I needed a break from work one day and went online to look for weekend getaways. Our Trek provider planned the Coorg Tadiandamol trek, which I discovered. After doing some research on the safety of solo female travellers, I had to persuade myself and my parents to book it. The journey cum excursion turned out to be a wonderful way to unwind. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I had a wonderful weekend among the tea farms, complete with a comfortable hotel and delectable home cooking.
The Brahmatal Trek, which is dedicated to Lord Brahma, is another gem of the Himalayas that has remained undisturbed by trekkers from all over the world. It is set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and is blanketed in snow. The walk leads you through a centuries-old oak and rhododendron forest. Many Roopkund Trek locations can be seen while walking across meadows near Brahamatal Ridge. On a clear day, a peek at the Garhwal Mountains in the distance will completely melt your heart.
It was a welcome break from my usual routine. When travelling solo, I’ve discovered that you’re never alone. Nearly 25 persons from various sections of Bangalore made up the group. Our organisers were responsible and entertaining. I met some wonderful folks who eventually become dear friends. I figured that if I didn’t book this package, I’d lose out on all the excitement and be stuck at home alone. Two days went by in a flash. That was something I thought I needed more of.
The Brahmatal hike was a lovely white land that mesmerised me. A winter trip in the Himalayas was a once-in-a-lifetime event, with snow carpet pathways, frozen lakes, snow-covered summits, and ice mist on trees. The valleys have stunning views because everything is buried beneath the snow. On snow, each step forward generates a noisy and crunchy sound. The trek’s base camp was Lohajung, where we spent the first night.
Lohajung is 7,600 feet above sea level, and the travel from Dehradun airport took us almost 10 hours. The walk had the most beautiful campsites, each with its own distinct beauty. The walk took 4 nights and 5 days from Lohajung to Bekaltal to Brahmatal and back. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I reached the summit on Day 4.
I’ve never been a big lover of long flights, but the end product was fantastic. I was unsure if I would be able to withstand Himalayan winters and snow. I prepared myself according to the information provided by the organisers and became as fit as possible in a short period of time. My first exposure to harsh winters and snow was when I was a child. The majestic Himalayan peaks that I had seen in textbooks and heard about in school were right in front of my eyes.
We were able to see peaks like Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and Maitoli clearly. Only one thought sprang to mind as I was immersed in the splendour of nature: my parents. They didn’t hesitate when I told them about my solo trip plans because they are “Indian Parents.” They had faith in me. I would not have been able to do this without their help.
We had an incredible group of high-energy hikers who encouraged and supported one another. As soon as we met, we all screwed our eyes shut. With full Antyakshari and other games, the journey itself was enjoyable. The tribe was quite diversified this time, with 23 people from South and North India. Another solitary female traveller was also present. I had fantastic guides who guided us through snow-covered mountains and ensured that we were all comfortable throughout the journey. Through this trip, I’ve made a lot of wonderful friends. The most important thing I took away from the trip was all the great energy I picked up from the location and the individuals I went with.
I’m more eager to visit new locations and meet new people now. Exploring new destinations and learning about their unique cultures has inspired me to keep travelling. Each site has a unique storey to tell. I intend to embark on more exciting adventures that will take me well beyond my comfort zone.
Main Key Points of Brahmatal Trek:
- In peak winter, the entire trail is covered in snow, with 2 Glacier Lake just at an altitude of 3180 metres.
- Get a view of the majestic Himalayan Ranges. At each step of the Brahmatal journey, Mt. Trishul is strongly associated with views of Nanda Ghunti.
- From Brahmatal Ridge, the trail provides a view of Skeleton Lake, The Roopkund.
- Prepare to learn more about Lord Brahma’s history while meditating at Brahmatal Lake in Lohajung’s little hamlet.
Brahmatal, a lake nestled in the depths of Uttarakhand’s Himalayas, is steeped in legend. Brahmatal is one of the few Himalayan sites open for trekking in December, January, February, and March when winter sweeps across the slopes.