Difficulty

Easy-Moderate | Level 2

Duration

6 Days

Highest Altitude

12,250 ft

Age

8 to 55 years

Duration

6 Days

Age

8 to 55 years

Difficulty

Easy-Moderate | Level 2

Highest Altitude

12,250 ft

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Brahmatal Trek

The Trek with Best Views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti

One of the top moments of a Himalayan trek is when you trek to an alpine lake. Unfortunately, in winter, most alpine lakes on our treks are out of bounds. 

Yet, on the winter Brahmatal trek you not only trek to an alpine lake but also camp near it. Getting an opportunity to trek to such a lake in winter is what makes the Brahmatal trek special. 

When you stand beside the frozen lake at Brahmatal, you are already at around 12,000 feet. The setting is magnificent. The lake is in a crater, the waters crystal clear, a shrine sits beside the lake, and a lone tree stands on the far bank. And just beyond the rim of the lake, you are looking at two of the most beautiful mountains in our country — Mt Trishul and Mt Nandaghunti. 

If the snow is not too much, we will camp just beyond the lake. The experience of camping in such a setting is in itself an experience. 

While all the attention is on Brahmatal, let’s not forget Bekaltal, another lake trekker who falls in falls with. Lower down, surrounded by thick forests and enchanting folklore, Bekaltal, too, is a wondrous sight. On treks, we do not find such big lakes inside forests. Yet, on this trek, we not only trek to Bekaltal, but we camp near it at Gujrani.

The forest walks on this trek over a carpet of snow are one of the best that we have. They are enchanting yet not overwhelming. You can see a distance through the forest, with snow hanging heavy on the boughs of the trees. 

Also, each campsite on this trek is special. Look out for our campsite at Gujrani. Nestled in a clearing within the forest — it has become special with Indiahikes trekkers. The Tilandi and Brahmatal campsite is our trekker favourites too. 

Brahmatal is a relatively new trek in India. Yet, within a few years, it has become very popular. There is a good reason for it — the trek has almost perfect settings for a winter snow trek.

If you want to avoid the crowd though, do the trek in January, February and March. The snow is better than in December minus the crowd on the trail. 

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Brahmatal Videos

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Quick Itinerary

Route Map of the Brahmatal Trek

Day 1

Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive duration: 10-11 hr

It is a 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.
The cost of a cab – Is rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveller is Rs 10,500.

Day 2

Trek from Lohajungto Gujrani

Trek distance: 4.6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours

Altitude gain: 7,600 ft to 9,200 ft

Day 3

Gujrani to Tilandi

Trek distance: 2.9 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Altitude gain: 9,200 ft to 10,495 ft

Day 4

Tilandi to Brahmatal

Trek distance: 5.5 km | Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Altitude loss: 10,495 ft to 10,440 ft

Day 5

Brahmatal to Lohajung

Trek distance: 8.45 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Altitude loss: 10,440 ft to 7,600 ft

Day 6

Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive duration: 10-11 hr

You will reach Rishikesh by 6-7 pm.

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.
  • Trekkers must carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Lohajung has no facilities to take a photocopy, do not leave this till the end.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

Route Map of the Brahmatal Trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Journey:

It is a 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.
The cost of a cab – Is Rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveler is Rs 10,500. This amount is shared by trekkers.

Return Journey:

Depart from Lohajung around 10.00 AM on Day 6. It takes 10-11 hours to reach Rishikesh. Indiahikes arranges this transport for Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach Rishikesh by 6.00 PM.

Day 1

Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive duration: 10-11 hr

It is a 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.
The cost of a cab – Is rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveller is Rs 10,500.

Day 2

Trek from Lohajungto Gujrani

Trek distance: 4.6 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours

Altitude gain: 7,600 ft to 9,200 ft

Day 3

Gujrani to Tilandi

Trek distance: 2.9 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Altitude gain: 9,200 ft to 10,495 ft

Day 4

Tilandi to Brahmatal

Trek distance: 5.5 km | Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Altitude loss: 10,495 ft to 10,440 ft

Day 5

Brahmatal to Lohajung

Trek distance: 8.45 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Altitude loss: 10,440 ft to 7,600 ft

Day 6

Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh

Drive distance: 260 km | Drive duration: 10-11 hr

You will reach Rishikesh by 6-7 pm.

IMPORTANT POINTS

Please note that you will be staying in tents on all days of the trek.

Trekkers must carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Lohajung has no facilities to take a photocopy, do not leave this till the end.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Journey:

It is a 10-11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5.00 am.
The cost of a cab – Is Rs 7,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveler is Rs 10,500. This amount is shared by trekkers.

Return Journey:

Depart from Lohajung around 10.00 AM on Day 6. It takes 10-11 hours to reach Rishikesh. Indiahikes arranges this transport for Rs.7,000 per vehicle, for an SUV and Rs.10,500 per vehicle, for a Tempo Traveller which will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach Rishikesh by 6.00 PM.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Brahmatal trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

Sun is glittering with golden Oak trees in Gujrani campsite. Picture by Jothiranjan taken in January 2021.

Best Campsite for the sunset and sunrise with the Alpine glow Mt.Trisul. Picture by Shriram Kondhawekar.

Beautiful Brahmatal campsite in the peak winter. Picture by Santhosh.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life completely. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine. 

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Sandhya UC, Co-Founder, COO

Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map a few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the "Women of Worth" Award by Outlook Business in 2017. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking.

Here’s Sandhya talking about one of the well-known treks in our country.

What I Like About the Brahmatal Trek

What I Like About the Brahmatal Trek

Sandhya UC, Co-Founder, COO

Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map a few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the "Women of Worth" Award by Outlook Business in 2017. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking. Here’s Sandhya talking about one of the well-known treks in our country.

1. The Rhododendron forest from Bekaltal to Tilandi

Brahmatal has mesmerising forest walks. You get to walk through the centuries-old forests of Oaks and Rhododendrons. What particularly stays with me is the dedicated section on Rhododendrons! Just out of Bekaltal, you get a demarcated section of Rhododendron forests.

The Rhodo forests are a treat to the eyes. The trunks twist and turn in shapes and forms. The trunks are usually bare and smooth wooded. The trees are not too tall and form a nice canopy at the top. They are close enough to form a perfect green roof over your head.

This is what you see throughout the year. If you come here during March and April, you get a pink flowery roof. If you come here during winters, you get a white snowy carpet

A lone rhododendron tree in bloom at Lohajung, the base camp of the Brahmatal trek.

2. The ridge meadow walk from Tilandi to Jhandi Top

On the second day, you climb out of Bekaltal trekking up through some of the most beautiful rhododendron and oak forests. As you near the top, you are curious and impatient to see what lies outside the tree line.

You enter the meadow on the mountain top and in front of you is a wall of white mountains. Having climbed all the way up to the ridge (which runs parallel to Ali Bugyal of the Roopkund trek), you see grand views of the Trishul range.

You know you are climbing to the top but the enormity of the mountain ranges so up close is something very special to Brahmatal.

Starting there, all the way to Jhandi top is one of the best ridges walks you will do in our mountains. On one side you have the mighty Trishul range fanning out and on the other side opens up to layers and layers of mountain ranges arranging themselves in height order going down all the way to Deval and Tharali.

These are the villages that you drove through to reach the base camp. To your right below the Trishul, the range spreads out the entire Roopkund trek. Every landmark, every campsite, and every climb on the Roopkund trek is seen from the Brahmatal ridge. I have never stood on one trek and gone through another trek, that too perhaps the most iconic trek in its entirety like this.

3. I really liked the camps in the clearings

Be it Gui, Chilapada, Nayata or even Barnala. Enclosed by forest but in grassy clearings, with commanding views of mountain tops, I think I could fall in love with these camps.

They are secluded, with plenty of space to stretch your legs, walkabout, or take a peek in the forests, yet, you can just sit in one corner taking in the views. I have done lots of treks and have loved lots of camps, but if you ask me about Dayara, then I think it has some of the better campsites.

Sunset in the forest clearings at Brahmatal Campsite. Picture by Tirthankar Ghosh

4. The Brahmatal Lake

The Brahmatal campsite and the lake are both special to me. The campsite sits exposed at one end of the ridge opening up to layers of mountains falling to meet the lower towns below. You get uninterrupted views of almost 25 km from here.

Facing the western horizon, the colours of the sun just light up the sky at dusk. Watching the sky change colours from yellow to orange to pink to blue over more than half an hour was a surprise treat for me.

Brahmatal around which the trek revolves is not very big as a lake. It is not on the trail either. You need to go to the lake that lies bang in the middle of an undulating meadow.  A lone tree or two is the only other element in the picture. The lake is like a crystal clear blue oasis in the middle of a vast meadow.

Standing beside the lake I felt away from everything else in the world. The reflecting clear lake with nothing else in sight is the perfect place to take you into a reflective zone yourself. At Brahmatal, the experience is more of looking inwards than looking out at anything else.

The Majestic view of Mt. Trisul from the Brahmatal summit

Picture by: Jothiranjan

Brahmatal summit

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Brahmatal trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Brahmatal

The Arrowheads of Bekal Tal

In the neighbouring areas of Bekal Tal, people can be seen wearing or carrying arrowheads. These are used as lockets, some are displayed in homes, and some are attached to peoples’ walking sticks among other such ornamentations. These arrowheads have a couple of stories behind them. 

Uttarakhand is known as dev bhumi (divine or holy land) as Mahabharat is said to have taken place in parts of it. It is said that the arrowheads are from the days of the grand epic when they were used in battles. These arrowheads can be found stuck on trees in the forests as well today too. However, most of them have been removed and are being used by the locals.

There's also another story related to Lord Curzon linked to the arrowheads. It's often hard to verify what is fact and what isn't, but they're good stories to listen to. Make sure you ask your guide or the locals about it.

Leaving Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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