Brahmatal Trek

8,500/- pp + 5 % GST
(Kathgodam To Kathgodam)
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FIXED DEPARTURE

Region: Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 Days
Level:Easy To Moderate
Base Camp:Lohaganj
Distance: 22 Kms
Altitude: 12,100 Ft
Pickup Point: Kathgodam
Drop Point:Kathgodam
Best Season:
Winters: January, February, March

Brief ITINERARY
DETAILED ITINERARY
Cost Terms
How To Reach
GUIDELINES
FIXED DEPARTURE
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HTH Other Notes
Brief ITINERARY

Day-1
Kathgodam to Lohajung 215kms
*PICKUP FROM KATHGODAM TO LOGAGANJ CAN BE ARRANGED BY HTH ON PRIOR NOTICE
Day-2
Lohajung to Bekaltal (5hrs)

Day-3
Bekaltal to Bhramatal(5hrs)

Day-4
Bhramatal to Bhramatal Peak & Back (7hrs)

Day-5
Bhramatal to Lohajung (5hrs)

Day-6
From Lohajung to Kathgodam

DETAILED ITINERARY

ABOUT THE DESTINATION
One of the not so popular Winter Treks in India, the trek has been named after the Brahmatal Lake, located in Uttarakhand. The trek is known for offering the right amount of snow that makes a trek exciting. Even though the trail doesn't climb to the highest of altitudes, yet it is known to offer views of some high peaks. A small lake and a few forests act as the bonus offerings in this trek.
The Himalayas let you venture into adventurous and stunning treks like the Brahmatal Trek. The amount of snow at the trek lures every trekker to take up the challenge. The Tranquilizing forests coupled with the impressive views of the Himalayas are a treat to the shutterbugs.
Brahmatal reveals a heavenly facet in winter when the snow gently falls on its slopes. The Frozen River Lake with the mighty Himalayan peaks overlooking it, creates a mesmerising ambience. The trekkers are awed by the views of the mountain summits which are over 7000 metres high. Where else would we encounter such high peaks at such close proximity, we wonder!.
Following are the attractions or say the highlights of the trek are..
Astonishing view of Mt. Trishul & Mt. Nanda Ghunti
Two Frozen Glacial Lakes – Brahmatal & Bekalta
Best Trek in winter
Moderate trek for Beginners

Day 1 - Kathgodam to Lohajung
Distance : 215 kms
Reach Kathgodam by 7am
HTH people will pick you from Kathgodam railway station and drive Lohagang in a taxi which is approximately 8 hours drive .
(Withdraw required amount of money for your expenses at Kathgodam to avoid inconvenience.)
Mythological importance:-
Lohajung is the place where Goddess Parvati had a jung (fight) with the demon Lohasur. Literally translated, Lohajung means ‘Fight with Lohasur’.

Day 2 - Lohajung to Bekaltal
Altitude: 2,320 m to 3,010 m
Distance:(6 km)
Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast trek upwards towards the upper region of lohaganj. Spot the Kail valley as you climb higher. Kail valley is marked by the union of Kail and Pindari rivers.The beauty cannot be described simply in words. Amidst thick oak forests, the lake gleams peacefully in summer, while in winter, it is frozen. Day 2 trek ends at a camp near the beautiful lake - Khopdaliya. Dinner at the camp and spend the night in tents.

Day 3 - Bekaltal to Bhramatal
Time taken: (5hrs)
Altitude: 3,010 m to 3,273 m
Distance: (2.5km)
In the Himalayas, the weather decides your trails and campsites. The day entails a trek till the serene Brahmatal Lake followed by setting up a camp by the lake side.When you begin from Bekaltal for Brahmatal, you will pass by a forest of Oak trees Camp @ Brahmatal.

Day 4 - Brahmatal to Brahmatal Peak & Back
Time taken: 7hrs
Altitude: 3,270 to 2,850 m
Distance: 5 km
A trek of almost an hour will take you to Chota Jhandidar. Pass through Chota and Bada Jhandidar to reach Brahmatal. It’s a curvy trail sandwiched between valleys on either side. 2.5 to 3 hours is all you need to reach Brahmatal top. En route, one gets to see the splendour of the mighty Himalayas, esp. Mt. Trishul and Nandaghunti. Clear skies will let you indulge in a fascinating view of the Himalayas.The campsite DALDUM for the day is just 3 hours away from the peak, with a trail passing through forests.

Day 5 - Daldum to Lohajung
Altitude: 2,850 m to 2,325 m
Time : 2.5 hours,
Distance: 3.7 km
A full night’s rest at the Brahmatal campsite, surrounded by trees will energise you for the descend. Lohajung is just 3.7kms or approximately 2.5hours away. After exiting the forest a half an hour walk leads to Malling. The stone trail along the houses on the slopes leads to Lohajung.

Day 6 - Lohajung to Kathgodam
Depart from Lohajung to Kathgodam.

Cost Terms

COSTS INCLUDES

*All transfers in shared non-ac taxi: PICKUP POINTS to DROP POINTS/Haridwar to Joshimath & Joshimathto Haridwar
*Permits and entrance fees.
*Accommodation in alpine tents/ GVMN Guest house/lodges/dormitory/home stays on share basis during trekking as per itinerary.
*All vegetarian nutritious meals,{during trek } Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Tea/Snacks & Dinner
*All camping gear including tents , sleeping bags, sleeping mattress, Liner, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tent.
*Good Experience Hindi/ English guide, cooks and porters, mules.
*First aid box (HTH CREW IS FULLY TRAINED AND EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ANY EMERGENCY; MEDICAL AS WELL AS CLIMATIC)
*Insurance of HTH staff.


COSTS EXCLUDES

*Personal Insurance.
*Personal toiletry Items
*Personal Medicine kit
*Meals during transit. Haridwar to Joshimath & Joshimath to Haridwar
*Charges of mules/porters carrying extra luggage. (Rs 500/per bag/pp/requires pre booking)
*Anything not included under the head “COST INCLUDES”
*Any cost arising from unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks, landslides etc


PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

PAYMENT POLICY:

A) 46 Days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost.
B)31 - 45 Days before date of departure: 50% of total cost.
C) 30 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost.
IMPORTANT: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received less than 30 days before date of departure.


CANCELLATION POLICY

*CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON
a) 30 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE DEPARTURE: 25% OF TOTAL COST
b) 29 - 20 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE: 50% OF TOTAL COST
c) LESS THAN 20 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE: 100% OF TOTAL COST

*IF WE CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel you travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you.
iwe are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond control ( e.g. bad weather, insufficient bookings) we shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour has'nt already commenced. If the alternate arrangement does not suit you, we will refund the amount in full.

*IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY PLAN.
After confirmation of services, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way (e.g. your chosen departure date or accommodation), we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible.
Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost incurred due to amendment will be borne by you.
All booking vouchers and tickets will be provided 3 days before departure


NOTE:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/ she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by HTH.
3)- HTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
Cancellation is processed only by email intimation. Please email any cancellation requests to :- info@hiketohimalayas.com or call us @ 9560098325 Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "HIKE TO HIMALAYAS" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. HTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Please Note
*Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
*In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.
Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.
How to Reach

By Train:-

Board Ranikhet Express, Train No. 15013 for Kathgodam station. Departs Delhi at 22:30hrs. Arrives at Kathgodam at 05:05am. (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (15035), Departs Delhi at 16:00hrs. Arrives at Kathgodam @ 22:40hrs.
From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120). Departs Dehardun at 10:30 pm and arrives at Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey)


By Air :-

Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam Station
The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places like Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.


By Road:-

Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).

HTH GUIDELINES

DO’S AND DON’TS ON A TREK

1.Alcohols or any other intoxicating products "STRICTLY PROHIBHITED" during the trek.
2.Always pay heed to the trek guides or instructors.
3.Try not to leave the group under any circumstances.
4.Avoid trekking during the nights as it is extremely dangerous.
5.Avoid using earphones as that might hinder your hearing.
6.Do not participate or encourage littering of the places in any form.
7.While visiting the local villages and tourist sites, obey the local guidelines and instructions.
8.Do not harm or interrupt the local sentiments of the places.

IMPORTANT:

Your safety is of paramount concern while travelling with Hike To Himalayas.
Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Since adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

Fixed Departure

December 2017: 2,9,16,23,30
January 2018: 6,13,20,27
February 2018: 3,10,17,24
March 2018: 3,10,17,24,31



Note
The fixed departure dates are applicable to a group of 6-8 people (minimum), both male and female.

If you are group of 6 or more and don’t find a suitable date, kindly Contact Us:
info@hiketohimalayas.com/ Contact Us@hitetohimalayas.com

For customised/Tailor made treks ,kindly Contact Us:
info@hiketohimalayas.com Contact Us@hiketohimalayas.com

HTH advise its clients/travellers to keep a buffer day in hand to avoid inconvenience caused due to unpredictable weather conditions in high altitude regions.
HTH Importants Links

HTH Basic trek Gear Checklist for client

A) A good quality rubber sole with mid sole and ankle support (Medium or high ankle) shoe. Click here

HTH Medical Form For Thr Client
Brahamtal-Trek

HIKE TO HIMALAYAS treks organised by SHRIDHANT EXPEDITIONS (OPC) PVT LTD. take place in some remote and less-developed regions, without means of rapid evacuation, Click here

Frequently asked questions(FAQs)

Here are answers to a list of generic questions which are asked to us on any treks. We have tried to answer most of them and this list of questions keeps growing with time. If you still have doubts, Contact Us us over phone or email to clear your doubts. We will be happy to help !!

What is camping trek ?
Camping treks are treks in which you spend your night in tents. Tents are pitched in a location which meets the basic requirements of a camping ground like source of water, safety from rock fall, flash floods, etc, good views to mention a few.
What is a tea house/hut trek ?
Tea houses are a style of trek in which you rest for the night in commercial lodges made on the trek route to accommodate the trekkers. In this kind of arrangements, rather than sleeping in tents, you will sleep on a cushioned bed, in a room or dormitory provided to you. The tea house will also provide clean quilts or blankets, pillow and a clean bed sheet. The facilities of a tea house vary from place to place.
What kind of facilities should I expect in a camping trek ?
In this trek, you will be staying in the tents. You will be provided good quality sleeping bag and mattresses. Tents will be shared by 2 or 3 depending on the team size. Lights will not be there. Solar lamps or other lighting arrangements will be made while dining. There will be separate dining tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents. For smaller groups however, we carry dining-cum-kitchen tents. Toilet will be dry toilet, done in a pith dug in mud, which will be covered by a toilet tent. Water source will be river water, purified with iodine or chlorine drops. Cooking utensils will be carried by us including your plate and spoons. You may choose to bring your cup, plate and spoons though. Food will be cooked and served by the cooking team who will accompany us throughout the trek. There will be a trekking team which will consist of a one or two guides and helpers to walk with you during the trek and guide you safely to the next campsite. A trek leader lead the team of entire trekkers and staffs, and will see through the entire running of the trek right from your comfort, to guidance, to safety, to staff management, trek planning to organizational goals.
What about Hotels at the Base ?
Clean bedded room on sharing basis, with attached toilets, running water, hot water on request and in house or separate dining space. Television and internet might not always be available. The rooms mentioned will be on availability and sometimes due to huge demand, the price might randomly vary. In situations out of our control, we might give you just the basic hotels at times on triple sharing bass too. This usually depends upon how much in advance have you booked the trek with us. More the time we have, better the arrangements we can assure.
What about the transport:?
Transport from the base camp to the trek road head will not be luxurious and will be according to the availability of vehicles locally. We will hire the best suitable for the group, our local staffs and the camping equipments together. Depending on the group size and load, we hire the as many vehicles as required. For a small group of 2 - 4 trekkers, we might move local staff and logistics in the same vehicle. That reduces our cost and also the carbon footprint of the group. Transport to and from the Base Camp will be arranged as decided upon between us. Sometimes it,s included in the price, sometimes it is not.
Toilets On Trek: There will be a separate toilet tents. For a bigger group ( more than 8 trekkers ), separate toilet tents for men and women will be provided to keep up with the timings. The toilets will be a dry toilet where a pit will be dug and will contain a hump of mud outside. You can use wet tissue papers. After you finish your business, you need to cover the dump with the mud outside. A small shovel will be kept for the purpose. You should not use water in the toilet pit. When we shift camps, we will ensure that the pit is well covered and the area is clean. For tea house treks, toilets are well maintained by the owners.
What do I need to carry for the trek ?
If you are trekking with us, you need to carry just your clothing, camera and other electronic devices such as mobile, iPad, music player, etc. You may bring a trekking pole and binoculars to help you on trail.
We would be carrying all of the camping and technical equipment and the cost of it will be included in the package price. If you had requested a customized trek package, this will depend on what you have asked for.
For a detailed generic list of what to carry on a trek, follow the link click here
What if I want to offload my personal load ?
We promote carrying your rucksack by yourself. However, if you are not in a position to carry it by yourself, we may hire you a porter to do so. Any such requests should come before the start of the trek. Else, in the middle of the trek, we cannot assure you a porter to carry your bag, as its not guaranteed to get the porters on the way. The charges will depend upon the number of bags to be offloaded and needs to be consulted prior to the beginning of the trek.
Do I need to tip the staffs ?
It is not mandatory, but they expect a little token of good will gesture from you. Usually, the entire group collects an amount and distributes it to the local staffs by themselves. We promote the same theory.
What if I get injured in middle of the trek ?
Such situations will be treated as emergency and we will act according to the seriousness of it. While sometimes we may require to give you full attention, affecting the entire team. While on other occasions, it might be a minor injury and treated accordingly, with importance. If we require sending you back, we will accompany a helper with you, who will take care of you and take you down to safety. The entire team is expected to cooperate fully on such occasions. We will be abided by our Terms of Travel for such situation, and you are expected to read it before you join one of our fixed departures.
What is the evacuation strategy from a trek in case of emergency?
In a seriously high altitude trek special care needs to be taken to keep away AMS and other altitude hazards. Since compression bags are ultra expensive, we do not carry it with us. The guides and leader accompanying you on the trek are well acquainted and versed with altitude care. However, things do turn ugly at times, due to altitude sickness or physical injury.On such occasions, you need to be brought down to safety to the nearest road head. Deciding the road head will depend on factors like your walking ability, the cause of the problem, your location, etc and will be best decided by our leaders and the trek guides present with you. You will be accompanied by a helper for assistance, or the leader himself will come down depending upon the seriousness of the case. If you cannot walk by your own, you need to be carried by porters or horses. From any of the point, our objective is set to get to the nearest safety town to get medical attention, warmth of a household or a hotel Himalayan treks are in remote areas and you are expected to be aware of all such scenarios beforehand, and adapt accordingly. Our Team will try its very best to cope up all the hassles and tackle any emergency. Your trek leader will be knowledgeable on high altitude effects, its care and medicines.
What about the cost in an emergency situation ?
All the expenses made during an emergency situation have to be borne by the individual. We will assist with all our knowledge, information and connections to respond to that emergency.
What time do you expect me to be in the base camp. Will you come to receive me ?
You are expected to reach the base camp by 5 PM. You will be given a location to report to, however, you may Contact Us any number of times for assistance. If required, any of our team members will get you to our base camp.
What about the transportation cost before and after trek ?
Check the inclusion and exclusion tab to see if transportation is included or not. Usually its included. In case not, we may arrange a vehicle for you, the cost of which is to be shared by you or the group using the vehicle on actual basis.
Can I drink alcohol on trek ?
Drinking alcohol is not advisable on a High Altitude Trek. Alcohol dehydrates our body and in high altitude dehydration becomes a big cause for Altitude Sickness. We suggest and DO NOT allow having alcohol, especially while still gaining altitude.
Do alcohol keep our body warm ?
No. Drinking alcohol has a reverse effect on our body temperature. It further lowers our body temperature, and feeling warm is the response to stimuli. Discovery Channel Busts this myth. read on Will drinking alcohol help you feel warmer? Alcohol may make your skin feel warm, but this apparent heat wave is deceptive. A nip or two actually causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer temporarily. At the same time, however, those same veins pumping blood closer to the skin's surface cause you to lose core body heat - the heat you need to survive, especially if you're stuck in a snowdrift . This effect could lead to fatal hypothermia."
Is smoking allowed on treks ?
Smoking hampers your climbing and cardio-vascular abilities. Smoking is not advisable and a fit trekker does not smoke. However, if you still want to smoke, its your choice, but the comfort of other members of the group should be taken care of.
How many days do I need to acclimate before the trek?
It is recommended two days of acclimatisation, which includes not doing much physical effort, having an amount of food (the digestion goes slowly at higher elevations). You must have light food, and hot drinks (coca tea) with the meals, specially the two first days, plus a good rest, these help a lot to cop with the altitude sickness symptoms.
What is the best thing to do in the event of altitude sickness?
Our guides are trained to assists you in case of acute mountain sickness, they carry an oxigen bottle, and first aid kit, however you can take your personal medication, especially for a headache, stomache, and plasters.
What is the the maximum group size?
The maximum group size on any of Treks By Region is 10-15 people. We considerate 10-15 persons are have better communication and attention with the guide.
Is there a minimum group size?
We require just 6 persons to depart. During the last 1 n 1/2 years HTH has always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and have never had to cancel any group departures or have to combine with any other trekking company
As a single trekker, May I Join one of HTH trekking's fixed departure programs?
Yes, of course! We usually have single trekkers on each and every one of our group departures. It is a great way to get to know fellow travellers and most people find that the group dynamics are very friendly and comforting. Logistically, single trekkers will share rooms and tents with other single trekkers of the same sex on our group journeys.
What happens if I suffer from altitude illness or have a health problem?
Before each trek, we have a group meeting that outlines the detailed information on altitude illness and awareness, and our staff is highly trained to be on the lookout out for all its signs and symptoms. Each trekking itinerary has also been arranged to allow for proper adjustment to the trails and heights given the timetable and elevations gained along the way.We have designed each trek with your health in mind first and foremost, and we take a sensible and safe rate of climb. We have much experience in planning ahead of time to cover safety and health measures along the way and are prepared for any situations that might arise.We carry our own standard First Aid kit and supplies with us on each trek. We also recommend that you bring your own supplies and medicines as needed and please inform us of pre-existing medical conditions and advisories from your physician before your arrival ,and please let us know your blood group in the event of an emergency..