Brahmatal Trek:

  • Upcoming group fixed departures for Brahmatal trek starting on 25th Dec, 8th, 22nd and 29th Jan & 12th Feb from Rishikesh.
  • Private/customised treks for your own group/family is open as per your preferred date. TREK FEE will be same for a group of 8 to 10 persons i.e. ₹ 8950 + 5% GST per person (Lohajung to Lohajung) and will be proportianately lower for 11 persons or more in a private/customised tour.

Below is your Complete Brahmatal trekking tour guide 2021-2022 and will help you to navigate through this detailed page information. Click a link to jump to a specific part of information.

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About Brahmatal trail
Distance vs Altitude graph
Why Brahma Tal among most scenic trail?
Expected Temperature and clothing required
How to reach trek base?
Snowfall updates from past seasons

About the trail:

There are indeed similar routes like Brahmatal trek (pronounced as “Brahma Tal“) in the Himalayas when comparing beauty but definitely found at much higher altitude. Brahma Tal trek is an easy to go winter trek offering almost all you can think of a winter trek destination. Due to its very scenic trail, Brahmatal trek is  getting popular rapidly.

Brahmatal trek: Probably finest winter trekking trail (PC – Emmanuelle Arroyo)
Brahmatal trek: One of the most scenic route in Indian Himalayas
A view from Brahmatal summit called Khamila top

Never ending ridge lines, sprawling and delightful alpine meadows/Bugyal, high altitude lakes and majestic peak views are compelling proposition for choosing this trek. In addition to scenic beauty, fresh snow on the trail will surely keep Brahmatal winter trek in your bucket list 😎 .

To the south lies vast expanse of the valley with never ending ridges
Sprawling meadows and peaks in the backdrop

Brahmatal is medium size lake (Geo coordinates: 30.176878°E, 79.589449°N) beneath the ridge and you can only locate this while getting down from the ridge. As per legend, Lord Brahma meditated beside this lake. The other lake on this trail named Bekhal Tal is also hidden inside thick forest. . Your guide will probably point it to you, as many of you may just miss it. Both the lake are medium size considering high altitude lakes.

Brahmatal during winters in January
Lake looks different in summer
Bekhal Tal: Frigid in dead winter

The peak view from the route is captivating, from east to west you can see the High Himalayan ranges. On the right toward north-east direction you can see Mrigthuni, Devtoli and Maikoti peak of Kumaon. Straight to your north Trisul massif and gigantic Nanda Ghunti are breathtaking. Bethartoli Himal and Nandaghunti. On the left westward side we can see the massive Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks. This is just the opposite ridge of the famous Roopkund trek and offers a Birds-eye view of the route including Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, Roopkund and Junargali including far poised famous Ronty saddle.

Plethora of peaks (from L to R Trishul, Mrigthuni, Devtoli, Maiktoli and other peaks of Kumaon)

The best season to explore this trail is either winter or in the springs. During winter weather normally remains clear and panoramic beauty of the surrounding is unmatched. Adequate amount of snow is another reason that this is getting popular in recent years. In Spring the trail is bountiful with Rhododendron blossoms while the last patches of snow start melting. For you who want a longer duration camping trek may combine Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal trek to complete a circuit around Lohajung.

Brahma Tal trek in April with Rhododendrons
Walking inside Rhododendron and Oak forest

Finally, it would be an unjust, if we don’t mention about our trek base Lohajung here. This small business town at an altitude of  ~ 2320 m/7600 ft, comprises a one strip bazaar, few basic restaurants to eat and handful of lodges. However the views of Nanda Ghunti mountain and sunset on the southern valley side are just enough to start the beginning.

Lohajung: Nanda Ghunti during sunset 

Brief itinerary for Brahmatal trek:

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh (6 a.m.) to Lohajung (~2320 m/7600 ft) – 250 Km car – 10/11 hours . Lodge accommodation (3/4 sharing).
Day 2: Trek to Bekhal Tal (~ 2950 m/9670 ft)– 6 Km – 4/5 hours. Twin sharing camp.
Day 3: Trek to Brahma Tal camping ground (~3200 m/10500 ft) – 6 Km – 4/5 hours. Twin sharing camp
Day 4: Brahma Tal to Khamila Top/Jatropani and back to Brahma Tal camping ground– 8 Km – 6/7 hours. Twin sharing camp.
Day 5: Trek down to Lohajung – 12 Km – 6/7 hours. Lodge
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Rishikesh – 250 Km – 10/11 hours

Important note:

  • Often it is convenient to reach Rishikesh anytime on Day 0. Either you can fly to Dehradun (DED, Jolly Grant airport) which is only1 hour drive from Rishikesh. or you can get Volvo services (morning and overnight) from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi to Rishikesh (5/6 hours). Arrange your stay in Rishikesh accordingly.
  • You may opt for a shared transportation with other group members (NOT included in the TREK FEE) from Rishikesh on Day 1 at 6 a.m. Pick up spots are ISBT, Rishikesh and Tapovan checkpost on Badrinath highway. Else you are free to reach basecamp independently.
  • Cab fare is ₹ 7500 and ₹ 11000 for a Tata Sumo and Tempo Traveller one way respectively. This is shared equally by the availing team members and paid directly to the driver.
  • ATM: Last ATM at Deval, 25 Km before, but very often without cash. Withdraw well in advance, either from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Gauchar, or Karnaprayag.
  • Mobile connectivity: All major networks work at basecamp Lohajung. After that you will not get a network.

Altitude and distance profile graph for Brahma Tal trek:


Why Brahma Tal is most scenic winter trek?

Yes the trail does take you through dense Rhododendron forest, stretch of alpine meadow and two lakes. Though, we think only the peak views from this trail is the very reason that you will not think twice to choose. If you don’t believe, here is the aerial satellite views of Brahma Tal region and the top referred to as Khamila Top/Jatropani. In winter weather remains clearer and you get good amount of snow on the trail to enjoy 🙂

Top: Views of Nanda Ghunti Trishul. Bottom: A view from Khamila top towards Badrinath region
From Khamila Top: Chaukhamba (R), Nilkantha (C-R), Hati Ghoda Parvat (R)

Also it will be an unjust to the Brahma Tal trek route If we don’t mention the mesmerising sunrise and sunset colours here. You will witness surely stunning dawn and dusk colour, from Lohajung as well as Brahma Tal camp. Check on your own 🙂

Whats the story? Morning Glory
Setting sun on Trishul from Brahma Tal ridge

Clothing and expected temperature during Brahma Tal trek:

It is important to carry proper clothing in winter as the campsite temperatures are sub zero in winter.

Winter: From December to February during winter the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold.  Late night/early morning  temperatures (usually when it reaches minimum) can be:
Lohajung: 2°C to -2°C
Bekhal Tal: 0°C to -5°C
Brahma Tal: -5°C to -10° C.
Although inside tent the temperature will be 6 to 8°C warmer but still can be freezing.

Three layers of clothing is mandatory in the campsite while outside tent.

a) A thermal base layer (warm woolly-cot material).
b) A warm jacket (double layer or Fleece jacket ) as mid layer (or use multiple layers).
c) A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer (to protect you from wind and snow/slit/rain etc.)

Summer & Fall: Day time weather remains warm and pleasant. Night/early morning temperatures at camp sites  can be from 10°C (lower camps) to 2°C (higher camps)

You will not require the thermal base layer from May to October.

Don’t forget to check and download the “list of things that you need to carry during Brahmatal trek

Access to trek base Lohajung:

We will arrange a pickup  from Kathgodam railway station to Lohajung and drop from Lohajung to Haridwar. This will be shared equally by the trekkers. You pay directly to the driver. The fare is following:

Kathgodam to Lohajung: ₹ 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero (5 to 8 may share)  and ₹ 9000 (12-13 seat) for Tempo Traveller.

Lohajung to Haridwar/Rishikesh: ₹ 6000 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero (5 to 8 may share)  and ₹ 10000 (12-13 seat) for Tempo Traveller.

Here is a road map with major points enroute from Kathgodam to Lohajung and return return to Haridwar/Rishikesh.

Kathgodam to Lohajung and return to Haridwar

To reach the trek base Lohajung independently or by public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB

Snowfall updates from past

Winter 2018-19 season:

As we update this on 5th March 2019 Lohajung has leftover snow here and there, specially under shades. The trek base Lohajung received at least 3 major snowfall of 1 foot or more deposition in three occasions. First one during 22nd Jan, then one followed in mid February and last one in the end of Feb, 26th & 27th Feb.

Lohajung: Good amount of snowfall in Jan to end of Feb 2019

Usual winter season started by mid of Dec 2018, with little snow, as expected. Groups received patches of snow towards top. Around mid January weather was conducive for heavy snowfall. 3 major snowstorms hit the area, one is Jan and two in Feb. Intermittently it snowed frequently throughout February ranging from 2/3 inches to 5/6 inches, depending on altitude covered during Brahma Tal trek.

Brahmatal trail: Full with snow till end of Feb 2019

The following picture is just to assure you all that Brahma Tal trail will remain snow covered till end of March for sure. Also it is not uncommon to snow around 3000 m/10000 ft, even in March, which possibly will remain as late as mid of April 2019.

Bekhal Tal campsite: around 3 feet of snow as on 27th Feb 2019

Winter 2018-19 season

This winter, snowfall deposition was pretty low in Uttarakhand and Himachal stretching a large region as late as mid of January. Brahma Tal trail suffered this as late as January third week. with just one initial winter snowfall in first half of December. On 23rd January we had two groups (10 person’s in each) camping at Brahma Tal – one after the summit to Khamila top and another coming up from Bekhal Tal to Brahma Tal. Around 6 p.m it started to snow and in four hours it snowed around one and half feet. Below collage is taken by our staff while coming down from Brahma Tal on 24th Jan. This should remain around 15 days and another snowfall may occur in February.

January 2018 snowfall: Brahma Tal trek

On 12th February it snowed again on the trail for around 6 inch and now again it covered with snow. As this year’s snowfall is rather late, we expect another one probably in February or beginning of March.

February 2018 snowfall: Brahma Tal trek
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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point4000 m/13120 ft
Trail Length30 Km
Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit
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Tour Reviews

4.83 based on 12 reviews
December 22, 2022

Our customised trek, Brahmatal and Bedni Ali Bugyal in eight days, was perfect. We especially enjoyed the combination of the mountains and the local culture. Trek was physically challenging enough, but not too heavy. Dev and his excellent team made us feel safe and the trek was well balanced and planned in advance. We also enjoyed the informative discussions during the trek and off course the good food. Special thanks to the one staff member who walked eight hours to pick a bottle of curd to cure my stomach. Such a hospitality is unforgettable.
We can recommend HT for everyone who really wants to have a good hike.

January 29, 2020

I did some treks with HT including Brahmatal. Their arrangements, hospitality and guidance is good. Guides are friendly. Foods are good and hygienic in the time of trekking.

January 3, 2020

Thank you HT team and everyone involved for the amazing experience. The trip was timed properly and organised really well. Food and service were great. A very friendly trek group and a lot of good memories to start the new year with. 🙂

December 28, 2019

Thank you very much, for this wonderful experience on Brahmatal trek… HT team served us very well throughout the trail, may it be food, tent or any other thing we asked for.

September 28, 2019

1. Our trek concluded yesterday. It was well organized. Mr Dev & his team did a splendid job of keeping the entire team well nourished and comfortable. They need to be complimented for their effort & concern.
2. The driver of the Tempo Traveller, Mr Harendra Singh Bisht, is a young & free spirited man who drives well. However, he may be advised to be a little patient and slow when driving.
3. Thanks for the excellent planning, coordination & execution.

February 16, 2019

We went to brahmatal trek with HT and needless to say it was a wonderful experience. HT team was so friendly and helpful right from the person who attends your call to the person who accompanies you to the trek. The team including Aritra, were so patient to answer our queries and give all details we needed. The local team at Lohajung headed by Mr.Dev Singh was amazing. They were so friendly people and were ready to help us at any time. You ask and they get it done. The way they guided and accompanied us throughout the trek, we are so grateful to them. Their food was simple yet awesome. We found nothing to complain in all the 5 days. Thank you HT for giving us a lifetime experience with this Brahmatal trek. Hoping to do more with HT in the future. I would recommend any trek lover to team up with HT.

January 10, 2019

I went to Brahmtal trek from 22-27 December 2018 with HT. All their arrangements were very nice. Excellent guide Pradyumn ji, great cook Sher Singh Danu and Pradeep and other staff members. Thanks to Rhik for patiently answering all my questions before the trek. I look forward to having another trek with them

January 7, 2018

I am a beginner trekker and before this trek have done 3 treks, but this trek changed my perception towards trekking, earlier i used to believe that one has to leave all the comforts while in trek but entire staff of HT changed this thought. Food provided during trek was awesome and co-operation and service of entire staff was incredible. Mr. Dev Singh and Mr. Mahipat Singh Ji are best at their field and Aritro Da was cherry on the cake. All the other trek mates were way more enthusiastic than my expectation. I had an awesome time with best people. Thank you HT and all trek mates for wonderful experience and memories.

February 20, 2017

Plan zeroed in Jan 2017 with Himalaya Trekkers to Brahmatal. We, a group of 12 opted for a customized trek with HT. Being the first time trekkers in Himalayas, we were all excited and was looking forward for safe and fun filled trek. HT was patient enough to answer all our queries, though we raised the same queries over and over again. Recommendations and instructions flowed down to our team from HT to ensure that we were all geared up for the trek. The team accommodated all of our needs, and helped us throughout the trek. Team was very humble and co-operative.
Food – Served very well
Guidance- Heard a lot of stories all along the way
Service- Would say, expectations were met
We lived like a family though it was just for a very short time. Team HT and all of us exchanged experiences and smiles. Looking forward for many more memorable journeys with HT.
Cheers to all the good memories that we had with the help of team HT ! Thank you guys 🙂

January 30, 2017

Thank you all for the great organisation, we all enjoyed our stay in India and especially the trek! Clear expectations by email before the trek, and good reactivity. Very Nice, Efficient, Staff during the trek.All in one, all good.

January 12, 2017

We went to Brahmatal trek on new year. The trek was awesome, breathtaking. Very well organised and friendly staff. Had a lot of fun altogether. This trek has been an unforgettable experience in my life !!!!

December 30, 2014

There are certain things in life that everyone wants to cherish until the last day, the experience with HT in December 2014 at Brahma Tal trek was one of its kind. To endure the biting cold of the completely ice caped regions of Garhwal was the biggest challenge. Team HT dared to push the boundaries of a winter trek when many others have nullified the scope of chalking out the trail through the heavy snow. Snow was literally knee deep but the inexhaustible enthusiasm from our Guide Dev Sing and a clued up dexterity from a knowledgeable veteran like Sapta da made the Trek a success. Last but not the least our porters, they were like soldiers in a battlefield, and without them it was unthinkable. Brahma Tal trek helped me to widen my horizon and relishing photography standing in front of the magnificent Nanda Ghunti , Bhethartoli and mighty Trishul. It is always required to push the boundaries of one’s own abilities, to achieve the unthinkable and cherish the uninhibited. Best of Luck to Team HT and looking forward to join them on another adventure very soon.

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