Brahmatal- your much-awaited Winter Trek
Mythology and Mountains go hand-in-hand! Brahmatal – As the name signifies is believed to be the lake where Lord Brahma meditated millions of years ago. And you get to experience a truly surreal adventure on the Brahmatal trek. Brahma Tal, situated at Brahma Bugyal in the Garhwal Himalayas lies in the lap of Mt. Trishul & Mt. Nandaghunti massif. It is a high altitude lake in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.
This 28-km circular trek, spread over seven days from start to end is a must-do for the winters. It is a relatively easy trek; but the charm and nature of the trail sets it aside from the rest. Reach at Kathgodam railway station; from where YHAI will pick you up for the Lohajung base camp. Your winter adventure has begun!
The next day is for the acclimatization and orientation session for the challenging, yet beautiful trek ahead. Your sights are now on Bekaltal camp, which is the first pit-stop of the trek. The trail takes you up by over 2000 ft starting from the base camp. Bekaltal is another lake on the way. You have to go on a further ascent the next day to Brahmatal camp at 10456 ft. This is close to seven kms, and depending on the weather and trekking speed can take you around 6hours. Now, you are almost close to Brahmatal lake, which is the main destination of this trek.
The day when you actually see Brahmatal is quite challenging. Having started from Brahmatal camp, one starts the ascent to Brahmatal top to touch the highest altitude of the trek at 12174 ft. Next is Jhandi top, and then a descent to reach Khorurai camp at 9175 ft for the rest at night. This day will make it all worthwhile – the snow, the slippery terrain, the cold!
On the return journey, you will cross Begam village to come safely back to Lohajung basecamp. Soon, this adventure has come to an end. And you will bid farewell to the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand and the many friends you will make here. A hearty breakfast the next day at the base camp should bolster your spirits and set you onto your return journey.
The trail is a mix of meadows, snowy fields, ravines and actually comes to life during winter, when it starts snowing. Hence, this trek has to be explored during the winters itself. Along with Bekaltal and Brahmatal lakes, you will be able to view Mt Chaukhamba (23,419 feet), Mt. Trishul (23,360 feet) Mt Neelkanth (21,640 feet) and Mt. Nandaghunti (20,699 feet), each mountain just as stately and striking. The mountain villages add their own allure to each trekking adventure, and this one is no different.
This is one of the well-curated and specially chosen trails opened by YHAI this year. We are ensuring maximum caution and care for the health and safety aspects of our trekkers. Considerations for the health of our trekkers and other staff are of paramount importance to us.
On this note, I welcome you to YHAI treks once again, post the unfortunate pandemic, Covid-imposed lock-down. We are opening only a few routes, like Sandakhphu-Gurdum, Dalhousie, Kedarkantha, Goa Family Camp, Goa Biking for now and hope to have a fully active and busy trekking season at the earliest.
Let us continue trekking in the right earnest!
By Sonia Kuncalienker