I can’t say what Lord Brahma’s reason was to come to this place and meditate. Sure, the pulchritude of the trek was one reason.
But curiosity should be your biggest driving factor to sign up for Brahmatal Trek for it is still an offbeat trek tucked in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas.
Brahmatal- a high altitude alpine lake is situated at an altitude of 3,810 meters. It is one of the few treks possible in winters when routes to other treks are closed. An underrated Himalayan trek, you will only realize what all you had been missing when you go for this trek this winter.
Here are the things that Brahmatal Trek promises you to offer:
Walking in the woods
If you are a dendrophile, you will fall in love with the trails of Brahmatal. If not, this trek will make you one.
The trail to Brahmatal Trek goes through the forests of Rhododendrons and Silver Oak. Though it is all covered in snow from December until February, you can see the rhododendrons blooming in the months of February and March. Spot the Himalayan bird, Monal, endemic to this region.
The one plus one Lake offer
The exciting thing about this trek is that you will get two straight days to camp by the lakeside. It is probably one of the very few treks that let you camp along the lake that too for two consecutive days.
Day 2 is where you will camp at Bekal Tal which is hemmed by the oak trees. The sight is exactly what they describe in fairy tales. Magnificent!
Day 3 is when you will camp beside Brahmatal, the lake where Lord Brahma has been believed to meditate.
Get a feel of Chadar Trek
These lakes freeze in winter season forming a sheen of ice. And boy, do they look absolutely incandescent!
The moment you reach the lake, you will realize that the purpose of coming on this trek has been fulfilled.
You don’t have to go all the way to Leh to enjoy the sheer beauty of the frozen lakes.
Do the ‘Peak’-a-boo
Did you know you get to see all the above 7000 peaks from the top of the Brahmatal Summit?
The peaks appear to be so close you will find your hand reaching out to touch them. All the prominent peaks are visible from the Brahmatal Summit. Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, you will get to see them all.
The Roopkund Connection
Yes, the two treks- Brahmatal and Roopkund, are adjacent to each other. One gets to experience the meadows of Roopkund- Ali and Bedni Bugyal and Junargali top right from the Brahmatal Summit.
Even though you are not there, you can experience what Roopkund Trek is all about.
Killing two birds with a stone. ;)
Since not many people know about this beautiful trek, it invites a lot less crowd than other winter treks like which is a good thing if you want to trek somewhere offbeat.
Brahmatal Trek fits like a glove in this category. Enjoy the serenity and the isolation which this trek has to offer.
And, did I tell you it is an easy grade trek?
With grandeur views and panoramas, you will be occupied most of the time with your camera clicking pictures on the trek.
Images Courtesy: Harshit Doshi