We will meet at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Lohajung. This is a long but interesting drive. You will initially drive along beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani. Later we get into Garhwal region and continue to drive upto Lohajung. On arrival we will settle down in beautiful campsite at Lohajung. Overnight in tents.
Post breakfast, we start our trek to Bekaltal. The trail is an ascending one through well defined forest trail with magnificent views of the Nandaghunti Peak. The trail is mostly through the mixed forest of Conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Bekaltal is a beautiful lake that freezes in the months of Jan & Feb. We camp here for the night.
Early morning we set out for the trek to Brahmatal. It is believed that Lord Brahma meditated here. The trail to Brahmatal is through the forest with enchanting views of peaks like Trishul, Bithartoli & Nandaghunti. This trail covered in thick snow which makes it all the more exciting. Brahmatal is a small lake and freezes during the winters. We will camp here near the lake for the night. Overnight in tents.
Today is the day we climb the top of Brahmatal. Along this trail you will witness jaw dropping views of many mountain peaks including Mt. Trishul and Nandaghunti. After spending some time at the top we return to the camp. Overnight in tents.
Retracing the same route we return to Lohajung . Overnight in tents.
On this day, we board the vehicle and drive to Kathgodam. Trip ends here.
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Kathgodam and back one can choose between rail & road. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haldwani/ Kathgodam. This takes about 7 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
06 Days | Season: Mar - Jun, Sep – Dec| Grade: Moderate | Max Alt: Brahmatal Top ( 3846m )
Day 1 : Kathgodam - Lohajung ( Drive / 225 kms / 10 hrs )
Day 2 : Lohajung ( 2300m ) - Bekaltal ( 2700m ) ( Trek / 5 hrs )
Day 3 : Bekaltal ( 2700m ) - Brahmatal ( 3400m ) ( Trek / 5 - 6 hrs )
Day 4 : Brahmatal ( 3400m ) - Brahmatal Top ( 3846m ) - Brahmatal ( 3400m ) ( Trek / 5 hrs )
Day 5 : Brahmatal ( 3400m ) - Lohajung ( 2300m ) ( Trek / 6 – 7 hrs )
Day 6 : Lohajung - Kathgodam ( Drive / 10 hrs )
Brahmatal Trek is one trek which can be done in the months of January and February. The best part of this trek is walking on thick snow which makes it even more exciting. Along this trek you witness not just one but two frozen lakes Bekaltal and Brahmatal and experience camping there. You will witness unmatched views of the Himalayan ranges in each direction from the summit of Brahmatal.
Apart from the magnificent views, you will be walking through sprawling forests trails covered in snow. The beauty of this is quite gripping. A complete amalgamation of challenges and picture perfect views this trek is one of the most popular treks for winters amongst adventure enthusiasts. For all the nature lovers this trek offers a complete variety. As the trail weaves through forest sections it is a great opportunity to witness Himalayan birds including Monal.
Trek begins from Lohajung . Lohajung is in the centre of a couple of villages with several stores where you can do your shopping as well. The view of Nanda Ghunti peak is quite mesmerising as it seems an arm’s length away. On the second day, you will be trekking to Bekaltal with views of Nandaghunti Peak accompanying you. The trail weaves through forest of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Third day is when you will tread to Brahmatal Lake. The trail passes through forest section with views of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Bithartoli & Nandaghunti which makes it quite interesting. The fourth day is when you will be climbing the top of the summit and witness picturesque views of many mountain peaks including Mt. Trishul and Nandaghunti. Finally retracing the route back to Lohanjung your adventure ends in Kathgodam.