A Journey to the Heart of the Himalayas
In the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas, nestled at an elevation of around 12,000 feet, lies a trek that promises much more than just adventure. The Brahmatal Trek, named after a serene lake dedicated to Lord Brahma, offers an enchanting blend of challenging trails, scintillating landscapes, and panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan giants, including the formidable Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti.
Your journey begins in Lohajung, a basecamp surrounded by the vivid colors of nature. From the vivid blue skies and stark white mountain peaks to the lush green of mossy forests and the golden fields of mustard, Brahmatal greets trekkers with a captivating palette. Rhododendrons, a regional specialty, add a touch of red to the canvas, while the silver-grey of Trishul’s slopes dominates the horizon.
As you ascend, Trishul, the pointed peak, emerges in its full glory. This mountain stands as a testament to nature’s grandeur. Its imposing presence, with silver-grey slopes and snow that glistens like salt, leaves trekkers spellbound. The proximity to this majestic giant evokes both awe and humility, inviting trekkers into its realm.
But there’s more to this tale of the mountains. It’s a story of love and devotion. Nanda Ghunti, often called “Nanda in a veil,” represents Goddess Parvati. Trishul symbolizes Lord Shiva. These two peaks, facing each other like devoted lovers, are said to be embraced by the cerulean skies, their union celebrated in the splendor of the Himalayas.
Your first camp at Bekaltal, situated near a gurgling brook, unveils a star-studded night sky that turns the surrounding forest into a sea of diamonds. The silvery forest beneath the moonlight evokes a sense of wonder, as if you’ve stepped into another world. The dazzling stars overhead create an enchanting atmosphere, making it a night to remember.
Wildlife sightings are part of the Brahmatal experience. Alpine Swifts dance gracefully in synchrony, their high-pitched chirping adding to the natural melody. White-cheeked Himalayan Bulbuls accompany you, while ravens engage in conversation, forming an unexpected camaraderie.
Himalayan griffons, resembling the mythical bird Jatayu, make appearances, and elusive Himalayan Civets dart through the jungle, adding an element of mystery to your trek. These encounters with the Himalayan wildlife add a touch of wonder to your adventure, reminding you of the untamed beauty of the mountains.
Brahmatal changes its colors with the seasons, each offering a unique and captivating experience. In spring, the rhododendrons burst into bloom, their dark pink and crimson flowers standing out against the retreating snow. Autumn offers clear mountain views, when the air is free from haze, and the changing foliage creates a stunning backdrop.
Winter, with its thick blanket of snow, transforms the landscape into a Narnia-like world. Trees stoop under the weight of snow, and frozen lakes like Bekaltal add to the trek’s allure. While summer remains accessible, it doesn’t compare to the beauty of the other seasons. These seasonal transformations make every visit to Brahmatal a distinct and magical experience.
The journey culminates at the Brahmatal summit, where Trishul and Nanda Ghunti stand majestically, as though celebrating their union. Trekkers are transfixed by the sight, capturing it in their memories as a beacon of hope. It becomes a lighthouse that guides them through life’s challenges, reminding them that they are indeed “children of the universe.”
7,999 INR / Per Person
From Rishikesh to Rishikesh
Our company offers transportation from Rishikesh for your convenience. However, if you prefer to use public transportation to reach Lohajung from Dehradun, you’ll find that this route offers multiple interconnected travel options.
Although there isn’t a direct public transport route to Lohajung, you have the choice of either embarking on a captivating 300-kilometer taxi journey through the magnificent Himalayan landscapes or utilizing public transportation to reach Karanprayag. From Karanprayag, local taxis are readily available to take you further into the mountainous terrain.
Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the delightful town of Deval, which acts as a pivotal link on your route to the ultimate destination of Lohajung, which is the base camp for Brahmatal.
The journey begins at Lohajung, the gateway to this Himalayan paradise. As you embark on the trail, you’ll be surrounded by centuries-old Rhododendron and Oak trees, creating a vibrant canopy of colors in the spring.
Remember to tread lightly, respecting the age and majesty of these ancient trees. The first stop is approximately 7 kilometers away and can be covered in 6 to 7 hours. Keep an eye out for the unique flora and fauna along the way, but also be cautious not to disturb the delicate ecosystem.
Bekaltal is a significant stop on the Brahmatal trek, known for its serene atmosphere. While enjoying the beauty of Bakaltal, it’s essential to respect the environment and follow Leave No Trace principles. Additionally, take a moment to appreciate the region’s historical significance, which has been a part of the rich cultural heritage of the Himalayas for centuries.
*Be careful and do not try to stand on the lake if you see it frozen, as the layer of the ice might be too thin to handle your weight. You should always respect nature and try not to be too careless.
* Please bear in mind that these distances are approximate and may vary depending on specific trail conditions and route variations during the trek. Trek itineraries can also be subject to modifications based on weather conditions and other factors, so adaptability is critical during the trek.
As you ascend, the landscape transitions into lush meadows, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains. While the trekking experience is refreshing, remember to stay on designated paths to protect the fragile alpine ecosystem.
Respect the serene surroundings and the local traditions, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the culture and natural beauty of the region.
The journey from Brahmatal and its breathtaking top is a 4.5-kilometer trek that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. This is the highest point of the Brahmatal trek and is on the opposite ridge of the world-famous Roopkunda Trek (which is also known as the Mystery Lake).
Khamila top is also known as the ‘Jatoparni top.’ Here, you’ll witness the grandeur of the Himalayas as you gain altitude. During the winter, the trail should be covered in snow, adding a magical touch to the trek. Ensure you’re well-prepared with warm clothing and appropriate gear for the snowy terrain. It’s also crucial to have prior experience with winter trekking or to go with an experienced guide.
After that the moment has come to return to Bekaltal after soaking in the spectacular grandeur of Khamela Top and the majestic Himalayan landscapes. This return trip is more than simply a trail; it is a satisfying feat in and of itself.
You feel tremendous accomplishment after completing one of the most exciting parts of the Brahmatal journey when you arrive at Bekaltal. You will have a well-earned chance to relax, recharge, and get ready for the following stage of your trip, which will involve exploring the mesmerizing beauty of this pristine area in the tranquil embrace of the Himalayan mountains.
The descent from Bekaltal to Lohajung spans 5 kilometers and takes 2 hours. This part of the trek is a downhill journey, offering a different perspective of the region’s beauty.
Be cautious while descending, especially if the trail is icy or snowy. Proper trekking poles and cautious steps are essential for a safe return.
Day 6 of your Brahmatal trek signifies your journey back from the serene Lohajung base camp to the lively city of Rishikesh, covering a distance of 255 kilometers. Our company offers convenient travel options to ensure a smooth transition from the tranquil Himalayan surroundings to the vibrant urban life of Rishikesh.
Alternatively, you can opt for public transportation. While there isn’t a direct general route from Lohajung to Rishikesh, you can embark on an exhilarating 300-kilometer cab ride through the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, allowing you to savor the natural beauty one last time before returning to the city.
Another choice is to use public transport to reach Deval from Lohajung. From Deval, you can easily find local taxis to continue your journey. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming towns like Gauchar and Karanprayag, which serve as significant waypoints on your route back to Rishikesh.
This return journey marks the conclusion of your thrilling Brahmatal trek and offers an opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve gathered during your Himalayan adventure.
Whether you opt for our company’s transportation or public transit, your return to Rishikesh symbolizes the transition from tranquil mountains to a bustling city, capping off an enjoyable trekking excursion.
Map Of The Trail
Price Inclusion & Exclusion
- Transportation: Transportation from Rishikesh to the basecamp and back to Rishikesh is included in the package.
- Accommodation: Enjoy comfortable stays during your trek with accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, or dormitories, offered on a twin, triple, or dormitory sharing basis. When camping, rest in spacious tents on a double or triple sharing basis.
- Meals: We provide nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals. Our meals are designed to keep you energized throughout the trek.
- Camping Fees/Permits: All necessary trekking permits and woodland camping fees are included in the package, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
- Trek Equipment: We provide essential trekking equipment, including dining tents, kitchen tents, sleeping tents with mattresses, and sleeping bags. Utensils, ropes, micro-spikes, and gaiters (if required) are also part of our equipment offerings.
- Mules and Porters: Mules and porters are available to carry central equipment, easing your load and allowing you to focus on the trek.
- Qualified Team: Our team comprises experienced and qualified guides, cooks, helpers, and porters who are dedicated to making your trek safe and enjoyable.
- Basic First Aid: A basic first aid kit with an oxygen cylinder and a helmet (if required) is available to address any potential health concerns during the trek.
- Expert Assistance: You can always reach out to our experts for any queries or assistance during your trekking journey. Simply contact us at +91-8089693825.
- Backpack Offloading: If you prefer to offload your backpack, an additional fee of INR 1050 per bag applies.
- Mules or Porters for Personal Bags: The service of mules or porters to carry personal bags is not included and can be arranged at an extra cost.
- Emergency Costs: Any expenses arising from emergencies during the trek are not included in the package.
- Tips: Tips for the trekking team are optional and not included in the package.
- Items Not Mentioned: Any expenses or items not mentioned in the inclusion section are not covered.
- Stay at Dehradun: Accommodation and meals in Dehradun on the last day of the trek are not included.
- Meals During Transportation: Meals during transportation are not included.
- GST: A 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is applicable and not included in the package.
Things To Carry
- 45-60 Ltr Bag Pack With Rain Cover & Comfortable Straps: Choose A Spacious Backpack With A Rain Cover And Comfortable Straps To Carry Your Essentials.
- Hot & Cold Water Bottle Like Borosil & Milton: Stay Hydrated With Hot And Cold Water Bottles, Such As Borosil And Milton, To Keep Your Beverages At The Right Temperature.
- Snacks Like Energy Bar, Dry Fruits & ORS: Pack Energy-Boosting Snacks Like Energy Bars, Dry Fruits, And ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During The Trek.
- Personal Medical Kit: Bring A Personal Medical Kit With Essential Supplies For Any Minor Health Concerns That May Arise.
- At Least 3/4 Full Sleeves (Non-Cotton): Opt For Non-Cotton Full-Sleeve Shirts To Protect Your Arms From The Elements.
- 1 Full Fleece T-Shirt: A Fleece T-Shirt Provides Warmth And Comfort In Chilly Weather.
- 1 Fleece Jacket (Woollen Or Sweater): Keep Warm With A Fleece Jacket Or Woollen Sweater.
- 1 Down Feather/Hollofil Jacket: A Down Feather Or Hollofil Jacket Offers Excellent Insulation Against The Cold.
- 1 Waterproof Jacket/ Poncho: Be Prepared For Rain With A Waterproof Jacket Or Poncho.
- Thermal Inners (Upper And Lower) - 1 Pair: Thermal Inners Provide An Extra Layer Of Warmth.
- 2 Trek Pants (Avoid Shorts & Denim Pants): Trek Pants Are Comfortable And Suitable For Trekking Conditions.
- 1 Pair Waterproof Gloves: Waterproof Gloves Keep Your Hands Dry And Warm.
- 1 Pair Woollen Gloves: Woollen Gloves Provide Additional Warmth.
- 1 Sun Cap: Protect Yourself From The Sun With A Sun Cap.
- 1 Woollen Cap: Keep Your Head Warm With A Woollen Cap.
- 2 Pairs Of Sunglasses (U/V Protected): Sunglasses With UV Protection Shield Your Eyes From Harmful Rays.
- 1 Waterproof & High Ankle Trekking Shoes: Quality Trekking Shoes With Waterproofing And Ankle Support Are Essential.
- 1 Pair Of Floaters: Comfortable Floaters Are Perfect For Resting Your Feet After A Day Of Trekking.
- 4 Pairs Of Cotton Socks: Bring Cotton Socks For Comfort During The Trek.
- 1 Pair Of Woollen Socks: Woollen Socks Provide Warmth In Cold Conditions.
- Hand Sanitizer & Sunscreen Lotion: Maintain Hygiene With Hand Sanitizer And Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen Lotion.
- Toothbrush And Toothpaste: Basic Dental Hygiene Items Are A Must.
- Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes: Carry Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes For Convenience During The Trek.
- Quick Dry Towel: A Quick-Dry Towel Is Compact And Useful For Freshening Up.
- Lip Balm & Antibacterial Powder: Protect Your Lips With Lip Balm And Maintain Hygiene With Antibacterial Powder.
- 2 Neck Gaiters (Buff): Neck Gaiters, Like Buffs, Keep Your Neck And Face Covered.
- Moisturizer: Keep Your Skin Moisturized In Varying Weather Conditions.
How To Reach
Your journey can start with a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport, which is the nearest airport to Dehradun, situated approximately 25 kilometers away from the city.
Upon landing at the airport, you can easily hire a taxi to take you to Lohajung, your ultimate destination. This scenic drive will introduce you to the Himalayan landscapes that await you.
For travelers who prefer trains, the nearest railway stations to Lohajung are Rishikesh and Dehradun Railway Station. From these transportation hubs, although direct bus service to Lohajung is unavailable, you have the option to hire a taxi for the next leg of your journey.
Alternatively, you can opt to take a bus to Karanprayag, where you’ll have access to taxis that can transport you to Deval or Lohajung. This route allows you to explore the picturesque landscapes of the region as you make your way deeper into the mountains.
These travel options provide a seamless transition from major transportation hubs to the serene wilderness of Lohajung, ensuring that you’re well-prepared to embark on your captivating Himalayan adventure.
As we set off on our journey from Dehradun to the enchanting Lohajung, we quickly discover that this route is intricately linked, providing us with several transportation options.
While direct public transport to Lohajung isn’t available, we can hire a taxi for an awe-inspiring 300-kilometer drive through the majestic Himalayan landscapes.
Alternatively, we can opt for public transportation to reach Karanprayag, where we’ll readily find local taxis to transport us deeper into the mountainous terrain. Along the way, we’ll pass through the charming Deval, which serves as a connecting point to our ultimate destination, Lohajung.
Despite the route’s complexities, the anticipation of the breathtaking vistas and the allure of the mountains ahead make every twist and turn of this adventure truly rewarding.
Furthermore, as we journey from Dehradun to Lohajung, we have the privilege of encountering three significant “Prayag” locations, each marking a confluence of the pristine Alaknanda River with its tributaries.
These three Prayags—Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karanprayag—blend the beauty of nature with profound cultural significance.
Best Time To Travel
The Brahmatal trek is renowned among avid trekkers, particularly for its popularity as a winter destination where the lake freezes and the surroundings are blanketed in snow, creating breathtaking vistas.
However, the choice of the best season depends on your personal preferences, as each season offers a distinct experience.
If you seek a snowy adventure, the optimal months are December, January, and February, allowing you to traverse the snow-clad trail. Many trekkers opt for this winter expedition, but the Brahmatal trek is captivating in all four seasons: Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter.
It’s advisable to avoid planning your trek for August and September due to the rainy weather during that period.
Trekking in Winter: Exploring Brahmatal during winter is a unique and enchanting experience, but it presents challenges such as snow and sub-zero temperatures. Proper gear, including insulated clothing, waterproof boots, and trekking poles, is essential.
Moreover, we strongly advise trekking under the guidance of our experienced team at Himalayan Dream Treks. Our expert guides are well-versed in the intricacies of the region, ensuring not only your safety but also an immersive and unforgettable winter trekking experience.
More Info about Brahmatal
According to Hindu beliefs and the followers of Sanatan Dharma, the ancient site of Brahmatal holds profound significance in connection to Lord Brahma, the revered Hindu God responsible for the world's creation. It is a place steeped in legend and spirituality, with a history dating back over 2,000 years.
Legend says that Lord Brahma once conducted a grand Yajna, a sacred fire sacrifice, at this very location. The spot where the holy fire was ignited eventually became the site for the construction of the Brahmatal Temple, a testament to the sanctity of the place.
The Brahmatal Temple is a symbol of devotion and spirituality and draws pilgrims and seekers alike from far and wide. It serves as a place of deep reverence and introspection, where devotees gather to pay homage and offer their prayers to Lord Brahma.
The spiritual aura of Brahmatal transcends time and space, allowing visitors to connect with the divine and seek solace in the tranquility of this ancient site. It is a living testament to the rich tapestry of Hindu spirituality and the enduring significance of Lord Brahma's divine presence.
Rhododendron and Oak Trees: The trek showcases the stunning Rhododendron and Oak trees, some of which are centuries old. These trees are a visual delight and vital to the region's ecology. Avoid harming or defacing them, and stick to designated paths to minimize impact. The Rhododendron forests, particularly, are a sight to behold when in bloom, painting the trail with vibrant reds and pinks.
While embarking on a trek along the picturesque Brahmatal trail in the Himalayas, one encounters a remarkable array of wildlife. In the sky, there's the colorful Himalayan Monal with its bright feathers against the mountains. Up high, you might spot the grand Himalayan Griffon Vulture, which flies gracefully. As you walk further, you could meet the tough Himalayan Tahr, who's great at climbing steep hills. Sometimes, you might even see a shy Musk Deer, which adds a sense of mystery to the hike. And in the forests nearby, there are playful Langurs and Macaques swinging in the trees.
Lohajung is a village in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand and is the base camp for many Famous treks such as Ali-Bedni Bugyal, Monal Top, Brahmatal, Roopkund, and Homkund. It is well known as a trekking hub around the World.
Bedni Bugyal, an exquisite alpine meadow known for its lush flora and panoramic views, is situated in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand. This beautiful location is a must-see for hikers everywhere and is crucial to the Roopkund trip. Due to its high altitude, Bedni Bugyal retains a cool environment even in the summer. Visitors to Bedni Bugyal are treated to stunning views of a variety of notable Himalayan peaks, including Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. Late spring, between May and June, when the meadow is decorated with brilliant flowering flowers, and the autumn months of September to October, when the weather is clear and the scenery is breathtaking, are the best times to experience Bedni Bugyal's splendor.
Nanda Devi temple:
The Nanda Devi Temple, situated in the village of Almora in Uttarakhand's Kumaon region, is a sacred Hindu shrine devoted to Goddess Nanda Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's consort in Hindu mythology. It stands as one of the holiest temples in the Kumaon area. It carries immense religious significance for the local population, as Goddess Nanda Devi is believed to be the guardian deity, bestowing protection and blessings upon her devotees. Among the notable festivities, the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra stands out—an important pilgrimage and cultural extravaganza every 12 years. This iconic pilgrimage unfolds in the Kumaon Himalayas, paying homage to Goddess Nanda Devi and encompassing a challenging expedition to Roopkund Lake and Homkund, ranking among the region's most extended and most demanding pilgrimages.
Laatu Devta Temple: This temple is situated in Chamoli District of Uttrakhand of Deval block in Waan village. The doors of this village open only once in a year. Due to its unique ceremonies, practices, and the enigmatic presence of the god, the Latu Devta Temple has developed a reputation as an intriguing site of devotion. Visitors to the temple frequently present bells as signs of their devotion, using them to ask the god for favors and express their aspirations. The temple's priest observes a singular custom founded in adoration for the deity: he covers his eyes with a cloth before entering the inner sanctum. This practice is based on the idea that if someone glanced at a particular gem on Latu Devta's head with their naked eyes, they might be blinded by the intense light emanating from the stone, which might cause injury or even death. Latu Devta is acknowledged as the sister of the revered deity Maa Nanda Devi in local tradition. Latu Devta is firmly believed to play the function of a guardian, keeping the Nanda Devi Sanctuary's boundaries secure and maintaining the safety and well-being of the entire area. A fascinating part of the temple's mythology indicates that Latu Devta assumes a snake-like appearance and resides within the temple's holy boundaries, which heightens the mystery surrounding the temple.
Ali bugyal: The magnificent Ali Bugyal alpine meadow in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district is well-known for its outstanding natural beauty and appeal to hikers. It serves as a significant rest station on the Roopkund and is located at a high elevation of around 13,500 feet in the Garhwal area of the Indian Himalayas. Stunning vistas of peaks like Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and Chaukhamba are offered to trekkers. A base camp for further exploration, including excursions to Bedni Bugyal and neighboring sites, Ali Bugyal is also often used.
Roopkund: Roopkund, also known as the "Mystery Lake" or "Skeleton Lake," is a glacier lake in India's Chamoli region that is situated at a high altitude. It is a well-known hiking location famous for its challenging yet rewarding journey. The lake is one of India's highest hiking locations, rising around 16,499 feet (5,029 meters) above sea level. Late spring (May to June) and fall (September to October) are the best seasons to explore Roopkund since the weather is consistent and the trail is open. The route travels through a variety of environments, including rocky outcrops, alpine meadows, and deep woods.
The walk is typically regarded as being reasonably simple, so if you are physically fit and have a healthy BMI, you shouldn't have any significant challenges. Although most hikers can approach it, there are still a few obstacles to be wary of. Due to the nature of the terrain, which can be steep and rocky in certain places, use caution if you intend to take pictures.
As you rise to greater heights, altitude sickness is a significant worry, highlighting the significance of adequate acclimatization and fitness. Additionally, the weather in the mountains is unpredictable, so be ready for sudden temperature changes and unforeseen precipitation, whether it be rain or snow.
Brahmatal is a lake situated in the Garhwal region of Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
Travel to Lohajung:
By Air: Fly to Jolly Grant Airport, the closest to Dehradun (25 km), then hire a taxi for a scenic drive to Lohajung.
By Train: Arrive at Rishikesh or Dehradun Railway Station and hire a taxi for the journey.
Alternatively, since there are no direct buses to Lohajung, take a bus to Karanprayag. From there, you'll find taxis available for the further journey to Deval or Lohajung, leading you deeper into the mountains.
These options provide a seamless transition from major transport hubs to the serene wilderness of Lohajung, setting the stage for your Himalayan adventure.
The peaks that can be seen from Brahmatal are:
-Mt. Trishul Massif: Trishul (i) 7120m
Trishul (ii) 6690m
Trishul (iii) 6009m
From December to February is the Time when the snowfall occurs in Brahmatal.
You will find the ATM in Deval and Karanprayag. We suggest you use the ATM in Dehradun or Rishikesh as it is a reliable option.
The distance from Lohajung to Brahmatal is around 15 km.
No, there are no charging points during the trek, and we suggest you charge all your gadgets at Lohajung or carry a power bank or solar charger.
The altitude of Brahmatal is 12,250 feet above sea level.