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Brahmatal vs Ali Bedni Bugyal: Which of These Neighbouring Treks to Select?

Brahmatal and Ali Bedni Bugyal — Two treks beginning on the identical base camp. Situated in the identical area. Climbing to comparable altitudes of ~12,000 ft. Promising the identical mountain views.

Many trekkers make a unsuitable assumption right here. They consider these treks to be very comparable.  

After which they make a much bigger mistake. 

They blindly select to trek to Brahmatal, just because it’s the extra widespread of the 2. Extra trekkers have accomplished it and extra trekkers speak about it.

“What trekkers don’t realise is that inside the first 500 m from the bottom camp, these two treks are so completely different that they’re two utterly completely different worlds,” says Arjun Majumdar, the founder and CEO of Indiahikes. 

To get a perspective on their proximity, have a look at the map under. The path on the left (marked in blue) is the Brahmatal trek and the one on the fitting (in yellow) is the Ali-Bedni Bugyal trek

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They virtually seem like ‘one’ trek. However there’s a world of distinction between the 2.

That is what we’ll speak about right now, in order that by the tip of this publish, you’re capable of make a distinction between the 2 treks, and make a selection between them.  

Ridge stroll on the Brahmatal trek vs Meadow stroll on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek

“The Brahmatal trek is a really open trek. You’re on high of a ridge with the mountains sloping down on both aspect of you. You stroll on this ridge for hours collectively, experiencing an openness that makes you are feeling such as you’re on high of the world. Throughout the valley from the ridge, you see Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti in all their glory,” says Sandhya. 

This ridge stroll is without doubt one of the greatest experiences on the Brahmatal trek. The views of those two mountain summits are superb. Typically the attitude of distance makes the mountains stand taller.

The ridge stroll on the Brahmatal trek in winter. Image by Deep Thakkar

But, she says, Ali Bedni Bugyal has a distinct attraction. “On the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek, you’re strolling by means of very good alpine meadows. Not one meadow, however two. Ali and Bedni Bugyal, doubtless, are two of essentially the most lovely excessive altitude meadows of our nation. Ali Bugyal is an expertise in itself, and Bedni bugyal has a very distinct expertise of its personal.

“Not like the openness of Brahmatal, right here, you’re in a cauldron amongst huge mountains. And you’ve got a delicate carpet of grass sprawling throughout you. It’s virtually manicured to perfection. It’s fantastically inexperienced in spring, resplendent with wild flowers in summer season, a honey-hued panorama in autumn and a blanket of snow in winter. 

“Greater than that,” she provides, “what’s unbelievable about Ali Bedni Bugyal is that it’s picture-perfect. There isn’t a single rock misplaced. It doesn’t have the imperfections that almost all treks have. It’s virtually photo-shopped,” she muses. 

It’s laborious to debate her, as a result of we have now all been to Ali and Bedni Bugyal and seen the wallpaper meadows ourselves. It’s a ritual that anybody from Indiahikes at Lohajung should make a go to to Ali Bugyal, even when for less than half a day. It offers you a deep sense of satisfaction that stays with you for months to come back. 

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Ali Bugyal in night mild in autumn. Image by Sandhya UC

Experiencing the legendary Roopkund trek from Brahmatal vs Ali Bedni Bugyal 

Now we have all the time thought of Brahmatal very particular. As a result of whenever you’re on the Brahmatal trek, you might be at a vantage level from the place you see the Roopkund trek in its entirety. This video that Sandhya comprised of Brahmatal provides you with a pleasant perspective of the view. 



Proper from the bottom camp, to Ghairoli Patal, to Bedni Bugyal, to Pathar Nachuni, Bhagwabhasa and even the dip by which the Roopkund lake sits, you may see all of it from the Brahmatal route. It’s a surreal expertise to witness one other trek in its entirety from a vantage level (the one different place we have now seen this occur is whenever you see the Hampta Go trek from a ridge above Bhrigu Lake). 

The Ali Bedni Bugyal trek, then again, beats Brahmatal to the punch right here. “It’s no contest, since you’re truly doing 65% of the Roopkund trek, and seeing among the greatest sections of the trek right here,” says Sandhya. 

“There’s a cause that Roopkund is such a celebrated trek. No different trek comes shut, even until date. And now, when only a handful of individuals do that trek, is the very best time to do it. You’ve gotten the entire path to your self, campsites are remoted, and you might be spoiled strolling on their own within the luxuriant meadows. Now’s the time to do the trek earlier than it will get crowded,” says Sandhya.

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An imposing Mt Trishul rising behind Bedni Bugyal in month of April. Image by Tarun Gupta.

The campsites on the Brahmatal trek vs Ali Bedni Bugyal 

I’ll admit, on the Brahmatal trek, you will have few of essentially the most beautiful campsites. You camp in a beautiful clearing within the forest. Then you definately camp at Tilandi, which is an unlimited plateau, the place the wind is an expertise in itself. Then you will have the Brahmatal campsite, only a few minutes away from the Brahmatal lake. The campsites on this trek are few of essentially the most spoken-about campsites amongst trekkers. 

“The sundown at Tilandi is an particularly great expertise. You’re above a blanket of clouds. The solar is setting as an enormous orange ball within the distance. I’ve seen so many trekkers  get contemplative or teary eyed watching this sundown. It’s one thing that is still with you for years, particularly since you’re tenting with this view,” says Dhaval Jajal, a Senior Trek Chief, who has led a number of groups to Brahmatal. 

Tilandi campsite on the Brahmatal trek. Image by Shriram Kondhawekar

The campsites on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek, nevertheless, fall barely brief by way of the expertise. “Don’t get me unsuitable. They’re great campsites — the Abin Khadak campsite, even the forestry campsite of Ghairoli Patal. In case you give me a scorecard, I’d put Brahmatal barely greater on campsites. However solely barely,” says Arjun.

The Ghairoli Patal campsite on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. Image by Yash Trivedi

The forests of Brahmatal vs the forests of Ali Bedni Bugyal 

Brahmatal has a number of of the loveliest oak and rhododendron forests. Come March and April, these forests are flourishing with scarlet rhododendrons, making a stroll by means of these forests an absolute delight. The forest stroll doesn’t final too lengthy, nevertheless it’s very fairly for so long as it lasts. 

Snow laden forests on the Brahmatal trek. Image by Vishwas Krishnamurthy

However the Ali Bedni Bugyal, on the danger of sounding too biased, has higher forests, since you’re experiencing two completely different forest trails — one from Didina to Tolpani, and one from Bedni Bugyal to Ghairoli Patal. 

You’ll be overlaying a number of of the rarest forest sections with fairly oak bushes, and even prettier clearings among the many oak bushes. These clearings are pleasant, particularly when golden mild from the solar streaks in by means of the encircling bushes. 

“Alternatively, the expertise of exiting the treeline and bursting out into the meadows is one thing that only a few trekkers permit you. Solely the Buran Ghati trek comes shut,” says Sandhya, speaking concerning the second you enter Ali Bugyal from the forests of Tolpani.

Pleasant clearings in the course of oak forests on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. Image by Ravi Ranjan

The lake expertise at Brahmatal vs Bedni Kund on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek

Frankly, this isn’t a good comparability, since Brahmatal has two great lakes, and Ali Bedni Bugyal has however a small pond — the Bedni Kund. In winter, it’s frozen strong, virtually invisible as a lake. In summer season, usually, it’s coated with tall grass. Solely in March, April and Could do you get to see a pond with gorgeous reflections of Mt Trishul within the morning. 

Nonetheless, greater than the Bedni Kund, it’s the setting of the kund that makes individuals’s jaw drop. Nestled in the course of the Bedni Bugyal, with Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti towering over it, with inexperienced carpet of grass round, it’s a sight to behold. Add to it the brown gray mountains that encompass it like an outstretched arm, the setting robotically transports you to a sense of a really excessive altitude, one thing that the Brahmatal trek lakes don’t ever give.  

The Bedni Kund on an early morning. Image by Shreyas Chidambara

The Brahmatal trek, then again, has not one, however two lakes — Brahmatal and Bekaltal.

The Bekaltal lake, an oligotrophic lake, is replete with algae and surrounded by dense forests. Our trekkers love sitting by the aspect of the lake and sharing tales from their treks. 

The Brahmatal lake, a lot greater up, is a very completely different expertise. Early within the morning, the deep blue waters of Brahmatal mirror a lone tree standing by its aspect. Typically surrounded by snow, and generally frozen, it’s a spot the place photographers cease brief and can’t put their cameras down. 

Right here, we have now to offer it to the Brahmatal trek, it’s a further expertise that Ali Bedni Bugyal doesn’t have.

The picturesque Brahmatal Lake in winter. Image by Sandeep Suresh

Snow cowl on the Brahmatal Trek vs Ali Bedni Bugyal

Right here’s one thing that can shock you. On condition that these two treks are only a few kilometers aside, and climbing to comparable altitudes, you’d assume the snow expertise to be comparable. 

However right here’s the shock. Brahmatal is a trek that’s principally unfold out on a ridge. Because it’s so uncovered, the snow melts away quite a bit faster than most different treks. So regardless that it sees the very same quantity of snowfall as Ali Bedni Bugyal, the snow doesn’t final too lengthy. By the tip of March / early April, the snow begins melting away. 

Snow cowl on the Brahmatal trek begins melting away by March. Image shot beside the Bekaltal lake in March by Gourab Nandy

This isn’t the case with Ali Bedni Bugyal. Regardless that it’s a pretty uncovered meadow, the encircling mountains defend the snow cowl with their shadow. So in winter, the meadow will get coated in a thick carpet of snow, and this snow lasts all the way in which till the tip of April and the start of Could. Even the forests develop into a fairytale-like wonderland in winter, which isn’t a lot the case at Brahmatal. So Ali Bedni Bugyal has a a lot deeper, and extra lasting snow cowl.  

By the way, the snow cowl on the clearings of the Ali Bedni trek is unparalleled on most treks, go away alone Brahmatal. So only for the snow cowl, then Ali Bedni trek could be my selection. 

Snow cowl on the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek lasts virtually until the tip of April. Image by Ravi Ranjan

Issue of the Brahmatal trek vs Ali Bedni Bugyal

The problem ranges of each the treks are a bit of completely different. Ali Bedni Bugyal is a tad harder than the Brahmatal trek. 

On the Ali Bedni trek, the climb from Neelganga to Didina on day one adopted by the steep ascent from Didina  to Ali Bugyal the subsequent day will be difficult particularly in winter. 

The Brahmatal trek, then again, has extra balanced days. 

The ultimate verdict

To most of us at Indiahikes, the reply right here may be very easy. If we have been at Lohajung and needed to choose among the many two, we’d go along with Ali Bedni Bugyal. 

“Brahmatal is a good trek. It’s at par with our treks like Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, and Deoriatal-Chandrashila. It’s a uncooked 6-dayer, the place it offers you an incredible trek expertise. It’s not with out cause that has virtually overtaken Kedarkantha as the preferred winter trek,” says Sandhya. 

“However on the finish of the day, Ali Bedni Bugyal is difficult to beat. The exuberant meadows, the range within the forests, the mountain views that play conceal and search with you as you weave out and in of folds within the mountains… Evaluating the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek to Brahmatal, or Deoriatal-Chandrashila, or Dayara Bugyal, I’d choose Ali Bedni Bugyal any day. It’s in a league of its personal,” concludes Sandhya.

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