7 reasons why Brahmatal has to be in your trekking list in 2019

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7 Reasons to do Brahmatal


1) Mountain drive from Kathgodham to Lohajung

Mountain drive from Kathgodham to Lohajung

Kausani - enroute to Lohajung

A 220kms mountain road drive, from Kathgodham (Kumaon) towards Lohajung (Garhwal). The general route passes through Bhimtaal – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldham – Debal – Lohanjung crossing the beautiful Kosi River and Pindari River. It takes nearly 9 hours to cover this distance. Amazing snow capped peaks as the Nanda Ghunti are fun to watch on this drive.

2) A perfect view – one of Asia’s largest twin bugyaal – Ali & Bedni

A perfect view – one of Asia’s largest twin bugyaal – Ali & Bedni

Ali bugyaal and Bedni bugyaal are a twin bugyaal that can be spotted from the ridge patch above the forest trail above Bekaltaal. The route to the famous Roopkund trek included trekking through these bugyaal’s. At a height of 11,000 feet, they are an absolute treat to watch from a distance.

3) Thick dense forests and clearings

Thick dense forests and clearings

There are couple of clearings that we trek through on our trek route. The first clearing is just after the forest patch above Bekaltaal from where we get the clear views of Ali & BEBNI bugyaal, peaks like Nanda Ghunti & Trishul. The second clearing patch is right at Jhnadi-dhaar (just before the Brahmataal). This patch is generally windy and provides amazing views.

4) 2 lakes – Bekaltaal & Brahmataal with wonderful landscapes

2 lakes – Bekaltaal & Brahmataal with wonderful landscapes

On our Brahmataal trek, we cross 2 lakes – Bekaltaal (on day one of the trek) and Brahmataal (on the second day of the trek). They are both beautiful lakes with stunning views.
Bekaltaal is situated in a close and secluded area surrounded amidst the forest.

Bekaltaal is situated in a close and secluded area surrounded amidst the forest

Brahmataal is wider and in an open area.

5) Majestic views of 6000 meters/ 7000 meters mountains – Nanda Ghunti, Mt. Trisul, Chaukhamba, Mrigthuni etc

Majestic views of 6000 meters/ 7000 meters mountains – Nanda Ghunti, Mt. Trisul, Chaukhamba, Mrigthuni etc

There are many peaks that are visible from the Brahmataal top/pass, however the famous and closest are Nanda Ghunti (6309 metres) and Mt. Trishul (7,120 metres). As per the folklore, Mt. Trishul is the abode of Lord Shiva and Nanda Ghunti is that of Goddess Parvati (wife of ShivJi). These 2 peaks are visible very evidently and are closer than the other peaks around. People click some of the most amazing pics of these mountains from this trek.

6) Barren climb of the summit with windy conditions give a summit feel of the Himalayas

Barren climb of the summit with windy conditions give a summit feel of the Himalayas

The third day of this trek we start our climb over the tree line of Brahmataal. In the winters, snow makes this climb a little steep yet beautiful. In the summers (without snow) we can spot many boulders with a rough terrain. Trekking and climbing this patch gives a natural high mentally and is physically challenging. The rewards of this climb are the amazing 180 degree views of the Himalayan ranges.

7) Local folklore – Lohajung (story of the demon “Lohasur”) and the campsite – Bekaltaal (story of “the frog and snake”)

Local folklore – Lohajung

Lohajung has much a folklore. The most famous is the fight of the Goddess Parvati with a Demon named “Lohasur”. As she fought and defeated the demon on this land, this place was termed as Lohajung (Loha – demon’s name, jung – war). There are similar tales of Bekaltaal with the story of the snake and the frog. Join us for this trek to know these interesting stories and many more.

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