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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Max Altitude

14,000 FT

Grade

Easy

Duration

4 Days

Trekking KM.

25 KM

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.

6,750 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Manali to Manali | included transport
  • Rs 5,750 Trek Cost & Rs 1,000 Transportation (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeRound trail. The trek starts and ends at Manali
  • Rail HeadPathankot is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportBhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali
  • Base CampManali
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowRound the year except monsoon
  • Services fromManali to Manali | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • Stay Camping (Twin sharing)


  • Region - Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration - 4 Days
  • Grade - Easy
  • Max Altitude - 14000 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 25 Kms.

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

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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!

Major Attractions

Bhrigu Lake

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.

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Who can participate

    • Age; 7 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 25 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-12 kg backpack.

                     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Manali to Gulaba drive and Trek to Gulaba Meadows camp
    • Altitude: Manali 2050m/6,750ft.
    • Altitude: Gulaba 3,000m/9,900ft.
    • Altitude: Gulaba Meadows camp 3,400m/11,150ft.
    • Drive Distance (Manali - Gulaba): 22 km (1 hr approx).
    • Pickup Point: Manali.
    • Pickup Time: 12 pm.
    • Reach Gulaba campsite by 5:00 PM.
    • Gulaba is on Manali Rothang pass road.
    • Trek Distance (Gulaba - Gulaba Meadows): 3 km (1.5 hr approx).
    • Start trekking to Gulaba Meadows at 3:30 pm, steep ascent throughout the trail.
    • Hot lunch at campsite.
    • Stay: In tents (Twin sharing).

 


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.

Day 2 : Gulaba to Rola Kholi
    • Altitude: Rola Kholi 3,800m/12,500ft
    • Altitude Gain: 400m/ 1350ft
    • Trek Distance:  6 km (4 hr approx.)
    • Steep ascent for first 1.5 hr of the trek followed by a gradual descent to the campsite, via Kolang Nallah
    • The trail passes through virgin forests of Silver Oak, Cedar, and Birch trees
    • Get views of Manali and Solang Valley
    • Peaks spotted: Mt. Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sister peaks
    • Hot lunch at campsite
    • Carry enough water from Gulaba Camp
    • Stay: In tents

 

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. 

 

Day 3 : Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi
    • Altitude: Bhrigu Lake at 4,250m/14,000 ft
    • Trek Distance: 10 km (8 hrs approx.)
    • Start early in the morning
    • Trek along with the bhrigu Lake stream
    • Steep ascent for about 5 km till Bhrigu Lake
    • Peaks spotted: Indrasen, Deo Tibba, and Hanuman Tibba
    • Mixed terrain, rocky and snowy
    • Packed lunch provided on way and hot snacks at campsite
    • Stay: In tents (Twin sharing)

 

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.

 

Day 4 : Rola Kholi to Gulaba drive to Manali
    • Trek Distance: 6 km ( 3 hr approx.)
    • Drive to Manali, 22 km, approx one and half hours
    • Mostly descending trek and easy grade
    • Carry 2-litre water from Rola Kholi
    • Reach Manali by 2pm to 3pm

 

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.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

You have to reach Manali

Options

1.  Take overnight bus to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.

  • Chandigarh to Manali Bus: 10 hours.
  • Delhi to Manali Bus: 14 hours is hectic and takes more time.

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.

  • The pickup point in Manali is Hotel Kunjum
  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

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.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

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.
3. Insurance.
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.

 

Special Offers

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

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

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.
 

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  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

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

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.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

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.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

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.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 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 KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Easy

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24.22

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BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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