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Manali to Manali
Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude alpine lake, which is just three days hike from Manali. The highlighting feature of Bhrigu Lake Trek is that you get to climb an ambitious height of 14,000 ft in just three days, which is usually achieved on the fourth or fifth day of the Himalayan treks and that too after rigorous climbing. The steep trail goes through virgin forests and lush green meadows which open into the beautiful campsite of Rola Khuli. On your way, lay your eyes on Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters peaks. On the second day, you trek uphill to the oval-shaped lake which is believed to change colors with seasons. One would trade the world to experience the serene environment around the lake. To top it all, because of the soaring height, the clouds will be floating around you. Adore the traditional villages and apple orchards in the last leg of the descent. Stay on this page for all necessary information like Bhrigu lake itinerary, route map, temperature and weather details, reviews, photos, and videos. Scroll to the end to read Bhrigu lake trek blogs.
Arrive in Manali. Drive to Gulaba (22Kms). Trek to Rola Kholi (12,500 feet approx.), – 7 km, 4 to 5 hour trek
Reach Main Govt. Bus Stand in Manali by 0900 Hrs sharp. Please note that we will not be able to wait for anyone any further. A beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is at an altitude of 6730 ft. Trekking in Manali is very popular as it's a trailhead for various treks. From here we drive to Gulaba which would take close to two hours. Manali to Gulaba distance is 22 Kms. However, the road to Gulaba can be crowded on weekends as the same road is taken by tourists heading to Rohtang Pass. Hike through the forest and meadows with Manali and 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 is very limited/no source (depending on the season) of water before Kolang Nallah. After 3-4 hours of the hike we will reach the Kolang Nallah. There is a makeshift wooden bridge on this Nallah for most of the months. After crossing the bridge, hike for another 1.5 to 2 hours to reach Rola Kholi, our campsite for the day. Rola Kholi is covered by mountains on 3 sides which protect it from harsh winds. Rola Kholi is an ideal campsite also because the water stream flows very close to the camping site.
Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake (14,000 ft) and back to Rola Kholi - 10 km
We start early in the morning as the trail today is a long and steep one. As we trek to the lake, the trail changes colour from green to brown and to white (in winters). The participants are requested to be extra cautious today because the path is through boulders and scree. Once we reach the lake, the view is breathtaking because of the frozen lake (frozen almost in all months). If you happen to visit the lake during the summer, you will find grass and tiny alpine flowers surrounding the lake. After spending some time at the lake, we retrace our steps back to our campsite at Rola Kholi.
Rola Kholi to Gulaba and drive to Manali - 8 km, 4 hour trek.
Today, we will trek back to the trailhead at Gulaba and board our vehicles for the drive to Manali. Expect to reach Manali by 4 pm. This could be delayed by heavy traffic in the peak summer months, so book your return from Manali late at night. The trip ends in Manali.
Bhrigu Lake is an easy level trek climbing to an altitude ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For beginners, it is an ambitious start to enter the world of trekking. It can get very 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 Bhrigu Lake for the love of its views and trekking.
Bhrigu Lake trek is one of the most ambitious starts for the first-timers. Although the trek is doable by beginners, they should prepare and read extensively about the trek.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
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The start point of Bhrigu Lake trek is Gulaba which lies on the way to Rohtang Pass. The ideal way to reach Gulaba is by hiring a shared jeep or a private taxi from Manali. Manali is well connected to Delhi through road and air. There are no direct trains from Delhi though.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HPRTC Volvo buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. There are also private Volvo buses which can be booked online. However, their services are highly unreliable, especially on Long Weekends. 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.
By Rail: 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.
By Air: 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 very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000 to 2500 depending upon 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 Manali. There might be no signals available by the time you reach Rola Khuli.
Best time to do Bhrigu Lake trek is May to October.
The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking
On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
In the summer season on Bhrigu lake trek the temperature will range from 15-20 degrees Celsius during the day and 4-7 degrees Celsius at night. The winter will get cold dropping the temperature from 10-7 degrees celsius during the day and 0 to -5 degrees celsius at night. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. For more details follow Bhrigu Lake Trek Temperature Chart
On Bhrigu Lake trek you can expect snow in the first season i.e. May-June. It is difficult to expect snow post monsoons in August when the trek opens again for its second season. Heavy snowfall in winter makes this region inaccessible.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Manali has reasonable size market but because of immediate departure from Manali last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
We have one pick-up point: Main Government Bus Stand in Manali. The dropping point will be at Vashisht,a hot sulphur water spring. From here you can take cab/auto rickshaw for Manali which is approximately 1 km.
Expect to reach Vashisht late in the afternoon. If you wish to take a dip in the sulphur spring and explore the region, it is advised to make bus bookings for the next day.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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