Brahmatal Trek


Kathgodam

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Duration
6 Days
Max Altitude
12,100 Ft. ft
Difficulty
Easy - Moderate
Low Temp
3 to -4 C ° C
High Temp
3 C to 10 C ° C

Overview

Brahmatal, situated in Chamoli District in Garhwal Himalayas, is a hidden treasure of the Uttarakhand region. At an elevation of 12,000 feet, Brahmatal trek offers a panoramic view of stunning peaks like Nandaghunti, Trishul, and Mrugathani. The trek passes through a vivid landscape of rhododendron, oak forest and snow-covered meadows. The trek offers a majestic view of the popular Roopkund lake. Brahmatal is a classic winter trek offering adventurous spots like a glacier frozen lake, a thrilling climb, gorgeous mountain views and snow-laden forests. The trek is moderately challenging and well-suited for first-time enthusiasts. Brahmatal is a perfect place to spend holidays escaping the crowded city life. The trek is, indeed, a paradise for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.


NCLUSIONS:  

  • 1.Accommodation costs (camping) sleeping bags, with roll on mattresses and the pantry/kitchen and toilet facilities.
  • 2.Qualified and experienced trek leaders, Guide, support staff
  • 3.First aid treatment/facilities
  • 4.All meals during the trek (veg and egg)
  • 5.Any of the permit charges, forest entry fee and camping charges.
  • 6.Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ropes etc.)


  EXCLUSIONS:

 1.The trek cost does not include any train fare or air fare charges
 2. Meals during transit
 3.Porters or mules for personal luggage


Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung

Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal

Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal

Day 4: Brahmatal to Khamila Top (Brahmatal Peak) and return to Bekaltal

Day 5: Bekaltal to Lohajung via Jhandi Top

Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam

Itinerary


Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung


Altitude: 7,600 ft

Duration: 10 hours drive (210 km)


Brahmatal Trek begins from Lohajung, the base camp of the trek. The uphill journey from Kathgodam to Lohajung is a 10 hours travel that connects the lower Himalayan belt of Kumaon hills to Garhwal Himalayas. Once you cross Nainital, the path is amazing. You will drive along the mountain roads via forests. You will pass through popular hill stations like Bheemtal, Almora, and Kausani. Towards the end of the drive, you can also spot the breathtaking Nanda Ghunti peak.    


Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal


Altitude: 7,600 ft to 9,689 ft

Time: 5 hours trek

Difficulty: Moderate


The day begins with a 5 hours trek through a narrow stone-path and it is a well-defined human trail. The curvy trail leads to a gradual ascent. As you hike further, you will come across a valley where the rivers Kali and Pindari merge. This is the Kali valley in Mandoli village. As you proceed, you will spot another village called Budla. Here, you will find Rhododendron trees, which makes the trail beautiful especially from February to March. At 8500 feet elevation, you will find a 10-metre bridge that you will be crossing over the streams. After you trek for 2 hours, you will reach Begum. You can witness an outstanding view of Navali Bugyal and Bagdi Bugyal. You move ahead for another hour and a half to reach a stream called Gujrani. From this stream, you will trek for about one hour to reach Bekaltal. Our campsite at night will be near the lake.




Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal


Altitude: 9,689 ft to 10,440 ft

Duration: 5 to 6 hours trek (7 km)

Difficulty: Moderate, Steep climb for the first hour


With a fresh morning tea and breakfast, you will begin to ascend from the base camp of Bekaltal. From here on, the trail steeply climbs into the beautiful Oak and Rhododendron forest with an unmatched landscape. An hour of ascent will lead you to a wavy meadow. Then, it is a very gradual descent to Brahmatal. During winter, Brahmatal Lake remains frozen having a snow layer on it. After ascending for an hour, your trail will lead to Jhandi Dhar, the campsite of the Brahmatal Trek. The white snow and picturesque sight of the tall trees flaunt the beauty of Uttarakhand region. Undeniably, Brahmatal is a place for nature lovers. You will spot green meadows, snow-capped mountains, snowy plains and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bird watchers can never miss Jhandi Dhar. You will then proceed to the final point of the Brahmatal base.



Day 4: Brahmatal to Khamila Top (Brahmatal Peak) and return to Bekaltal


Altitude: 10,440 ft to 12,198 ft

Duration: 5 hours trek (6.4 km)

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult


Wake up to the beautiful sunrise in Brahmatal. The trek gets a little challenging as you will hike to the Khamila top, the highest point of the trek. Khamila is undeniable, one of the most gorgeous attractions of Uttarakhand. This nature's beauty is located at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level. The place is filled with rich flora and fauna. You can spot the well-known Himalayan Ranges like Mt. Trishul, Neelkanth, Maitoli peaks, Ghoda and Hathi Parvat. You will then descend back to Bekaltal for the night stay.

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Day 5: Bekaltal to Lohajung via Jhandi Top


Altitude: 10,935 ft

Duration: 6 to 7 hours (8.9 km)


The descent from Brahamatal to Lohajung is a tricky trail and takes about 7 hours. After 30 minutes, you will reach Malling that is outside the forest area. You proceed for one hour and it leads to Burali, a small settlement with a couple of houses. Then, you will traverse the stone laid Brahmatal trekking trail leads us to Lohajung.



Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam


You depart from Lohajung to Kathgodam for the return journey. Transportation will be arranged from Lohajung to Kathgodam Railway station.












Things to carry


Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes **: Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support is compulsory for the trek. Please ensure that the trekking shoes are not new and used by the trekker prior to the trek. The trail is slippery and requires you to walk through rocks and boulders so good grip and water resistance shoe is necessary.  Do keep an extra floater in case of rain and for use in camps.
  2. Backpack (50-70 litres) **: A backpack with comfortable straps and a supporting frame is very important as you have to carry it on your own during the trek. Invest in a good backpack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry on long treks. 
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Keep a daypack incase you off load your backpack during the trek for your essential day items.
  4. Torch or Headlamp **: Please bring a torch or headlamp for all treks.
  5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons and for packed lunch.
  6. Sunglasses **: Invest in a good pair of sunglasses as you are going to be out in the sun for most of day. If you are trekking in snow it will be a mandatory as it protects you from snow blindness.
  7. Two water bottles **: 1 litre each for water during the trek. 


**    MANDATORY  DO NOT FORGET


Clothes and Other accessories


  1. Warm jacket and Sweater (couple of them if you feel more susceptible to cold) 
  2. Thermals: Carry thermals to keep yourself warm in the camp.Trek pants (2)  for daily use during the trek which are light and comfortable.
  3. Collared Shirts (3-4) Full sleeves and quick dry so that it prevents sunburn on the arms and neck area. 
  4. Poncho: Poncho is very important when you are trekking in monsoon season to protect you from the rain. You can rent one from us @ INR 50 per day.
  5. Cap: To protect your hair and face from the scorching sun carry a cap.
  6.  Synthetic gloves for your hands as it will protect your hands from water, snow and keep you dry and warm.
  7. Socks (2 pair) + Wollen socks(2 pair)  for keep you warm in the camps.
  8. Trekking pole: You should carry your own trekking poles for the steep uphills and downhills. You can carry them or rent one from us @ INR 50 per day
  9. Toiletries: Sunscreen **, moisturiser, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues. 
  10. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes and to bring back your non biodegradable material back. Mountains are the source of water and life on this planet. Please try and keep it clean and healthy.




Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 


  1. Diamox – 5 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Hyoscine (3 tablets)
  3. Amlodipine 5mg (5 tablet) With doctors prescription only
  4. Avomine – 2 tablets (motion sickness)
  5. Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
  6. Avil 25mg – 2 tablets (allergies)
  7. Disprin – 3 tablets (headache)
  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 3 tablets each (diarrhea)
  9. Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band-aid – 5 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 105packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains) 



How to prepare

How to prepare for a moderate trek?


  • There is nothing more fulfilling than enjoying the nature's untouched beauty in the mountains. We are gifted with abilities to achieve any daunting tasks such as swimming and running. Just like these, trekking is an amazing experience for all. Challenging yourself to enjoy nature's gifts has always been a traveller's dream. Though trekking is an enthralling journey, it must be well prepared to enjoy it to the fullest.

  • A common question is 'how challenging is a trek'? It depends on various factors like weather, challenges faced during the trek, and most importantly, your endurance level. It is possible to have a beautiful hiking as long as you are physically and mentally prepared for it. Whether you are planning for an easy, moderate, or a difficult trek, a pre-training is the must. 

  • If you have already completed an easy trek, you go for a moderate trek with some more training. Moderate treks have challenges in terms of weather and different terrains but if you are fit, you can come over the obstacles. A moderate trek requires at 5 weeks of strength and flexibility training.



Cardiovascular exercises


Week

Exercise

Distance

Duration

Frequency

1

Running

4 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

2

Running

4 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

3

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

4

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

5

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week




Flexibility exercises


Week

Exercise

Sets

Duration

Frequency

1

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

2

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

3

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

4

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

5

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly




Breathing exercises


Week

Exercise

Counts

Duration

Frequency

1

Abdominal Breathing

10 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

2

Abdominal Breathing

20 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

3

Abdominal Breathing

30 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

4

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

5

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week




Moderate treks require more stamina to withstand weather and walk through different terrains. It is advisable to complete an easy trek before going for a moderate trek. Follow the exercise schedule and make sure you are fit by the end of fifth week. If you can run 5 kilometres within 30 minutes and follow flexibility exercises, you are fit for a moderate trek. If you already hit the gym, you can skip repetitive exercises. Running on the road is better than running on a treadmill.






How to reach

By Train

Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station. Numerous trains connect Kathgodam with Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata.

From Delhi - Ranikhet Express departs from Delhi at 10:40 pm and reaches Kathgodam at 5:00 am or the Uttar Sampark Kranti - Departs from Delhi at 4:00 pm and arrives at Kathgodam at 10:40 pm.

From Dehradun- Doon Express – Departs from Dehradun at 10:30 pm and reaches Kathgodam at 7:10 pm.


By Bus


Kathgodam is well connected with Delhi by Uttaranchal State Road Transport Corporation. Regular buses depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station to Kathgodam. You can opt for Semi-Deluxe, Deluxe or Volvo buses as per your need.


By flight


Pant Nagar Airport is the nearest airport that lies 34 km from Kathgodam. There is daily connectivity with New Delhi






FAQ

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek

You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher

for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90 %

(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek

You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek

depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%


Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season

Or Get a refund of 50%


Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.

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₹9000

GST 5% is applicable on the fee.

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