Brahmatal Trek - Winters are usually the time for the Indian trekkers to sober up from their slumber and trek across various snow peaks. The wish to take a leisure walk under the canopy of pine trees and warm sun attracts a lot of adventurists to the winter treks in Uttarakhand.
Moustache Escapes presents you the classiest Himalayan trek of the year – The Brahmatal Trek.
Amongst all the things, Brahmatal trek is mostly famous for its views. Right from the second day, you get to see clear views of Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Trishul. They accompany you throughout the trek from Bekaltal Lake to Brahmatal top.
What makes Brahmatal trekking truly delightful is the snow and alpine frozen lakes. Brahmatal trek in December witness heavy snowfall and blood-freezing temperature that brings a lot of snow on the route.
The alpine lakes – Bekaltal and Brahmatal gets frozen and look seemingly gorgeous. Spending some peaceful time around them makes you feel happy.
The reason Brahmatal should definitely find a place in your bucket list is that this trek starts rolling at the end of December and goes till late March marking the onset of blooming rhododendrons. Whereas, other winter treks stay open maximum to late December.
Also See: Kedarkantha Trek
What is the best time and how is the weather during the trek?
Brahmatal trek in December gets really cold with temperature as down as – 5 degree Celsius in the night. Nonetheless, Brahmatal weather is known for its harsh coldness and spine-chilling temperature.
Usually, during the day time, the Brahmatal temperature comes up to 7 degrees Celsius giving you some time to warm yourself. But as the night falls, the temperature falls down below 0 degree Celsius.
But giving you an abundance of snow and a chance to enjoy the snow games, winter season stays a pleasurable time. The green meadows and trees turn all white with snow on their top. The entire landscape becomes like a large synchronized open field full with snow and patches of flora.
While winter is full of snow, summers, in contrast, is yellow and green. The weather throughout the summer stays pleasant and mild cold. This also helps the trees and flowers to bloom under the sun. The meadows become lush green and the trees outshine others with vibrant leaves.
On average, the temperature in the daytime remains in between 10 – 20 degree Celsius but in the night falls maximum to 7 degree Celsius. But even at 7 degrees, the weather remains comparatively pleasant and comfortable.
The only added advantage to this season is the lush green flora. The forest which turns white in late winters, now turns leafy and green.
But despite all the perks of the summer season, winter is the best time to do the Brahmatal trek. The kind of experience snow offers you is unparalleled.
How are the summit views and the terrain?
If for nothing else, you should definitely climb the peak to witness the summit views. Although Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti accompany you throughout but summit opens up to a new horizon of peaks.
If the weather stays sunny and clear, you will be able to spot the incredible Mt. Neelkanth and Mt. Hathi Ghoda.
Interestingly, Brahmatal trek offers you a ridge summit. Which means, unlike other summit climbs, here you don’t climb a steep terrain to reach the top but walk on a long ridge which takes you on the summit.
Brahmatal’s ridge is one of its speciality. This ridge consists of ample space to nestle the famous Brahmatal trek and some area to wander.
While you are at the summit, you can enjoy some quiet time for yourself. The cold breeze and warm sun will make you comfortable. Vanquishing the summit also gives you a sense of confidence and satisfaction.
After all, you have worked hard to achieve the heights at which you are standing right now.
How about stumping in your own flag somewhere on the peak and capturing your lifetime photos?
One cannot forget the experience to witness the stunning Brahmatal lake. Sitting quietly at the top, this glacial lake remains frozen throughout the winters and melts in the summers.
Brahmatal trek is truly a beginner’s trek. Hence, the terrain throughout the trek remains relatively easy. In winters, you will encounter fresh snow on the way which sometimes may prove to be slippery, but in summers, the trail remains dry and easy to trek on.
The only time when you will face a moderately steep climb is on the second day. When you trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal – the frozen river, the climb becomes steeper and stony. Overall, the route is quite easy to trek and reach the top of the peak.
What about your stays and washroom facilities?
In the span of six days, three days you stay in the alpine dome tents and two days you stay in the guest houses. On the first and last day, you are provided with excellent rooms in the guest houses, and all the other days, you get twin sharing tents.
If it is winters, camping happens on a flat ground mostly surrounded by snow. Isn’t it wonderful to sleep a night in the middle of snow? Along with the camps, you will also have sleeping bags to snuggle in and get warm.
As far as the washroom facilities are concerned, we don’t have permanent constructed buildings so you will get dry toilets to perform your nature calls.
Where will we meet each other?
Amidst all the beauties and fancies of the enticing Brahmatal trek, don’t forget to recognize the importance of Rishikesh which is going to be our meeting point. Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world and an excellent place to practice meditation sits quietly at the foothills of the Himalayas.
It holds the world-famed intersection point of three important rivers – Confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati at the ‘Triveni Ghat’. What better place there could be to start you’re a week-long trek?
Rishikesh is a must-visit place for anyone and everyone who has never tasted a glimpse of fun and adventure. Things such as ever thrilling ‘Bungee Jumping’ will take you for a ride from hell to heaven and ‘Flying Fox’ will give you a chance to feel the chilling air while flying from one mountain to another.
Amidst all of these activities, one holds the most attraction across India – ‘River Rafting’. Rishikesh’s river rafting is not only famous in all of India but also across Asia. The twists and turns, the rush and jump, the swim and float during the rating will give you one hell of an experience.
For people, who are already full of adventures and would love to ramble for a quiet evening, Rishikesh could be your ‘THE’ place. The city has countless beautiful cafes and restaurants, hosting evening shows and scores of events.
If you fancy having a meal with the hissy sound of running water and soft music, Rishikesh has already got you!
Enough of getting to know the city and Brahmatal the trek. It’s time for you to convince a bunch of your friends (or come solo), pack your rucksack, crosscheck your gears, and catch a bus to BRAHMATAL!!!
(For further enquiries regarding route from Kathgodam to Lohajung, Lohajung temperature, and how to reach Lohajung, call us or write to us today!)
Trek ends here
It is advisable to contact your trek operator before booking a private/shared cab from Rishikesh to Lohajung as the trek operator might have their own facility ready for you and shared between the trekkers.
1. You will be warmly received by our trek team with a welcome drink once you reach Lohajung.
2. All stays included from Lohajung to Lohajung on double / triple sharing basis:
(i) Guest house on day 1 & 5.
(ii) Alpine / Dome tents on day 2,3,4.
3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.
4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route.
5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability while staying at guest houses in Lohajung only.
6. Kitchen, dining, and toilet tents will be used during the trek.
7. Cook / Helper for carrying common equipment like rations / tents / utensils / groceries.
8. All trek essentials included–
(i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, etc.
(ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements, and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.
(iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.
1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).
2. Personal essentials -
(i) Equipment - Gumboots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, liners, etc.
(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurance
(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles / bottled or canned beverages
(iv) Snacks - Dry Fruits, Dark Chocolates, Protein Bars, or Nutrition Bars, anything else specific to your need
(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees
3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.
4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel / trek / COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.
6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.
7. Separate tents on request, will be charged extra (INR 1,500 per tent).
1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.
2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.
3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.
4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.
5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.
6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.
Q1. What are the best months to visit this trek?
Answer: The Brahmatal trek is open from Sept to June however if you wish to see snow the preferable months should be Dec to Mar. If you wish to view lush green meadows, it is recommended to visit in May, June and Sept.
Q2. How should I select my trekking shoe?
Answer: On the Brahmatal Trek, we recommend high ankle waterproof shoes with good grip.
Q3. How to Reach Lohajung?
Answer: You can take a shared cab or bus from Rishikesh to reach the Lohajung. We also arrange cab from Rishikesh railway station for the trekkers to reach Lohajung
Q4. What is the cellular network connectivity on Brahmatal trek?
Answer: All cellular 4G network connections work at Rishikesh and Lohajung. Also you might get network at some points on the trek.
Q5. What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?
Answer: The nearby attractions that you can explore from Rishikesh are -
(i) Laxman Jhula
(ii) Ram Jhula
(iii) Triveni Ghat
(iv) Parmarth Niketan Ashram and many more.
Q6. What is the minimum & maximum age limit for Brahmatal Trek?
Answer: The minimum age criteria is 8 years and no limit to the maximum age for Brahmatal Trek as long as a person is physically fit to do it.
Q7. What will be the accommodation type on Brahmatal Trek?
Answer: There will be a mixed type of accommodation for the trek of Brahmatal-
(i) You will be staying at guest house on day 1 & 5
(ii) You will be staying in tent from day 2 to 4.
Q8. What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?
Answer: The tents and sleeping bags will be of high quality and which can uphold up to -15 degree temperature.
Q9. Are there any washroom / toilet facilities on Brahmatal trek?
Answer: Yes, you will be using the attached washroom while staying in the guest house and the dry toilet tents while on trek.
Q10. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide on Brahmatal trek?
Answer: You will be provided Gaiters and Microspikes by the ground team for the trek over snow in Brahmatal.
Q11. What kind of food will be provided on Brahmatal trek?
Answer: The availability of food depends on the type of season you are trekking in, seasonal organic veg dishes will be provided during the Brahmatal trek.
Q12. What will be the temperature during Brahmatal trek?
Answer: The temperature during the Brahmatal trek varies from 0 degrees to -15 degrees.
Q13.When will there be snow on this trek?
Answer: You can get snow on Brahmatal trek during the winter season that is Nov to Mar.
Q14. Is there an option to offload my backpack?
Answer: Yes, you can offload your backpack at the guest house before the start of the trek by paying extra charges.
Q15. Is the trekking pole necessary?
Answer: Trekking poles are not necessary however it provides extra support to legs while climbing or descending.
Q16. Are there any local stores / shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?
Answer: Equipment is available on rentals only at Lohajung shops, however the supply is limited with the local shops.
Q17. Is it safe for a solo woman traveler to trek in fixed departures?
Answer: It is completely safe for solo women to join our fixed departures of Brahmatal Trek. We provide separate sleeping tents for female travelers. Our staff is very professional and women travelers will not feel unsafe even for a second on the trek
Q18. Will you give certificates on completion of trek?
Answer: Yes, we will provide the trek certificates on the completion of Brahmatal trek.
Q19. In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?
Answer: If you wish to book the transport with us then the pickup and the drop point will be Rishikesh Railway Station.
Q20.What time will you drop us at Rishikesh on the last day of the trek?
Answer: You will reach Rishikesh on the last day around 6-7 in the evening.
Q21. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Answer: The trekker should carry their valid Government ID proof.
Q22. How difficult is Brahmatal Trek? What kind of physical fitness will be required to do Brahmatal Trek?
Answer: The trek of Brahmatal falls under the easy to the moderate category of treks, we recommend a person should be able to jog for 2-3 km under 60 min.
Q23. Can we visit the Brahmatal trek in December?
Answer: Yes, Brahmatal is a winter trek and people visit this trek mostly in winters to experience snow.
Q24. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
Answer: No, consumption of liquor and smoking is strictly prohibited during the trek, as it dehydrates the body and might cause Acute Mountain Sickness.
Q25. How is Brahmatal Trek weather?
Answer: As Brahmatal is a winter trek, from December onwards you will experience lots of snow and the temperature varies from 10 degrees to -10 degrees Celsius.
Q26. Is Brahmatal Trek safe?
Answer: Yes, the Brahmatal trek is completely safe for trekkers because of its easy and gradual climb. We provide you a certified and experienced trek leader who has ample knowledge of the trek.
Q27. What is the altitude of Brahmatal Trek?
Answer: The altitude varies from 7,600 ft to 12,250 ft during the trek of Brahmatal, you will be touching the highest altitude on day 4 at the Brahmatal Pass.
Q28. How to reach Kathgodam?
Answer: There are multiple ways to reach Kathgodam, there are regular trains and busses available from Delhi to reach Kathgodam. Also, you can drive down in your own vehicle or take a taxi to reach the destination.
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