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One of the most beautiful treks to be done in winters is Brahmatal Trek. Stunning views of the Himalayan ranges all around. A very scenic trek with views of Mount Trishul (7,120 metres), Nanda Ghunti (6310 metres), Chaulhamba (7138 metres), Mrigthullli, Chandaniyaa koti (at the foot of which is Roopkund at 15,750 feet) are visible on clear days. We get to an altitude of 12,200 feet as the highest point of this trek.
We trek through thick dense forests of Oaks and Rhododendrons, cross by local villages and homes that practice step farming, meadows from where we get to see the mighty Trishul and Nanda Ghunti and much more. We walk over ridges, narrow trails and over stones & boulders, cross the other side from the Brahamataal pass and trek down towards Wan. A couple of beautiful lakes – Bekaltaal and Brahmataal on the trek route add on to the views and feel of the trek. Brahamataal is an amazing trek for anyone who wants to trek & camp in the Himalayas for 5 to 6 days.
Day 1 – Drive from Kathgodham to Lohajung (215kms/ 9 to 10 hours drive)
Kathgodham railway station
Arrive at Kathgodham railway station by 6.30am. Ranikhet express starts from Delhi at 2205hours and reaches Kathgodham by 0530hours the next morning. We pick you up from the railway station by 7am and start our drive to Lohajung. A couple of stops for breakfast and lunch and we get to Lohajung by evening. Here we allocate the rooms and assemble for a briefing session.
After a brief discussion of the route, things to pack, things to keep at base and a quick health check, we have dinner and call it a day off.
Day 2 – Lohajung to Bekaltaal (6.5kms/ 4 to 5 hours) (7,700 feet – 9,700 feet)
After a good breakfast, we start our trek towards bekaltaal. We start the trek right from the market area. The climb starts from the market taking the cemented trail. Trek is upward right from the start. We cross the temple to our right side and continue our climb. Nearly 45mins later we get to the trail and get the valley views on our left. We cross the Mandoli village on our left and keep climbing. We continue our climb following the water pipes (that supply water to Lohajung). We reach Khopdaliya the campsite for the day. We do a cool down session and start fixing our camp for the day. Just a 5 to 10mins hike to our right is the Bekaltaal. In order to maintain the cleanliness, we camp at Khopdaliya and not Bekaltaal.
Later in the evening after some food and rest we go to Bekaltaal and spend some time. After clicking some pictures and listening to the local folklore from our guide we head back to the campsite. A quick check on the health of the entire team and we have dinner.
Day 3 – Bekaltaal to Brahmataal (7.5kms/ 5 hours) (9,700 feet – 10,500 feet)
From Khopdaliya, we start our today's climb straight into the thick and dense forest. This is an hour's climb through Oaks and Rhododendrons all around and we get to the first clearing. From this clearing we get stunning views of both the valleys. To our right would be the giant snow covered Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. To our left would be the wide valley that goes down to villages as Mundoli and roads towards Gwaldham. After spending some time with these amazing views around us, we continue to trek further straight on a zig-zag trail that crosses over a few stones and mud. This is a little steep and leads to the right side that opens up to a centre point from where we get closer to Mount Trishul. Towards our left we can see the camping spot, which is 4.5kms away. We trek over the narrow muddy trail and get to a section of a steep descent over stones and boulders. A descent of 30mins and we walk straight to get to our campsite for the night. Brahmataal is to our right (just a 15mins hike).
After some lunch and good rest we walk up to the Brahmtaal to click pictures and enjoy the views. We get back to the campsite for soup followed by dinner.
Day 4 – Brahmataal to Brahmataal top/ pass to Tilbudi (6.5kms) (10,500 feet – 12,200 feet – 11,100 feet)
180 degree view of the Himalayas (12,200 feet)
Today we start early to enjoy the 180 degree views of the Himalayas. We enter the trail through the forest taking the steep uphill route. 45mins to an hour of trekking uphill and we cross the forests to get to the patch of boulders. From here it becomes extremely windy on clear weather days, so we need to ensure proper and adequate clothing. We climb to get to the pass and depending upon the time, we take a left from this point and climb over this beautiful ridge to get to a small built up temple. We climb further up and get views of the Chaukahmba, Haathi parbat, Ghoda Parbat, Neelgiri, Neelkanth, Mana and many more. We spend some time here at the tallest point of our trek and descend down to the pass and head towards Tilbudi.
Descent from the pass
We get to Tilbudi and rest for the remaining day. A good session of cooling down with some soup and snacks feel great after today's long trek.
Day 5 – Tilbudi to Wan (4kms/ 2 hours) and drive to Lohajung (45mins to 1hour) (11,100 feet – 8,100 feet)
After a healthy breakfast, we start our decent to Lohajung by 9am. A couple of hours trekking through to a forest of Oaks and Rhododendrons get us to the Wan village. This route provides many scenic pictures all throughout. On reaching the Wan village, we board the vehicles and a 45mins drive brings us to Lohajung.
Later in the evening we have a closing session with all the trekkers and staff members and have a good time.
Day 6 – Lohajung to Kathgodham (215kms/ 7 to 8 hours)
We have breakfast, say our goodbyes to all and start our drive back to Kathgodham via the same route we had taken on Day 1, untill next time, stay fit, stay healthy and keep trekking.
Total trek distance – 25 to 27kms (including walks to the lakes)
Cost – INR 13,190 + 5% GST (Kathgodham to Kathgodham)
Meals - All the meals from Lohajung to Lohajung
Accommodation - 1st night and 5th night in local home-stay/ hotel in Lohajung
Day 1 – Kathgodham to Lohajung
Day 5 – Wan to Lohajung
Day 6 – Lohanjung to Kathgodham
Camping/ tea house on double/ triple sharing basis
A Certified wilderness first aid responder for any medical emergencies with fully equipped medical kit. Oxygen cylinders are not required for this trek however we still carry for emergencies
An experienced and certified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader
2 guide for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members.
All our guides and trek leads are professionally trained/ skilled and have many years of relevant experience in guiding and leading treks.
Clean sleeping bags
Toilets – clean and hygienic (traditional cat pit style)
Camping & trekking permits and permissions from the local administrations/ authorities
Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bags/ offloads
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs in accommodation & food arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.
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Account Number: 006961900002710
Account Type: Current Account
Name: M/S Wanderers
IFS Code: YESB0000069
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.
45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund