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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Easy
  • 11500 ft./3505 m
  • 12 Participants
  • Nov-May
  • Uttarakhand

Brahmatal Trek Overview

Brahmatal is one of the few Himalayan treks accessible throughout the year. A universal favourite of trekkers, Brahmatal is touted as one of the best treks to experience in winter. It is a well-known trail among the trekking community owing to the stunning mountain vistas. 

The trek spreads over six days and boasts high-altitude meadows, two high-altitude lakes, and perfect mountain views, making it one of the top treks in our country. The route unravels secluded campsites and panoramic views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti.

That’s not it. As you walk on the ridge toward the summit, layers of snow-studded mountain ranges entice you to keep pushing yourself to the Brahmatal Top. Once at the top, the grandeur of Mt. Nanda Ghunti (6309 m) and Mt. Trishul (7120 m) enchants you completely. 

Between December and March, the trail remains buried under snow. Endowed with endless ridgelines, stretches of alpine meadows, and dense forest walks, this trail will surely tick off a lot from your bucket list.

Brahmatal trek lets you discover the remote villages of Mundoli and their slow life.  As you interact with the locals and learn about their culture, it inspires you to appreciate the small things in life. When you immerse yourself in the stunning wilderness of the Eastern Garhwal region, you will gradually detach yourself from the harmful luxuries of urban life.

If there is one Himalayan trek that turns into a perfect winter wonderland, Brahmatal tops the list. To experience Brahmatal in winter is surreal. It is straight out of your dreams. If you want to indulge in snow and club it with grand mountain views, Brahmatal is the place to be this winter.

Brahmatal trek brochure

Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorm
  • Experienced Team 
    • Trained and Qualified Outdoor Leaders
    • Experienced Local Guides
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    • Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    • Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from pick-up point to and from the basecamp (Dehradun to Lohajung cab fare)
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

 

Brahmatal Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun (2,150 ft.) to Lohajung (7,700 ft.)

On Day 1, you reach the base camp of Brahmatal, Lohajung, a remote village on the Eastern Garhwal side of the Himalayas. OWLS organizes the transport from Dehradun to Lohajung. The taxi leaves OWLS pick-up point, Inter State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun) at 6 AM.  The distance is covered in 10-11 hours. 

(Note: Fare for a 5-7 seater cab will be Rs. 6,500 per vehicle, and 12-seater Tempo Traveller will cost Rs. 9,500. The amount will be shared among the participants and paid directly to the driver.)

Day 2 : Lohajung (7,700 ft.) to Bekaltal (9,700 ft.)

The trail to Bekaltal is through a dense forest on a well-defined path. You will gradually ascend to reach the first campsite. The trail is 6 kms long today and you will navigate on a moderate ascent. Bekaltal is an alpine lake that remains frozen in peak winter.

Day 3 : Bekaltal (9,700 ft.) to Brahmatal (10,440 ft.) Via Jhandi Top (11,200 ft.)

You start from Bekaltal early in the morning after your breakfast. A challenging section awaits you through the forest which opens up into the high altitude meadows of Tilandi. You cover the distance of 8 kms in around 7-8 hours. The trail traverses through a tranquil forest and the snow studded mountains keep you company throughout the trail.

Day 4 : Brahmatal (10,440 ft.) to Brahmatal Top (11,500 ft.) and back

You will start from the Brahmatal campsite early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the summit of the Brahmatal trek. Golden rays shining on Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti is something you should not miss. Witnessing the sunrise from the Brahmatal Top is a sight that etches in your mind and heart for life.

Day 5 : Brahmatal (10,440 ft.) to Lohajung (7,700 ft.)

Starting early in the morning from the Brahmatal campsite, you will climb till the Jhandi top and take a new route to get down to Lohajung. This trail will pass thorugh a jungle and finally end up in Lohajung. It will take close to 7-8 hours of trekking to get back to Lohajung.

Day 6 : Drive back to Dehradun (2,150 ft.)

On Day 6 of the trek you will be back in Dehradun between 7-8 PM. If you are booking an onward journey, make sure to keep some buffer hours. We suggest OWLS participants keep a buffer day for emergencies. Brahmatal Experience is 6 days long, however, it is safe to keep an extra 7th day outside the itinerary. In case of bad weather, landslides, or any unavoidable circumstances. If you don’t use the buffer day, you can always explore Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Mussoorie.

The cab costs Rs.7,500 for an SUV and Rs.10,000 for a Tempo Traveler. This amount can be shared among the participants and paid directly to the driver.

How to reach the basecamp of Brahmatal trek?

✈️ Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

The starting point for the Brahmatal Trek is Lohajung, a quaint village situated in the Chamoli district of the Garhwal region in the Himalayas. It is advisable to carefully plan your journey to the nearest airport or railway station ahead of time, as the base camp is approximately a 9 to 10-hour drive from Dehradun city.

OWLS facilitates transportation arrangements for our participants from Dehradun to Lohajung. The pick-up point will be at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun). Reach the designated pickup location by 6 AM.

[Note: Fare for a 5-7 seater cab will be Rs. 6,500 per vehicle, and the cost of a 12-seater Tempo Traveller is Rs. 9,500. This amount will be shared by the participants and paid directly to the driver]

Here is a step-by-step guide to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup will be available in Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

For those arriving in Dehradun by air, consider the following travel options. Dehradun Airport boasts excellent connectivity with major metropolitan cities, offering both direct and connecting flights. If you intend to reach Dehradun by air, ensure your arrival is scheduled for Day 0. Once you arrive in Dehradun on day zero, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi 

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then catch a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find your bus option at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily.  The train departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 PM and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 AM. 

Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

Brahmatal Trek Map

Brahmatal contour map by owls adventures

Brahmatal FAQ

Where is Brahmatal Trek located?

Brahmatal Trek is in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from a small village called Lohajung in the Chamoli district.

Where is the base camp of Brahmatal trek?

Lohajung village in Chamoli is the base camp of Brahmatal trek.

What is the distance of Brahmatal Trek?

The total distance of the Brahmatal trek around is 22 kms. You walk an average of 4-5 hours daily.

What is the duration of Brahmatal Trek?

It takes 6 days to complete Brahmatal trek, including travel to and from the base camp.

What is the altitude of Brahmatal trek?

The summit of the trek is at an altitude of 11,500 ft./3505 m.

Is Brahmatal Trek for beginners?

Yes, if you are a beginner with decent physical fitness, you can consider the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader.

How difficult is Brahmatal Trek?

The trek can be categorised as easy to moderate, considering the duration and altitude of Brahmatal. 

Do we need prior experience for the trek?

If you maintain a regular fitness routine, you can complete the Brahmatal trek comfortably. Prior experience of a high-altitude trek is not mandatory.

Can we do the Trek on our own?

The Brahmatal trek is challenging and has long hiking hours. The trek requires experienced guides to help you navigate the difficult terrain. If you plan to go solo on this trek, hiring a guide is recommended to avoid any unforeseen situation.

What will be the temperature on Brahmatal trek?

Brahmatal temperature during the day will be between 8°C and 10°C in winter months. The night gets colder and the temperature ranges between 0°C and -8°C. 

Learn more about Brahmatal trek temperature here. 

What is the best time to visit Brahmatal Trek?

The best time to visit Brahmatal trek is winter.  Another good time to visit Brahmatal is the autumn season. 

Find out more about the best time to visit Brahmatal Trek here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Brahmatal starts receiving snowfall in December. The entire trail turns into a winter wonderland as snowfall intensifies after December. You will find snow on the Brahmatal trek from December till February end.

What is the cost of Brahmatal trek?

Brahmatal trek cost is Rs 9999/-

The trek cost covers your experience from base camp to base camp. The trek cost covers your accommodation at the base camp and during the trek. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most of the mobile networks at the base camp in Lohajung. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek. 

Will there be hot water facilities?

It is recommended to drink water from natural sources when acclimatizing to the temperature of the mountains. Since resources are limited at high altitudes, we do not provide hot water. However, during the winter months, when natural water sources freeze, we do provide water to our participants. Another reason for avoiding hot water on our trek is to prevent health issues such as diarrhoea.

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Karnaprayag. 

Carry a sufficient amount of cash with them. Since the base camp is situated away from the cities and lacks basic facilities like ATMs and digital payment options, it is always better to be prepared. 

You can carry the cash for cab fare and food to and from the base camp. We suggest carrying a minimum of 5-6k to ensure you have enough funds for your journey.