Brahmatal Trek: A Perfect Winter Trek with Tranquility & Beauty

pbn_admin | December 15, 2019 | 0 | Travel

Brahmatal trek is a great escape in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. This snow winter adventure is a great escape from the hustle-bustle of city life and spends some days in the laps of nature with peace and prosperity. Brahmatal is a high altitude alpine lake perched at an elevation of 12,100ft above sea level and considered as an easy to moderate trek.  Brahmatal is a popular trekking destination that is suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. 

The trek starts from the mountain town Kathgodam near Haridwar. And further leads to the quaint villages and settlements of the Garhwal region. The trek is soothing, easy yet difficult, and above all, it’s a picturesque trek which is a blend of amazing peaks and adventurous terrains. Brahmatal trek is a treat to adventure junkies. The total trek distance is 30km and starts from Lohajung. The trek will take you through dense forests, beautiful Bekaltal lake and leads to Brahmatal. 

Bekaltal lake is a high altitude alpine lake perched at a height of 10, 450ft above sea level. The lake gets frozen in the winter months. The dense forests surrounded by the lake make it a beautiful place to do camping.  Take an evening walk around the lake and experience the tranquil aura and beauty of the frozen lake. 

Brahmatal offers panoramic views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti peaks of the Himalayas. The lake gets surrounded by thick forests of oaks and deodars and high snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas. Camping near the mighty lake is an amazing experience you can have. The gigantic snow-covered mountain peaks, tranquillity in surroundings, and cool breezes will amaze you. 

Best time to visit. 

The best time to visit Brahmatal is in the winter season. From November to February,  are counted as the ideal months to witness pristine white snow, snow-covered forests, and scenic landscapes.

Summer season is counted to encounter the stunning blossoms of the meadows. The greenery of lush oak and fir trees, shiny shimmering peaks with the blend of orange, golden, and red colours.

Spring season and autumn comes as a combination of winter & summer mix. The incredible diverse frames of nature will be a treat to the eyes of travellers. The clear blue skies and shades of dense forests will surprise you by their beauty.

It is advised not to explore this adventure in monsoon season. As the trek becomes risky and dangerous. 

How to reach?

Kathgodam station is an old station and is one of the main stations. It is well-connected to the major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Chandigarh, etc. 

  • By Train: Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railhead. Take a direct train like Ranikhet to express from Delhi and reach Kathgodam.
  • By Bus: Take direct buses to Kathgodam from Delhi. Buses available to Nainital and Haldwani leads to Kathgodam. There are a lot of deluxe, AC, ISBT buses available from Anand Vihar, Delhi.
  • By Air: The nearest is the Pant Nagar airport which has connectivity to the major city Delhi. Kathgodam is at a distance of 34 km from the airport. Take a direct flight to Pant Nagar airport and then a local bus or taxi to reach Kathgodam. 

Things to pack:

  • Backpack and rain cover
  • Trekking pole
  • Torch and flashlights
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Thermo flask
  • Personal medical kit
  • Hydration pack
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Hand gloves (woollen and synthetic)
  • Basic cutlery
  • Disposable bags
  • T-shirts
  • Track pants or trousers
  • Woollen cap
  • Scarf or mufflers
  • Trekking shoes
  • Floaters
  • Woollen socks or cotton socks
  • Thermal wear
  • Sunglasses
  • Fleece jacket
  • Sweater
  • Sun cap
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer
  • ID proof
  • Essential toiletries

Other essential points to remember:

  • It is important to have the physical and mental strength for the trek. Exercise before 2 weeks prior to the trek. Do yoga to keep your lungs strong.
  • Take a proper and healthy diet. Do not skip a meal during the trek.
  • Take all the important safety measures during the trek.
  • Always listen to the trek leader and follow the instructions.
  • Take adequate breaks and keep yourself hydrated.
  • Do not litter. Keep the surroundings clean and green.
  • Do follow the culture and norms of the place you are travelling to.
  • It is important to keep proper knowledge about the trek.
  • People who are suffering from asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other disease are advised not to take this adventure.
  • Do not wander alone on the trek.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness is a very common issue at higher altitudes. Do not get panic and carry medicines prescribed by the doctor.
  • Always check the weather forecast before going on the trek.

Brahmatal trek is an amazing adventure nestled in the “Land of Gods”. Get a chance to explore and feast your eyes with the best of nature. The serenity of the surroundings and great aura will leave you awestruck. Plan a week-long holiday and spend some days in the Himalayas. 

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