Trek to Brahmtal, a lake where Lord Brahma is said to have meditated as per mythology is one of the few treks which are possible in the months of winter when most of the trekking routes are closed. The trek is a great winter option & is on the opposite side of the famous Roopkund . The spectacular views of Himalayan range from the trail is one of the many reasons for doing this trek. Some of the prominent seven thousanders visible are Trishul, Nandaghunti, Chowkhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks.Most of the trail of roopkund trek can also be seen from this trek,including views of Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal & junargali. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir which in itself is a soothing experience in the months of winter.
|3||Max Altitude||3810 M|
|4||Approx Trekking Kms||21|
|5||Temperature Range||From Jan to Mar : 15-20 degrees during the day. -10 to 4 degrees during the night|
|6||What is Included in the trek fee||Food as per menu on the trek. Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment Safety Equipment. Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage. Services of a certified mountaineer as Event Leader. 2 Nights Hotel stay in Lohajung.|
|7||What is not Included in the trek fee||Meals during road Journeys. Meals during hotel stays. Any expense of personal nature. Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.|
Arrive in kathgodam early morning. Pickup from Kathgodam Bus Stand/Railway Station in Tata Sumo or similar vehicle. Distance from Kathgodam to Lahajung is 225 Kms & will take close to 9 hours with a few breaks on the way. The road winds trough beautiful Kumaon region. We pass though Almora & kausani. On the way you will get some spectacular views of peaks like Kamet & Panchachuli. We will arrive in Lohajung by late afternoon & check into a guesthouse for the night. In the evening you will meet you trek team. The town of Lohajung located at 2300 M is also a small mountain pass connecting Gwaldam side to Wan side of the mountain. Spend some evening time in the small market of Lohajung which by the way closes very early or enjoy a beautiful sunset from the balcony of your guest house. Dine early & break into bed for a good long nights sleep.
After breakfast start trek with packed lunch. Just besides Lohajung follow the ascending human made stone trail. On the route get magnificent views of Nandaghunti Peak. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Bekaltal (2750 M) is a beautiful lake usually frozen in the months of January & February. The trek to Bekaltal is approximatly 8 kms & is done in 4-5 hours. The lake of Bekaltal is surrounded by oak trees & is a beautiful camping spot. We will camp here for the night.
We break camps early & start trek for Bramatal (3400M), the place where Lord Brahma is said to have meditated long ago. This forest is home to Monal, the state bird of Uttrakhand. Views of peaks like Trishul,Bithartoli & nandaghunti will keep your cameras busy today. The lake of Brahmatal is small in size & is difficult to located from a distance specially in winters when its completely frozen. We will find a camping spot by the lake & setup camps for the night. It can be very cold here in the months of winters but our camps & sleeping bags will keep us warm during the night.
Today's is an easy day. You can choose to carry a daypack & leave your backpack in the camps as we will be returning to the same camp. We trek to the Brahmtal Top ( 3846 M) . Look out for the magnificent views of Himalayan range on your right. Two of the most prominent peaks are Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunti which look so close as if you are watching them on a theatre screen. Return to the camp.
Follow the same trail back to Lohajung. Stay in the guest house.
In the morning Board vehicle for the return journey to Lohajung. Reach Lohajung by evening. You are advised to book your return from Lohajung after 9 PM to have sufficient time at hand in case of any delays in the road journey.
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