Located in the Kullu District of Himachal, the Bhrigu Lake is one such destination that entices the trekkers because of its scenic landscapes and tranquility. Standing gracefully at a height of 14,100ft, this high altitude lake can be reached from Gulaba hamlet or the sacred Vashist Temple. According to the legends, Maharishi Bhrigu, a pious Hindu saint used to meditate beside this lake and thus it is considered as a sacred or holy site by the devotees.
Best time to visit Bhrigu Lake TrekMay June July Aug Sep
Short Itinerary for Bhrigu Lake Trek
Day 1: Pick up from Rambagh circle on Mall Road, near Manali bus stand, at 2.00 pm. The exact location at Rambagh circle is the auditorium near the Nehru Statue. Drive from Manali to Gulaba. Short trek to the campsite.
Day 2: Gulaba (10,370 ft) to Rola Khuli (12,566 ft); 3-4 hours, 5 km
Day 03: Rola Khuli (12,566 ft) to Bhrigu Lake (14,009 ft) and back to Rola Khuli; 5-6 hours, 10 km
Day 04: Rola Khuli (12,566 ft) to Gulaba (10,370 ft); 3-4 hours, 5 km. Drive to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali by 3:30 pm.
Detailed Trek Itinerary
Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows camp
Altitude: 0,370 ft
Time taken: 1 hour drive + 20 minutes trek. Pick up from Manali at 2.00 PM
TThe 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 Khuli
Altitude: 10,370 ft to 12,566 ft
Time taken: 3-4 hours, 5 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; Steep ascent throughout followed by an undulating walk for the last 30 minutes.
Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from Gulaba. The first water source is 15 minutes before Rola Khuli campsite and the second one is 10 minutes before – both at stream crossings.
The trail begins with a steep ascent. Make note of silver oak, cedar and birch trees on the trail here. These are few of the most prominent trees in the Himalayas. After around 20 minutes, the trail enters an open meadow where shepherds camp.
Observe Mt. Hanuman Tibba towering over the meadow in the background. Below Hanuman Tibba are the Seven Sister peaks seated in the Beas Kund Valley. Turn right from the upper ridge of the meadow and head south. The second forested cover begins here.
Rola Khuli is a scenic grazing ground used by local shepherds. Located at the base of Bhrigu Lake, it makes for an ideal camping spot. You water source here is Chor Nallah, which flows across the camping ground.
Day 3: Rola Khuli to Bhrigu Lake and back to Rola Khuli
Altitude: 12,565 ft to 14,009 ft; back to 12,565 ft
Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; Starts on a stony trail. Initial steep ascent for 2 hours followed by a 10 minutes descent. Level walk for 15 minutes followed by an hour’s steep ascent to the lake.
Water sources: Bhrigu lake, streams along the way
Start early as you have a lot of distance to cover today. You have to trek a height of around 1,348 ft to reach Bhrigu Lake.
Bhrigu Lake rests between two high-altitude ridges. You begin with hiking to the first ridge, which is an hour away. In June, the trail is usually covered in snow. In July, as the snow melts on the lower reaches, you see the trail slowly turning from green to brown and white. As you reach the ridge, look for an oval glacial lake in the distance. Depending on the season, the lake is either surrounded by snow or fresh grass, along with alpine flowers.
On a clear day, you can catch a stunning panoramic view of Pir Pinjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Also, major peaks such as Indrasen, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba stand majestically before you. The lake is normally enveloped in fog which can make finding the route tricky. It is always advisable to hire a local guide.
After spending time at the lake, retrace your way to Rola Khuli.
Day 4: Rola Khuli to Gulaba
Altitude: 12,565 ft to 10,370 ft
Time taken: 3-4 hours, 5 km
Trek gradient: Easy. Mostly descending.
Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from Rola Khuli
Today’s trek is an easy one. You get back to Gulaba through the meadows you came up from. The descent can be a bit steep but is good on your legs given you are always in the meadows. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Gulaba. Gulaba at around 10,370 ft is a better exit for your knees and feet as compared to Vasisht at 7,000 ft.
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.
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Terms & Conditions
Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
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The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
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Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.