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- 6 Days 5 Nights
- Difficulty - Easy Moderate
- For 10+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan) Spring (Feb, March, April)
Plan The Unplanned brings to you Brahmatal Trek of the finest Himalayan Winter treks out there suitable for those looking to attempt their first Himalayan trek as well as the more experienced trekkers looking for a quick Himalayan getaway.
Winters being extreme in the Himalayas makes it difficult to access the higher reaches of it during the peak winter months starting from November-December to the end of March. During this time, Himalayas receive a lot of snowfall which makes a lot of treks inaccessible. It is the same very reason which makes Brahmatal Trek a unique affair as this is among those rare treks nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas during that period wherein the trekkers can tread through snow and indulge in a magical experience.
This trek offers varied experiences as we walk through the dense Oak and Rhododendron forest for the most part of the trek but the trek also offers the trekkers with an opportunity to walk on snow-covered meadows along with camping next to Bekal Tal. The surroundings of the high altitude Brahmatal lake is serene and on a clear day, one can see the perfect reflection of mountains in it.
The trek also offers majestic views of Mt. Nandagunti and Mt. Trishul from the highest point on the trek and a panoramic view of other Himalayan peaks. Add to the fact that this is a fairly easy trail with most parts of the trek in the treeline in a gradual ascend which makes it accessible for beginners by reducing the chances of altitude sickness and you can select this to be your first adventure in the Himalayas. Two beautiful lakes, thick Oak and Rhododendron forest, and majestic mountain views from the top is a recipe to make it a perfect winter trek in Garhwal Himalayas.
Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh and Arrival at Lohajung
Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal (9,700 ft, 6 kms)
Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal (10,500 ft, 7 kms)
Day 4: Brahmatal to Tilbudi via Brahmatal Pass (12,200 ft) – Tilbudi (11250 ft, 7 kms)
Day 5: Trek from Brahmatal to Lohajung
Day 6: Lohajung to Rishikesh
Distance: 220 KMs
Time: 10 hrs
- At 6:00 AM, everyone will meet at the pickup location.
- Following that, we'll leave for Lohajung.
- Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, and Karnaprayag will all be stops along the way.
- Lohajung is a tiny community in the Chamoli district that serves as a base camp for numerous other communities, including Roopkund, Bedni Bugyal, and Brahamtal.
- By evening, we'll arrive in Lohajung.
- We'll have dinner and then spend the night in Lohajung.
- Rishikesh ISBT/Railway Station will be the meeting place.
Distance: 6 kms
Time: 5 Hrs
Following breakfast, the trek departs from Lohajung. It will be a gradual ascent through nearby villages until you reach the middle of the forest. The trail is zigzag throughout and serpentine, making the ascent simpler. The trekkers can rehydrate their water bottles in a few of the villages along the way. Additionally, there are numerous springs along the trail that can be used for water stocking. In the gorgeous, verdant Kali Valley, we will soon cross the confluence of two mountain rivers, the Kali and the Pindari.
We will cross a stream to reach the next water source, which is at a height of about 8500 feet, using a notable wooden bridge that also serves as a landmark for hikers. From here, it takes about an hour to hike to our campsite. We will be provided with a hot lunch at the campsite in Bekaltal. Bekaltal Lake, which is surrounded by oak trees and can be seen in semi-frozen conditions in the winter, is located 15 minutes' walk from our campsite. Evenings are set aside for exploring the neighborhood.
Distance: 4 kms
Time: 3 hrs
The trek will begin with an arduous climb through an oak and rhododendron forest. Before the view opens up to the Telandi meadows, this area of the forests is one of the densest, making it a pleasant setting to be walking in their shade. Since the trekkers must navigate through a lot of snow to get to the Brahmatal campsite during the winter, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and adventurous parts of the journey. Your day's highest point will be reached when you reach 11,500 feet thanks to the meadows' gradual ascent. You can reach the Brahmatal Lake by descending from here. About 500 metres separate the campsite from the lake. Awe-inspiring views of the formidable Mt. Trisul and Mt. Nandaghunti, as well as other Himalayan ranges in the distance, are to be expected. Since there are no water sources available right now, bring enough water with you to last until you get to the campsite.
Brahmatal lake is only 500 meters away from the campsite.
Distance : 6 KMs
Time : 8 Hrs
As today is Summit Day, anticipate an early start. We begin our journey through the enchanted oak and rhododendron forests, which we follow all the way to Brahmatal Lake. When the sun is shining brightly, you will be reminded of your science classes about reflection and refraction because the colours change as the sun's angle changes.
After a short distance of walking and traversing the meadow, the last ascent to the pass starts. As soon as you reach the top, Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti will be in full view. Take some time to take it all in and accept that you are actually seeing these things, and don't forget to take some incredible photos for your collection. From here, you can see the Himalayan ranges in all directions. As we begin our walk, you will be treated to a panoramic view of distant peaks like Chaukhambha, Mandi, Mana, Nilgiri, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Maitoli, as well as Tharali and Gwaldam (Places that you crossed on the way from Kathgodam) in the distance. The descent will take a different route towards Tilbudi from Brahmatal Pass. We finally arrive at Tilbudi, where we will spend the night, as we continue to descend.
- We'll leave our campsite after breakfast and an early-morning tea.
- We'll then make our way down to Lohajung. We will finally leave the woods at Malling, and signs of civilization will start to emerge.
- We'll check into our homestay once we get to Lohajung.
- After dinner, spend the night in Lohajung.
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Applicable
The taxi would arrive in the morning to drop the trekkers back to Rishikesh Railway station to continue with their return journey. It is always a good decision to start early in the mountains as the weather is very unpredictable. Onward journey from Rishikesh can be booked post 8 PM.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- 2 nights in a hotel or homestay on a triple/quad sharing basis. 3 nights' tented accommodation for three people.
- Surface transfer by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler from Rishikesh to Lohajung and back ( Depends on the number of travelers).
- Meals: All meals are included from (day 1 dinner to day 5 dinner). On all days of the trek, we provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food.
- Snacks: Tea or coffee in the mornings and evenings, with light snacks and soup served on the trek.
- Camping equipment includes a tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, a dining tent, and a toilet tent.
- Trek Leader Experienced and qualified trek leader and support staff.
- Permits: All fees and permits are required.
- Trekking Gear: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope, if necessary.
- Any meals not included above.
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole etc.
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc.
- Anything not included above.
- Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strikes or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
- Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
- Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
- Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
- Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
- Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
- Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
- Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
- Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
- Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )
Policy and Terms
Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips
- If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50% will be refunded
- If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
- If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money
For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
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The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.
Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.
Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking.
Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.
PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.
PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.
You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.
PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.
Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.
You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.
You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.
Protect The Environment
The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.
No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption
PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.
PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.
You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.
In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.
PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage all the way during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same
Q: I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
A: Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q: What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
A: During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q: What type of food is served during the trek?
A: We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q: What will be the group size for Brahmatal Trek ?
A: Usually, we take a maximum of 12 - 15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups. We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips - If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50% will be refunded - If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded - If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.
Q: Where is Brahmatal located?
A: The Chamoli area of the Garhwal Himalayas is home to the base hamlet of Lohajung, where the Brahmatal trek begins.
Q: How challenging is the Brahmatal Trek?
A: Even though the hike to Brahmatal Lake is considered easy, you still need to be in decent physical shape to finish it. A total novice with no prior training shouldn't attempt such a high-altitude hike.
Q: When will this route be covered in snow?
A: This trek is likely to get snow in December, January, and February. Snow can occasionally be seen long into March if you're lucky. The majority of the snow on the route and around has melted by the beginning of April.
Q: What kind of restroom and toilet amenities are there on the trek?
A: There will be restrooms at the Lohajung guest house. Toilet tents will be erected along each campground throughout the journey. Depending on the size of the gathering, there may be a number of these toilet tents. This is the cleanest and most practical approach to respond to nature's call in the wild.
Q: What is the mobile connectivity at Brahmatal Trek?
A: Most networks' mobile signals are available in Lohajung. Mountains will have patchy signal coverage. Therefore, wrap up all of your crucial conversations at Lohajung and let your worried relatives know about the poor phone signal.
Q: Can I leave additional baggage at the Lohajung base camp?
A: You can leave some luggage behind if necessary because you'll be starting and ending your trip at the Lohajung guest home. However, be careful not to leave any valuables behind.