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Bhrigu Lake Trek, Himachal Pradesh

One of the loveliest grassland treks in Himachal Pradesh, trek to the high-altitude glacial Bhrigu Lake located in the upper Kullu valley on the eastern side of Rohtang Pass in the stunning landscape of Himachal. Known for its mythological significance and an expansive luxuriant grassland, Bhrigu Lake is an ideal trekking opportunity for both beginners and seasoned trekkers and is full of jaw-dropping wonders of nature. Nestled as 14,000 feet, the trek offers breathtaking views of the alpine meadows and green grasslands along with some glimpses of the Seven Sister peaks. For shutterbugs it is not less than a paradise with the lofty snow-capped mountains and their reflections caught on the lake, the alpines and the luscious meadows fanning the landscape.

Bhrigu Lake trek is also famous for its mythological significance that surrounds the region. It is believed that the famous sage Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake. Not only the lake but the stunning grasslands enclosing the valley are also a treat to the eyes and will leave you smitten at all the glory surrounding you. The Bhrigu Lake trek follows a trail of rocky and green path and your eyes with be refreshed by all the greenery stretching into the far and wide like a thick green blanket over the mountain slopes.

Sighting of mighty Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar range overlooking the skyline around you is yet another highlight of this trek. The mountains and meadows may change color from season to season, but the timeless Bhrigu Lake stays elegant forever and is the treat after all that trek. it is an ideal weekend trek for solo as well as group travelers or families.

What to Expect in Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake is a 22km trek from Manali and is a moderate level trek that the beginners with good fitness can also do. Unlike some lake treks in the Himalayan region which are difficult to trek and may take a few days to reach the summit or lake, there are no such complications in Bhrigu Lake trek and reaching the beautiful alpines and the lake is not very difficult. Because of this easy grade, Bhrigu Lake attracts a lot of visitors all round the year.

You can sit near the lake while basking in the sunlight and capturing the stunning panorama where clouds hang low over the lake and make a perfect setting for rejuvenating the senses. The lake remains frozen most time of the year but in summers you can witness the blue green of the pristine water mirroring the mountain peaks. From the lake you can witness the following photographic spots:

  • Manali, Gulaba, and Solang Valleys
  • Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range
  • Hampta Valley peaks like Indrasan and Deo Tibba from the Panduropa side
  • Hanuman Tibba peak, Gyapancho, Shetidar, Chandrabhagar peak, and more from the other side.
  • Explore the end point of this trek Vashisht Village and take a dip in the sacred hot water springs here along with visiting the old temples of Vashisht Muni and Lord Rama.

Important Information on Bhrigu Lake Trek

Difficulty Level

Bhrigu Lake trek is a beginner to moderate level trek which, the nature lovers who have not been to a high-altitude trek, can also do. The trail is not very complicated, and neither is very steep half of the way. It is a 22km trek so it can be covered within 2 days without a hassle. If you are a beginner, make sure to keep your fitness in check so that you don’t face any breathing problems while climbing.

Weather Conditions

The temperature during summers varies from 20-25 degree Celsius in daytime and drops to 5-7 degree Celsius at night. in winters, the temperature ranges from 10-15 degrees Celsius at daytime and go to sub zero degree at night. For almost half of the year the lake remains frozen and turns to liquid for 2-3 months in summers. Trekkers can enjoy the sight of snow in mountains even during the summers.

Trek companies

There are some famous trekking sites which organize trekking camps to Bhrigu Lake and other beautiful sites. These sites make sure that the trekkers are guided by professional guides with mountaineering knowledge and provide full food and accommodation facilities in camps. Some of the best sites for trekking inBhrigu Lake are:

  • Trek The Himalayas – INR6750/person (info@trekthehimalayas.com)
  • India Hikes - INR7500(info@indiahikes.com)
  • Himalayan Trekkers – INR9800/person (info@himalayantrekker.com)
  • Ban Banjara – INR5099/person (info@banbanjara.com)
  • Treks and Trails – INR7,500/person (highfive@treksandtrails.org)
  • Moustache Escapes – INR4699/person (reservation@moustachehostel.com)
Things to Keep
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card and passport and visa important for foreigners.
  • A strong built backpack with rain cover
  • Sturdy trekking shoes, waterproof trek pants, quilted jackets, warm thermals, waterproof gloves
  • Water bottle, torch head light, cap, personal toiletry item
  • First-aid kit, bandages, and medication for headaches, dysentery, etc.
  • Fully charged camera and extra battery backup.
  • Snacks
Food Stops

As the trek is at a high altitude, the higher you go the lesser the chances of you getting any shops or eateries. If you are trekking without any professional help on your own in a group, then Manali is the last stop where you will find food items to pack. It is advisable to pack readymade or instantly ready food stuff such as Maggie noodles, oats, eggs, and vegetables that can be easily prepared. You will have to carry stove and kerosene along with utensils to prepare food while camping.

If you are going through some commercial help,then the food and camp accommodation is provided by the trek operators and is freshly prepared in the campsites by the cooks and local guides. During the day, breakfast and lunch is also provided by the trekking management which is usually ready-made food or that can be easily assembled such as a sandwich. Water in the Himalayan region is generally pure enough to boil and drink directly but emergency water bottles must be kept by the trekkers as well.

Roopkund Trek Itinerary

Here is a trekking route for Bhrigu Lake which can be followed if you are going on your own or with camp operators.

  • Day 1 – Reach Gulaba via Manali and trek to Gulaba meadows which is 3km away from Gulaba and stay the night here after setting up your camp or you can trek directly to RolaKholi which is 6km more and camp there.
  • Day 2 – Trek from RolaKholi to Bhrigu Lake which is 10km and trek down again to RolaKholi or Gulaba meadows and camp there.
  • Day 3 – Trek down from Gulaba meadows to Gulaba and drive back to Manali.

The trekking route is flexible and can be altered according to personal preference. If you are fit enough to trek in one day and then come down, you can do so but it may get very tiring and with all that backpack, very cumbersome as well.

Best Time to do Bhrigu Lake Trek

Though, the trek can be done all time of the year, it is advisable to not go during monsoons as the rain is very extreme in Himachal. The best time to do trekking in Bhrigu Lake is from October to May when chances of rain are less, and the weather is pleasant in summers with snow fall in winters. But keep in mind that in winters there is heavy snow, and the trekking route might be closed. So plan accordingly.

How to Reach
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to Manali is Pathankot station at 300km away from where buses are available to Manali every day.
  • By Bus: Buses to Manali are available from all neighboring cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. which is the most convenient option to reach Manali.
  • By Air: You can reach Bhuntar airport in Himachal, which is the nearest from Manali, only a few hours’ drive away. But flights to Bhuntar are not available every time.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Is Bhrigu Lake trek difficult?

It is a moderate level trek with 22km of trail at 14000 feet and is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. If you are a first timer, learn thoroughly about the trek and try to maintain a good physique and stamina a few months before the trek or else it might get challenging for you.

How long is Bhrigu Lake trek?

Bhrigu Lake trek is 22km which can be done in 2-3 days or if one is capable, can do the trek within a day and come back. But this will mean that you won’t be able to enjoy the view and panorama easily.

Can Bhrigu Lake be done in 1 day?

Yes, you can do the trek in 1 day, but you will have to start early morning from Gulaba meadows and come back same day which can get very hectic, and you won’t be able to enjoy the landscape peacefully. It can only be done in 1 day if you are professional and have a good stamina.

What is the best time for Bhrigu Lake trek?

The best time for Bhrigu Lake trek is from March to mid-June and then from mid-September to mid-November when the weather is pleasant and there is no rainfall. The monsoons can be very harsh, and landslides can occur. Winter season is also a good time, but it gets heavy snowfall and sometimes remains closed for trekking.

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