Brahmatal provides a panoramic view of the Himalayas with Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, bird’s eye view of the majestic Roopkund Lake and ample opportunities to capture the majestic snow-covered peak with their camera. For avid nature photographers, Brahmatal offers a lot of opportunities to capture nature at its best.
The Brahmatal trek takes one through beautiful valleys, hushed hamlets, streams, and conifers, and oak forests. In winter, the region is covered in a sheath of snow and offered an unparalleled Himalayan view.
Best Time To Do The Brahmatal Trek
Brahmatal is a great trek to do in all seasons, except the summer and monsoons. Each season spring, autumn and winter brings out a different flavour of the trek.
Say, spring is a great time to witness the Himalayan rhododendrons, autumn is known for crisp mountain views and in winters, when the landscape is draped in white, you trek in snow and witness frozen lakes on the trek.
How To Reach The Basecamp Of Brahmatal
The Basecamp of Brahmatal is Lohajung, which is a tight town situated on a mountain pass situated in the south of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon side of Himalayas.
Two routes lead to Lohajung. One is a longer route from Rishikesh (259.2 km) and another is around 40 km shorter and goes from Kathgodam Railway station (222 km).
Reaching Lohajung From Rishikesh
Although this is the longer route (259.2 km), certain scenic sections like the expansive sight of Alaknanda after the dam in Srinagar or the section between Karnaprayag and Tharali where you move along the Pindar river make the journey worthwhile.
Take the early morning 5 am bus from Rishikesh. The ticket costs between Rs.300-350.
The route: Rishikesh-Devprayag-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Tharali-Deval-Lohajung.
Time taken: Approx. 12 hours.
After leaving from Rishikesh, the route climbs to Teen Dhara where the bus will stop at a dhaba for breakfast.
Right after breakfast the route descends into the valley to Devprayag. This is a beautiful section and on a clear day, the views are brilliant. But even if it is cloudy, watching the clouds hang low in the valley is mesmerizing.
Then the bus moves to Srinagar where after crossing the dam you witness the brilliant view of the still waters of Alaknanda. And there is one spot, a photo-point that captures the expanse of this frame.
After that you cross Rudraprayag and reach Karnaprayag around 1 pm. Stop here for lunch.
Till here you will be on the Badrinath Highway, sharing the route with other treks like Valley Of Flowers, Kuari Pass/ Pangarchulla.
From Karnaprayag, your bus will leave the highway and take the route to Tharali. Due to this, the traffic reduces by 60-70% and you enter another scenic section of the route.
Along with Karnaprayag, you also leave the Alaknanda behind and start moving with the gurgling Pindar river which has quaint settlements on its side. This section continues for 1-1.5 hours till you reach Tharali. Now you are only 12 kms from Deval.
The route starts climbing up from Deval. The route from Kathgodam merges with the Rishikesh route at this point.
From here, narrow, winding roads take you up to the basecamp. The temperature begins to drop, so keep a jacket handy. By 5-6 pm you will reach Lohajung.
If you are traveling by car or shared cab then you will have the flexibility of getting off at certain scenic points discussed in the above section.
Also, if you wish to have breakfast early on the route, you may stop at Kodiyali. But if you can wait and would like to halt at a proper restaurant stop at Dewli near Kirtinagar. This comes before you reach Srinagar and you will get a variety of options to choose from. Please note that food is a bit expensive here.
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