Brahmatal Trek

The Trek With Best Views Of Mt Trishul And Mt Nanda Ghunti
Trek Fee : 8,450 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
12,250 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Rishikesh (Zostel, Lakshman Jhula)
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Lohajung
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
September to April

The trek with best views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti

Some of our top treks are favourites because of the mountain views they offer. Think of Chaukhambha from Deoriatal Chandrashila or Bandarpoonch from Dayara Bugyal. It is difficult to find such magnified views of big mountains like these. However, Brahmatal is a trek that takes the cake. It has a view that beats all of these!

Here is why. Right on your second day, you climb out of beautiful rhododendron and oak forest to see a white wall of the Trishul massif. And these views only come closer as you traverse the ridge towards Jhandi Top. At Jhandi top, you are almost at the centre of the mountain views. To your right rises the massive Mt Trishul and to your left stands Mt Nanda Ghunti. You even see the Ronti Saddle, the ridge that connects Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti!

Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti looming into view. Picture by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

That is not all. At the highest point of Brahmatal trek, Brahmatal Top,  a new set of mountains open themselves up before you. You see Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda… while Trishul and Nanda Ghunti are to your right. Always there.

These two 7000 metre peaks, Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti, are your companions throughout the trek. Even the trek to the highest point of this trek is approached from the side that is exposed to Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti.  This trek deserves to be talked about among trek with best mountain views.

Views of Mt Trishul can’t get better anywhere than on Brahmatal Trek. PC: Sarbartha Pramanik

To top it all. Brahmatal has lovely forests, two lakes to look forward to and a meadow to traverse through. To top it all, the entire trail is under snow in peak winter. All of these experiences are to be earned though. The trek is a moderate one. We would advise you to prepare well. 

The perfect reflection at Bekaltal on the second day of the trek. Picture by Jitendra

What to Watch Out For

The lovely oak and rhododendron forests

Brahmatal has a mesmerising forest walk. There are old, ancient oaks on the first and second day of Brahmatal trek. And then there are dedicated sections of rhododendrons, right out of Bekatal. These rhododendron forests are a treat to the eyes. The trees are not too tall. They are close enough to form a perfect green roof over your head. If you come here during March and April, when rhododendrons are in bloom, you get a pink flowery roof.

The oak forests add to the unique setting of the Brahmatal trek, making everything more endearing. Picture by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

The unique setting of the trek

Brahmatal trek is unique because of its geography. The trek, once you are out of the treeline, is very open and exposed.  Which means the trail is almost like a stage with a grand view. You see miles to your left where there are layers and layers of mountain ranges. And to your right is the famous Roopkund trek spread out like real-life Google Earth. This because the trail is geographically at the right height and distance to achieve this kind of panoramic view.

Brahmatal has a unique setting, where you get a bird’s eye view of everything around you. That’s not possible on any other trek. Picture by Geet Tryambake

A grand snow experience during winter

Brahmatal has makings of a classic winter trek.  For one, there are two frozen lakes to enjoy. Trekkers love camping beside the frozen shores of Bekaltal. And further, they climb to a near-frozen lake of Brahmatal with a lone tree hanging by its side. These settings are enough to fill your heart. Then, after a climb through snow-covered forest floors, you get to the open expanse of Brahmatal snowfields. And stretched across the sky are the big mountains of Garhwal, and everywhere around you are the white undulating snow fields of Brahmatal. This is when the full grandeur of the trek hits you. With such grand settings, not only in December but through January, February and March, Brahmatal makes for the perfect winter trek.

Brahmatal Route 1: Short Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Lohajung; 11 hours drive from Rishikesh. Transport will be arranged from Rishikesh (Zostel) at 6 am. Cost of cab – Rs. 6,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Tempo Traveller is Rs. 9,000. This amount is shared by trekkers.
Day 2: Lohajung (7,600 ft) to Bekaltal (9,885 ft); 5 hours, 6.3 km
Day 3: Bekaltal (9,885 ft) to Brahmatal (10,440 ft); 5-6 hours, 7.2 km
Day 4: Brahmatal (10,440 ft) to Brahmatal Top (12,250 ft) and on to Khorurai (9,160 ft); 8 hours, 7.5 km
Day 5: Khorurai (9,160 ft) to Lohajung (7,600 ft); 3-4 hours, 3km
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh. You will reach Rishikesh between 7 pm and 8 pm.

Important note:
Please note that you will be staying at a guest house in Lohajung. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

Brahmatal Route 2: Short Itinerary

Currently active batches for this route: 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 December. Click on view dates to book.

Brahmatal has multiple ways to reach the summit. We have opened route 2 after ensuring that it’s just as pretty as route 1 and provides a great camping experience as well. The number of days and difficulty level remains the same too. So don’t worry and sign up if the dates suit you.

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Lohajung.
Transport will be arranged from Rishikesh at 6 am. Cost of cab – Rs. 6,000/- per vehicle and the cost of a Temp Traveller is Rs.9,000. This amount is divided equally amongst the trekkers.
Drive distance: 306 km.
Drive duration: 10-11 hours.
Route: Google maps link

Day 2: From Lohajung, another 45 mins drive to Wan. No additional cost for this stretch of drive for the trekker. This will be followed by trek to Tilbudi (11,240 ft); 4.5 km, 5-6 hours
Day 3: Tilbudi (11,240 ft) to Brahmatal (10,440 ft) via Brahmatal Top (12,200); 5 km, 5-6 hours
Day 4: Brahmatal (10,440 ft) to Bekaltal (9,885 ft) via Jhandi top; 5 km, 3-4 hours
Day 5: Bekaltal (9,885 ft) to Lohajung (7,600 ft); 3-4 hours, 6 km
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh. You will reach Rishikesh between 7 pm and 8 pm.

Important note:
Please note that you will be staying at a guest house in Lohajung. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

The Trek

Day 1: Reach Lohajung

Lohajung is the base camp for the Brahmatal trek. The best way to reach here is from Rishikesh. The route, once you cross Nainital, is beautiful. You drive along mountain roads, through forests. You also get glimpses of the Garhwal mountains in the distance on a clear day.

  • Altitude: 7,600 ft (2,316 m)
  • Drive time: 11 hours drive from Rishikesh
Kumaoni villages on the way to Lohajung give you a glimpse into the way of life here. PC: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

Once you reach Lohajung, you find yourself face to face with the beautiful Nanda Ghunti peak. If you reach before sunset, the colours of the peak will enthral you.

Lohajung is at the centre of 12-15 nearby villages. There are a couple of local stores where you can buy jackets, hand gloves, caps, shoes etc. if need be. However, it is advised that you carry all the required things for trek beforehand and not rely on these shops. You will have a mobile network in most parts of Lohajung.

Lohajung, as the locals say, is the place where Goddess Parvati had a war (jung) with the demon, Lohasur. Hence, the name, which translates to ‘War with Lohasur.’

Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal

  • Altitude: 7,600 ft (2,316 m) to 9,689 ft (2,953 m)
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 5.8 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate; gradually ascending through forests on well-defined trails
  • Water sources: The first point where you can refill your water bottles will be around 3 hours into the trek, followed by another at the place where you stop for lunch
Serene Bekaltal, surrounded by oak forests, is your destination today. PC: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

The trek begins from Lohajung central market (chowk). Move upwards from Bisht General Stores (compass direction 3000 NW) on the well-marked, human-made trail. Walk through the upper region of Lohajung and then through the forest trail with a few more houses. After a short trek, spot Mandoli village on your left.

The well laid out trail from Lohajung takes you past village huts. Notice Kali valley in the distance, to your left. PC: Vishwajeet Chavan

As you climb higher, on your left, you will be able to see the Kali Valley, where Kali and Pindari Rivers join. Follow the water pipes that supply water to Lohajung, as they lie along the trek trail. After some time, cross a small cluster of homes called Budla, on the left. Here, you will find rhododendron trees, which make this part of the trail very beautiful from February to March.

At approx 8,500 ft, you will find a 10-metre bridge (known as Link-gaad), which will help you cross the stream. After around two hours, you will reach Begum, where you can rest for some time. This place provides splendid views of Navali Bugyal (145o SSE) and Bagdi Bugyal (125o SE). After 10-15 minutes of walking from Begum, you will find another stream.  From here, an hour’s walk will bring you to Gujrani stream.

From here, the trail enters thick Oak forests and keeps climbing moderately. At sections where the mountain side is to your left and valley to your right, catch the first views of Mt Trishul imposing itself in the horizon. An hour and a half through the forest climb you land at a flat with a small crater in the centre. At one end of the crater, the plateau is the valley of Deval.  This place is called Khopdalia. It is actually a small dried lake. This is the campsite for Bekaltal which lies just above the campsite.

Bekaltal is a ten-minute trek up from Khopdalia. It lies surrounded by a thick cluster of Oak trees. The waters of Bekaltal is always brown. The brown water indicates a high amount of dissolved organic matter.

Typically, brown lakes are surrounded by forests or wetlands. Dense forests provide dark organic material that dissolves in lake water like a teabag. This dissolved organic material stains the water brown and shades the underwater world.

Overall, brown water lakes tend to be light-limited. The algae in these lakes survive through certain adaptations that allow them to adjust to low light levels. These lakes can also sometimes be acidic and contain few fish or other organisms.

After a hard day’s trek, the clear waters of Bekaltal invite you to sit by their side. The thin sheet of ice forming on the surface makes this a magical place. PC: Geet Tryambake

Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal

  • Altitude: 9,689 ft (2,953 m) to 10,440 ft (3,182 m)
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours, 7 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial steep climb for an hour brings you to a meadow where you ascend gently, followed by a gradual descent to Brahmatal.
  • Water sources: None. Make sure that you fill 2 litres of water before starting the trek since this will be a long day
Oak and rhododendron forests at the beginning of the trail to Brahmatal energise you for the day ahead. The leaves lying on the trail rustle to the rhythm of your footsteps. PC: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

The trail starts out of the campsite and climbs steeply into the Oak and Rhododendron forest. Notice that to your left is the ridge which opens up to the valley below. Immediately to your right below is Bekaltal. As you climb on, half the trail is dominated by Rhododendron trees and somewhere midway the Oak trees take over. After about an hour, the tree line ends and you enter the meadows. Right in front of you is the spectacular panorama of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti with their associated ranges.

You are usually drawn to the edge of the meadows which is a ridge right on top of Lohajung your base camp. Below you is the valley from Lohajung to Wan. Right opposite where you are on the opposite mountain ridge is the famous meadows of the Roopkund trail – Aali and Bedni Bugyals.

The trail weaves along the ridge. You see the tree line sometimes below you sometimes beside you as you gain and drop height. The trees are largely Rhododendron or Oak again. Overall you gain height when you head to Jhandi Top, the highest point on the ridge. Its another vantage point for clear views of the mountain panorama. You can map the entire Roopkund trail here right from Wan to Roopkund. Spend at least twenty minutes at Jhandi Top to soak in the place. It usually gives you goosebumps to just comprehend what you are seeing in front.

As you walk along the ridge, while the right gives you big mountain views, the left opens up to sweeping valley views. You see at least 7 to 8 layers of mountain ranges one behind another. The sense of openness is unmatchable to most trekking days anywhere.

From the Jhandi top, the trail gradually descends to Brahmatal over a kilometre and half.

Brahmatal completely merges with its surroundings when frozen. It is difficult to guess that just beneath the sheet of ice you see is a beautiful lake! PC: Vishwajeet Chavan

Once off Jhandi top, you descend below the actual ridge which takes away the mountain views. The Brahmatal campsite at 10,351 ft is 500 meters away from the lake to the left on the edge of the slope.

Day 4: Brahmatal to Khorurai via Brahmatal Top

  • Altitude: 10,440 ft (3,182 m) to 12,250 ft (3,734 m) and on to 9,640 ft (2,938 m)
  • Time taken:  8 hours, 7.5 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate; Moderate ascent to the ridge followed by a flat walk and then a steep descent.
  • Water sources: None. Make sure you carry 2 litres of water from the camp before setting off.
A grand panorama of some of the highest mountains in India awaits you at the Brahmatal top. P.C: Vishwajeet Chavan

The day’s trek sees you climbing back to the ridgeline you left the day before, later traversing it further before descending down the steep into the treeline. All along you will be treated to great mountain views if you have a clear sky. Anyone who treks this day will not hesitate to say that the day is the most visually fascinating day of the entire trek.

Start early by 8 A.M to give you time to catch the mountain views before the clouds come in. It takes about 10-15 minutes to trek to the Brahmatal lake your first stop on the trail.  The trail till Brahmatal is a gradually ascending one through the grasslands. The Brahamatal lake sits pretty bang in the middle of the grassland in a crater. The lake glistens in deep blue colour as the morning sun rays hit its surface. The lone tree by the side of the lake reflects perfectly off its waters. Go around the lake to get a view from all angles. You will be surprised to see how different the lake looks at each angle.

From Brahmatal, take the trail to the left that climbs up to the ridge. As you move up, you see the lake set in the middle of the vast meadow.  Behind you appears a wide-open valley. You can see Tharali and Gwaldam. The first ridge climb brings you to a gently ascending stretch which then leads you to the final ridge climb.

The ridge on which you descend. Picture by Geet Tryambake

At the ridge opens up majestic views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. The view is a magnified or closer version of what you saw from Jhandi Top.

Take a moment at the pass. Have your packed lunch here. Don’t stop for long as the winds will be strong. Descent with mountains on your left and valley on your right. This part of the trail is completely new.

After the initial descent from the pass, the trail will ascend again through Alpine grass. Mt Trishul and  Mt Nanda Ghunti accompany you on the right. As the ascent ends, you reach a platform like an area from here you get a 180-degree view of the Himalayan range. Mountains such as Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli become visible.

The vegetation changes on this untouched trail – you walk through alpine grasses and soon enter a birch forest. Picture by Geet Tryambake

As you continue further, a sharp narrow descent awaits you. This marks the tree line and beginning of Rhododendron and oak Forest. A descent of 1 hour will bring you to a clearing surrounded by trees on all the sides. You’ve now reached Khorurai – your campsite. Khoru in Garhwali means Brown Oak and Rai means the flat grassy area inside a forest. Take some time to rest and appreciate your surroundings.

Day 5: Khorurai to Lohajung

  • Altitude: 9,640 ft (2,938 m) to 7,600 ft (2,316 m)
  • Time taken: 3-4 hours, 3 km trek
  • Trek gradient: Moderate.
  • Water sources: Yes.

Begin the descent to Lohajung right after breakfast. The trail goes through thick oak and rhododendron forests once again. It is well made all the way and crosses 2 streams in between.

After about an hour from starting, you will reach Shephard huts. This place in the local language is also called ‘chawni’ and is used by villagers and shepherds to keep their livestock.

Continue on the man-made trail from here. This trail connects these mountain villages down to Lohajung.

An alternate way of descending down to Lohajung is via Wan. This is the view of Wan as you descend into the village. Picture by Geet Tryambake

Day 6: Lohajung to Rishikesh

Check out the reaching the basecamp section for more details about getting back after your trek.

If you have an additional day in Lohajung before or after your trek, visit Ajan Top, an easy trek that you can do on your own.

Banner image by Gajendra Kumar

How to get to the basecamp – Lohajung

Delhi → Rishikesh → Lohajung

The Brahmatal trek begins from Lohajung, a picturesque village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is also the basecamp of the popular Roopkund trek. Lohajung is situated around 254 km from Rishikesh. 

Indiahikes arranges transport from Rishikesh (Zostel) at 6 am on Day 1 of the trek. The cost of this transport is Rs.6,000 per cab and Rs.9,000 for a Tempto Traveller. This amount will have to be shared by trekkers. You can pay the driver directly.

How to reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh is well-connected to most cities in India. The closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (It is the Dehradun airport, but is closer to Rishikesh than to Dehradun). It is just 20 km from Rishikesh. The closest railway station is the Haridwr station, an hour’s drive from Rishikesh. And there are plenty of buses that ply directly to Rishkesh.

Travelling from the Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh

If you decide to fly to Jolly Grant airport, make sure you reach at least one day before your pick up. You will need to stay there overnight and make it to the pick up point at 6 am on Day 1 of your trek. 

If you’re travelling from the airport, there are buses that ply from there to Rishikesh every hour.

Pre-paid taxis are also available from the airport but we wouldn’t recommend these as they charge exorbitant amounts — Rs 800 to Rs 1000. 

Instead, flag down a taxi (bargain a bit) with taxis outside the airport. Usually most passengers take taxis from the airport. Try to hook up with co-passengers on the flight for your taxi ride to Rishikesh.

If you’d like to travel by train, take a train from Delhi to Haridwar and then a bus to Rishikesh

Haridwar is just an hour away from Rishikesh. And there are several trains that ply from Delhi to Haridwar. The day trains are best suited to your needs. 

In Haridwar, the ISBT bus stop is across the road from the railway station. There are buses which ply at frequent 10-15 minute intervals to Rishikesh. It takes about 1 hour to get there. 

Taxis are also available but buses are convenient enough. 

Trains that would suit you best: 

Dehradun Shtbdi (Train No: 12017). It is an AC train that leaves at 6:45 am from New Delhi Railway station (NDLS) and reaches Haridwar at 11:30 am.

Dehradun Jan Shatabdi (Train No: 12055). It leaves Nizamuddin station at 15:20, arrives at 19:33 at Haridwar.

Note: Do not take a train to Dehradun, its longer to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun railway station. Take the train only up to Hardiwar.

Bus from Delhi to Rishikesh

In case you do not get a train ticket, there are regular overnight Volvo AC buses from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Rishikesh. You also get Non-AC buses. 

Buses are frequent and not usually crowded. You can get a bus almost every half hour. Buses take 8-9 hours to get to Rishikesh from Delhi. AC bus tickets cost about Rs 900. Take a bus that reaches at 5:30am.

Note: Whichever mode of transport you choose make sure you reach Rishikesh a day earlier, Day 0.

Getting back to Delhi

Lohajung → Rishikesh → Delhi

The Brahmatal trek ends at Lohajung. We arrange transport from Lohajung to Rishikesh. The cost of transport via cab is Rs.6,000 and a Tempo Traveller cost is Rs.9,000. The cost of this transport will have to be shared by trekkers. You can pay the driver directly. You will reach Rishikesh between 7 and 8 pm.  

If you are travelling further from Rishikesh, you can book your transport post 9  pm, keeping two hours as buffer time in case of road blocks in the mountain roads. 

If you want to reach the base camp by yourself

Option 1: Delhi  Lohajung (24 hours)
There is a direct bus from Delhi to Mundoli/Lohajung. It leaves Delhi Anand Vihar terminal at 9.15 pm. You will reach Kathgodam at 4.00 am and Lohajung at 5.30 pm.

Note: This is an extremely long and tiring journey and the buses are not too comfortable. We recommend Options 2 and 3.

Option 2: Delhi Rishikesh Lohajung (cab)
From Delhi, get to Rishikesh/Haridwar and hire a Sumo to Lohajung. The route: Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karanprayag – turn right to Tharali – Debal – Mundoli – Lohajung

Note: Most taxi operators may not have heard of Lohajung. So, you’ll have to show them the direction as given above.

Map from Rishikesh to Lohajung
Route from Rishikesh to Lohajung via Karanprayag

Option 3: Delhi  Rishikesh  Karanprayag  Lohajung (bus)
From Rishikesh Bus Stand., take any bus on the Joshimath/Badrinath route and buy a ticket to Karanprayag. It is a 6-7 hour journey from Rishikesh to Karanprayag. Take a bus that leaves as early in the morning as possible, preferably around 6.00 am. From Karanprayag Bus Stand, take a shared Jeep to Tharali (47 km). The road to Tharali runs along the Pindar river.

From Tharali, take a shared taxi to Debal (14 km). Once you reach Debal, contact our transporter, Raju Shah Ji on +91 8979 321 600. He will help you with an onward transport to Lohajung (24 km).

Network Connectivity
At the basecamp Lohajung, all network signal is available.

Around Bekaltal Lake, Jandhi Top and at the Brahmatal summit, Vodafone Airtel, Idea and BSNL network is available in patches.

How to get fit for the Brahmatal trek

 

The Brahmatal trek is classified as a trek of moderate difficulty. You start from an altitude of 7,600 ft at Lohajung and reach a highest point of 12,250 ft at Brahmatal top. You gain around 4,650 ft over two days of trekking. While this isn’t much altitude gain, there is a lot of snow on the trail in the months of January and February, which makes it a trek of moderate difficulty. 

Cardiovascular endurance
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

  • –>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 40 mins.
  • –>If you are 45 years old and above and are comfortable with long distance walking than jogging, then before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes.
    If jogging is fine for you, your target should be completing 5 km in 50 minutes initially, and 5 km in less than 45 minutes before you go on the trek.
  • –>If you are somebody who prefers cycling over running, your target must be to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 15 in each set

This is another area you should work on. Carrying your backpack and ascending will require core body strength and also strong legs. For this, add squats to your routine. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

 

What to take on the Brahmatal trek

Bare Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): On the climb to Brahmatal Top on the fifth day, you will be leaving your bigger backpack behind at the Brahmatal campsite. So you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack. If you’re coming in a group, two of you can share a daypack.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Five layers of warm clothes: If you’re trekking in winter, carry two sweaters, two fleece jackets and a padded jacket. If you’re trekking in spring (March/April), three warm layers will suffice.
  2. Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the day of the summit climb. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow in winter and can cause snow blindness.
  2. SuncapAt high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woolen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. Carry one pair each of fleece and synthetic hand gloves. You can add the fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
  4. BalaclavaYou’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  5. Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks:  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp / LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole. Looking to rent a trek-pole just for this trek. Just click here. This can be made available to you directly at the base campsite.
  8. Poncho: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and hence it’s mandatory that you don’t get wet.

Indiahikes offers rentals on this trek. You can now rent trekking shoes, trekking pole, padded jacket and poncho instead of buying them. You can collect these directly at the base camp and return them there after the trek. Get the details here.

Others

  1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
  2. Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  3. Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
  4. One 1 litre water bottle. We recommend the Lifestraw Go. Indiahikes trekkers can get it at a discounted price here
  5. One 1 litre thermos flask
  6. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 1 Strip
  2. Crocin – 10 tablets
  3. Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
  4. Combiflam- Half Strip
  5. Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
  6. Digene – Half Strip
  7. Avil – 1 strip
  8. ORS – 6 packs
  9. Knee Cap (If you are prone to knee injury)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the following documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card – (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – 

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

 

How safe is the Brahmatal trek?

The Brahmatal trek is a moderate one. The trails are well laid out. The altitude isn’t too high – the highest point is 12,250 ft and you gain this slowly over 3-4 days. At 12,250 feet, the risk of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness is relatively low. However, you still need to be mindful of the fact that you are in the mountains in extreme weather conditions, and take necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe trek.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Trek Cancellation Policy 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

In the unlikely case of a trek being called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Your trek includes –

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Lohajung to Lohajung). You will be staying in a guest house at Lohajung and camping on the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from dinner at Lohajung on Day 1 to breakfast at Lohajung on Day 6 . Meals are simple, nutritious and vegetarian.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment –  We provide high quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc.

Your trek does not include –

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Rishikesh and drop you back from Lohajung. This will cost approx. Rs. 6,000 per 5-6 seater vehicle. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers.
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to and from Lohajung.
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 1,000 + 5% GST for the full trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strollers/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Lohajung (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST).
  4. Stay at Rishikesh on the last day 
  5. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Fitness

Fitness

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents on the summit day. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 45 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.

Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason are trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 350 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

transport

transport

 We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Kathgodam and drop you back from Lohajung. This will cost approx. Rs. 6,000 per 5-6 seater vehicle, and Rs.9,000 for a Tempo Traveller. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

Can we leave on Day 5?

Can we leave on Day 5?

No, although the trek ends on Day 5, it is not wise to leave that day. Night driving is very risky in the mountains. We have a debriefing session on Day 5, you won't want to miss that

Is there a bus from Kathgodam/Rishikesh to Lohajung?

Is there a bus from Kathgodam/Rishikesh to Lohajung?

There are no direct buses to Lohajung, there are only shared cabs, you will have to change cabs once or twice. The experience is unique, be ready for a bumpy crowded ride!

Is there electricity and phone signal on the trek?

Is there electricity and phone signal on the trek?

There is electricity and phone signal at Lohajung. But after that it is not available as you stay in tents you are out of network range.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Brahmatal Trek

A spectacular Himalayan Winter Trek- Brahmatal Trek

The Brahmatal Trek is full of beautiful surprises. From the frozen Bekaltal Lake to the beautiful view of Mt. Nanda Ghunti. Check this blog out. There are beautiful pictures as well.

Read full blog

Brahmatal, A snow wonder in the Himalayas

A blog with great detail and nuance. Do not miss reading this blog - this will definitely push you to go on your next trek.

Read full blog

Available dates

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  • Full
    Indicates the group is full. No further slots are likely. A full group has 18 members.
  • What is Route 2? We have opened another route for Brahmatal. It follows the same trail but from the opposite side with a new campsite at Tilbudi. The number of days, difficulty and experience remains the same. If the dates suit you, don't hesitate, sign up soon.

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83 thoughts on “Brahmatal Trek

  1. I have registered for the Brahmatal Trek, 22-27 Dec 2019 batch. I had booked the slot 4 months before the trek date but still I got a slot in waitlist.

    Please let me know the chances of confirmation as I have booked the slot on 18th of August 2019 and also let me know my position in the waitlist.

    Really eager to join this batch and do this trek with India Hikes.

    1. Hi Sheela, January and February are peak winter months. So you’ll definitely see snow in February, all the way till around mid-April.

    1. Hi Siddharth, that’s right. We have changed the pick-up point because it’s easier for trekkers to reach Rishikesh compared to Kathgodam. If you have signed up for the trek in Oct / Nov / Dec, then look for an email from your Trek Coordinator in your inbox. If you haven’t yet signed up or booked tickets, then book travel from and to Rishikesh. 🙂

      1. Hi Swathi,

        We are 3 people registered for 23rd December to 28th December batch. During booking, because the pickup point was mentioned as Kathgodam, we have booked our travel accordingly. Now that it is changed, I’m worried about reaching the basecamp. Can you please put some light in this?

        Thank you,
        Sindhu

        1. Hi Sindhu, we are organising transport from Kathgodam as well until January. So you don’t have to make any changes in your travel plan. We’ll pick you up from Kathgodam as per your plan. 🙂

  2. Just wanted to know if we get to see snow in the mid of December and will it be okay for first time trekkers. Also please comment if this trek will be too crowded ?

    1. Hi Ramu, there will be snow in DEcember, especially from mid-December onwards. Brahmatal is a good trek for first timers. But you will have to get fit before going on the trek. You’ll need to do some basic cardiovascular endurance training for at least 45 days to 2 months before the trek. If you do that, you can do the trek comfortably.

      Also, we do notice that the Brahmatal trek is getting a bit crowded of late. But that is most likely in the peak holiday season — Christmas and New Year. You won’t see too much crowd before or after that.

      1. Thanks Swathi..If we are planning to trek on 16th dec batch what is the probability of seeing snow meadows ?

  3. Hi,

    I would like to know if I join this trek for mid-December of 2019, will there be snow? I am unable to get any dates after that. 🙁

    1. Hi Tanveer, there could be snow in mid-December. That’s when it usually starts snowing. If the dates that you’re looking for a full to Brahmatal, you can take a look at few of our other winter treks — Deoriatal, Dayara Bugyal and Mukta Top. They’ll all have as much snow as Brahmatal and are as beautiful. You’ll find all of them here – https://www.indiahikes.com/seasons/winter/

    1. There won’t be snow in November. It’s still pre-winter. You’ll have very clear skies and great weather in November. It’s a good time to go to Brahmatal for the stunning views. 🙂

      1. Hello Swati,

        I have registered for the Brahmatal Trek for 18th Dec 2019 batch. Will I get good views and clear skies during that period of time?

  4. Hi

    there is no communication regarding change of pickup point from trek co-ordinator. what should we do with the bookings already done?? this is not acceptable to change pick up points without prior info.

    1. Hi Chaitanya, please look for an email from Prathima in your inbox. For trekkers going between Oct to January, we are organising transport from both Kathgodam and Rishikesh since several trekkers have booked tickets already. We don’t want anyone losing money or having to travel too much. So if you’ve already booked your travel, don’t worry about it. Just make sure you choose your pick-up location correctly on your dashboard.

  5. Hello Swati,

    I have registered for the Brahmatal Trek for 18th Dec 2019 batch. Will I get good views and clear skies during that period of time? Will there too much snow not allowing us to make it to the summit?

    1. If you have your own tents, sleeping bags and cooking gear, you can do the trek on your own. You can write to us on info@indiahikes.com and we’ll be happy to share a downloadable KML file with you, using which you can navigate your way.

  6. Hi,

    In saw photos and videos from mid Jan 2018 and there seems to be very less snow. What level of snow can we expect this Jan mid during the trek

    1. Hi Janani, this changes from year to year. In 2017 winter (Dec 2017 – March 2018), there was hardly any snow. But in 2018 winter (Dec 2018 – March 2019) there was excessive snow, so much so that several trails (not only Brahmatal) were blocked. This year, going by the weather patterns of excessive rain and snow, we expect there to be a good long winter with a lot of snow. So it’s a chance you’ll have to take.

  7. Hi we are planning for brahmatal trek. The cost mentioned is Rs 8450. Is the cost of cab(6500) from rishikesh to lohajung during first day of the trek included in the total amount or should be paid separately.

    1. Hi Mohit, the cost of the transport to the base camp should be paid to the driver directly. It is Rs 6,500 per cab, in which around 5-6 people can sit. This fare is shared by all the trekkers and paid in cash to the driver.

      1. What about the cost of return travel from lohajung to rishikesh ? should this also be borne by the trekkers ?

        1. Hi Sonam, that’s correct. We manage the costs from base camp to base camp. The travel to and from the base camp is shared amongst trekkers.

  8. Actually i need proper information about what time we have to reach to the base station, at what time the trip is going to start, on which date the trip is getting over and at what time we will be at the base station and what all expenses is there excluding the 8450+5%tax. We are going to book the slot of 15 dec we need to book the tickets for transportation ASAP. So can you please share the complete information about all that is mentioned above.

    1. Hi Yug, to reach the base camp, you have to reach Rishikesh/Kathgodam and we’ll organise transport for you from there. The transport will cost you Rs 5,500 from Kathgodam and Rs 6,500 from Rishikesh. This is the cost per cab. Around 5-6 trekkers usually share this fare and pay the driver directly. It is not included in the fee. That’s the only additional expense you will incur on the trek.

      On the trek, there are only optional expenses — that is if you offload your backpack, or if you want to rent gear. Otherwise, there are no other expenses. You won’t have to take your wallet out anywhere.

  9. Hi, is there any possibility to finish this trek faster maybe 1-1.5 day earlier. I am looking to this trek customized for my group of 4-5. I am interested in this or kedarnatha trek to be finished in 3 night & 4 days
    Pls let me know

    1. Hi Bharat, Brahmatal is a fairly long trek, it’s very difficult to do it in 3 days, especially in winter when there’s a lot of snow. Can you please let us know when you’re planning to do the trek? If it isn’t winter, then perhaps we could help you organise it.

  10. Hi Swati,

    I am planning a trek in mid-Jan. Which trek would you suggest between Brahmatal & Mukta top for an overall experience and which one will push you a bit?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Karan, I’d definitely recommend Mukta Top over Brahmatal. Out of the two, it’s definitely the one to push you. Also, it’s got a wide variety of experiences in terms of forests, meadows, Mukta Tal and of course, the views. Also, it’s the more secluded trek of the two. 🙂

    1. Hi Sandipan, yes a 10-11 year old should be able to manage this trek comfortably, provided they are fit. I would also advise you to time it in non-winter months. So that would mean avoid January and February with a 10-11 year old. It gets too cold. March-April would be a really good time!

  11. Hi., I wish to join this one. But I am coming from Dubai so can I take a flight to Srinagar and join the pick up from there ? Or I have to go to Dehradun and travel to Rishikesh. The second option is a bit difficult because flights are not in order. Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Mayur, Srinagar is very far away from Rishikesh, and reaching here from there will take you a lot of time and energy. What you could instead do is fly to Delhi and take an overnight (6-7 hours) bus to Rishikesh. You can book these on any website. That would be the most convenient way for you to reach Rishikesh.

  12. Hi ,i want to join Brahmatal trek on 23 dec, does route 2 will get a equally beautiful places as route 1 and also while staying in tent we need to bring woolen sleeping bag. i will be coming from ahmedabad so which route should i take to come rishikesh by 23 dec by morning.

    1. Hi Dimple, Route 2 is as picturesque as Route 1. It’s the same route you’re going to be trekking on, but from the opposite direction. So you have nothing to lose. As for the stay in a tent, we will be providing you with tents and expedition level sleeping bags. They are warm and comfortable. You just have to bring warm layers to wear while trekking and after your day’s trek.

      Also, if you’re coming from Ahmedabad, flying to Dehradun and taking a bus to Rishikesh would be your best, fastest option.

    1. Hi Junaid, the last point where you’ll get network is Lohajung (your base camp). After that, you don’t have network throughout the trek. You might get some signal at Brahmatal Top, but don’t bank on it. It’s very intermittent.

  13. what is the difference between the route 1 and route 2, are we going to brahmatal top in route 2 as well?

    1. Hi Shubham, yes, both Route 1 and Route 2 go to Brahmatal Top. Indiahikes opened a new route for this trek to avoid the crowds. Both Routes have beautiful forest sections, and in winter you can expect lots of snow on both routes. You will not be missing out by taking one route over the other.

    1. Hi Bijin,
      Yes, you can book the trek for 3 people. It’s an online process. You just have to select the date that suits you and follow the process. You will need a unique email ID for each person. If you’re trekking in Dec-Jan I suggest you book your trek soon. They get full quickly. Check this page out for trek dates – https://www.indiahikes.com/brahmatal-trek/#available-dates-calendar

      You’ll also find a helpful video with the registration process here – https://youtu.be/ZQCe30_VECg

  14. Hi I have registered for February 3rd to 8th brahmatal trek , seats are available , but what if there are only a few people or only we two for the trek ??
    And in rishekesh the day before we start for lohajung , and the day when we come back from lohajung will you provide us stay that night ?
    And please would you let me know , that we are coming with some amount of luggage as we need to travel to a few more places , could you please let me know if we can keep our luggages in lohajung while going for the trek and can we we pick it up while coming back ??

    1. Hi Niharika, it’s rarely the case that only 2 people sign up for the trek. If that happens, we may request you to shift to another trek on the same dates, which won’t involve you making any changes in your travel. But this almost never happens, so you don’t have to worry about it. Also, Brahmatal is one of the few treks accessible in February. It tends to run full in Jan and Feb.

      Coming to your other questions. We do not organise stay in Rishikesh. You have to come directly to the pick-up point. We organise stay only from Lohajung onwards till the last day at Lohajung.

      Finally, if you have extra luggage, you can leave it behind in Lohajung. It will not cost you anything. Just make sure you don’t leave behind any valuables like laptops or cameras.

  15. Hi
    I am planning to book for Brahmatal trek for 23rd December 2019.. I would like to know the necessary things to carry and other details for fitness… considering that this is going to be our first trek for all three of us

  16. Hi swathi
    Are there any age restrictions. Actually I m planning for trek along with my daughter who is 14yrs old.

    1. Hi Sandya, Brahmatal is a great trek for a 14-year-old. Other children have done this trek before, and have had a great experience.

  17. Hey! I’m really looking forward to trek with IndiaHikes!
    I’m traveling solo!
    And I’m extremely confused between Kedarkantha and Brahmatal. Both seem to be extremely amazing and exciting! Which one would you suggest to be the better?

    1. Hi Sushil, they’re both fantastic treks in winter. But because we take a separate route away from the crowds, perhaps Kedarkantha might be a better choice. 🙂

    1. Hi Mukul, the route 2 is the same as route 1. It’s just approaching the summit from the opposite direction. So the views are literally the same. You can take our word on that.

    1. Hi Akash, there’s usually snow cover till the end of April. If you can go early in April, you’ll see a lot of snow, especially as you climb the summit. The quantity of snow reduces towards the end of April. So try and time your trek early in April if you want to see a lot of snow.

  18. Hey,
    I am a first time trekker, 22 years old, would love to do a winter trek around 20th of January.
    What kind of temperature should I expect ?
    How difficult is the trek in terms of endurance?

    1. Hi Kushal,

      Carry 5 layers for your trek. This is peak winter in the mountains.

      On the trek, you cover an average of 7km per day. Before the trek, you should be able to run 5 km in under 40 minutes. Work on your flexibility and body strength as well. For this I suggest, squats, push-ups, and climbing stairs with your backpack.

  19. I’m so confused between Kedarkantha and Brahmatal. I did 2 treks previously (Bhrigu Lake and Sar Pass). So which trek would you suggest?

    1. Hi Shivam, this is a tough one! Both of them are great treks. But if we have to choose, then here’s a suggestion. If you’re going in winter (between December and February), I’d suggest Kedarkantha. We are taking a different route from the crowded one and you’ll have a good experience, since Kedarkantha is traditionally a winter trek. If you’re planning any time later, in March or April, choose Brahmatal. The trails bursts to life with rhododendron flowers in March April and is a treat to the eyes! You could go by this choice. 🙂

  20. Hi, need few details about Kedarkantha trek.

    My location : Chennai
    Free dates : 25th Dec to Jan 2nd
    Need transport details from Chennai too..

    1. Hi Mahesh, if you’re travelling from Chennai, your best option is to fly directly to Dehradun. If the flights are too expensive, you could take a flight to Delhi and then an overnight bus to Dehradun. That would be your best way to reach Dehradun.

      We organise transport from Dehradun to the base camp on the first day at 7 am. So it’s best to reach Dehradun the previous evening and stay there, or take a bus that reaches early in the morning.

  21. Hi,
    I would like to go on the Brahmatal Trek with my 11 year old daughter. Is there any relaxation in the fitness category for children, especially the ability to complete 5 kilometres under 40 minutes?

  22. Hello,
    The eligibility criterias for any trek in your list says, that we should run at least 5km in 40 mins which is manageable butit even says we should have a BMI of 28, and this is the thing to worry, I have BMI of 36, isn’t there any trek that overlooks this criteria?

    1. Hi Alok, we usually have a cap for a BMI of 28, and maximum 30. This is based on the fitness, and in case someone needs to be evacuated, the BMI plays a role here. Do you have a fitness routine you currently follow? If you do, before signing up, you’ll have to send us screenshots of a couple of runs with the required fitness criteria. We could then consider taking this further.

  23. Hey,

    I would like to do a trek on February 3rd to 8th. But I’m confused between Brahmatal and Kedarkantha.

    Which one of these will have more snow?

    1. Hi Jeevraj, both of these treks climb to similar altitudes. And they usually have similar amounts of snow. But Brahmatal usually has slightly more snow, and the camping experience in snow is great as well! So if you’re going in February, Brahmatal would be a good choice! 🙂

  24. Hi, I am planning to join a winter trek on 15/16th December but am a little confused between brahmatal, mukta top and kedarkantha. My priority is a moderate-difficult trek with snow. What would you recommend?

    1. Hi Gaurav, I would definitely recommend the Mukta Top trek at that time of the year. It is the toughest of the three and if it is a challenge you’re looking for, Mukta Top will give you that. You’ll also see snow on the trek. (There’s usually snow on all these treks at that time of the year). Mukta Top is also more secluded and you’ll have the trail to yourself. It will definitely give you a better experience than the other two treks.

  25. Hi, do you guys serve pure Jain food for Brahmatal trek?

    Also, how many participants are there in one batch?

    1. Hi Viraj,
      Yes, we serve pure Jain food on request. You’d have to mention it in a mail to your Trek Experience Manager after booking your slot.
      A full Indiahikes trek batch is comprised of 21 trekkers 🙂

  26. Hi Team,

    Can you share some knowledge on the level of ice I can see in the month of Dec for this trek. Would it be similar to Kedarkantha Trek or we see snow in the month of Jan or feb like mentioned in the video.
    Quick reply would be appreciated as I am planning to book.

    1. Hi Madhur, most of the Uttarakhand treks will have similar amounts of snow. So if there’s snow at Kedarkantha, it will be there at Brahmatal as well. Both of them are nice snowy treks. So you can go ahead and sign up for the trek. You’ll definitely see snow towards the end of December.

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