Brahma Tal Trek
Join us for the trek to Brahma Tal. Uttarakhand’s formidable terrain, characterised by deep gorges and high mountains was conducive to the establishment of the small kingdoms separated by well defined Garh (a fortress) a strategic position from which to protect themselves from their neighbouring and invading armies from the plains of northwest India. The terrain was gradually divided into two regions: one the Garhwal to the west extent as much as Tons River and kumaon in the East extending to Kali River the present day border of India and Nepal.
Until 2000 the Garhwal and Kumaon together formed a part of state Uttar Pradesh. However with the increasing agitation it became a separate hill state as Uttaranchal in 2000 with Dehradun its administrative headquarter and finally in 2007 it was renamed as Uttarakhand. Language spoken here is Hindi, Garhwali and Kumaoni.
Many inter-war British Travellers & mountaineers described Garhwal as the most beautiful region of the Himalayas. In the early 16th
century the Panwar Dynasty united many of the independent hill regions to form Garhwal. In 1517 it established its capital as Srinagar and administered an impressive area from the Yamuna River to Nanda Devi. In 1790 the Gurkhas attacked many times to form the Himalayan Kingdom as far as Sutlej River. The British wanted to maintain a neutral Himalayan Kingdom between the two powers Gurkhas & Sikhs to protect their trade with Tibet. When the local Rajas wanted the British to intervene it is then they fought many wars with the Gurkhas which resulted in the treaty of Siliguri in 1817. Following the treaty the British ruled Dehradun and eastern districts of Garhwal. Further in 1968 administrative developments ensured Chamoli, Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Uttarkashi are administered from Pauri. A line running northeast from the town of Gawaldham up the Pindari valley and along the east ridge of Nanda Devi sanctuary is accepted division between Garhwal & Kumaon.
Beside the trek which has combination of spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, pristine oak and rhododendron forest to the sacred water of Roopkund a similar trek which starts from Laharjung (in chamoli District) leads to Brahma Taal. From the top most point known as Brahma Top we find a spectacular view of Ali Bedni, Bedni Bugyal, Chandaniya Kot. Nanda Ghungti, Trishul, Kalu Vinayak, Kali Dak, Mrik Toli, Mayk Toli, Ronti Pass in the eastern side with Neelkantha, Chawkhamba, Hathi, Ghoda and Bandar Poonch together known as Kailash Range in the western side.
This trek is not very well known as Roopkund because there has never been many publications about it and beside the locals we can only find few foreigners visiting this place during the month of November-December.
To experience this trek you do not have to be an expert trekker or mountaineer. Persons aged between 7 to 70 years can very well complete is trail at ease. More over it is a family trek. There is an average walk of 3-4 hours every day with a gradual ascent and descent through the forest and meadows. People can relax, read books, take good photographs and the children can have a superb time playing all sorts of rope games in the forest.
Each online purchase entitles one person for this activity. Book quantity more than 1 for the number of people in your group.
We strongly encourage you to carry your own back pack. But if you opt to offload your back pack to a porter please select the option porter required while booking for the trek. The bag offloaded must be just one bag and total weight of the bag must not exceed 15 Kgs
Treks are conducted when there are enough people interested in it (15 – 20 people). Please register at the below link with your contact information so that we can co-ordinate. Once we have enough people interested, we will let you know to buy the trek in the marketplace!
Day 1. Pick up from Kathgodam station and Report at Loharjung Base camp.
Day 2. From Base camp to I Jon top and back to view scenic beauties and get acclimatised.
Day 3. From Loharjung to Gujrani
Day 4. From Gurani to Brahma Taal
Day 5. Brahma Taal to Brahma Top and back to Brahma Taal base for night stay.
Day 6. Brahma Taal to Loharjung
Day 7. Post having breakfast departure for Kathgodam station.
Trek Date – Throughout the year usually, except during extreme weather conditions. (For details about the fixed dates contact Ayan Brahma [Ph: +91 9591945454])
Physical preparation is mandatory for this trek. Regular Jogging, Stretching Exercises, Cardio Exercises
Things to get
Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
Daypack (20-25 L) –optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
Note: Ladies with smaller feet size find it a problem to get a shoe. Forclaz 500 has special trekking shoes for women.
3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
3 cotton t-shirt with collar. Avoid bright colours like red and fluorescents. Stick to lighter tones. There are plenty of Birds and Animals one would come across while trekking and you won’t want them to get scared with your dressing sense.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
A full sleeve thick Jacket.
4 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Hand Gloves (water proof).
Sun glasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown and Blue coloured Sunglass — they cannot block UV rays. Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
Trekking Pole is mandatory. You can buy a trekking pole online from Playgroundonline or from Rediff
People who wear spectacles should have any one of these:
Photo chromatic Glass.
If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chap stick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sun Screen Lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
Life straw personal water filter (optional) – buy them online at Pepperfry
LED Torch with extra set of cells/ Head Lamps (preferred).
Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Camera, Memory-Cards, Batteries etc (Carry enough spare batteries. You won’t get Electricity on slopes)
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars (dry fruit pouches are better than 5 Star/Munch).
While packing, use bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Carry a personal Leak proof Tiffin Box, a Plate, Spoon and Coffee Mug.
Personal Medicine kit containing:
Crocin 650 – 5 tablets, Avomine – 4 tablets, Avil 25mg – 4 tablets, Diamox – 20 tablets, Combiflam – 5 tablets, Disprin – 10 tablets, Norflox TZ- 10 tablets, Spasmoproxyvon – 6 tablets, Crepe Bandage – 3 to 5 meters, Band Aid – 10 strips, Digene – 10 tablets, Gauze cloth – 1 small role, Leukoplast – 1 small roll, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 5 packets, Betadine cream, Aqua pure Tablets – 1 bottle, Moov spray
We strive for the best safety standards. Every trekker must adhere to the instructions issued by the guide.
Minimum Age: 9 years
Past experience in trekking: Useful but not essential.
You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes before commencement of the trekking expedition. Any high altitude in Himalayas above 15650 feet, higher than most European summits, the air is thin and the surrounding becomes difficult. You need to carry a backpack that weighs 7-8 kgs. Your physical fitness is very important for the successful completion of trek. Prepare yourself to get to a jogging distance of 4.5 km under 30 minutes; this would make your lungs strong enough to trek in such conditions. Simultaneously also tone up with some active stomach exercise like leg rise and sit ups minimum 3 sets with push ups strengthening your shoulder, pelvic and chest.
Flexibility is the ability of muscles and tendons to relax and stretch easily. It determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Stretching improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
DOs and Don’ts
- A strict NO to your Denims – they are not suitable for treks, beside it adds weight.
- NO to Snacks, Colas, Alcohol and Personal Food – Don’t overweight yourself with them.
- NO to any Disposable Plastic Bottles, plastic wrapped/packaged items & Non Bio Degradable material.
- While at the trek enjoy the view. Do not litter and leave the place in the same condition for other trekkers and next generation coming after you to enjoy.
We carry High Altitude Sleeping Bags with us hence please do not carry yours. We would also be carrying Alpine tents and other equipment required for such treks.
- Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-9 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you need to repeat and remove what is not essential.
- Travel light and carry what is essential. For example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).The list given here are mostly what you need.
Some Common advice about Clothing:
To protect you from cold, dressing in layers is the ‘Catch’. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a suggestion. If you are prone to cold carry an extra sweater.
Please ensure to carry the following documents:
An identification card (like Driving License, Voters ID card, Passport etc), along with a photocopy, Passport Size Photos, a Medical Certificate and Disclaimer Certificate (Download pdf here).
All mentioned DOCUMENTS are MANDATORY, without which you won’t be allowed to trek.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Guest House (Day 1, and Day 6 according to Itinerary)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trekking equipment
5. First Aid Medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers
1. Transport/Food / Meal on the way to / from Lohajung
2. Any kind of personal expenses
4. Porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
Not suitable for: Heart Patient, paralyzed Patient, pregnant women, Asthmatics or any other medical conditions that limits person from participating in adventure sports
Contact person – Ayan Kumar Brahma
Ph: +91 9591945454
How to reach?
Starting point of the trek is Lohajung, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
Nearest railhead is Kathgodam. You can reach Kathgodam by an overnight journey from Delhi. Ranikhet express leaves Old Delhi station at 10.40 PM to get to Kathgodam by 6.30 AM. Wanderlust’s pick up is lined up with the Ranikhet Express.
Some facts about the trek
Max Altitude: 12000 feet
Base Camp: Village Lohajung (Chamoli District, Uttarakhand)
Best Season: Mostly open throughout the year
Rains: Rainy season is from the second week of July to mid September. May/June is not the rainy season but afternoon showers are very common in the mountains. These are not the monsoon rains.
On day 1 The trail starts from Loharjung to Gujrani via Ramsingh Dhar, Kanigwat (view point 1) Begum (view point 2) and finally to Gujrani. From the view point we can see I Jon top, Kausani which is on the other side of the mountain. The name Gujrani is so given that after many years of death of a Gujjar woman she was seen in the form of a queen in this spot by a local.
Day 2 the trek begins from Gujrani to Brahmataal through Bekal Taal, Dhukulpani Top. In that altitude and deep forest we find a lake which remains full all throughout the year giving water to all cattle’s, animals and locals. This place also has a mythological story behind it. Beekal Naag (snake God) the protector of this place is worshipped here. In the Lake we find a grass root coming out and whichever angle you see it from appears to be in the middle. It’s so said that milk was offered looking at the grass point in an earthen pot from the bank of the lake. It used to float till the grass, go inside and come back collecting water. A big festival takes place every Janmashtami.
Day 3 from Brahma Taal we go to Brahma top to enjoy the spectacular view of the Kailash range on the western side and Trishul, Nanda Ghungti, Bugyals in the eastern side. After viewing we come back and stay overnight at Brahma Taal.
Day 4 we start to descend down from Brahma Taal to Loharjung through Maling.
A wonderful trail which can be visited throughout the year.
Less than 10 days – 0% refund
Between 10 to 14 days – 50% refund
Between 14 to 24 days – 70% refund
More than 24 days – 95%
Activity subject to weather condition
Roopkund: 12000 feet
Easy / Moderate