Brief Description

Trek to Brahmatal, 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. Lohajung, which is the base camp of the trek is a small town of great mythological importance. One must interact with the locals here and hear the great stories about the town. One gets a glimpse of the local culture and beliefs through these stories. 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 are one of the many reasons for doing this trek. The glacial lake lies at an altitude of 3180 m. The trail of this trek is entirely covered in snow and is paradise for snow lovers. 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. Since this trek hasn't attracted a lot of crowds, it is still majorly untouched and serene. The best time to undertake this marvelous trek is from December to February.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 : Haldwani to Lohajung - 220 km Drive
2 Day 2
Day 2 : Lohajung to Bekaltal
3 Day 3
Day 3 : Bekaltal to Brahmtal
4 Day 4
Day 4 : Brahmtal to Brahmtal Top & back to Brahmatal
5 Day 5
Day 5 : Brahmtal to Lohajung
6 Day 6
Day 6 : Lohajung to Haldwani - 220 km Drive

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this weekend trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

Packing List: What to pack



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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek begins from Lohajung which is about 200 km from Kathgodam/Haldwani. There are no direct buses from Kathgodam/Haldwani to Lohajung. But you can take a shared jeep which will cost you around INR 900. It takes around 12 hours to get to Lohajung from Haldwani/Kathgodam.
Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi through rail and road transport. Here is how you can reach:
By Road: Uttarakhand Roadways provides all kinds of bus services between Delhi ISBT to Haldwani. The distance between Delhi to Kathgodam is 294 km which takes about 7 hours to cover. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi. These taxis come at exorbitant prices.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the last railhead before Lohajung. Board Ranikhet Express from Delhi which reaches Kathgodam early in the morning. Or you can take Delhi Sampark Kranti which reaches Kathgodam in the night in case you want to stay for the night.
By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the closest to Lohajung at a distance of 256 km. There is one Air India flight running everyday between Delhi and Pantnagar. It is suggested to make your bookings well in advance due to low frequency of flights. In case you are flying to Pantnagar, take a taxi from airport to Kathgodam and then take one of those shared jeeps to reach Lohajung.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available on the trail.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Kathgodam is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. Nainital is 53 km from Kathgodam and can be reached by local buses. Nainital is a famous tourist spot in the mountains & visited by a lot of people all around the year. Naini Lake is the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating, yachting, and paddling. Perch on the Tiffin Top to enjoy the views of Nainital. Stroll at The Mall Road where you can buy some souvenirs from the trip.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Brahmatal Winter Trek - Garhwal Himalayas - Uttarakhand

The beautiful trek to the glacial lake called Brahmatal is one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas. The trail of this trek is snow laden and has one of the most breathtaking views to offer. The Brahmatal is where Lord Brahma meditated as per Hindu mythology and is of great religious significance. The famous Roopkund trail can also be seen from the Brahmatal trail. some of the prominent peaks visible during the course of the trek are Trishul, Nandaghunti, Chowkhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi, and Ghoda peaks. This trek is a must do for all the snow lovers.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best months to do this trek are the winter months from December to February.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

At Lohajung, the base camp of the trek the trekkers will have a stay at a guest house before the start of the trek. During the return also the stay will be at a local guest house at Lohajung.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four season tents. The sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

We have separate toilet tents in which we dig dry pits for use. For every batch of 7 people, there is one tent toilet.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

We provide microspikes and gaiters.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures stay between 0 - 15 degree Celsius during the day and 0 - 7 degree Celsius during the nights.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be ample snow on this trek.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will pick up the participants from Haldwani and take them to the base camp of the trek Lohajung.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

The participants will be dropped at Haldwani by the evening a day after returning from the trek.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • 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.

What's not Included

  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Dinner on arrival Day and last day in Lohajung

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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