. It has a beauty of its own surrounded ancient trees of Rhododendron and alpines.

A small concentration of a dozen or more villages serves as the Centre point of Lohajung. A provisional store is present where you can fulfill your clothing, winter accessories and other needs. However, don’t rely too heavily on these shops and carry your vital things beforehand. The quality available at Lohajung market store is not up to the standard quality and may cause hazards to you while trekking. It is advisable to buy your winter trekking from a good trusted brand or store.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 2 : Lohajung to Bekaltal Lake

Altitude gain: 7000 ft. to 9750 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 5-6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 8 km

Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liter or refill from the streams on your way.

Carry a compass to the Brahmatal Trek as it helps to navigate better. From the chowk /market in central Lohajung, move towards Bisht General Stores. It is a manmade trail and demarcated for travelers’ convenience. You are required to make your way through a forest trail scantily clad with houses at the upper part of Lohajung. You will spot Mandoli village to your left after a brief trek through the trail.

The confluence of the Kail and Pindar rivers occurs at Kail Valley and is possible to view after a climb further up, on the left side. The water pipes providing freshwater to Lohajung act as guide points as they follow the trek trail. Moving along the trail we come at a point on the left called budla (small cluster of homes).

The entire periphery of the Mt Trishul and Nanda Ghunti is visible from here will which refresh your mind and keep you motivated throughout your trek. They offer exquisite scenery during all the seasons of the year. The dense forests on the gradual sloping land act as the icing on the cake.

A little over two kms into the trail and you find a small bridge which is meant to help you cross the stream flowing under it. 2hrs into the trek to arrive at begum which is a sort of resting point for the long journey that lies ahead. Also, this place offers some breathtaking views of Nanda Ghunti and Swaare village.

Walking along the splendid views of the Bugyals, we come across another stream. It takes roughly an hour from this place to reach the splendid Gujrani stream. From here, it takes another hour of steady walking. The Brahmatal trek distance is commonly known for its frozen state making the journey cold and breezy.

Khop Daliya is an adjacent lake and serves as a spectacular place for camping. There may be chances that you will get to see the beauty of the spreaded Brahma Kamal (lotus) on the frozen lake.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 3 : Bekaltal Lake to Brahmatal Lake

Altitude gain: 9750 ft. to 10400 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 4- 5 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 6 km of moderate walk

Tip: No water source around. Carry sufficient water from the campsite (at least 2
Liters)

We encounter the ancient oak and rhododendron forests after a steep start from the campsite. An hour into the tiring ascent makes way to a green meadow.

The leisurely stroll in this gently ascending meadow brings us to the highest point of the day. Onwards it is a gradual descent into Brahmatal. All throughout the days ordeal you can see Almora, Nainital side of the valley. The huge mountains are also visible scantily. The campsite in Brahmatal is situated at an elevation of 10400 ft. and just a half km away from the lake.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 4 : Brahmatal Lake to Brahmatal top and back

Altitude gain: 10400 ft. to 12300 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 5-6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 7 km (3.5km to Brahmatal top and 3.5 back)

Tip: Carry sufficient water from the campsite (at least 2 liters)

Out of all the days you’ve been on this harsh yet beautiful journey of the Brahmatal trek, today is the most splendid of them all.

The journey begins with a 40 min brisk walk through the forests and then brings us out into the green meadows and to the bottom of the big climb to the top. Upon reaching the summit a spread of mountains open to give you a scenic view..

Chaukhamba, Mandir Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Maitoli are just some of the mountains in the Panchachuli range which are visible from here.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 5 : Brahmatal Lake to Lohajung via Jhandi top

Altitude loss: 10400 ft. to 7000 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 9 km of steep descent

Tip: No water source carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liter

The gentleness of the descent from Brahmatal to Lohajung makes the trek last about 7 hrs. The route is retraced to Khabekhal and then deviated into another route which directly leads down to Lohajung.

The view along this descent is mesmerizing and quite astounding if you haven’t seen them before. The Brahmatal trek is incomplete without the scenic glances of the mountain ridges, like nothing you have seen before.

During the course of the journey we pass through a small place called Daldum which is quite beautifully covered by trees. 30 mins later into the trail, we reach Malling, a good water source which is located outside the vicinity of the forest area.

On walking further for an hour, we come across Burali which is a small place with a few houses. Villagers in this area farm during the cultivable seasons that lasts for a few months to meet their basic needs.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 6 : Lohajung to kathgodam (Day of departure)

Estimation time of completion: 10-11 hrs.

Estimation distance of drive: 226 km

Tip: Left Mountain and trail clean

After an enthralling 5 days with some amazing views and scenic backdrops it is time to return from Lohajung to kathgodam. We would arrange transport from Lohajung to Kathgodam railway station. More detailed information regarding this can be given on request.

Magnificent camping near frozen Lake of Brahmatal.

Nothing lasts forever, not even the cold January snow. One peculiar kind of trek which comes to mind while talking about trekking under harsh conditions, deprived of many resources yet blissful experiences, is the Brahmatal Hike. It is an understatement to call Brahmatal Winter Trek, one of the most awe-inspiring treks in India.

Some precious moments make a lifetime worth living for us. Similarly, the frozen lake that’s part of the Brahmatal Trek is insidiously beautiful with the icy land proving to be an ideal place to camp and enjoy the timeless moments in life. The Brahmatal Winter Trek is still a hidden one and considered an undiscovered treasure, untouched by humans. The silent echoes of the ancient forests are so still enough that you can even hear the crackling of dead forgotten leaves beset on the snowy path you happen to traverse.

March and April, this time of the year appeals trekkers from across the globe and invites travel enthusiasts from different age groups.

The simple reason behind the gathering of about thousand people from the world is the views of the summits that stun the onlooker, and the breathtaking scenic views of the Brahmatal Trek, totally engulf the travelers. You may greet the crystal clear blue skies which encompass the whole horizon geometrically. Every side you ponder, you see the mighty Himalayas guarding you from the monstrously icy winds from the North. A regular day would include seeing at least 4 ranges 7000 ft. and above.

However, the Brahmatal temperature in December is astonishingly cold and is inconvenient for travelers to trek along this side.

As you make your way across vast snow covered mountains, exhausted by the ascent, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti inspire you to keep chugging along. Picture by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

View of frozen lake in winters

Emerging out of the forests, to reach the highest point during the Brahmatal trek and watching the sunshine over the snow- clad mountains can be one the one of the most eye opening and self- affirming views that you can capture. While the pristine lake murmurs, do look forward to camping along its side on the snow. Pray that the sky is clear for it will be lit by stars that will glow bright on the surface of the Brahmatal lake.

A lone trekker stands beside the frozen Brahmatal Lake. Picture by Gajendra

Magnificent view of snowcapped Himalayas on summit day

Snow Capped Himalayas- You will bump into Mount Trishul and Mount Nanda Ghunti on the Brahmatal trek. Right from the time you start on day one till you reach the peak of the trek, the two Mountains who always act as companions to each other and to you during the trek are the MT Trishul and MT Nanda Ghunti.

The snow topped MT Trishul is picture perfect and depending on the time of the day its beauty varies. They are among whitest Himalayan Mountains or the rockiest ridge that you could see from Brahmatal summit. The sky playing the coy background in this scene makes the view unforgettable.

Trekkers head towards Brahmatal Top. You get astoundingly clear and close views of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti from here. pc: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

Hey, this isn’t for everyone

The Brahmatal trek is apt for someone who likes to overdose on adrenaline and yearns to get lost into the wild green yonder of the Rhedrondrone going through ice snow as if they were guardian elements.

It’s preferable if you’re a fresher or already had your fair share of trekking in Himalayas or other mountains. Also, physical fitness and agility goes hand in hand with the trek as it falls under the above average Difficulty category. The minimum required age required for this trek with a Brahmatal Trek Guide is 9 years.

It is impossible to peel your eyes away from Mt.Nanda Ghunti and Mt.Trishul once you’re face to face with them on Brahmatal top. Picture by Gajendra
Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 1 : From Kathgodam to Lohajung

Altitude gain: 7000 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 10 -11 hrs.

Estimation distance of drive: 226 km

Tip: Get ready to make a memory

Kathgodam is the last railway station in these hills, so best way to reach Lohajung is to start your ride from here.

Upon reaching Lohajung, you are exposed to the magnificent Nanda Ghunti peak and if you’re having a good day you just might catch the exuberant colors of the Nanda Ghunti at dusk. Lohajung acts as the focal connection between the two astoundingly beautiful treks Roopkund and Brahmatal. It has a beauty of its own surrounded ancient trees of Rhododendron and alpines.

A small concentration of a dozen or more villages serves as the Centre point of Lohajung. A provisional store is present where you can fulfill your clothing, winter accessories and other needs. However, don’t rely too heavily on these shops and carry your vital things beforehand. The quality available at Lohajung market store is not up to the standard quality and may cause hazards to you while trekking. It is advisable to buy your winter trekking from a good trusted brand or store.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 2 : Lohajung to Bekaltal Lake

Altitude gain: 7000 ft. to 9750 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 5-6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 8 km

Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liter or refill from the streams on your way.

Carry a compass to the Brahmatal Trek as it helps to navigate better. From the chowk /market in central Lohajung, move towards Bisht General Stores. It is a manmade trail and demarcated for travelers’ convenience. You are required to make your way through a forest trail scantily clad with houses at the upper part of Lohajung. You will spot Mandoli village to your left after a brief trek through the trail.

The confluence of the Kail and Pindar rivers occurs at Kail Valley and is possible to view after a climb further up, on the left side. The water pipes providing freshwater to Lohajung act as guide points as they follow the trek trail. Moving along the trail we come at a point on the left called budla (small cluster of homes).

The entire periphery of the Mt Trishul and Nanda Ghunti is visible from here will which refresh your mind and keep you motivated throughout your trek. They offer exquisite scenery during all the seasons of the year. The dense forests on the gradual sloping land act as the icing on the cake.

A little over two kms into the trail and you find a small bridge which is meant to help you cross the stream flowing under it. 2hrs into the trek to arrive at begum which is a sort of resting point for the long journey that lies ahead. Also, this place offers some breathtaking views of Nanda Ghunti and Swaare village.

Walking along the splendid views of the Bugyals, we come across another stream. It takes roughly an hour from this place to reach the splendid Gujrani stream. From here, it takes another hour of steady walking. The Brahmatal trek distance is commonly known for its frozen state making the journey cold and breezy.

Khop Daliya is an adjacent lake and serves as a spectacular place for camping. There may be chances that you will get to see the beauty of the spreaded Brahma Kamal (lotus) on the frozen lake.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 3 : Bekaltal Lake to Brahmatal Lake

Altitude gain: 9750 ft. to 10400 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 4- 5 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 6 km of moderate walk

Tip: No water source around. Carry sufficient water from the campsite (at least 2
Liters)

We encounter the ancient oak and rhododendron forests after a steep start from the campsite. An hour into the tiring ascent makes way to a green meadow.

The leisurely stroll in this gently ascending meadow brings us to the highest point of the day. Onwards it is a gradual descent into Brahmatal. All throughout the days ordeal you can see Almora, Nainital side of the valley. The huge mountains are also visible scantily. The campsite in Brahmatal is situated at an elevation of 10400 ft. and just a half km away from the lake.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 4 : Brahmatal Lake to Brahmatal top and back

Altitude gain: 10400 ft. to 12300 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 5-6 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 7 km (3.5km to Brahmatal top and 3.5 back)

Tip: Carry sufficient water from the campsite (at least 2 liters)

Out of all the days you’ve been on this harsh yet beautiful journey of the Brahmatal trek, today is the most splendid of them all.

The journey begins with a 40 min brisk walk through the forests and then brings us out into the green meadows and to the bottom of the big climb to the top. Upon reaching the summit a spread of mountains open to give you a scenic view..

Chaukhamba, Mandir Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Maitoli are just some of the mountains in the Panchachuli range which are visible from here.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 5 : Brahmatal Lake to Lohajung via Jhandi top

Altitude loss: 10400 ft. to 7000 ft.

Estimation time of completion: 6-7 hrs.

Estimation distance of trek: 9 km of steep descent

Tip: No water source carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liter

The gentleness of the descent from Brahmatal to Lohajung makes the trek last about 7 hrs. The route is retraced to Khabekhal and then deviated into another route which directly leads down to Lohajung.

The view along this descent is mesmerizing and quite astounding if you haven’t seen them before. The Brahmatal trek is incomplete without the scenic glances of the mountain ridges, like nothing you have seen before.

During the course of the journey we pass through a small place called Daldum which is quite beautifully covered by trees. 30 mins later into the trail, we reach Malling, a good water source which is located outside the vicinity of the forest area.

On walking further for an hour, we come across Burali which is a small place with a few houses. Villagers in this area farm during the cultivable seasons that lasts for a few months to meet their basic needs.

Snow-laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Picture by Sandeep Suresh

Day 6 : Lohajung to kathgodam (Day of departure)

Estimation time of completion: 10-11 hrs.

Estimation distance of drive: 226 km

Tip: Left Mountain and trail clean

After an enthralling 5 days with some amazing views and scenic backdrops it is time to return from Lohajung to kathgodam. We would arrange transport from Lohajung to Kathgodam railway station. More detailed information regarding this can be given on request.