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. Please arrive in Manali a day before as most of the buses run late on this route and do not arrive before 7 AM. We will ride in 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.
Bhrigu Lake is an easy level trek climbing to an altitude of 14,100 ft in 2 days. It is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For a novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain a good physical stamina and read extensively.
Any experienced trekker would love to go on this trek for the love of its views and trekking.
This trek is one of the most ambitious starts for the first-timers. Although doable those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. A basic knowledge of how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will help.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
The start point for the trek in Gulaba which lies on the way to Rohtang Pass. The only way to reach Gulaba is by hiring a shared jeep or a taxi.
Manali is well connected to Delhi with through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.
The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14-hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to a taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon the season.
Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old Manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.
One can expect cellular connectivity till Gulaba and few kilometers ahead of Gulaba. There might be no signals available by the time you reach Rola Khuli.
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