|Suitable for:||9-10 years.|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||Cover 4 km of distance in 25 minutes without a stress.|
Why It Is A Must Do Trek
Bhrigu Lake is a high-altitude glacial lake located in the upper Kullu Valley on the eastern side of the popular Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh. An ideal trekking opportunity for both beginners and seasoned trekkers as well as families, the Bhrigu Lake trek is full of nature’s wonders. Perched atop an altitude of 14,000 ft, this trek offers stunning views of the alpine meadows and grasslands and you will catch glimpses of the seven sister peaks. The panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and their reflections on the lake offers ample opportunities for the shutterbugs to capture nature in its full glory. The trek history is steeped in mythology. It is believed that the famous saint Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake. The Lake is not the only major attraction in the trek but the beautiful grasslands that cover the valley are a treat of their own. Walk through tree covers and a moderately steep climb to enter into the grasslands and soon you will be left smitten at all the beauty that lies all around you.
The Bhrigu Lake Trek takes place in stunning alpine meadows that stretch far and wide, as far as your eyes can cover and appear to be an endless blanket of green over the mountain slopes. If you are lucky, you will spot horses galloping around the meadows or grazing on the pastures. You will also catch sightings of the mighty Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar Range dominating the skyline around you. To observe the meadows in their greenest, it is ideal that you visit Bhrigu Lake in the months between July to September and you will also be able to spot quite a lot of wildflowers. The meadows may change colour from time to time but they will stay with you right up until the Bhrigu Lake. Easily accessible from Manali, this is an ideal weekend trek for solo as well as group travellers and families.
About The Trek
Bhrigu Lake lies 22 km from Manali and can be accessed easily from Gulaba. While most high-altitude glacial lakes are difficult to reach and may take a few days of trekking, crossing difficult terrains before you even catch sight of the lake. But in the case of Bhrigu Lake, there are no such complications, and trekking through beautiful alpine meadows, you will soon arrive at the lake. It is because of its easy grade, Bhrigu Lake attracts a lot of trekkers both beginners and experienced and anyone with a basic level of fitness can easily do the trek.
On your second day of the trek, you will reach the enchanting glacial lake and you can sit there, basking in the serenity of the environment, embraced in nature. Since the lake is situated at a soaring altitude, clouds will be floating around you, a perfect setting to refresh and rejuvenate. While the lake remains frozen most of the year, during summer you will be able to experience the lake in its blue-green hue.
From the lake, you will also get a birds eye view of the Manali, Gulaba, and Solang valleys. Once you enter the meadows, you will be able to spot the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Range and from the Panduropa side, you can spot the Hampta Valley peaks like Indrasan and Deo Tibba. On the other side, lies the Hanuman Tibba Peak, Friendship, Shetidar, Gyapancho, Chandrabhaga peak, and more!
What To Expect During The Trek
To start the Bhrigu Lake trek, you will reach Manali, from where you will drive to Gulaba, on Manali-Rohtang Pass road, and trek to the Gulaba meadows. The ascent is a little steep, however, the trail is not very long and takes about one and a half hours to complete. At night, we will camp in tents in the meadows. The following day we will trek from Gulaba to Rola Kholi passing through lush forests of Silver Oak, Birch, and Deodar, catching glimpses of Manali and Solang Valley on our way and mountain peaks like Seven Sister Peaks and the Hanuman Tibba Peak. Following a mixed rocky and snowy trail, we will trek to an altitude of 14,000 ft to reach Bhrigu Lake. Grasp the panoramic views of the Lake surrounded by snow-clad peaks like Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and Indrasen, share comfortable tents and scrumptious meals with your group and at night you can sit around a warm bonfire and enjoy fun conversations. What’s a better weekend than trekking up to a beautiful lake surrounded by nature’s galore and teeming with mythology!
This is obviously the most important attraction of the trek. The lake is situated in a beautiful location surrounded by greenery and mountains on all sides. During the sunset and sunrise, when the sunlight falls on the water of the lake, it appears crystal clear and you can also capture the reflection of the snow-covered mountains on the water on your cameras. Sit by the lake and absorb the tranquillity with sights and sounds of nature to keep you company.
Spot Some Of The Major Mountain Peaks
Bless your eyes with captivating views of mountain peaks like the Seven Sister peaks, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Pir Panjal, and the Dhauladhar Range. Witness unparalleled breathtaking views of the mountains on your 4-day long trek to Bhrigu Lake and back.
A Fun Snow Experience
You can begin to experience snow from the second day of the trek itself. The snow-covered landscapes at Rola Kholi offer surreal and dream-like views to wake up to. When the lake is somewhat frozen during the winters, it is equally as breathtaking.
Our journey starts at Manali, on the Rohtang pass road towards the beautiful mountain hamlet of Gulaba. Gulaba is located on the way to Rohtang Pass, on the Leh-Manali Highway. En route, we will pass three mountain hamlets, Kolang, Palchan, and Kothi and the route becomes more and more picturesque as we drive ahead. The Gulaba village is nestled amidst snow-capped mountains, with the Beas River flowing by, adding more opulence to its beauty. After a hearty lunch at the village, we will begin our trek to Gulaba Meadows, our camping spot for the night. It’s a short trek of about 1.5 hrs and a fairly easy trek through grasslands and forests line. The natural landscape of this village attracts a lot of tourists every year and Gulaba is also popular as an adventure sports destination with opportunities for large numbers of activities like skiing, paragliding, trekking, and snow scooter riding. The views from Gulaba are nothing short of magical and utterly peaceful. From our camps in the meadow, you can witness a beautiful sunset and stargaze under the scintillating sky at night, experiencing the serenity and tranquillity of the mountains.
Today we will trek from Gulaba to Rola Kholi, our next campsite, situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft. The trek distance is approximately 6 km and it takes about 3 to 4 hrs to complete the trek. The climb is going to be a little steep, so we recommend carrying enough water and light snacks so that you can energize yourself while trekking through the trail. The trek makes its way up the mountains through covers of conifers. You will walk under the shade of Pine, Oak, Birches, and Cedar for the first few miles of the trek, some prominent trees of the Himalayan region, before you catch the sight of beautiful blue mountains through the forest and a rolling meadow in front of you as the forest slowly ebbs away.
As the forest ends, and the meadows begin, you will witness a vast expanse of lush green grasslands. This is the part where the shepherds dwell with their cattle. You may spot flocks of sheep or horses galloping about or grazing in the grasslands during the summer months. Mud huts line the meadows.
As we start heading south the mighty Mt. Hanuman Tibba appears towering over the meadow with the Seven Sisters peak right below it seated in the Beas Kund Valley below. This trek also offers a spectacular cloud experience. The clouds here are pretty dramatic as well. They keep popping up as you walk through the meadows and once you reach Rola Kholi you can observe these clouds down below.
As we move further south, we will enter into another forest cover. The trail follows a rugged terrain of meadows once again. This is the most challenging part of today’s trek as the path becomes steeper and narrower right before entering Rola Kholi. Soon, you will enter Rola Kholi, your camping spot for the night. Rola Kholi is another grazing ground at the base of the Bhrigu Lake, so you may spot cattle here as well. Chor Nallah flows by our campsite, your running source for water. Camping here is an amazing experience as at night the sky breaks into a galaxy of zillion stars.
Today, we will trek to Bhrigu Lake and you will experience a great change in the landscape from the last two days. Starting early in the morning, we will have to cover a distance of 10 km in about 7 to 8 hours. The trek is moderate and starts with a stony trail followed by a steep initial ascent followed by a slight descent, walk on levelled ground for a couple of minutes, and makes a final steep ascent to the lake.
While we have left the green meadows behind, the scenery unfolding in front of you is no less captivating and you begin to experience the cool mountain climate as you continue to trek up towards the Lake. Till June, the trail is usually covered with snow and in July, the snow in the lower reaches begins to melt, turning the trail to brown and green. During the early monsoon months of Mid-July to Mid-August, the valley turns lush green due to the rains. The Lake is located between two ridges and becomes visible as we cross the last leg of our trek through large boulders. We recommend going slowly in this part and following the trek leader's instructions as the boulders are slippery and accidents happen all the time. Also, the Lake is usually covered in fog so it can be a little tricky to find the route so follow the advice of our team. On a clear day, you can spot the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar range from the lake and also spot major peaks like Deo Tibba, Indrasen, and Hanuman Tibba standing tall in front of you. From the ridge surrounding the lake, you can also get a bird’s eye view of Solang Valley.
An interesting fact about the Bhrigu Lake is that it never completely freezes whether it is summer or winter and the locals attribute this phenomenon to Sage Bhrigu of the ancient times, after whom the lake is named. After spending some time at the Lake, enjoying its scenic beauty, we will retrace our steps back to Rola Kholi and spend another night at the campsite under the stars.
Today’s trek is an easy one, as we make our way back from Rola Kholi campsite to Gulaba, retracing the same meadows and forests that we came up from. The descent is steep but not very difficult as you are always on the meadows. The down trek is expected to take 2 to 3 hours as you descend to the Gulaba village once again. It is one of the best grassland treks taking you up close to the alpine meadows and will leave you speechless with its beauty.
Note: There is another return route to Manali via Vashist village and Pandu Ropa from Bhrigu lake, but we find this path more sustainable and relaxing and offers a more soothing scenery. Gulaba situated at an altitude of 10,370 ft is a much better exit and less tiring for your legs as compared to Vaishist at an elevation of 7,000 ft.
You have to reach Manali
1. Take overnight bus to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Manali at least by 9-10 am positively.
Take a flight to Chandigarh Airport and then travel by bus to Manali is the best option.
2. You can even take a flight to Bhuntar Airport but I would not recommend it because of the high prices of the flight and very high chances of cancellations. In case you do reach Bhuntar by flight, Manali is just a couple of hours away and you can easily get a bus or a private taxi till there. If you do plan to come via Bhuntar, make sure to reach at least a day before the trek starts.
3. You can even come via train, Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Manali that is 300 km from there and would take an overnight journey. Even in this case, reach a day before at Manali.
Once you reach the assembly point of the trek in Manali. TTH will take care of your further travel, which is also the starting point of the trek.
Trekkers will be dropped at Manali Gov Bus Stand by 05:00 PM, for onward journey from Manali it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and microspikes (if required)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
7. Transport from Manali to Manali
8. TTH Staff insurance
9. Mules to carry the central luggage
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Manali
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.
If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.
Terms and conditions
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
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