Brahmatal Winter Trek – A photo story

Brahmatal Trek: A snow-laden paradise in winter

In winter, when snow falls on the upper reaches of Uttarakhand, the remote lake of Brahmatal turns into paradise. Surrounding the lake, which incidentally is frozen,  are the mighty Himalayan ranges. Summits that rise above 7,000 meters are common. No where else in our country can you see these big mountains so close-a fact trekkers should take advantage of. 

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung . 10 hours via Almora, Kausani and Gwaldom
The drive from the foothills of the Himalayas to the basecamp Lohajung is in itself a nice prelude to the trek. With its green cover ,rivers flowing by, Deodar forests and mountain panorama, it is worth every moment of it.

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Day 2: Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal. 4-5 hours
The well laid stone trail, passes through rhododendron trees ( in full bloom during February and March) and enters oak forest to get to Bekaltal. Bekaltal, hemmed in by the oak trees, is a sight to behold during winter when it is frozen over. 

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Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal

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Day 4: Brahmatal  to the summit and back to Brahmatal

While ascending, look out for the magnificent Himalayan ranges on your right, especially Mt. Trishul, which is very close to you along with Nandaghunti. If the weather is being kind, you will have a magnificent view of the complete Himalayan range from this trail.
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Day 5: From Brahmatal to Lohajung

This trail takes you back to civilisation. The settlements you’ll see have few crops (mostly potatoes) which villagers grow for few months. You’ll find the familiar man-made stone trail, which will lead you back to Lohajung.

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Day 6: From Lohajung to Kathgodam1

 

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Sandhya is a partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking.

38 thoughts on “Brahmatal Winter Trek – A photo story

    1. Hi Nirmal,

      For first-timers, we recommend Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak Trek, Kuari Pass, Nag Tibba, Prashar Lake and Kedarkantha. Each trek has its own fitness requirements. Please review the individual trek documentation to know details. Happy trekking!

    1. Hi Mohit, Jan-March is a good time. 🙂 Jan and Feb it will be a snow trek. March will have rhododendrons blooming across the lower trail!

  1. Hi,

    I am interested in Trekking but none of my friends interested to do. So, Can we register for any trek as Solo ?

    Regards
    Tushar Singhal

  2. Saibal
    I am an asthmatic also. Since asthma is an allergic reaction to specific allergens, it is generally not a problem in zero pollution areas, which the hills are. Just ensure your asthma is not aggravated by cold. I have been fine with inhalers on my treks.
    If you are into sports you will already have strong lungs. All the best
    As a disclaimer…. do check with your doctor!

  3. we are planning Brahmatal Winter Trek in the last week of Dec 2017. Could you kindly advise if that is a good time, and would there be snow? We have never trekked on snow, but have done mount Kinabalu (Malaysia). Would this trek of moderate difficulty as stated be ok for first time snow trekkers?

    1. Hello Sharad
      December is a good time and you surely will find snow at this time. Snowfall occurs at higher reaches of the trek in December. You will find snow around Bekaltal and Brahmatal.

      This can very well be done by first time trekkers. But since this is a winter trek, you will find snow in abundance which also makes it difficult to trek. So being fit is a must. Hope this helped 🙂

  4. We are planning to go for the Brahmatal Trek in the 23rd December batch,

    just wanted to know, if we would get a full blanket to snow at that time.

    1. Hello Sai, snowfall would have just begun in the month of December. You will find good amount of snow around Bekaltal and Brahmatal. But not likely to be a full blanket of snow.

    1. It is different in the amount of snow you will find on the trek. You will find a lot of snow on the Brahmatal trek in January. If you’re lucky, you might witness snow fall at the base camp, Lohajung. The snow gets deeper as you go higher up. There’ll be places where you will be trekking in knee deep snow. It is the same in February. Whereas, in December it only begins to snow and you will find snow only in the higher reaches of the trek like around Bekaltal and Brahmatal.

        1. If you are specifically looking for snow then I suggest you trek in January. Although it should be snowing by the last week of December.

          1. thanks for the reply !!! our group mostly consist of corporate guys we get holiday only during December, we have done Kedharkant \ Kauri pass in December last week . so we are planing this one so this would be as amazing as kedharkant and Kauri on amount of snow fall what is your suggestion or do you have any other snow trek which will have snow during last week of December please suggest

  5. Hi, we are first time trekkers planning to do the Brahmatal Trek. When should we book for jan 28,2018 batch? How many people per batch will be there during the trek?

    1. We will be taking a maximum of 25 trekkers in each batch. The batch for 28th January is open. You can register whenever you want. I would suggest you register at the earliest if you are sure about your trek.

    1. Hi Lohith, we cannot predict snowfall in the mountains but it usually begins to snow in the last week of December. Since this is a winter trek December, January, February and March are all great months to do this trek. If you are specific about trekking in snow then I suggest you trek in the month of January.

      1. Thanks for the reply !!! our group mostly consist of corporate guys we get holiday only during December, we have done Kedharkant \ Kauri pass in December last week . So we are planing this one so this would be as amazing as kedharkant and Kauri on amount of snow fall. What is your suggestion or do you have any other snow trek which will have snow during last week of December please suggest!

        1. thanks for the reply !!! our group mostly consist of corporate guys we get holiday only during December, we have done Kedharkant \ Kauri pass in December last week . so we are planing this one so this would be as amazing as kedharkant and Kauri on amount of snow fall what is your suggestion or do you have any other snow trek which will have snow during last week of December please suggest

  6. Hi ,

    I am looking for a trek in Decemer 2017.
    I am confused between Brahmatal trek & Kauri pass trek, i am not sure which one would be better.

    please suggest about your opinion.

    Note: I have done Kedarkantha trek in winter.

  7. Hi,
    Myself and my husband r planning for Brahmatal trek in the month of Feb next year. Would we able to get to see blanket of snow during that period. As we hail from Bangalore how do we plan for this trek. Would be highly appreciated if u throw some light on this.

    Thanks,
    Sripriya Iyer

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