Duration: 6 Days / 5 Night
Grade- Easy to Moderate
Best Season: Mid November – March
Day 1 : Kathgodam to Lohajung : Arrive in kathgodam early morning. Pickup from Kathgodam Bus Stand/Railway Station in Tata Sumo or similar vehicle. Distance from Kathgodam to Lahajung is 225 Kms & will take close to 9 hours with a few breaks on the way. The road winds trough beautiful Kumaon region. We pass though Almora & kausani. On the way you will get some spectacular views of peaks like Kamet & Panchachuli. We will arrive in Lohajung by late afternoon & check into a guesthouse for the night. In the evening you will meet you trek team. The town of Lohajung located at 2300 M is also a small mountain pass connecting Gwaldam side to Wan side of the mountain. Spend some evening time in the small market of Lohajung which by the way closes very early or enjoy a beautiful sunset from the balcony of your guest house. Dine early & break into bed for a good long nights sleep.
Day 2 : Lohajung to Bekaltal : After breakfast start trek with packed lunch. Just besides Lohajung follow the ascending human made stone trail. On the route get magnificent views of Nandaghunti Peak. The walk is mostly inside the jungle of conifer, Cedar, Oak and Fir. Bekaltal (2750 M) is a beautiful lake usually frozen in the months of January & February. The trek to Bekaltal is approximatly 8 kms & is done in 4-5 hours. The lake of Bekaltal is surrounded by oak trees & is a beautiful camping spot. We will camp here for the night.
Day 3 : Bekaltal to Brahmtal : We break camps early & start trek for Bramatal (3400M), the place where Lord Brahma is said to have meditated long ago. This forest is home to Monal, the state bird of Uttrakhand. Views of peaks like Trishul,Bithartoli & nandaghunti will keep your cameras busy today. The lake of Brahmatal is small in size & is difficult to located from a distance specially in winters when its completely frozen. We will find a camping spot by the lake & setup camps for the night. It can be very cold here in the months of winters but our camps & sleeping bags will keep us warm during the night.
Day 4 : Brahmtal to Brahmtal Top & Cack to Brahmatal : Today’s is an easy day. You can choose to carry a daypack & leave your backpack in the camps as we will be returning to the same camp. We trek to the Brahmtal Top ( 3846 M) . Look out for the magnificent views of Himalayan range on your right. Two of the most prominent peaks are Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunti which look so close as if you are watching them on a theatre screen. Return to the camp.
Day 5 : Brahmtal to Lohajung : Follow the same trail back to Lohajung. Stay in the guest house.
Day 6 : Lohajung to Kathgodam : In the morning Board vehicle for the return journey to Lohajung. Reach Lohajung by evening. You are advised to book your return from Lohajung after 9 PM to have sufficient time at hand in case of any delays in the road journey.