Bhrigu Lake Trek- Overview
Bhrigu Lake is the high altitude lake preached at an elevation of 14,100 feet near Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Situated towards the east of Rohtang Pass and it is approximately 6 km away from Gulaba. It is believed that long ago the famous saint ‘Maharishi Bhrigu’ used to meditate near the and hence it is named after the saint. The local people believe that the lake doesn’t get frozen completely because saint Bhrigu meditated over there. The trail also showcases the mesmerizing views of several other peaks like the views of Seven sister peaks or Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Pir Panjal range. The trail passes through the rich line of Oak and Cedar forests, lush green meadows, open grasslands and Apple orchards. The difficulty level of this trail is easy to moderate so it is definitely recommended for the beginners provided their physical and mental fitness is up to the mark.
Trek duration: 4 days
Trek distance: 25 km
Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Base Camp: Gulaba Campsite
How to reach Bhrigu Lake Trek (Manali)
Manali is the Base Camp of many famous treks of Himachal including the Bhrigu Lake Trek. So before coming here one needs to reach Manali first. There are three ways by which one can reach Manali.
As Manali doesn’t have any airhead, the nearest airport is at Bhuntar airport which is also known as the Kullu Manali airport and it is almost 52 km away. One can land at Bhuntar airport and then take a cab or bus towards Manali.
There is no direct rail connection to Manali. Joginder Nagar is the nearest railhead which connects important places. Also Chandigarh and Ambala stations are other options to reach here as both the stations have good connectivity with other big cities. From here one can easily get numerous cabs and buses towards Manali
Road is the most suitable option to reach Manali. As the place is well connected with the big cities like Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh and Shimla. One can go for a number of bus services including private buses like Volvo bus which is available very frequently from Delhi. Besides, many state operated buses and private tour agencies also provide car services.
Bhrigu Lake Trek- schedule
After reaching Manali from any part of the country, and begin your journey towards Gulaba which is approximately 22 km away requires 2 hours of journey. After reaching Gulaba, start the trail towards Gulaba Meadows Campsite. Here one will notice the most famous and notable peaks of Himachal namely Mt Hanuman Tibba, Seven sisters and Shitidhar peaks.
On the next day, start trekking towards the Rola Kholi Campsite after having breakfast. Rola Kholi is surrounded by mountain ranges and with a water stream flowing nearby. After reaching the Campsite have lunch and rest yourself for before the next day’s trek.
The third day of the trek needs to be started as early as possible. After having breakfast,start trekking and carry packed lunch. Along the way, one will get to admire the changing colour of this trail. One needs to be extra careful as the route towards the lake is treacherous. After reaching the summit, one will get to witness the mind-blowing views of the lake which remains frozen for most of the year. Also one will get the breathtaking views of two most well-known and famous peaks of Himachal that is Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range.
On the last and the final day after having breakfast, start trekking downhill to the Rola Kholi Base Camp and trek back to Gulaba. After arriving at Gulaba, start driving back towards Manali where the trip ends.
Some places to visit near Bhrigu Lake Trek(Manali)
Deo Tibba Pass
Bhrigu Lake Trek- Best time to Trek
The trail can be started from mid-May to October, but the perfect time is from March to May or after July-August due to the monsoon months, when there is high chances of landslides and other natural calamities.
Bhrigu Lake Trek essentials
Good quality trekking shoes with nice grip and ankle support.
ID proof for each member.
Warm clothes like leather jacket, windcheater and full sleeve sweaters
Two or three pairs of sports socks along with woolen socks.
Sunglasses (UV protected) to prevent sunburn.
Lunch box and water bottle.
Raincoats/poncho as Himalayan weather is unpredictable.
Personal medical kits.
Torch with fresh pairs of batteries.
Toiletries like soaps, hand wash.