Brahmatal Lake: A Trekker’s Paradise in the Scenic Garhwal Region.

Conquer the Himalayan Heights: Brahmatal Trek Adventure Awaits!

Welcome to the enchanting world of the Brahmatal Trek – a perfect initiation into the realm of Himalayan adventures. This beginner-friendly trek promises four days of exhilarating exploration amidst the stunning landscapes of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District. With a maximum altitude of 12,500 feet, this snow trek offers a delightful winter wonderland experience from January to March, while remaining accessible year-round for those craving scenic vistas of the Garhwal Himalayas. Prepare to be captivated by breathtaking views of the region’s prominent peaks as you embark on this unforgettable journey into the heart of the majestic mountains.

Quick Itinerary of Brahmatal Trek

Day-wise Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Rishikesh
  • Day 2: Transfer to Lohajung (8-9 hours drive from Rishikesh)
  • Day 3: Trek from Lohajung to Gujreni
  • Day 4: Trek from Gujreni to Tilandi
  • Day 5: Trek from Tilandi to Brahmatal Lake
  • Day 6: Trek from Brahmatal Lake to Lohajung
  • Day 7: Return to Rishikesh

Trekking Brahmatal: Solo or Group?

You have the option to embark on this trek independently or join a trekking group for added support and camaraderie.

Solo

If you plan to undertake the Brahmatal trek on your own, Lohajung, nestled in the Himalayas, serves as an ideal starting point. Here, in this charming village, you’ll find a multitude of local operators ready to assist you in every aspect of your journey. From arranging mules to carry your gear, to providing tents and kitchen staff, these operators ensure you have all the necessary amenities for a successful trek. Additionally, they can offer valuable guidance and support, including helping you plan your itinerary and providing experienced guides to lead you along the trail. With their assistance, you can embark on your Brahmatal adventure with confidence and peace of mind.

Group

Alternatively, you can also opt to plan your Brahmatal trek with a trekking agency available online. With a plethora of options to choose from, these agencies offer fixed departures and predetermined itineraries for your convenience. Simply browse through the available options, select a suitable trekking agency, and embark on your Brahmatal adventure following their meticulously crafted itinerary.

We chose this option and had booked our trek with “Trek The Himalayas“, popularly known as “TTH“.

Brahmatal Trek Details

Lets begin our journey. We will lay out for you the details of each day covering all the important places that you can look out for on each day of the Brahmatal trek. This will help you plan your trip / trek accordingly.

Day 1 – Arrival in Rishikesh.

Our journey began with an arrival in the bustling town of Rishikesh, a gateway to the Himalayas. To arrange accommodation for your Brahmatal trek, consider booking hostels or hotels in Rishikesh, with Tapovan being a preferred area. This neighborhood offers a tranquil setting and easy access to the trek’s starting point. By staying in Tapovan, you’ll be immersed in the serene ambiance of Rishikesh while conveniently preparing for your upcoming adventure. After settling in at our accommodation, we enjoyed a relaxing evening, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of this spiritual town.

Day 2 – Onwards Journey from Rishikesh to Lohajung.

Bright and early the next morning, we embarked on a scenic drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung, the starting point or base village of our trek. The journey took us through winding mountain roads and picturesque villages, offering glimpses of the majestic Himalayan peaks in the distance.

Your journey today will take you through several significant landmarks, including Devprayag, Dhari Devi, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag. Each of these places holds cultural and spiritual significance, adding depth to your trekking experience as you traverse through the breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand.

Devprayag - Confluence of River Alaknanda and River Bhagirathi
Devprayag – Confluence of River Alaknanda and River Bhagirathi

The journey from Rishikesh to Lohajung spans approximately 250 kilometers and typically takes around 8-9 hours to complete.

Upon reaching Lohajung, we checked into our accommodation and prepared for the days of trekking ahead.

Amidst the backdrop of towering peaks and the tranquil whispers of nature, we exchanged introductions, formally acquainting ourselves with our fellow trekkers , our trek leader Karan Singh and our seasoned guide, Narendra Bisht.

For trekkers joining a group expedition, it’s essential to ensure all necessary paperwork is in order upon arrival. This includes obtaining a medical certificate and completing a self-declaration form, which must be submitted to the trek staff upon arrival at the base camp. These protocols are in place to prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants throughout the trekking adventure.

After completing formalities, we enjoyed a satisfying dinner, marking the end of our day. We retired, ready to embrace the adventures awaiting us on the Brahmatal trek.

Day 3 – Trek from Lohajung to Gujreni (4 hrs hike)

As the sun rose over the rugged terrain of Lohajung, we gathered with eager anticipation for our first trek huddle. With the day’s hike scheduled to begin around 9:30 AM, we enjoyed a leisurely morning and convened for a quick breakfast at 9 AM. Anticipation filled the air as we awaited the trek leader’s briefing, eager to embark on the journey that lay ahead of us.

Today’s journey spans approximately 4 kilometers, a leisurely trek lasting around 4 hours. The initial kilometer leads us through the quaint village, its well-paved paths offering a gentle ascent. As we venture deeper into the lush jungle, the true essence of the Himalayas unfolds. Towering trees envelop us, creating a picturesque setting perfect for capturing memories with every click of the camera.

After a couple of hours of hiking, we reached Begum Top, a breathtaking vantage point that unveils splendid views of the valley below. Standing atop this scenic perch, we were mesmerized by the panoramic vistas stretching out before us, a sight that reaffirmed the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

Midway through our trek, we pause for refreshing breaks, indulging in snacks and replenishing our water supply. We moving forward, guided by the trail markers that lead us ever closer to our first campsite, Gujreni. As we approach the well-marked board signaling the way ahead, excitement builds and soon we reach to our campsite at around 2 PM.

Upon arrival at the campsite, our tents awaited us, thoughtfully pitched by the diligent trekking staff. With each tent accommodating two occupants, we settled into our temporary abodes, ready to unwind after the day’s trek. After a satisfying lunch, we embarked on an exploration of the surrounding area, immersing ourselves in the serene ambiance of the jungle. Surrounded by the melodic chirping of birds and enveloped in blissful solitude, we savored the tranquility of our secluded campsite.

Day 4 – Trek from Gujreni to Tilandi(4 hrs hike)

The second day of our trek commenced promptly at 8:30 AM, setting the tone for an exhilarating adventure ahead. Adding a touch of warmth and festivity to the occasion, the kitchen staff surprised us with a sweet gesture—a freshly baked cake to celebrate New Year’s Eve. After a brief but heartfelt celebration and a nourishing breakfast, we embarked on our journey with spirits soaring high.

If you’re trekking during the snow season, this would typically be the day when you start encountering a snow-covered trail. However, during our December trek, we were met with minimal snowfall, only encountering a small patch along the way. As we continued our journey, we reached Bekal Khal at approximately 10,000 feet elevation, where colorful tents dotted the landscape. This picturesque campsite offers a delightful alternative to Gujreni, making it a tempting option for trekkers seeking a memorable overnight stay amidst the mountains.

About 30 minutes from here lies a significant highlight of Brahmatal Trek – Bekal Tal. This tranquil lake holds many legends within its depths, nestled amidst the enchanting Rhododendron and Oak tree jungle. Its serene beauty captivated us, offering a peaceful respite amidst the rugged terrain of the Himalayas. And this is also a great spot to click some pictures. We took a small break here.

After about an hour from here, the treeline dramatically recedes, unveiling expansive meadows of breathtaking beauty. The hike through this enchanting landscape is a gradual ascent, leading us to our campsite for the day – Tilandi. Oh, the mesmerizing beauty of this site! With panoramic views of the majestic Mount Nanda Ghunti and Mount Trishul looming in the distance, we were spellbound by the grandeur of the Himalayan peaks.

This campsite is undoubtedly the trek’s highlight. Dining with the majestic snow-clad peaks in full view was sheer bliss.

After another 45-minute hike, we arrived at Tilandi’s sunset point, offering some of the most breathtaking sunset vistas. The experience was truly unforgettable. Today’s journey surpassed all expectations.

Sunset at Tilandi
Mesmerising Sunset at Tilandi

Day 5 – Trek from Tilandi to Brahmatal(6 hrs hike)

Today proves to be the most challenging day of hiking, encompassing a mix of gradual ascents, plateau walks, and steep climbs. Our route leads us to cross two incredibly picturesque points of this trek – Jhandi Top and Brahmatal Top from where we see 360 degree view of The Himalaya.

Throughout the Brahmatal trek, there’s no treeline to obstruct our view, allowing us to steadily soak in the surrounding beauty. After about an hour, we reached Jhandi Top, where a small Shiva temple nestled in stone greeted us, with a majestic Trishul standing proudly against the backdrop of Mount Trishul. It was a sight to behold, simply awe-inspiring.

Beautiful view at Jhandi Top
Beautiful view at Jhandi Top

At this juncture, there’s a small dhaba where we indulged in sips of hot chai, all the while relishing the magnificent views around us. From here we start our hike towards Brahmatal Top which is situated at an altitude of about 12250ft. The hike to the top is a steep one and it challenges you to some extent. On the way to the top you also get the first glimpse of Brahmatal Lake.

Near Brahmatal Top
Near Brahmatal Top

From Brahmatal top we get to witness 360 degree view of The Himalayas with numerous mountain ranges visible – on a clear day. Luckily for us it was a bright and sunny day and we were able to see almost all the mountain ranges that can be seen from here.

After a rewarding two hours at the top, we began our descent towards Brahmatal, our final campsite of the trek. After about an hour’s descent, we arrived at our tents. Unlike previous campsites, this one was out in the open, devoid of trees or nearby mountains. As a result, it was quite windy and exceptionally cold here. Packed in layers and layers of clothing we came out of our tents to enjoy the grandeur of The Himalayas and Brahmatal Lake – our final destination.

In the evening, we ventured up to the Brahmatal lake, and since it wasn’t frozen, we witnessed the reflection of the surrounding mountains shimmering in its waters. It was simply breathtaking. This holy lake holds numerous folklores and legends, revered by locals who gather here during festivals like Janmashtami for prayers.

The sunset from up here was also mesmerizing, and we spent hours in silence, simply witnessing the magic of nature unfold before us.

At night, after dinner, we ventured out into the cold, gazing up at the stars high in the sky, a mesmerizing canvas of its own

Day 6 – Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung(5 – 7 hrs hike)

The Final Stretch

Today marked the culmination of our Brahmatal trek, the last leg of our journey. With a 7 AM start, we embarked on a 10 km stretch, beginning our day with a route alongside the alpine Brahmatal lake, its surface shimmering with a thin sheet of ice in the sub-zero temperatures.

As the sun struggled to rise, we bundled up in layers, preparing for the day ahead. Our path led us on a plateau walk, passing by a quaint Devi temple along the way. After a brief 15-20 minute stroll, we began a gradual ascent towards Jhandi Top. As we trekked along the route, the first rays of sun welcomed us, gently urging us to shed a few layers of clothing and bask in its warmth.

Two hours later, we reached the breathtaking Jhandi Top, where we paused to rest, soaking in the panoramic mountain views that surrounded us. Had some chai and bun maska.

With renewed energy, we commenced our descent. Just about a kilometer ahead, after a brisk 15-20 minute walk, the landscape transforms once more as we enter the enchanting jungle of oak and rhododendron trees. Continuing our journey, we encounter another campsite named Khorurai. While it offers a tempting break spot, our spirits were high, and we pressed on. The path led us downhill all the way to Lohajung from Jhandi Top, characterized by dusty, sandy trails, occasionally steep in some sections.

From this point onward, it’s another two-hour journey to reach the base village, provided you maintain a steady pace. Of course, your pace may vary, but our group’s enthusiasm kept us moving swiftly, and before we knew it, we arrived at the base village in no time. Our trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung totaled five hours, a remarkable achievement that left us feeling immensely proud of our journey.

Furry Friends

Interacting with the furry companions along the Himalayan trails adds an extra layer of warmth and joy to the trekking experience. For many trekkers, including ourselves, these four-legged friends become an integral part of the journey. Whether it’s sharing a meal or simply enjoying their company, the presence of Himalayan dogs enriches the trek in unique ways, making it all the more memorable and fulfilling

Memories

Upon our return, we indulged in a satisfying lunch, refreshed ourselves with a shower, and embarked on a leisurely stroll around the village. Immersed in the serene ambiance, we relished every moment, cherishing the simplicity of village life. Knowing that the next day would mark our return to the bustling city life, we savored the tranquility of the present moment, etching the memories of our trek deep into our hearts.

Few Important Tips and Tricks
  • There are lots of homestays in Lohajung to choose from. So if you plan to travel solo, worry not.
  • There are plenty of shops in the village market where you can find trekking gears – in case you are missing anything.
    • Shoes
    • Trekking Pole
    • Glares
    • Rain cover
    • Woolens

Brahmatal trek is a perfect beginner-friendly adventure, offering a blend of challenges and rewards amidst the stunning Himalayan landscapes.

Definitely give it a go……..!

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