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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek


(GST 5.00 %)
(Manali to Manali)
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Region :- Himanchal
Duration :- 4 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 14,000 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 26 Kms.

Trekking to high altitude glacial Lakes in itself is quite adventurous and manages to catch the interest of every hiker. Usually these high altitudes lakes are difficult to reach and needs days of hiking and crossing difficult terrains, before the sight of the lake can be cherished. But all these tough complications can be kept at bay with the beautiful Bhrigu Lake trek in the upper Kullu Valley based in the eastern side of the famous Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh. This is ideal weekend hiking trip promising loads of entertainment for both beginners as well as experienced hikers. Nestled at an altitude of 14,000 ft the Bhrigu Lake Trek offers fascinating natural vistas and breathtaking views of snow clapped mountains, lush meadows ad verdant rich forests

One of the popular trekking expeditions, The Bhrigu Lake Trek has gain preference due to its unconditional display of natural extravaganza and being one of the easy treks in Himalayas . People with competent physical fitness can easily enjoy the privilege of hiking to the exclusive lake region even without previous hiking experience.

Based in the cozy shelter of the Garhwal Himalayas, the scenic Bhrigu lake has significant historical and religious implications. As per informations provided by the locals, there is an association of the Lake to Sage Bhrig since the pious soul is known to have perform strong meditation and rituals in the banks of the lake hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Even the locals believe that many Gods of the Kullu valley have dipped in the holy waters of the lake making it sacred for the devotees. The location of Bhrigu Lake is about 6km from Gulaba which is a pictorial village about 22 kms from Manali.

Be it the unparallel breathtaking views of Seven Sister Peaks or Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba, the outstretched Pir Panjal ranges, the rich line of oak and cedar forests, fascinating green lush meadows, enthralling carpeted alpine flooring or the gushing streams along the meandering trails, the scenic vistas of the region is absolutely captivating which also makes the trekking experience overwhelming. With good luck one can also rejoice the sight of Himalayan Monal, Snow Cocks and the beautiful pheasants.

Best Season to visit

Starting from Mid May, till the month of October, trekking to Bhrigu Lake is absolutely allowed and travelers can plan accordingly. However the ideal time is before the month of June and after August since this is the monsoon time and there remains the probability of landslides in the region. It must also be noted that the temperature of this place during summers hovers around 20-25C in the daytime and falls to 5-7C at night. In winter the temperature gets lower with 10-15C around daytime and nearly 0 to -7C at night. Almost half a year the lake remains frozen, and travelers can enjoy the sight of snow even during the early summer time.

About the Trek

The beautiful and mesmerizing trekking expedition to Bhrigu Lake commences from Manali. It’s a 4 days tour and the total distance covered is nearly 26kms. The first day of the tour begins by taking a drive to Gulaba about 22 kms away which takes about 2 hours to reach. From here the trekking route commences. The destination for the day is the first campsite located at Gulaba Meadows. This is about 8,500 feet above the sea level, a trek of 3kms and takes about 1 hour to reach the spot. Fabulous views of scenic Gulaba and the occasional sights of the locals and glimpses of their lifestyle are the key highlights of the trail. The second day of the trek is scheduled for Rola Kholi which lies at an altitude of 12,500 feet. The distance is nearly 7kms and it takes about 5 hours to reach the stop over destination. Savoring the beauty of the virgin forests and the sights of Hanuman Tibba and seven sister peaks the travelers can enjoy their journey with much ease and minimal difficulty on the trail. From Rola Kholi, the next day, the hikers set for Bhrigu Lake about 14,000feet above and then come down to 11,800 feet to Pandu Ropa for the night. The total distance to be covered for the day is 10kms taking about a maximum of 8 hours. The distance from Rola Kholi is a little difficult in compared to the earlier trails as the track is a steep ascent for about 4 kms. Close to winter time one may find these tracks to be snow laden which is quite adventurous and thrilling but a little difficult too. The fresh mountain breeze and the serene harmony however manage to dismiss the stress and fill the soul with awe striking views at every turn. The sight of Bhrigu Lake at the top is too mesmerizing to be described in words. Cradled in midst the snow covered Pir Panjal ranges it is a sight that remains a beautiful memory imprinted in the heart for years to come. The shimmering waters and the crimson sunrays creating fabulous hues are simply spectacular. After having lunch at the beautiful spot it’s a trek down through steep tracks to Pandu Ropa. The next day the trip continues to Vashist at about 6,900feet and from there to Manali at 6,700 feet. It’s a gross 8kms trek covered in approximately 7 hours. Again the track to Vashist is a steep descent but the eye catching views of the extensive greenery, snow peaks and the breathtaking natural vista makes it up for all the pain of difficult hiking. The Vashist hot sulpher water spring is the final nail on the trek, a beautiful destination where travelers can enjoy a dip in the sacred water and have lunch too at the banks. There are temples of Vashist Muni and Lord Rama based here which can be explored on the way. From Vashist it’s a drive of 30 minutes to Manali from where an onward journey can be booked.
In conclusion it’s a short but quite adventurous trekking in Manali with loads of scenic panorama to explore and enjoy.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows camp

Altitude: 8,500 ft
Drive to Gulaba, 22 kms, approx one and half hours
Trek to Gulaba Meadows, 3 kms, approx 1 hr

  • Start from Manali at 2 pm to reach Gulaba by 3:30 pm
  • Start trekking to Gulaba Meadows at 3:30 pm, steep ascent throughout the trail
  • Accommodation in tents

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi

Altitude: 12,500 ft
7 kms trek, approx. 5 hours

  • First 1.5 hours is steep ascent and then gradual ascent till campsite, via Kolang Nallah
  • The trail passes through virgin forests with views of Manali & Solang
  • Lunch at camp site
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Peaks spotted: Mt. Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Pandu Ropa

Altitude: Bhrigu Lake at 14,000 ft, Pandu Ropa at 11,800 ft
10 kms trek, approx. 8 hours.

  • Steep ascent till Brigu Lake for approx. 4 kms (Walking on snow in winter)
  • The oval shaped lake is frozen almost throughout the year
  • Steep descent through meadows to Pandu Ropa for approx 6 hours
  • Lunch at Bhrigu Lake
  • Accommodation in tents

Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashist to Manali

Altitude: Vashist at 6,900 ft and Manali at 6,700 ft
8 kms trek, approx. 7 hours

  • Steep descent till Vashist through rice fields, mountain villages & apple orchards
  • Views of snow clad mountains
  • End the trek at the hot sulphur water spring at Vashist
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Reach Vashist by 4 pm and drive to Manali (30 minutes)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows camp

The fascinating Bhrigu Lake Trek commences from the city of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The destination for the day is to reach the first campsite, the Gulaba Meadows camp by evening time. Onward journey from Manali is scheduled at 2pm so travelers are requested to reach the destination by morning time. In Manali, there are several prominent sightseeing spots like Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Mall road etc since it is one of the preferred tourist spots of the country. Spending some time in Manali, the schedule is to be at the Manali bus stop by 2pm where our representative will cordially welcome you and help fetch a drive to Gulaba from where the trekking trip commences. This is almost a drive of 22 kms distance and it takes about 2 hours to reach the pictorial village. By 3:30 to 4:00 it is expected to reach Gulaba. The journey from Manali to Gulaba is quite scenic on the same road to Rohtang pass with breathtaking views of snow clad mountains. The drive is smooth but with a lot of sharp turns making the journey more thrilling. Actual trekking in the trip begins from Gulaba and for the first day it’s a 3kms trek to the Meadows camp which takes about an hour to reach. Before the trek commences the volunteers would conduct a detail discussion on the nature of the journey and provide a brief knowledge about what to expect ad how to deal in various situations. Simple tips and tricks of trekking will be shared by the experts so as the journey remains smooth and enjoyable. The trek to Gulaba Meadows camp is quite easy moving through paved tracks and well built pathways. In fact, the Bhrigu Lake trek is one of easy treks in Himalayas. Ascending towards the campsite, hikers can enjoy natural vistas with glimpses of people from the Gulaba village and sights of their unique lifestyle. The campsite is equally beautiful avid vast expanse of greenery spread across and fascinating views of the mountains located far away. On reaching the destination share a hand with the tents and enjoy a lovely evening under the clear night sky and an array of glittering stars. Make sure to sleep early for a long day ahead the next morning.

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi

The second day trek is scheduled for a hike to 12,500 feet to reach Rola Kholi, the destination for the day. It’s about 7kms from Gulaba Meadows camp and it takes about approximately 5 hours to reach the spot. The trail for the day comprises of a steep ascent for the first one and a half hour and then a gradual ascent via Kolang Nallah till the final campsite at Rola Kholi. The most fascinating part of the hike is that it moves through virgin forests and lush meadows with outstanding views of Manali and the pristine Solang valley. The wide array of wild flowers bloom at the pathway also highlights the beauty of the track. On the way the hikers can celebrate the sight and the beauty of notable peaks like Mount Hanuman Tibba and the beautiful Seven sister peaks based in Beas Kund Valley The journey is not at all difficult as the trekking routes are simple and easy to move. Its about 3 to 4 hours hike before the travelers can reach Kolang Nollah where they can have a small break to enjoy the beauty of the place and reenergize for the next stretch till campsite. Its advisable to carry much drinking water along as there are almost nil sources of pure water till Kolang Nallah. Here one can find a makeshift wooden bridge created to accommodate crossing the Nallah. Trekkers need to take the bridge and then again ascend for another hour or more to reach the campsite. While taking a break at Kolang Nallah, one can enjoy some photographing as there are beautiful scenic vistas to capture all around. The trail from here to campsite is again not very steep however few sharp turns and stony pathways mark the way. Rola Kholi is a beautiful campsite, in fact the best in the whole tour considering the outstanding views it cater with three sides covered with mountains protecting the side from the cool and shivering mountain breeze. Water source is also based closeby which not only enhances the beauty of the spot but also helps in habitation there. On reaching the spot, get settled in the tents and enjoy the night in the blissful environment. Light meals will be served at dinner to let the body adjust with the higher altitudes.

Day 3 : Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Pandu Ropa

The third day of the trek begins early so as to enjoy the visual treat of Himalayan sunrise from Rola Kholi. Crimson rays of the sun lights up the mountains in an artistic way with each passing hour. Having some packed lunch and adequate drinking water along the trek begins for the day towards Bhrigu Lake at 14,000feet. From the lake the hikers needs to descend to Pandu Ropa at 11,800 feet for the next campsite. The total journey for the day is 10kms trekking and it takes about approximately 8 hours to complete the same. The trekking route till Bhrigu Lake is long and with steep pathways it is time taking for many for which it is advised to start early. Its about 4kms steep ascent where the vast greenery slowly turns brown and if it’s a winter trek then the area around turns white, filled with snow. The trek till Bhrigu lake is however little difficult in compared to the previous trails with sharp turns and difficult climbs specially in the first two kilometers. Closer to the lake one can find big boulders and scree which makes trekking difficult and the journey more thrilling. The view of the azure Bhrigu Lake, even from the distance is simply breath taking and captivating. It difficult to be immune to the out of the world divine views of the fascinating lake which remains froze almost throughout the year. The glistening sunrays on the shimmering crystal waters of the lake create different hues every moment providing a visual treat for the hikers. And the bed of alpine flowers, if it’s a summer season, bordering the lake is equally attractive. Enjoying the beauty of the scenic extravaganza the travelers have the pleasure of having lunch at the heavenly location and share an experience of a lifetime. From here the journey continues with a steep descent but amidst green meadows and bed of multi colored wild flowers spread over in patches throughout the trail. On the way down travelers can get a sight of stretched rice fields spread over vast areas excelling the beauty of the mountains. Pandu Ropa is the next destination and it takes about 6 hours descending to reach the spot. It’s a beautiful location to release the stress of the day and breathe in the pleasant air of the place. With the tents settled and diner served it’s a wrap for the day.

Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashist to Manali

The last day of the trek is scheduled for a return to Manali but enroute Vashist which is a beautiful location at an altitude of 6900 feet. With religious importance and prominent temples, extravagant scenery and hot water springs it’s a place one just can’t miss. The trekking tour for the day demands packed lunch so making the preparations in the morning, start early for a log day. The trek today is a continuous descends which means the pressure o the heart is less and the work of the foot is much more. At times it can be quite laborious since it’s a 8kms long trek and takes about 7 hours to reach depending on the speed of the hikers. The scenic perfection spread around, however is the only boost on the way down with stunning mountain views, spectacular apple orchards ad vast expanse of rice fields. The local villagers are the owners of these beautiful fields and apple gardens and plucking of apples without consent can be quite offending. The glimpse of the mountain lifestyle on the way down is quite interesting with sights of ladies and kids doing their usual chores for the day. At few places the trail is quite steep and slippery enough to cause serious accidents so proper caution is advisable. The hiking tour comes to an end at Vashist close to the hot sulpher water spring, the key attraction of the place. Interested trekkers can take a dip in the pristine water and enjoy it at the most. Closer to the water springs lies the temples of Vashist Muni and Lord Rama which is also quite historical. The temples are quite popular here with regular prayers being chanted here. After checking out all the notable places of the Vashist village it's time to descend further to Manali which can be arranged by taking a drive back to the town in not more than 30 minutes. The usual time to reach Vashist is 4 pm. One should start from Vashist accordingly so as to reach Manali in time in case there is an onward journey booked.
Trekking in Manali is quite common but with Bhrigu Lake Trek everyone can enjoy the beauty of the hiking.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

By Road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
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. Services from Manali to Manali.
8. TTH Staff insurance.

Exclusions :-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check 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.

When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

Trek Itinerary

Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows camp
Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi
Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Pandu Ropa
Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashist to Manali


On Day 4, you’ll reach Manali between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm. You can book your travel any time after 6:30 pm.

Trek Info

Region: Himanchal
Duration: 4 Days
Grade: Easy
Max Altitude: 14,000 Ft.
Trekking Km: 26 Kms.
Trail Type: Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Manali
Rail head: Pathankot is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Air Port: Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali
Road: Manali is well connected to Delhi
Base Camp: Manali
Best Season: May to October.
Snow: Round the year except monsoon
Batch Size: 18-22 trekkers including Male and female.
Services from: Manali to Manali
Food: Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
Stay: Guest house, Home stay, Camping
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