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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek

 6,750


(GST 5.00 %)
(Manali to Manali)
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Overview

Region :- Himanchal
Duration :- 4 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 14,000 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 25 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.

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.

Brief Itinerary

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

  • Altitude: 10,300 ft
  • Drive to Gulaba, 22 km, approx one and half hours
  • Gulaba is on Manali Rothang pass road
  • Trek to Gulaba Meadows, 3 km, approx 1.5 hr
  • Meeting time at Manali at 12pm to reach Gulaba camp site by 5:00 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 - 10,300 ft
  • 6 km trek, approx 4 hours
  • First 1.5 hours is steep ascent and then gradual ascent till campsite, via Kolang Nallah
  • The trail passes through virgin forest (silver oak, cedar and birch trees) with views of Manali & Solang
  • Carry enough water from Gulaba camp, first water point is 20 before Rola Kholi
  • Hot lunch at camp site
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Peaks spotted: Mt. Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks

  • Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi

  • Altitude: Bhrigu Lake at 14,000 ft
  • 10 km trek, approx. 8 hours
  • Start early in the morning
  • Steep ascent till Brigu Lake for approx. 5 km
  • Mixed rocky and snow trail
  • Trek along with the bhrigu Lake stream
  • Packed lunch on the way and Hot snakes at camp site
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Peaks:- Indrasen, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba

  • Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba drive to Manali

  • 6 km trek, approx 3 hours
  • Easy and mostly descending
  • Carry 2 litres of water from Rola Khuli
  • Reach Manali by 2pm to 3pm

  • Who Can Go:-

  • First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress
  • The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1: From Manali Drive to Gulaba and Trek to Gulaba Meadows Camp
    Journey commences from Manali, on the Rohtang Pass Road toward the little hill nook hamlet of Gulaba. Three hill towns—Kolang, Palchan, and Kothi marks the way, and it gets more and more beautiful with pine forests as we go. Snow covered elevations surround the little locale picturesquely. Sweet grasslands washed over by the watercourse of Beas would make fantastic frames at Gulaba , only if the Rohtang transit crowd wasn’t there.
    After lunch at the village, we follow a short trek, near about 1.5 hours to our first camp in the grasslands nearing a forest line. The trek is a complete pleasure and no hardships, navigating through the conifers shade dark and deep, and eventually coming to an open clearing.


    Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi
    Today we start for an altitude of 12,500 ft. spanning 6 km in 3-4 hours. It’s going to be steep, steep walk, so you need to go equipped with 2 liters water and little snack bites to unwind between the testing laps.
    For the first few miles we are still trailing under a forest cover and bathing in the shade of rustling conifers. You can easily spot oaks, cedar, and birches. It’s a beautiful sight to catch a glimpse of blue through these leaves.
    Walk on 20 minutes into the trek, and the forest has now ebbed behind, unfolding only rolling green meadows before. This is the shepherds’ zone where cattle grazers are brought from the local villages all through summer. You could find a few mud huts and camp poles lying here. Keep the meadow behind and start heading south. You will find the peak of Hanuman Tibba rising in sharp focus at this point and a little below, the Seven sisters Peaks. Lying somewhere far below is the green patch of Beas Kund valley.
    Next comes another slight jungle cover, passing which the trail falls on to the rugged meadows again. The thrill climaxes when the path gets narrower and steeper just before entering the grasslands of Rola Kholi. At about 15 to 20 minutes far from reaching the campsite, we pass two nallahs or small streams which are also our water sources. Our camp is set near chor nallah at the Rola Kholi campsite.
    This night is the night of wonder under a sky breaking into a zillion stars!


    Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi
    Today’s is an out and out landscape change from all of what we have experienced in the days before! Starting off way early in the morn we traverse a distance of 10 kilometers in approx 7-8 hours on a steep and massively stony path. The verdant meadows of the last two days feel like a dream but this landscape is no less captivating, and gets all the more refreshing in the cool mountain climate.
    Till June, you can expect this course post Rola Khuli to be covered in snow. From mid-July on, the gradients of brown, green, and white gets prominent as the snow melts off. On the last leg of the trail, it’s highly advisable to go slow and not hurry at all as the path is ridden with scree and slippery boulders.
    The alpine lake becomes visible between the two ridges that we reach at the end of the last boulder-bound lap. Be it high winters or the beginning of summer, the lake is never entirely frozen. This is an incidence attributed to the power of Sage Bhrigu of the ancient myths to whom this lake is named.
    From the high belt surrounding the lake, you can catch a istant glimpse of the Solang Valley nestling far away and on a clear day, the sky lights up with the splendid peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range.


    Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba drive to Manali
    Today we trek back the same treaded path through the delicious green meadows in one long sweep to Gulaba which will take approx 2 to 3 hours, and back from there to Manali by car, we will reach Manali in between 2 to 3 pm.
    Note: There is an alternate return route to Manali via Vashisht and Pandu Ropa from the Bhrigu Lake site, but we find this path more relaxing and sustainable for a soothing green trek.

    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 to Manali. 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.

    Note:- Trekkers need to take only those VOVO buses which reach Manali till 11.00am on first day. Our reporting time is 12.00pm at Manali but in-case you will not able to reach at meeting /briefing time, either we will transfer your seat to our any next batch or we will cancel your trek, so please double check your bus time with your bus transporter.

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions :-
    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 crampon (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


    Exclusions :-
    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

    Note :
    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.

    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.


    Note:-
    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.

    Trek Essential

    Fitness

    Fitness regime for:

    Calculate Your BMI

    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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    FAQ

    The best time of Bhrigu Lake Trek is from mid May to October first week.
    Bhrigu Lake is easy to moderate level trek and normally, we suggest this trek to the beginners who has good fitness level and walking stamina (5 Km in 30 mins)
    First day trek is only 3 Km trek which trekkers need to cover in 1.5 hours but, third day trek will be around 10 Km which trekkers complete in approx 8 hours. Average walking distance is 5-6 km an each day and trekkers complete in 3-4 hrs. As trek is easy so walking will not be a problem for anyone.
    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 so you will have to cover yourself in the layers in night.
    NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
    Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
    We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 24 - 26 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 5 - 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
    Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
    Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
    Yes, if you don't want to carry your backpack when can give to mule and it cost you Rs. 1200 per bag, trekker need to inform us 10 days in advance .
    Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article "How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe" to get an idea.
    We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
    Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
    An alternate trek for the Bhrigu Lake trek would be the Hampta Pass Trek. This trek offers dynamic Himalayan trek experience, all in one. Starting with pine forests, lush green meadows, rivulets, flower carpeted stretches, pristine snow and even a peek into the Himalayan desert terrain in the Lahaul Valley.
    There are overnight buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali and it takes 12 to 14 hours to reach Manali.
    We always serve Indian Vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
    Himalayan water is consider as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.
    We provide Tata Sumo, Max and equivalate vehicle.
    No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
    Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
    After choosing the trek you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form, a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book.
    Depending on the prevailing situation, however the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
    Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
    Minimum Age limit is 10 years for this trek and after that totally depends on your fitness level.
    No. After registration you should wait for booking confirmation from TTH team. Once you receive it, then complete your registration by paying fee and simultaneously book your travel plan.
    Please check our fitness article for daily workout : https://www.trekthehimalayas.com/fitness-for-trekking/exercise-charts/easy/.
    No, female trekkers share tent with female co-trekkers and same applicable for other.

    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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    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 back to Rola Kholi
    Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba and drive to Manali
    Note: 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: 25 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: 15 trekkers including Male and female.
    Services from: Manali to Manali
    Food: Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
    Stay: Camping
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