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Himalayas lets you venture into a few treks in winter that are as adventurous and stunning like Brahmatal. The amount of snow at the trek teases every trekker to take up the challenge. Forests coupled with impressive views of the Himalayas is a treat to the shutterbugs.

 

Brahmatal reveals a heavenly facet in winter when the snow gently falls on it slopes. The frozen lake with the mighty Himalayan peaks overlooking it, creates a mesmerising ambience. The trekkers are awed by the views of summits over 7000 metres. Where else would we encounter such high peaks at such close proximity, we wonder!

 

Brief Itinerary

 

Day 1:- Kathgodam to Lohajung 
• Altitude 7,662 ft.
• Stay in guest house.
• Drive 210 km (10 hrs drive).
• Local market and network is available.
• Pick up time 06:00 am at the parking of Kathgodham railway station.
• Route:- Kathgodam - Bheem Tal - Almora - Kausani - Gwaldam - Dewal - Lohajung .

Day 2:- Lohajung to Bekaltal 
• 9,690 ft, 4-5 hrs trek, 6 km
• One third of the trek through village and rest through frost
• Stay in tent
• Moderate level ascent through forest
• Hot lunch at camp
• Spring and manmade water points are available
• Go to Bekaltal lake for evening walk
• Bekaltal lake is 15 minutes walk from camp site

Day 3:- Bekaltal to Brahmatal 
• 10,450 ft, 6 – 7 hrs trek, 7 km
• First 1.3 hours is steep ascent via Bekaltal Lake, then gradual ascent for few hours and at last steep descent and then gradual descent till camp site
• Hot lunch/packed lunch, depend on weather and snow condition
• No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
• Very scenic day, can see Shivalik and greater Himalayas both
• Go to Brahmatal lake for evening walk, 500 meter far from camp site
• Stay in tent

Day 4:- Brahmatal to Brahmatal high point and back 
• 12,100 ft, 7-8 hrs trek (to and fro) , 5 km (one way)
• Moderate ascent most of the time, few slops have steep ascent
• No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
• Lunch on the summit (packed lunch)
• 360 degree of view from summit
• First 180 degree angle covers Chaukhambha, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli all the way to the Panchachuli ranges, rest is Shivalik himalayas

Day 5:- Brahmatal to Lohajung 
• 7,662 ft, 7-8 hrs, 9 km
• Gradual and steep mixed descent, very tiring day
• Spring and manmade water points are available 
• Lunch on the way (packed lunch)
• Stay in guest house
• Walking stick and knee cap will help a lot

Day 6:- Lohajung to Kathgodam 
• 10 hrs drive.
• Drive 210 km.
• After morning tea move to Kathgodam (breakfast and lunch on the way)
• Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm.
• On the way to Kathgodam at Kausani you can buy herbal tea and some souvenir.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 :- Kathgodam to Lohajung : We will see you the first day at Kathgodam railway station. The pickup place is Kathgodam railway station early in the morn. An overnight train travel from Delhi could be sufficiently convenient.

 

The journey uphill from Kathgodam to Lohajung will take you cruising through mountain alleyways connecting the lower Himalayan belt of Kumaom hills to that of Garhwal. This is going to be a hectic 10 hour drive, despite the marvellous changing vistas of the mountains. For the first few hours, the course of our journey will be running parallel to river Kosi, flowing softly. Soon, a blustery Pindar river will meet our path.

 

Look out for a few of the best known tourist hubs nestling in Uttarakhand’s sublime hills. We will pass through Bheemtal, Almora, and Kausani—all celebrated hill stations. Upon entering the last stretch of the drive, near Lohajung, the mesmerizing Nanda Ghunti peak will come to sight. We will reach Lohajung guest house, our halt for the night around 5:00 pm, close to dusk and just in time for tea!

 

Note: If you are not carrying something of winter clothing or basic gear, the Lohajung market can come in pretty handy.

 

Day 2 :- Lohajung to Bekaltal : The first day’s trek spanning 5 hours will kick off from Lohajung up a snaky trail going into the forest. After a short while the forest will give way to a small village named Mandoli to your left. Here you can fill your bottles and take a first major hiatus. The trail continues in mostly gradual ascent curves. A little way higher, you will come across the valley where two mountain rivers Kali and Pindari confluence. This is the Kali valley, lying in a splendid green scrap even in the midst of wintry heights. We will trek on further to stumble upon a huddle of mud huts. You are going to find a grove of rhododendron here that sure grows red and heavy from February to March, but at the peak of winter, the trail will be pretty matte.

 

Crossing this point, trek on to find the next identifiable landmark—a wooden bridge over a stream. This steam is a viable water point which you can access going down the slope. Crossing over on to the other side, you will reach Begum—a nestling rest point on the slopes overlooking a vast expanse of bugyals at distance. From here, the path bends on to two more chattering streams, the last being Gujrani stream. Take approximately an hour’s hike after crossing the last stream to reach the beautiful Bekaltal gleaming peacefully in the summer while partially frozen over in the winters.

 

We will be camping in the vicinity by the lake Khopdaliya. Enjoy the stillness and the quiet of this place with the thick oak forests closing in from around.

 

Day 3 :- Bekaltal to Brahmatal : Today’s trek will take you through thickets of oaks and rhododendrons over steep slopes for quite some time before finally coming out to a meadow. This is the meadow of Telandi. In the winter, you will find the green expanse of Telandi transform into a vast snowfield and crossing the area, a gala of thrill.

 

The meadow rolls till 11,500 ft.- the highest point, from where begins a slow descent to Brahmatal. To your left from here, you will find a small temple, bright yellow flags flying in the air. Walk down the slope to the temple and find the trail winding towards the Brahmatal Lake, about 500 meters away from the temple now. We will find the valleys of Almora and Nainital rise and fall around us as we go. The soaring peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and others of the Greater Himalayas can be spotted far across the sky. We will be camping at the mark 500 meter away from the lake, nestling in the beautiful aura of the place.

 

Note: Make sure to carry 2-3 litres of water on today’s trek since there are no water points on this trail.

 

Day 4 :- Brahmatal to Brahmatal high point and back : The visual treat of the high peaks is going to intensify today, opening up a view from the 12,100 feet summit of Brahmatal. We will cross the lake and go higher up through the depths of a hushed forest. Where the forest hike ends, a panorama of stunning ice peaks opens up. At the first 180 degrees to your left you can spot Chaukhamba, Mandir, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and Maitoli peaks. At the furthest horizon, the Panchachuli ranges will unveil, as will a great expanse of the lower Shivalik stretches, equally snow filled and white as the higher visible zones. Bask in the glorious sight and come back to camp.

 

Note: Carry 2-3 litre water, there will be no water points available.

 

Day 5 :- Brahmatal to Lohajung : Wake up and gear for a long winded descent from Brahmatal to Lohajung- a 9 km trek likely to span 7-8 hours. For those new or unpractised to trekking, knee-pads and walking sticks are a must. The long hike down can really take the life out of your legs if hitting on the rocky ledges hidden under snow is constant.

 

Our first route will break towards Lohajung after reaching the point Khabekhal. Post this point, the trail will go into a beatific tree surrounded location. This place is Daldum. A 20-30 minutes more into the trek, we will be reaching Malling. This is just outside a fringe of forests and equipped with water sources. A cluster of locality can be seen down below from Daldum.

 

Hiking down ahead, we will reach an expansive farming ground. This is an agricultural land growing potatoes and other crops in summer. Winter renders the place quite desolate, save a few houses on the brink. A paved stone trail shows the way towards Lohajung from here- another hour’s trek on the descent.

 

Day 6 :- Lohajung to Kathgodam : After a good night’s sleep at our Lohajung guest house, we will go back to Kathgodam today. Destination will be reached by 6:00 pm. We can manage a brief stopover at Kausani to commemorate the trek with souvenir shopping.

 

How to Reach

 

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 180 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 450 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.

 

By Train :- 

 

From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey).

 

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).

 

By Bus :-


Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).


Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus staiton. From there you have to come to Kathgodham Railway Station which is 4km away.


TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodham Railway Station 
 

We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Anand Vihar. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.

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