Brammah Valley trek

Jammu and Kashmir's new trek discovery

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TREK DIFFICULTY

Moderate

TREK DURATION

7 days

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

11,600 ft

SUITABLE FOR

12 - 62 years

Jammu and Kashmir's new trek discovery

While some of our treks in Jammu & Kashmir are very popular, only a few know that other treks in Jammu & Kashmir are equally exciting, yet the adventure is different.

The new Brammah Valley trek in the Kishtwar National Park blends the beauty of Kashmir with the kind of landscape we have not usually seen on treks.  

First, the Brammah Valley trek offers stunning views of the four prominent peaks of Kishtwar, all above 6,000 m. Getting so close to such big summits on a trek is rare. It’s not just the summit; you see these big mountains from the base to the summit! To compare, at Gaumukh Tapovan, trekkers see the full height of Mt. Shivling and are in complete awe. They get to see around 2,500 metres of the mountain. On the Brammah Valley trek, you see almost 4,000 metres of the big mountains in one go! The impact is nearly two times as much. 

You also camp next to these mountains at Kiddar Maidan, the trek's unique river delta campsite. 

From the Kiddar Maidan campsite, on your left are the Eiger and Tarparan summits. On your right lies Mt. Brammah I, the second-highest peak in Jammu. Right next to it is the prominent Mt. Brammah Wife (surprisingly, that is the name!)

On this trek, you are trekking through the heart of the Kishtwar National Park. Kishtwar is known for its dense forest. You trek through the forests every day of your trek. The gradient of these forests is gently ascending with short steep sections, making it a very pleasant trek. 

These are primarily coniferous, with a heady scent wafting through the woods as you trek along. In between are maples, except for a small patch of beautiful silver birch trees just before Kiddar Maidan. The variety of coniferous trees you find on this trek is unmatched. There are Chir pines, Deodars, Abies pin-drow, and spruces. The trees are sometimes so tall that they almost touch the sky. 

What trekkers will love about these forests is how they are laid out. Every moment in the forest is mesmerising. Now and then, lovely clearings pop out of the forests. At other times, sunlight streams in through the trees in wonderful layers. 

At every turn, there are exciting views. It becomes like a game to see what new surprises the forests have in store for us. 

The Nath river accompanies you throughout the trek. Even while trekking in the deep forests, you constantly hear the river. The river starts to calm down as you trek deeper into the valley and becomes completely silent when you reach Kiddar Maidan. In the extensive grasslands of Kiddar Maidan, beside the silently gliding Nath river, is where we camp. If there were awards for the most beautiful campsites on our treks — this would be one of the top contenders.

Kishtwar is surrounded by high mountains, making it a natural fortress. The steep mountains provide a natural barrier to the outside world. This may be why Kistwar has always been so isolated from the rest of the country. 

The Kistwar valley is also known for its alpine meadows and high-altitude wetlands. Our Brammah Valley trek takes us through each of these wonders. 

Kishtwaris comprise most of the valley's population and are well-known for their distinctive culture, practises, and language. Unlike the rest of Kashmir, we see temples and mosques coexisting. A part of our trek falls on the trek to the Hudh Mata temple. 

Even the architecture of the houses is distinctive. On the trek, we pass through tiny villages hanging on hillsides. Yet, from their precarious perches, the homes display an architecture from a world we rarely see. 

In the Brammah valley, trekkers will find a new world of discovery waiting to be made. Trekkers must take advantage of the few spots we have available on the trek this year. 

While some of our treks in Jammu & Kashmir are very popular, only a few know that other treks in Jammu & Kashmir are equally exciting, yet the adventure is different.

The new Brammah Valley trek in the Kishtwar National Park blends the beauty of Kashmir with the kind of landscape we have not usually seen on treks.  

Brammah Valley - Complete Trek Information

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 Brammah Valley Trek. It has in-depth information about each trekking day, 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.

Expert Speak

Nitesh Kumar, Chief Explorer & Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh Kumar, Chief Explorer & Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh is the Chief Explorer and one of the Senior-most Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. He has led & explored the most famous treks across our country, like Bodpathri Meadows and Gidara Bugyal. He is also the mastermind behind the design of the Brammah Valley Trek itinerary. Read what he has to say about the trek here.

What I Like About the Brammah Valley Trek

What I Like About the Brammah Valley Trek

Nitesh Kumar, Chief Explorer & Senior Trek Leader

Nitesh is the Chief Explorer and one of the Senior-most Trek Leaders at Indiahikes. He has led & explored the most famous treks across our country, like Bodpathri Meadows and Gidara Bugyal. He is also the mastermind behind the design of the Brammah Valley Trek itinerary. Read what he has to say about the trek here.

1. The Brammah Valley

The Brammah Valley lies in the Kishtwar National Park of Jammu - known for its dense vegetation. Trekking here in itself was an experience. The variety it offers is mind-blowing. 

Trekking alongside the gushing Nath river under the canopy of tall coniferous trees, the lush greenery of the valley, the ancient villages, stunning views I got to witness every time I came across a clearing and the Kiddar Maidan - the river delta campsite!

It felt like someone has carefully crafted the whole valley to make it an exciting trek. 

Trekking alongside the Nath river. Photo by Nitesh Kumar

2. Enchanting Forest Sections

The forests on the Brammah valley trek are the first thing that immediately drew my attention. It’s the trek with long days of forest walks in the valley. But it never felt monotonous. Trekking under the shades of tall pine trees next to the gushing Nath river was an experience I cherish to date.

None of the treks I have done come close to the variety of pines that I came across in this trek. You see an abundance of chir pine, spruce and abies pindrow. There are a few maple trees too. The landscape and how they are placed also change every day adding to the variety. 

On Day 4, before Kiddar Maidan, there is a small patch of silver birch trees. The moment I stepped into this forest section, it became one of my favourite sections of the trek. 

The forests open up at every turn to the mesmerising views of the Brammah Valley. These surprises are what make the trek in the forest even more exciting!

The Brammah Valley is home to the dense tall pine forests. Photo by Nitesh Kumar

3. The Kiddar Maidan (Chhater Chinan) Campsite

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing the best campsites. Even in those, there are some campsites that stand out. Kiddar Maidan is definitely one of them.

The moment I set foot on Kiddar Maidan, I knew this has to be one of the campsites. I was taken aback by the beauty of this place - a huge clearing bordered by silver birch trees on one side and high-rising mountains on the other! The views of majestic Mt Brammah I, Mt Brammah Wife, Eiger and Tarparan peaks elevated the beauty of the whole setting. Walking on the river delta was a unique experience.

The ridge next to the campsite gives you close-up views of Mt Brammah I and Mt Brammah Wife. An adventurous climb to the ridge gives you the summit experience as well. The alpine glow on these peaks is like the cherry on top of a cake.

After the trek, this could possibly become one of the best campsites you have ever stayed at. It is one of mine!

The Kiddar Maidan - most beautiful campsite on the trek. Photo by Nitesh Kumar

Trek Video: Brammah Valley Trek

Trek Trivia

Things Nobody Tells You About Brammah Valley

Did you know the last successful attempt to Mt Brammah was 5 decades ago?

Mount Brammah (21,050 ft) was first scaled by Chris Bonington in 1973. He was successful in climbing the Brammah after several failed attempts by British and Japanese mountaineers.
The magnificent Mt Brammah was not an easy peak to climb. At 19,000 ft, he faced the biggest barrier - the pinnacle of rocks on mountain ridges that are called Gendarmes. Immediately after this section was a big slab of ice that can cause avalanche any time. That was an another challenge.
The last attempt was in 1979. On June 30th, 2023 a group of 15 team members from Kolkata and surrounding areas are attempting the massif again. The team will be led by Everest Summiteer Rudraprasad Haldar.

5 Reasons Why Indiahikes

We are India’s safest trekking organisation

When we brought out new trails in Indian trekking, safety came with us. Back in 2012, we were the first to introduce microspikes, and two years later, pulse oximeters became standard thanks to us. Nobody does safe treks like Indiahikes. In the mountains, emergencies don't care who you're with – everyone knows that when trouble hits, you look for the yellow tents of Indiahikes.

We are pioneers of treks in India

We are pioneers in trekking. Since 2007, we have brought out treks that have become India's most famous treks: Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Buran Ghati, Kedarkantha, Kashmir Great Lakes, Tarsar Marsar, Brahmatal, Phulara Ridge—the list goes on. In 2023 alone, we brought out five new treks in Indian trekking. We know treks better than anyone. This comes directly from the reason why Indiahikes was born: to bring out trek information and enable trekkers to trek on their own.

We are India’s largest trekking organisation

More than 25,000 people trek with us every year. We are the largest trekking organisation in India. 24% of our trekkers come back to trek with us every year. Over 4,000 students from the top educational institutions trek with us every year. Aside from this, families with children choose to trek with Indiahikes knowing that our treks are the safest. We have taken over 8000 children trekking so far, and the number continues to grow.

Our treks are transformative

We focus on designing transformative experiences. Our trek leaders conduct thought-provoking exercises that help you reflect and contemplate. This impact stays with you for a long time. Trekkers return feeling energised, more confident, or developing abilities to deal with difficulties. Many have changed careers, rethought their core values, become more humble, shown gratitude to others, or started a new fitness journey.

We are India's most sustainable trekking organisation

Since 2012, we have pioneered sustainable practices that have become standard in trekking. Using eco-bags, our trekkers have cleared over 120 tonnes of litter from the mountains. We do not carry packaged foods; instead, we serve freshly made food. We do not light campfires; we carry coal to light angethis to keep you warm. Our bio-toilets not only keep our toilets odour-free but also enrich the soil. When you trek with us, you leave mountains better.

Indiahikes Features

You’re guarded with our trek again philosophy

If you are unable to complete a trek, or if you love a trek, you can repeat it with us anytime. You don’t have to pay us for it. See our thoughts behind this here.

Daily 3-time health checks keep you safe at any altitude

Our thrice-a-day oxi-metre checks keep altitude sickness at bay, never allowing you to reach a point where you need evacuation.

Join any group, they are all women-friendly groups 

With around 30% of our trekkers being women, all women, including those travelling solo are comfortable to join any of our groups.

Request Jain/Vegan-friendly food

Our kitchen teams understand your needs as a vegan (or a Jain). We will take special care of your food, even in the remote Himalayas. 

Be comfortable and sustainable with bio toilets

We have specially designed bio toilets to ensure you have no sight or smell in toilets, at the same time making sure the toilets cause no harm to the fragile ecosystem we trek in.

Fresh, nutritious food at every camp

We’ll admit it. Our love for food surpasses our love for minimalism. Expect freshly cooked, multi-cuisine food at all camps, designed to meet your nutritional requirements and keep your taste buds happy!