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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available on the trail.
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.
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.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.
The best months to do this trek are the winter months from December to February.
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.
We use four season tents. The sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.
We have separate toilet tents in which we dig dry pits for use. For every batch of 7 people, there is one tent toilet.
We provide microspikes and gaiters.
The temperatures stay between 0 - 15 degree Celsius during the day and 0 - 7 degree Celsius during the nights.
There will be ample snow on this trek.
A trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.
We will pick up the participants from Haldwani and take them to the base camp of the trek Lohajung.
The participants will be dropped at Haldwani by the evening a day after returning from the trek.