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Brahmatal Trek - Best Winter Trek For Snow Lovers

  • Region : Kanthgodam/Haldwani, Uttarakhand
  • Duration :
  • Distance : 24km
  • Altitude : 12,100ft ft.
  • Grade : Easy - Moderate

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Overview

Bhekal Tal - Brahmatal trek is quite popular amongst the winter treks in India. Most probably, if you really love to see a clearing and the entire range of mountains, then Bhekal tal - Brahmatal trek is the right trek for you to make a milestone journey in your life. Basically, Bhekal tal is located 8 km. away from the base camp Lohajung, this place falls in Dewal block of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

The trail goes across the beautiful century oak and rhododendron forest that capture bird’s eyes view all around you. Further, when your trek goes through Tilandi base camp to Jhandi top summit you can see the magnificent range of towering mountains laying a carpet of whitish snow including a huge range of massive Trishul mountains and Nanda Ghunti peak. In fact, you can also explore your expedition with the other side of the valley having lovely tiny villages such as Wan, Ratgaon, and much more. You can also see a ridge Ronti Saddle that connects Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti from the Roopkund top.

During this trek, you can enjoy the picturesque view of two lakes, due to minus degree temperature, the lake completely freezes. When you walk through the trail in the middle of the fully snow-covered landscape, your life comes alive to see this magnificent sight view. During winters, the snow is at its peak, which makes this trek moderate level.

This trek can be done throughout the year. You can make a visit here from March to April where you see a pink flowery roof over the tree. Also, if you visit here in winters, you behold a view of a white carpet of snow.

You will be picked up by The Crazy Mountaineers from Kathgodam Railway station early in the morning, you can book an overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam.

From Kathgodam, we begin a 10 hour uphill drive to Lohajung, passing through the lower mountain belt of Kumaon hills to Garhwal. In spite of a long drive, the views will keep you spell bound throughout. We will be driving parallel to the Kosi river.

On our way, we will cross through the famous mountain towns of Bhimtal, Almora & kausani. As we reach closer to our destination of Lohajung you will be able to catch the breathtaking view of the Nanda Ghunti Peak. We will reach our destination early in the evening and overnight stay will be at a hotel. You can also check out the local Lohajung market for any last minute shopping of trek essentials that you might need.

Brief Overview of Day

  • Altitude 7,662 ft.
  • Stay in guest house
  • Drive 210 km (10 hrs drive)
  • Local market and network is available
  • Pick up time 06:00 am at the parking of Kathgodham railway station
  • Route:- Kathgodam - Bheem Tal - Almora - Kausani - Gwaldam - Dewal - Lohajung.

We will begin trekking from Lohajung on a trail into the forest, after walking for a while we will reach the village of Mandoli. You can fill your water bottles here. The trail becomes interesting with gradual ascents and curves. Soon we will reach the confluence of Kali & Pindari rivers at Kali valley. Trekking further you will find yourself amidst Rhododendrons which grow here in the months of February & March.

We will soon cross a wooden bridge which is built upon a flowing stream and can be used to refill our water bottles. Beyond this point is a place called Behum. The view from here is picturesque with vast bugyals visible at a distance. We will cross some more streams that are found in the area. After crossing the last stream and hiking for one more hour we will reach the Bekal Tal which remains frozen during the winter. Tonight we will be spending the night near Khopdaliya Lake.

Highlights

  • 9,690 ft, 4-5 hrs trek, 6 km
  • One third of the trek through village and rest through frost
  • Stay in tent
  • Moderate level ascent through forest
  • Hot lunch at camp
  • Spring and manmade water points are available
  • Go to Bekaltal lake for evening walk
  • Bekaltal lake is 15 minutes walk from camp site

Today we will be crossing the thick Oak & Rhododendrons forests on a steep trail. After walking for a while we will reach an open meadow called Telandi. During the winters this area is completely white covered with snow.

The Tedaldi meadow will take you to a maximum height of 11,500 feet from where we will start descending towards Brahmatal. There is a small temple located over here walking down the slope of the temple we will reach the Brahmatal lake. Overnight stay at tents.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • 10,450 ft, 6 – 7 hrs trek, 7 km
  • First 1.3 hours is steep ascent via Bekaltal Lake, then gradual ascent for few hours and at last steep descent and then gradual descent till camp site
  • Hot lunch/packed lunch, depend on weather and snow condition
  • No water points, its advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
  • Very scenic day, can see Shivalik and greater Himalayas both
  • Go to Brahmatal lake for evening walk, 500 meter far from camp site
  • Stay in tent

We will be starting early in the Morning and will head towards Brahmatal Lake through the Rhododendron trees. On a bright day, the view over here is spellbinding and looks almost like a painting. After walking for some more time, you will reach a meadow crossing and start climbing towards the pass.

The walk is a bit tiring but as soon as you reach the top, you will see the amazing view of Mount Nanda Ghunti & Mount Trishul. As we start descending the trail becomes a bit different from the top. You will be able to get a 180 degrees view of the amazing peaks of Mandi, Nilgiri, Mana, Haukambha, Neelkanth & others. After deciding for another hour we will reach a forest clearing surrounded by trees. We will spend the night here in the camps.

After having breakfast, we will start descending towards Wan, a trail filled with Oak & Rhododendron trees. It is an amazing trail with many beautiful views. As we keep walking we will reach a water source at Chota Tilbundi.

Walking for half more hour from here you will be able to view the Wan Village, and another half an hour will take you to the road from there The Crazy Mountaineers will arrange vehicles to take you to Lohajung.

Highlights

  • Altitude: 11,250 ft. to 7,650 ft. via 8,000 ft.
  • Time : 5-6 hours, 4 km trek + 1 hour drive to Lohajung
  • Gradual and steep mixed descent
  • You will find one spot to refill your water bottles
  • Lunch on the way (packed lunch)
  • Walking stick and knee cap will help a lot
  • Stay in guest house

After spending the night at Lohajung we will leave for Kathgodam, you will be expected to reach the destination by late evening.

Highlights

  • 10 hrs drive
  • Drive 210 km
  • After morning tea move to Kathgodam (breakfast and lunch on the way)
  • Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 180 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 450 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.


By Train:-

From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40 pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30 am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey).

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).


By Bus:-

Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).

Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus station. From there you have to come to Kathgodham Railway Station which is 4km away.

THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodham Railway Station

We would suggest you take only government buses from ISBT Anand Vihar. Private buses fly from outside ISBT and they do not trustworthy.

Inclusions :-

1.Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)

2.Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)

3.Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)

4.All necessary permits and entry fees.

5.First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

6.Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.

7.Transport from Kathgodam to Loharjung and return.

8.THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS Staff insurance.


Exclusions :-

1.Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during the transit.

3. Insurance.

4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head


Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance

INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Lohajung

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Brahmatal Trek
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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