Brahmatal Trek - 05 Nights / 06 Days
Places Covered: Kathgodam » Lohajung » Bekaltal » Khabekhal (Brahmatal) » Daldum
From Kathgodam to Lohajung (215 Km drive)
The exhilarating Brahmatal trek starts from the base camp at Lohajung. Lohajung is around 8–10 hours away from Kathgodam. Thus, in order to reach the proposed destination on time, one must reach Kathgodam as early as 7 am. The drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung is a beautiful one as it passes many locations like Bhimtal, Almora, Baijnath, and Kausani.
If you wish, you can halt at Kausani to admire the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges in its background. Various high-altitude peaks like Trishul, Maiktoli, Nanda Devi, Ghori Parvat, Nanda Khat, Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat are visible from the heights of Kasauni. When you reach Kathgodam, make a check-in to a guest house for an overnight stay.
From Lohajung to Bekaltal (Altitude: 2,320 m to 3,010 m, 6 Km walk)
Trekking from Lohajung begins on a well-marked stone trail. The upper regions of Lohajung are dominated by forest surroundings that have few houses lined up in a row. First on the list of places that you will visit on your trek is Mandoli village. As you pass it, climb higher and reach Kail valley. This beautiful valley is a result of the confluence of the Pindari and Kail rivers. Coming next is Budla, which has an alignment of rhododendron trees built all around the homes.
After climbing close to 2590 meters, a 10 metre bridge, known as Linkgaad, would be coming your way. After that, you will reach Begum. It is highly recommended that you make a stoppage at Begum for some time. From here, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Navali Bugyal. As your tiredness wears off, start with the trekking again. After walking for 10-15 minutes, you will come across another stream. Then, after an hour's walk, you will reach the Gujrani stream.
The best part of the trek will come while you are heading to Bekaltal. The trek route to Bekaltal is a beautiful one and takes close to 70 minutes to complete. It is filled with thick oak forests and has a frozen lake that looks absolutely breathtaking. On reaching Beakaltal, you would be camping near Khopdaliya.
Bekaltal to Khabekhal (3,010 m to 3,273 m, 2.5 km walk)
At such an altitude, snowfall is highly expected. If that happens, it will take around 3-4 hours to reach the tranquil Brahmatal. Feel free to continue your trek or camp at Khabekhal.
Overnight stay at camp.
Khabekhal to Daldum via Brahmatal Peak (3,846 m, 5 km walk)
Day 4 will bring you back on the trek route to Brahmatal. After walking for an hour, the route will take you to Chota Jhandidar. Then comes the Bada Jhandidar. The route surpassing both of these destinations has breathtaking valleys on its sides. You will be pleased by the sight of the mighty Mt. Nandaghunti and Trishul on your route.
After walking for another few hours (2.5 to 3 hours), you will arrive at Brahmatal Lake. Your camp site (Daldum) is around 3 hours away from the peak of Brahmatal. The route to the campsite passes through forests.
Overnight stay at camp.
From Daldum to Lohajung (3.7 Km walk)
After spending the night relaxing, depart from the camp site for your return journey to Lohajung (3.7 km, 2.5 hours away). you are done with half an hour of walking, you will reach Malling. There would be a few houses on the slopes. Follow the stone trails and you will reach Lohajung.
Overnight stay at a guest house
From Lohajung to Kathgodam
Post breakfast, guests would be driven to Kathgodam. From there, catch the next train for your onward journey back home.
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