The Himalayas always amaze us with its mesmerizing beauty. Be it any time of the year it is always full of nature and naturality. Exploring the breathtaking scenic beauty of the Himalayas is what young individuals take up as a passion these days. For that trekking has grown tremendously as an activity in the Himalayas. Walking through the trails would make you discover the peace that nature offers. One of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas is the Brahmatal trek. It offers a variety of mountain views. It is a snowy Himalayan trek with a nice weather and is situated at an altitude of 12,250 ft.
The trek begins from Lohajung which is the base camp and is completed in 6 days. The two beautiful glacial lakes are the utmost surprise of this trek. One is Brahmatal Lake and the other is Bekaltal Lake. These lakes are located at an altitude of 3180 metres. This trek is literally a paradise for people who love snow. The Mrigthuni, Devtoli and Maikoti peaks of Kumaon can be seen while going on this trail.
Legends has it that the Brahmatal Lake is where lord Brahma meditated and in Bekhaltal Lord Brahma remains hidden. This trek offers a unique view of so many mountain ranges and a panoramic view of Roopkund trek.
Best time to visit –
This trek is usually known as a winter trek. The months of December to February is considered as the ideal time. It is a classic winter trek as you would be able to witness the frozen lakes which are thrilling and captivating snow capped peaks. In January it receives a huge amount of snow and the snow gets deeper as you climb up. This makes the trek more exciting and fun. This place is literally heaven for snow lovers. During winters the day time is cool and the nights are cooler. From April to June there is no snow in this trek. The weather remains pleasant during the day but it gets colder at night. Carrying warm clothes is a must. It is also important to note that from July monsoon arrives and trekking would be very dangerous during this time because there are possibilities of land sliding. However many people prefer trekking in the summers because they don’t find winters as much comfortable because of the extreme weather but this varies from person to person. So it’s upto you which season suits you the most. The view is much better in the winters because of the snow-clad mountains and frozen lakes.
Complete itinerary –
The foremost thing you need to do is to reach Kathgodam. Railways are the easiest means to reach Kathgodam. Then you have to drive to Lohajung which would be the base camp. This would be a long but beautiful drive with nice views.
The trek starts from Lohajung and the first destination is Bekaltal via Mandoli village. This would take around 4 hours and will pass through the rhododendron and oak forests. The stay for the night will be in tents.
The next day the trek starts towards Brahmatal through the lush green forests and beautiful meadows. The Brahmatal Lake is situated at an altitude of 3,400 metres.
The next day you summit Brahmatal peak which provides you with the most scintillating view of the Himalayas especially Trishul and Nandaghunti peaks. The campsite Daldum is just 3 hours away from the peak. The overnight stay will be at tents.
The next day again you have to trek back to Lohajung from Daldum. It is only 3.5 kms from Daldum on the way down.
On the last day of the trek you drive back to Kathgodam where you can avail bus or train to reach back home.
The trek can also be started at places like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Delhi NCR as well. It’s upto you where you want to start the trek from.
This is one of the most beautiful and attractive trekking destinations. The sunrise and sunset at this trek is unmissable. If you are travelling with your friends then you will definitely have a great time. Winter treks are usually more popular among winter lovers but even if you are not a winter lover you can just go and give a visit because it will be worth it. Do carry necessary requirements which is needed for a trek. Three layered clothing is a must and the necessary stationaries such as dry food, water should be kept along with other things.