Brahamtal is another high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India, situated at the elevation of 12100 ft. This is one of the few winter trek that can be done in December to feburary. It offers brilliant views of Mt. Thrishul and Nanda Ghunti and this is the reason enough to go on this trek. The amount of snow on the trek makes trekking a little challenging for the trekkers. This trek passes through some of the stunning and exotic landscape of Himalayas with short stretches of rhododendron, oak forest and snow fields. If lucky you could spot Uttarakhand’s state bird “Himalayan Monal”.
Arrive early at Kathgodam railway station and drive to Lohajung (transportation included) which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges. The route passes through many beautiful hill stations like Bhimtal, Almora and Kausani. You drive alongside local rivers and get views of many peaks like Kamet, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, and Nanda Devi amongst others. Arrive at your base camp, Lohajung by the evening. It is a small town with very basic facilities available. Dinner and overnight stay at Lohajung.
Today our trek begins from Lohajung market and we will move upwards to the Bekaltal passing through few villages, thick oak and rhododendron forests, water streams, bridges etc. After a short trek, spot Mundoli village on your left where you can fill your water bottles and take a little break. Today’s trek will take around 05 hours to reach our campsite. The whole area gets covered in snow in winters, and the lake will be found partially frozen.
Today our trek will start with Initial steep climb for an hour, which opens out to a meadow (today’s highest point 11,500 ft) from where begins a slow descent to Brahmatal. Make sure that you fill your water bottles before starting the trek since this will be a long day. Due to snow it might take longer to reach the destination. Our Brahmatal campsite will be just 300 meters away from the lake.
Today we will climb Brahmatal Peak and will return back to the campsite at Brahmatal. The time taken to reach the summit is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. As you reach the summit, an entire panorama of mountains opens up offering splendid views of the mighty Himalayas especially Chaukhambha, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli and mountains stretching all the way to the Panchachuli range.
Today we will descent back to Lohajung through the different forested trails passing by several mountain villages on the slopes which will take time around 6-7 hours. Descend will take less time and the day is not that exhaustive. We return back to Lohajung and have plenty of time and energy to share photographs among the group and celebrate our amazing trek. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
End of journey. Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam.