The opportunity of trekking to a high altitude glacial lake is something which every hiker looks forward to. Most of the high altitude lakes normally require multiple days of hiking before you can finally cherish the view of the lake. But here we have Bhrigu lake which is just two days hike away from Manali. This lake lies to the east of the famous Rohtang Pass and is an ideal weekend hiking option. Trek starts from near Gulaba which is 22 kms from Manali. The first day of hike is through virgin forests with fabulous views of Manali & Solang Valley till you reach the Camp site of Roli Kholi. Second day of the hike is a treat for those who love to see snow on a trek. The hike to bhrigu is steep & comprise of walking over large expanse of snow (In the months of winter) till you reach a point where the oval shaped lake appears. Enjoy the quite surroundings near the lake & afterward descend through meadows to the camp site of Pandu Ropa. On the third day the initial walk is through rice fields of Pandu Ropa with grand views of snow clad mountains. The rivulets of water flowing through high grass present a refreshing sight. The last leg of hike is a steep decent through old mountain villages & apple orchards. The trek ends in Vashish which is just the right place to end a hike owing to a hot sulphur water spring. Take a dip in pool here & head to Manali where the trek ends.
|3||Maximum altitude||14000 ft.|
|4||Total Trekking Distance||29 Kms|
|5||Trip Begins from||Manali|
|6||Trip ends in||Vashisht|
|7||What is included in the fee||Meals during the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Trek guide, cook, helpers.
Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
Services of a Trek Leader
Transportation from Manali to Gulaba
|8||What is not included in the fee||Meals during road journeys
carriage of personal rucksacks
Cost of any kind of travel insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
|9||Max. Group Size||15|
|10||What to Carry||Click for the List|
|11||How to Reach Manali||You can check availability & book seats in Volvo or Ordinary buses between Delhi & Manali on Himachal Roadways' Website
alternatively you can also book this travel with us. In case you wish to do so please select this option while booking.
|12||Expected Temperature Range||In Winters : 10 to 15 degree during the day. 0 to 5 degree during the night.
In Summers : 20 to 25 degree during the day. 5 to 10 degree during the night.
Report at Manali Bus Stand at 7 AM. We will board a taxi for the trek starting point near Gulaba. Its a 22km ride on the road leading to Rohtang Pass. Gradually hike though forest & meadows with fabulous views of Manali & Solang Valley in the background. Some of the notable peaks in view are Mt. Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks seated in Beas Kund Valley. Carry sufficient water in your bottle as there are very limited/No source (depending on the season) of water before Kolang Nallah. After 3-4 hour of hike we will reach Kolang Nallah. There is a makeshift wooden bridge on this Nallah for most of months. After crossing the Nallah the camping site is another 1.5-2 hours hike away. Rola Kholi is a campsite Rola Kholi is a scenic campsite covered from 3 sides with mountains which gives excellent protection from winds. It is an ideal camping spot where the water source is flowing across the camping ground.
Starting early in the morning is advisable as the approach to bhrigu lake is steep & trek is long. As we trek to the lake ,the trail turns from Green to Brown to While (in winters). The approach to lake is though boulders & scree where being cautious is advisable. Reach the lake which is frozen for most of the months . If you happen to visit in the months of summer you will find grass & tiny alpine flowers surrounding the lake. After spending some quite time at the lake head to Pandu Ropa. The meadow walk is refreshing all the way to rice fields of Pandu Ropa. Camp here for the night.
Drive down from Vashisht to Manali. Board evening bus to Delhi from Manali. Today's trek is all the way downhill where your lungs will be at ease but feet will do the extra work. The downhill sections are quite steep & slippery at places. The trail is well defined. On the way you will see hiker who are doing this trek from the other side. Last section of the trek is through villages & apple orchards. Do not pluck apples without the permission of owner. Hike will end in Vashish which is famous for a hot sulphur water spring. We will reach Vashisht by 4 PM Approx. Trip ends in Vashisht. Take a dip in the public pool if you wish so. You can walk or take an auto rikshaw for Manali which is approx 1 km from here.
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