Day time: 8°C-15°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C
Night time: 0°C-7°C
One of the best things about this trek is that it is not crowdy at all because it is a relatively unknown trek. Bhramatal trek is a winter trek, that is that it is done in the months of January and February. The forests and the meadows are covered in snow when we trek and that adds to the overall experience of this trek. The snow fields and camping at the shores of the frozen Bekaltal are experiences which make this trek unworldly. The silence and serenity in this trek are unprecedented.
Day 1: Reach Lohajung; 10 hours drive from Kathgodam. Transport will be arranged from Kathgodam Railway station at 6.30 am.
Day 2: Lohajung (7,600 ft) to Bekaltal (9,885 ft); 5 hours, 6.3 km
Day 3: Bekaltal (9,885 ft) to Bhramatal (10,440 ft); 5-6 hours, 7.2 km
Day 4: Bhramatal (10,440 ft) to Bhramatal Top (12,250 ft) and back; 5 hours, 7.6 km
Day 5: Bhramatal (10,440 ft) to Lohajung (7,600 ft); 6-7 hours, 8.6 km
Day 6: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam. You will reach Kathgodam between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.
Day 1: Reach Lohajung
Altitude: 1,817 ft to 7,600 ft
Time taken: 10 hours.
Day 2: Lohajung to Bekaltal
Altitude: 7,600 ft to 9,689 ft
Time taken: 5 hours, 5.8 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; gradually ascending through forests on well-defined trails
Water sources: The first point where you can refill your water bottles will be around 3 hours into the trek, followed by another at the place where you stop for lunch.
Day 3: Bekaltal to Brahmatal
Altitude: 9,689 ft to 10,440 ft
Time taken: 5-6 hours, 7 km
Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial steep climb for an hour brings you to a meadow where you ascend gently, followed by a gradual descent to Brahmatal.
Water sources: None. Make sure that you fill 2 liters of water before starting the trek since this will be a long day.
Day 4: Brahmatal to Brahmatal Peak and back
Altitude: 10,440 ft to 12,250 ft
Time taken: 5 hours, 6.4 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; slow zig-zag walks while ascending
Water sources: None. Make sure you carry 2 liters of water from the camp before setting off to trek to the top.
Day 5: Brahmatal to Lohajung via Jhandi Top
Altitude: 10,440 ft to 7,600 ft via 10,935 ft
Time taken: 6-7 hours, 8.9 km
Trek gradient: Difficult, mainly because of the long descent
Water sources: You will find one spot to refill your water bottles, near a hamlet, about 4-4.5 hours into the trek)
Day 6: Lohajung to Kathgodam
Trek pants (3 pairs including the one you are wearing): We highly endorse synthetic quick-dry pants as they are light. Plus, when it’s cold you can wear one over the other. While trekking a pair is what you would carry apart from the worn. You could keep the third pair for your return journey. Alternative: Cotton pant with many pockets / Track pants are comfortable too. Please do not bring Denim jeans, shorts or 3 quarters to trek.
Collared T-shirts (3 pairs including the one you are wearing): Preferably light, full sleeve t-shirts. The collar and the sleeves prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Avoid loud colors that would distract birds and animals.
Full sleeve woolens (2 pairs including the one you are wearing): We endorse fleece over wool as it is light weight, compact and warm.
Thick jacket: Carry 1 hollow full sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket
Thermal inners: 1 pair of lightweight, upper and lower (optional)
Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. Do not wear a new shoe to a trek. It might cause blisters. Before bringing them to trek, wear it for a week to make it softer. We recommend FORCLAZ 100, 500, and 600.
Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton pairs, 2 woolen pairs (mostly to be used on campsites and while sleeping. Keep them dry.)
Backpack (40-60 liters): Backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Rain cover for the backpack is essential.
Daypack (20 liters): It is mandatory to carry a daypack if you choose to offload your backpack. If you decide to carry your backpack, the daypack is not required.
Raincoat/poncho: A lightweight poncho is preferred as it covers your rucksack as well from the top. The raincoat can also be used as windproof when required.
Balaclava: The cap must cover your ears and neck. You may also use scarves.
Synthetic hand gloves: Ensure that the gloves are waterproof.
Suncap: 1 pair of nice warm gloves required, fleece or woolen. 1 pair of waterproof/resistant, windproof gloves. You get very thin inner gloves nowadays. You may get one of those to use layering.
Sunglasses: Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue colored sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi-tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.People who wear spectacles, choose one of these – contact lenses, photochromatic glasses, or if either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 40+, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
Repair kit (needle & thread)
Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
Camera: Carry all accessories – spare batteries, charger, etc.
Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. To save weight, you may use your lunch box to have food in it and also carry it.
Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each. Packaged drinking water bottles like Aquafina, Bisleri, and others are not allowed.
Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory.