Kathgodam Railway Station
Kathgodam Railway Station
Brahmatal Trek is a beautiful trek which is green in summer and white with snow in winters. The short trek takes you to two high altitude lakes – Bekaltal and Brahmatal along with easy summit top that gives you astounding views of Mt. Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti along with other high peaks.
Winters is the time when the great Himalayan ranges wear a white blanket and presents to us some magnificent sights. Where many such views are away from the reach of a beginner or moderate trekker, Brahmatal Trek is one of very few such gems that provides an opportunity to experience snow like never before.
The best part is that the Brahmatal Lake and Summit trail is not as crowded as the likes of Kuari Pass or Kedarkantha, may be because of a name not popularized yet over the internet or may be approach being a little further. But despite being less popular, it surely should be your first preference as a snow trek for being more adventurous option with out of this world views, as well as for being less crowded than the others.
Brahmatal Lake trek offers not only snow summit and camps, it also offers frozen high-altitude lakes and some awe-inspiring views of summits over 7000 meters. The sight of Mt. Trishul riht next is something that cannot be matched. Just do not think over too much, in winters this is the trek to take up to get all what you want, and perhaps more and importantly avoiding huge crowded fairs as in other trails.
Arrive at Kathgodam railway station and drive to Loharjung (transportation included) which will take approximately 8 to 9 hours. The route passes through many beautiful hill stations, few names like Bhimtal, Almora and Kausani. You drive alongside local rivers and get views of many peaks like Kamet, Nandaghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi among others.
You arrive at your base-camp, Lohajung by the evening. It is a small town / clustered village with very basic facilities available. Dinner and overnight at Lohajung.
We start our trek from Lohajung. Initially, we move gradually upwards through the forest interspersed by a few village houses. The trail is also divided by a few local streams, major being Gujrani which we’ll be crossing with the help of local bridges. Today’s trek will take around 05 hours to reach our campsite near a pristine lake called Bekal Tal. The area is surrounded with thick oak forests and in winters, the lake will be frozen. On day one of the trek itself we will have an amazing camp to doze off.
Today is an easy day. After breakfast, we proceed further through thick oak forests for about an hour or so aftr which there is a steep descent, we will reach today’s campsite near Brahmatal lake. However in winters snowfall may occur anytime and depending on snow conditions, it might take longer to reach the destination.
Today we will to climb to the summit and return back to campsite. The time taken to reach the summit is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. The trail followed is a curvy route throught the forest. It offers splendid views of the mighty Himalayas especially Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nandaghunti which lie side by side separated majorly by Ronti Saddle in the following range. We spend some time at the summit enjoying the amazing views and we slowly return back to the camp.
Today we will prepare ourselves for descent back to Loharjung through the same forested trails passing by several mountain villages on the slopes. Descend will take less time and the day is not that exhaustive. We return back to Lohajung and have plenty of time and energy to share photographs among the group and celebrate our amazing trek. Overnight at tourist lodge at Lohajung.
Today we leave from Loharjung to Kathgodam for the journey back home.(Transportation is INCLUDED). We reach Kathgodam by around 5 pm in the evening. But we recommend booking further trains / bus to back home only scheduled after 08 pm. to keep the extra buffer time in hand.
10 Nov – 15 Nov
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|17 Nov – 22 Nov||Open||05 Jan – 10 Jan||
24 Nov – 29 Nov
|Open||12 Jan – 17 Jan||Open|
|01 Dec – 06 Dec||Open||19 Jan – 24 Jan||
08 Dec – 13 Dec
|Open||26 Jan – 31 Jan||Closing|
|16 Dec – 21 Dec||Open||02 Feb – 07 Feb||
22 Dec – 27 Dec
|Closing||09 Feb – 14 Feb||Open|
|23 Dec – 28 Dec||Open||16 Feb – 21 Feb||
24 Dec – 29 Dec
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|25 Dec – 30 Dec||Full||02 Mar – 07 Mar||
28 Dec – 02 Jan
|Open||09 Mar – 14 Mar||Open|
|29 Dec – 03 Jan||Open||16 Mar – 21 Mar||
30 Dec – 04 Jan
|Closing||23 Mar – 28 Mar||Open|
|31 Dec – 05 Jan||Full||30 Mar – 04 Apr||
Kathgodam to Lohajung
Lohajung to Kathgodam
Accommodation and Food
Two Nights at Lohajung on Sharing Basis
Three Nights Camping during trek on Triple Sharing Basis
Client Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Toilet Tents – Dry Pit Style
Two Dinners and One Breakfast at Lohajung
All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
Natural Spring Water during Trek
Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
Safety & Rescue
Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Crampons / Micro-spikes to the Trekkers (if Required)
Oxygen Cylinder with the Team
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
Nature & Environment
Charity Support to Local School
Clean up Drive at Season Ending
Equipment Purchase and Rental Support
Maximum 15-18 Trekkers in a Batch
Meals During Transportation
Any additional permit cost if charged over Rs. 500/-
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Applicable on the total tour cost and not the advance amount.
Cancellation up to 30 Days: 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days: 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days: 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days: No refund.
Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.
Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.
Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.
Getting Wet and Falling Sick.
Slipping and Falling down.
Carry Rain-Protection gear to stay dry and comfortable.
Wear Strong Shoes with Good Grip.
Wear Goggles while trekking in daylight. Wear photo-chromatic lenses if you wear spectacles.
Delayed help in case of emergency or getting lost.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader and Guide.
Walk with the group and keep a watch on your group members.
Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.
Gradually attain height.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 liters a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
Eat high caloric food.
Acclimatize for a day or two before you start a high altitude trek. Take plenty of fluids and try to avoid unnecessary physical exertion.
If you’re going to an unknown terrain, they can attack you. Be Careful.
Don’t go anywhere alone, especially after dark.
Keep your eyes and ears open and try to stay in a group.
Purchase necessary Heath insurances that will cover up the cost of treatment.
Follow the instructions given by the Trek Leader.
Walk on the defined trail.
Things to Get:
1. Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy and comfortable shoulder straps and supporting frame. Add-on poncho can be considered to keep it dry.
2. Trekking shoes. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Shoes should have good grip, ankle support and waterproofing.
3. 2 x waterproof track-pants. Track-pants are light. Plus when things get cold you can wear one over the other. DO NOT bring Jeans, Shorts, Capris, etc.
4. 3 x cotton t-shirts – full sleeves preferred.
5. 1 x Fleece jacket; a woolen sweater would be an alternative.
6. 1 x Wind-proof jacket. 7. 1 pair x thermal inner.
8. 2 pairs x sports socks and 1 pair x woolen socks.
9. Woolen monkey cap / balaclava that covers the ear.
10. 1 pair x woolen gloves and 1 pair of synthetic gloves (water proof).
11. Sun Cap and Sun-glasses which cover your eyes well.
12. People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: a) Use contact lenses. b) Photo-chromatic glasses c) If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
13. Towel (Thin, quick drying type).
14. Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+) and one Lip-balm.
15. 2 x Water bottles (1 L each).
16. Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps preferable).
17. Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
18. Although we carry first-aid kit, we recommend you carrying a personal medicine kit. If you are travelling with friends, you can share one amongst 2-3 people. Contents:
a) Crocin – 5 tablets
b) Avomine – 4 tablets
c) Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
d) Diamox – 5 tablets
e) Brufen 400 – 5 tablets
f) Combiflam – 5 tablets
g) Disprin – 5 tablets
h) Norflox – 5 tablets
i) Spasmindon – 5 tablets
j) Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
k) Band aid – 5 strips
l) Digene – 5 tablets
m) Gauze cloth – 1 small roll
n) Leukoplast – 1 small roll
o) Cotton – 1 small roll
p) ORS – 5 packets
q) Betadine cream
r) Moov / similar spray
s) Dettol / Savlon.
19. Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc. (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available during trek)
20. Slippers / sandals (for walking around campsite, you can share this with tent mates).
21. Trekking / Hiking Poles (at least one – mandatory)
22. Some trekkers feel loss of energy more than others. While there is adequate food provided on the trek, carry dry fruit combinations as light snacks. Glucon-D can help in instant energy and considered good in AMS as well (not proven).
23. Gaiters (Mandatory for snow treks)
24. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
25. ADVENTURE SPIRIT.
IMPORTANT: NEVER LEAVE ANY PLASTIC OUT IN THE NATURE. Plastic is only for use. If you’ve spare plastic bag, free hands and some will, we’d recommend you collecting non-biodegradable waste from the trail and bringing back as much as possible. We all can do our bit for the Mother Nature.
1. Leave your denims behind – these are ill suited for treks and add weight.
2. Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Plus it is not recommended medically and we do not allow any!
3. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles (Bisleri etc.), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non-bio degradable material.
4. After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 7-8 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
5. Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 15 days). The list of things mentioned here are exactly what you need and nothing more.
6. To protect yourself from cold, dress in layers. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
7. The trek dates / itinerary / plan are liable to be changed in case of non viability or hostile weather conditions.
Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents:
a.) An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.
b.) A passport size photo.
c.) A medical and disclaimer certificate. The documents are mandatory. Without them you will not be allowed to trek.
For any trek physical fitness is a must. Make sure you start to train yourself a few weeks from the commencement of the trek. Starting from brisk walking one should be able to run comfortably for 4-5 kms. in 30 minutes ensures that you are ready to take on the harsh conditions of a high altitude trek. If you are just fit, you will still be able to do the same trek, but the difficulties you face will be harder. So it is best to be 100% fit for you to enjoy the trek without worries.
Services/Equipment’s provided by us on the Trek:
1. Member Tents and Sleeping Bags.
2. Kitchen set-up and toilet tents.
3. Cooking utensils.
4. Services of professional trek leaders, guides and support staff.
5. Food (Veg. + Eggs) while on trek.
6. Crampons / Spikes, when required.
7. Forest permits.
8. Camping charges.
9. First-Aid Kit and Oxygen Cylinder with our team.
10. Transport from Kathgodam and Kathgodam (as per requirement on trek.)
11. Mules/porters to carry the above mentioned luggage.
12. Happy Lifetime Memories.
One trek leader, one guide, one cook & around 15 to 20 helpers and porters, that makes a total staff of around 20 to 25 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 18 trekkers.
Our team is aware of high attitude problems and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack. Our team is trained and always present to manage emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder remains with the group in all our treks over 3500 meters altitude.
Also, team has a right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary. Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.
No, Diamox is not advisable. Best is to naturally acclimatize to the altitude. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.
Yes, you can offload your bag. But you should intimate us at least 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the portage your your bag accordingly.
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.
Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.