Co-ordinates : 30.1770° N, 79.5893° E
Maximum temperature: 12°C
Minimum temperature: -10°C
Best time to undertake: December – March
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 12,250 ft
This trek route opens up in peak winter season ie. from November – February. The fact that most of the trek route is snow-laden makes Brahmatal Trek a sought-after one. As you make your way across vast snow covered mountains, exhausted by the ascent, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti inspire you to keep chugging along. At this trek, get ready to camp by Bekaltal, a frozen lake and behold a vast expanse of forest as you summit. The summit gives you a breathtaking view as the Garhwal Ranges come right at the same height as yours. If you love snow, and a little challenge, then this is the best trek for you.
Duration: 6 days
Route: Haldwani – Lohajung — Bekaltal — Brahmatal — Brahmatal Top — Brahmatal — Lohajung — Haldwani
Day 1: Haldwani – Lohajung (220km)
The first day of the trek, we drive to Lohajung from Haldwani where you will first encounter the unique beauty of Kumaon. We will pass through Almora and Kausani, two quaint towns of Uttarakhand. Going further deep in higher up into the mountains of Kumaon, we will reach Lohajung in about 8-9 hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lohajung.
Day 2: Lohajung – Bekaltal (7,600ft., 8km)
Today is the first day that we’ll be trekking, heading to bekaltal after breakfast. The route is well marked and goes through thick forests of oak, cedar and fir, and at the same time providing spectacular views of Nandaghunti Peak. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the frozen lake of Bekaltal. Overnight camping at Bekaltal.
Day 3: Bakaltal – Brahmatal (12,250 ft., 8lm)
We head out early to visit the Brahmatal lake where Lord Brahma is said to have meditated. On the trail, you will get spectacular views of Trishul, Bithartoli amd Nandaghunti; if you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to spot Monal, the state bird of Uttarakhand. We will camp by the lake.
Day 4: Brahmatal – Brahmatal Top (12, 618 ft.)
This is a fairly easy trek that will take us to a vantage point from where Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunti look extremely close. In fact, you’ll feel like they’re only a shirt walk away. Get ready for your breath to be taken away by these white, imposing peaks. After a while, we head back to the camp.
Day 5: Brahmatal – Lohajung (16km)
We retrace our steps that we took a few days back. We follow the same route, bu this time we’re descending. Overnight stay in tents at Lohanjung. This is the last day that you will trek.
Day 6: Lohajung – Haldwani (220km)
Head back to Haldwani via road.