Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal is a high altitude lake believed to be Lord Brahma’s favourite meditation spot. You’ll trek through oak forests and over mountain streams, meeting pink-cheeked children and friendly locals en route.

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Brahmatal Trek Overview

The Brahmatal trek is an easy to moderate trek that is suitable for fit beginners, but you can expect some low temperatures in winter, so do come prepared. This is one of the few trails in the country at an elevation of 12,500 feet that offers stupendous views of peaks over 7000 metres at such close proximity.

The Brahmatal trek starts in the mountain town of Kathgodam, winding past quaint Himalayan villages and settlements. As you gain altitude, you’ll leave civilization behind. The mountains surround you, and offer some out-of-this-world views. Once you reach Brahmatal lake at 12,250 feet, you will be able to see the three magnificent pointed peaks of Mt. Trishul, shining white and gold, and Nandaghunti standing tall in the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

Brahmatal trek – A hidden gem in Uttarakhand

The Brahmatal trek is beautiful year-round, and takes you through rhododendron and oak forests, stopping by mountain streams along the way. In summer, it is peaceful, and listen to the sounds of the forests as you walk: birds singing and the scampering of little animals.

In the winter, it is considered a hidden gem, with almost no crowds to ruin the experience. You’ll spend time admiring the winter scenery; camping beside frozen lakes fringed with pine trees, and enjoying the snowy route. The great peaks in the Himalayas wear a beautiful white blanket during the winters, but when you reach the frozen lakes of Bekaltal and Brahmatal, you’ll gasp in awe.

General itinerary:

For the Brahmatal trek, you first arrive at Kathgodam where you meet the tour operator and the rest of the team. From there, you'll be drive to Lohajung which is the start point of the trek where you'll spend the night. The next day, you begin your trek to Bekaltal and the trail cuts through dense forests. En route, you also cross the Mandoli Village and the confluence of Kali and Pindari river. After spending a night at Bekaltal, you then continue to Brahmatal. En route, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Himalayan mountains. On the fourth day, you'll begin your trek to the Brahmatal Pass. From there, you'll descent back to Lohajung and spend the night there. The next day, you'll trek to Wan Village. After spending a night at Wan, you'll then be driven back to Kathgodam where your trip ends.Best season for the Brahmatal trek

December to February is the best time for Brahmatal Trek. The misty haze that envelops the mountain peaks in May-June and obstructs the view lifts, and you get cracking mountain views. From the top of Brahmatal, you can see the Himalayan giants up-close and under blue skies that stretch across the horizon.Some of the best memories of the Brahmatal trek will be the full winter trek experience: you’ll get to pull on those boots and head out into the snow. You’ll walk through peaceful pine forests and camp on the banks of frozen glacial lakes, and you’ll always have towering Himalayan peaks around to admire.

Brahmatal trek packing list:

The tour operator will provide all the technical and camping equipment required for the trek. So you only have to carry personal gear, starting from a strong bag, along with a personal med kit, toiletries, cap, sunglasses, gloves, balaclava, etc. Apart from this, you need to carry appropriate clothes which include quick-dry apparel, thermal inners, down and fleece jackets, and trek pants. You also need to wear well-broken in trekking shoes with good grip.Once you book the trek, the tour operator too will give you a packing list which you need to follow properly to ensure a comfortable trek to Brahmatal.

How to reach?

The meeting point for the Brahmatal trek is at Kahtgodam, a small town in Nainital of Uttarakhand. You can reach Kathgodam directly either via road or rail. There are many state and privately run buses that connect the town to most major north Indian cities and towns. The town can be reached by rail from most major cities of the country via express trails. However, the town does not have its own airport and the nearest airport is at Dehradun, at a distance of 184 km. If you can't find a flight from your city to Dehradun, then you can take a flight to Delhi and catch a bus/taxi to Kathgodam.

Looking for more adventures? Read our post about Top Adventures in Uttarakhand. If you’re a beginner looking for snow treks, check out Top Easy Snow Treks in India.

Brahmatal Trek Summary

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Nearest city: Kathgodam
  • Total days: 6 days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Max altitude: 12,250 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 22-24 km
  • Season: March and April for Brahmatal trek, and December to February for Brahmatal snow trek
  • Avg temperature: -4 to 10 degree Celsius

6-Day Brahmatal Trek

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung

  • Pick-up point: Kathgodam Railway Station
  • Pick-up time: 06:00 hrs
  • Distance: 213 km
  • Time: 8 hours
  • Overnight stay: Guesthouse at Lohajung

Day 2: Trek from Lohajung to Bekaltal

  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Altitude: 9690 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Bekaltal

Day 3: Trek from Bekaltal to Brahmatal

  • Trekking distance: 7 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 10,450 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Brahmatal

Day 4: Trek to Brahmatal Summit

  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
  • Altitude: 12,000 feet
  • Overnight stay: Tents at Brahmatal

Day 5: Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung

  • Trekking distance: 7 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Overnight stay: Guesthouse at Lohajung

Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam

  • Drop-off point: Kathgodam railway station
  • Drop-off time: 18:00 hrs
  • Distance: 213 km
  • Time: 8 hours

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung

Arrive at Kathgodam Railway Station in the morning where you'll meet the operator. You'll then begin your drive to Lohajung. The drive goes through a scenic route and passes Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal Lake and Baijnath. You'll also get your first glimpse of the Himalayan peaks. You'll reach the destination by evening and you can spend the rest of the evening exploring the place before retiring for the night.

Day 2: Trek to Bekaltal

Today, you'll wake up early for the first day of your trek to Brahmatal. You'll set off for Bekaltal via an upward trail through a forest. And en route, you'll cross Mandoli Village where you'll see the confluence of Kali and Pindari rivers. You'll then trek through rhododendron forests, crossing bridges and streams to reach Bekaltal. You'll spend the night on the banks of the Khopdaliya Lake.

Day 3: Trek to Brahmatal

Today, you'll continue to trek to Brahmatal through forests of oaks. En route, you'll enjoy splendid views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks as far as the eyes can see. The lake is a short descent away. You'll spend the night close to the peaceful Brahmatal lake in the company of a million stars and many Himalayan peaks.

Day 4: Trek to Brahmatal Pass

You'll wake up to filling breakfast and then visit the Brahmatal lake. From there, you'll begin your ascent trek to the Brahmatal Pass. From the pass, you'll be treated to the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. From there, you'll begin your descend to Tilbudi, a clearing in a forest and you'll spend the night there.

Day 5: Trek to Lohajung

Today, you'll begin your trek to Lohajung with an easy descent. Your first destination is the Wan Village from there you'll board the vehicle that will take you to Lohajung. It is a short drive of about 30 min. Upon reaching there, you'll check-in at the guesthouse and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Drive to Kathgodam

Today, you'll wake up, have breakfast and check-out of the guesthouse. You'll board the transit vehicle that will take you back to Kathgodam. You'll be dropped back to the Kathgodam railway station by evening. The trip ends here.

Inclusions:

This package includes travel arrangements between Kathgodam-Lohajung in private, shared vehicle, as per the itinerary. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse in Lohajung and during the trek, in tents. All accommodation is either on triple or multi-sharing basis. For your camping nights, you’ll be provided with sleeping bags and camping mattresses, and will have access to a kitchen/dining tent and a toilet tent. Your meals during the trek will be provided, which is from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 5. All meals will be vegetarian, and you’ll also be served hot tea or coffee every morning and evening on the trek. Your team consists of an experienced trek leader and camping crew, as well as porters or mules to carry common camping equipment. This package includes government permits and entry fees, as well as all applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

This package does not include your transport or travel arrangements between home city and Kathgodam. It will not cover any meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, nor does it cover personal expenses like snacks, beverages, additional meals, tips to staff, etc. If you wish to buy adventure travel or health insurance for this trip, you are free to do so, but it is not included in the package. The operator cannot cover any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc. Personal porters can be arranged at a separate cost. Anything not mentioned in inclusions is to be considered an exclusion.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time for the Brahmatal trek is from December to February when you get to enjoy the snow covered trail along with uninterrupted views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. During this time, especially in the month of December, you'll get the full winter trek experience as you traverse over snow to reach the lake. You'll cross through gorgeous, lush pine forests, and spend the nights camping on the banks of the frozen Brahmatal and Bekaltal lakes.

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Getting there

Kathgodam is a small town in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Kathgodam is well connected via roads to most major cities of India and you can easily reach the town using bus or private vehicle. Kathgodam is also connected to other major cities via a rail network. However, the town does not have its own airport, and the nearest airport is the Dehradun Airport located at a distance of 184 km, or the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is located at a distance of 238 km. From those airports, you can reach Kathgodam via local transport.

What to wear

During the Brahmatal trek, you will trek at high altitudes in cold temperatures. Hence, special attention needs to be given to what you wear. You need to wear a balaclava or a woollen cap to cover your head. For your body, you need to wear quick-dry apparel along with light thermals, wind and waterproof jacket, fleece jacket, and trekking pants. Avoid restrictive clothing especially denim jeans or shorts. Lastly, wear sturdy trekking shoes with a good grip.

What to carry

Your Brahmatal trek operator will provide you with all the camping gear you need, but you will need to carry your own clothing and snow gear. Make sure you have thermals, warm layers, a snow jacket, trekking boots, and a warm hat and gloves. Do go through the packing list provided by your operator to ensure you have all the required gear.

Preparation/Fitness

The Brahmatal snow trek is not difficult, so is suitable for fit beginners. You can expect some steep stretches along the trek. Because it takes place in winter, the mercury will drop quite low, so expect temperatures from 3-10 degrees Celsius. At night it could drop as low as -4 degrees Celsius.

FAQs about the Brahmatal trek

When should I go to see snow at Brahmatal?

From late December to February is the best time for the Brahmatal snow trek. During these months, the snow begins to carpet the landscape, and the trail cuts through snow covered trails to reach the frozen over Brahmatal lake. The snow trek to Brahmatal can be booked anytime between December and February.

How difficult is the Brahmatal snow trek?

The trek to Brahmatal is an easy trail, making it perfectly suitable for fit beginners. However, the trail does consist of some steep sections and the weather can get freezing cold during winters, dropping as low as -4 degree Celsius. Hence, a certain level of fitness is required for the trek.

Can I do the Brahmatal trek in other seasons?

Yes, the Brahmatal trek is possible throughout the year, except in the monsoon. You’ll see very different landscapes depending on which time of the year you go. However, the best time to visit the lake is during the winter season when the lake is flanked by snow in all directions, giving you the perfect snow trek experience.

How should I prepare for the Brahmatal trek?

The Brahmatal trek is an easy to moderate trek, suitable for fit beginners. You don't need to prepare much for the trek if you already follow a regular workout routine. However, if you do not work out regularly, you should start with exercises such as cycling, running, yoga, cardio training, etc. to build up your endurance levels.

What should I carry for the Brahmatal trek?

For the Brahmatal trek, the tour operator will provide all the equipment required for camping along with technical equipment required for trekking. Hence, you only have to carry your personal essentials like a personal med kit, toiletries, appropriate clothes, camp and sunglasses, gloves, etc. Remember to use a strong backpack which is comfortable on your back. One of the most essential things to carry for the Brahmatal trek is a pair of sturdy trekking boots which provide ample grip and support.

What should I wear for the Brahmatal trek?

The clothes you wear will depend on which season you choose to go. If you're going during the summer season, then you need to wear comfortable apparel including full-sleeve t-shirt and trekking pant, along with sunglasses and suncap. You should also carry a light jacket for the night. However, if you're going in winters, then you need to also wear thermal inners, down and fleece jackets, woollen/synthetic gloves, and balaclava/scarf. Regardless of the weather, it is always a good idea to carry a raincoat/poncho.

Is the Brahmatal snow trek different from the Brahmatal trek?

The trek to Brahmatal is gorgeous all year round except for monsoons. During the summer season, the landscape is peaceful and you get to treat your senses to the sounds and sights of the alpine forests of Himalayas. However, in winder, the experience is entirely different. You get to enjoy the bright white scenery of the Himalayas, with sprawling snow fields, snow covered Himalayan mountains all around, and the frozen lakes of Brahmatal and Bekaltal. The trek also becomes a hidden gem during this season as there isn't much of a crowd to ruin the experience.

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Trip Description
This 6-day, easy to moderate Brahmatal trek is among the few Himalayan trails that can be done all year round, even during winter. You'll walk through rhododendron forests, cross pristine streams and camp by the shores of a high-altitude lake. Sounds challenging? In certain areas it sure is, but nothing a first-time trekker can't manage.
    Inclusions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (veg meals)
  • Pick up and drop (to and from Kathgodam)
  • Accommodation in Loharjung on triple sharing basis and in tents
  • Camp crew/kitchen staff during trek
  • First aid
  • Toilet tents
  • Proper segregation bins and waste management at campsite
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • On prior intimation, supplier will arrange porter for a charge of INR 350 extra per day, per bag, if trekkers don't want to carry their own.
  • Travel Insurance (up to INR 2,00,000) is available at INR 350 per trekker for the duration of the trek.
  • Meals during transportation
  • Additional permit cost if the charge is over INR 500.
  • Tips, personal expenses
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
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This trek to Brahmatal is perfect for fit beginners and those who are looking for a fun trek that offers some challenges. Some of the slopes on this trek are steep, but it'll be worth it. This trek itinerary takes you to both Bekaltal and Brahmatal, and lets you camp just 500 metres from Brahmatal lake.

The Brahmatal trek is a favourite snow trek in Uttarakhand. During these months, the snowfall covers the landscape in a blanket of white, and Brahmatal gleams like a mirror in the midst of it. It will take your breath away, and give you a chance to enjoy the full snow experience.
    Inclusions
  • Private vehicle from Kathgodam-Kathgodam as per itinerary
  • 2 nights in Lohajung in guesthouse/homestay on twin/triple/multi sharing basis
  • Stay in alpine tents on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Meals (veg and egg) from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 5
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • Utensils and crockery
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • Toilet tents
  • Crampon
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits
  • Stretcher
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and qualified trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1
  • Breakfast on Day 6
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1200 per backpack of 11 kgs)
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any additional costs for unforeseeable events like bad weather, landslides, road blocks, medical emergencies or evacuation, taxi strikes, etc.
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One of the best snow treks in the Himalayas, the Brahmatal trek takes you to the two high-altitude lakes of Bekaltal and Brahmatal. You'll make your way across mountain slopes, with overgrown woods of oak and rhododendron, and climb up to altitudes of over 12,000 feet. En route, you'll pass small villages like Malling and Burali, with terraced farms and flocks of sheep grazing over green grasslands.

In the winter, the landscape gets blanketed with fresh, white snow, offering magnificent views of icy vistas all around. Trekking through the soft snow, you'll get views of snow-stormed mountain peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and many more.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements between Kathgodam-Lohajung in private, shared vehicle
  • Accommodation in guesthouse and tents for 5 nights on triple/multi-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Vegetarian meal package including all meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 5, plus morning/evening tea/coffee
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry common camping equipment
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Kathgodam
  • Any meals not included in the inclusions
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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