Brahmatal is one of those erratic treks in India that can be done in winter. Brahmatal is just the right place to trek having the right amount of snow making trekking adventurous and thrilling. The bonus is the superb forest and grand beautiful views. Trekkers must take full advantage of it.
As a postscript for the trekkers, in winter when snow falls in Uttarakhand, the remote lake of Brahmatal turns into paradise. From the lake, which by the way is frozen during winters, all round in every direction are the mighty Himalayan ranges.
Unbelievable peaks that rise above 7,000 meters rise high in the sky. The mountains appear to be a so close to you as you can touch them. The Brahmatal trek is a winter trek that is not to be missed.
How to get to the base camp?
Lohajung (2350 mts, 7700 feet) is your base camp for the hike. Lohajung, in Chamoli region is in the interiors of Uttarakhand.
Getting to Loharjung:
You can board the the Ranikhet Express that leaves at 10.40 in the night from old Delhi railway station. De-board the train at Kathgodam which is its final stop at around 6. 30 a.m.
Trekkers who come in from different parts of the country sometimes get worried about how to reach Lohajung. Lohajung is in the very interior of the inner Himalayas and can be tricky to access.
To make things easier, we organize pick up vehicles from Kathogodam railway station to bring you directly to the base camp at Lohajung. Kathgodam is the last train station and is in the foothills of Himalayas. It is 32 kms from Nainital, which is a known hill station to everyone.
How to get to Lohajung from Rishikesh:
Some trekkers prefer to get to Lohajung from Rishikesh, rather than Kathgodam. While the Kathgodam route is attractive, the Rishikesh option is worth a try. Connectivity to Delhi is a lot better from Rishikesh.
From Rishikesh bus stand take any bus on the Joshimath/Badrinath route and take a ticket to Karanprayag. It is a 6-7 hour trip from Rishikesh to Karanprayag. Take a bus that helps you reach as early in the morning as possible, if possible around 6 am.
At Karanprayag, you can take a joint taxi to Tharali. The road to Tharali runs along the Pindar River. Get off at Tharali and again take a shared taxi to Debal. We will further assist you to get to Lohajung. (Distances: Karanprayag to Tharali: 47 kms, Tharali to Debal 14 kms, Debal to Lohajung 24 kms). From Karanprayag to Lohajung the total time taken is usually 4-5 hrs.
Whether you take the Kathgodam or the Rishikesh route it is usually a 10-11 hours journey to Lohajung.
You can negotiate a Taxi from Kathgodam to Lohajung for around Rs. 5,500.
If you would like to save costs then an assortment of bus and shared jeeps is a good option. Take the first early morning bus out of Rishikesh that is heading to Badrinath. By mid-afternoon you should arrive at Karanprayag. Get down here and take any bus to Tharali. You can optionally choose a bus or even a taxi will also help you reach the destination. Tharali is by the Pindar river and is about 44 kms from Karanprayag (2 hrs). From Tharali you get shared jeeps that take you to Debal. From Debal take another shared jeep to Lohajung.
There is a direct bus from Rishikesh private bus stand that goes to Mundoli/Lohajung. It leaves Rishikesh at 4 am. Alternatively there is a direct bus from Delhi to Mundoli/Lohajung. It leaves Delhi Anand Vihar terminal at 9.15 pm, arrives at Kathgodam at 4 am and reaches Lohajung at 5.30 in the evening.
So select your favourite means of transport and reach Lohajung to take privilege of the scenic beauties.