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.
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.
Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal
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.
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.
Day 6: From Lohajung to Kathgodam