Himalayan Trek

Bhrigu Lake – Himachal Pradesh

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Overview:

Getting to high altitude water bodies is often difficult as you have to cross some really difficult terrains. However, the Brighu Lake trek in Upper Kullu Valley can be easily reached and explored. It is based in the famous Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh. The Bhrigu lake trek is one weekend that is surely filled with lots of exploring and entertainment. The trek offers some fantastic views of snow-capped mountains, meadows and forests. Bhrigu lake is popular among trekkers as it as easy trek and anyone can opt for it. It does not require one to be really fit. The trek is bound to leave you breathless with the magnificient views of the seven sister peaks, Pir Panjal ranges, Hanuman tibba, cedar forests and lush green meadows.

There are several historical and religious beliefs along with the lake. Locals believe that the lake is associated with the Sage Bhrig who performed powerful medidation rituals along the banks hundreds of years ago. The locals also believe that several gods of the Kullu valley dipped into the holy waters of the lake, making it even more sacred for devotees. Additionally, Brigu lake is 6km away from Gulaba which is a pictorial village close to Manali.

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Duration: 4 Days

Altitude: 14,000 Ft.

Trek Length: 25 kms


How To Reach:

By air: Bhuntar is the closest airport and it is 52 km from Manali. One can easily avail taxi services from here and it will only cost you around INR 700-1000. Bhuntar is well connected to major cities in India.

By Road: The NH-3 leads towards Manali. Most people drive down comfortably from Delhi to Manali. You can easily rent cars from Delhi or hire taxis as well. There are many volvo buses as well that you can opt for instead and they start from ISBT Kashmere Gate.


Trek Start & End Point: Manali

Difficulty Level: Easy

Cost: INR 6,750


ITINERARY IN BRIEF

Day 1: Manali to Gulaba Meadows camp (10,300 ft)

  • Drive down to Gulaba which is 22 km away from Manali (one and half hours)
  • Then trek to Gulaba Meadows (3 km trek)
  • Stay overnight in tents

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi (12,500 – 10,300 ft)

  • Today’s trek will be for 6 km and last for four hours.
  • You will pass through silver oak, cedar and birch tree forests and you will have a view of Manali and Solang all along the way.
  • You will also see Mount Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake and then back to Rola Kholi (14,000 ft)

  • Today’s trek is 10 km and will take you around 8 hours.
  • Your trail will be a mix of rocks and snow.
  • You will trek along Bhrigu lake stream and spend the night in tents.
  • Through your trek you can see Indrasen Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba mountains

Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba to Manali

  • Today you will trek for 6 km (roughly three hours)

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Manali to Gulaba Meadows camp

Your journey begins from Manali and you will drive down via Rohtang Pass towards the little hill nook hamlet of Gulaba. You will pass through three towns Kothi, Palchan and Kolang. Keep your cameras out because the views get better and better. From the pine forests to snow covered mountains to grasslangs, how the surroundings change! After lunch, your trek begins and you will hike for nearly one and a half hours. You will camp near the forest line grasslands. The trek is easy and you will not find it difficult.

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi 

Your trek today is for 6 km which will take you three to four hours. It is a steep walk today so ensure you carry enough water and snacks. For the first few kms you will walk along the forest cover, with the rustling of the conifers to keep you company. After half hour, you will find the forests left behind and the meadows begin. Here is where the local shephers graze their cattle during summer. You will find several mud huts and poles here as well. Once you start heading south, you will see the Hanuman Tibba peak rising sharply and then the seven-sister peak. You will then walk through a jungle, passing through meadows again. The path gets narrower and steeper along the way to Rola Kholi and you will even get to pass through two streams. Camp near chor nallah at Rola Kholi.

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi

Today you will experience a completely different change in landscape! You will start early morning and walk for about 10km which will take you roughly seven to eight hours. You will walk along a steep and stony path. The meadows that you have been experiencing will now change to cold mountains. Till June, Rola Khuli is covered in snow, post which it begins to melt. Thelast leg of your trail should be done carefully as it is very slippery. From here the alpine lake becomes more prominent between the two ridges. The lake however is never entirely frozen and this is attributed to the powers of Sage Bhrigu. You can have a glimpse of Solang valley from here on a clear day.

Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba to Manali

Today you will trek back through the same path across the meadows. You will hike for about two to three hours and head back to Manali by car.


THINGS TO CARRY

Packing Gear

  1. Backpack & rain cover (50 – 60 ltr)
  2. Daypack + rain cover (20 – 30 ltr)
  3. Walking stick
  4. Water bottle
  5. Head Torch
  6. Snacks

Clothing

  1. T-shirts (Full sleeves Non-cotton)
  2. Fleece T-shirts         
  3. Fleece jacket         
  4. Down feather / Hollofil jacket    
  5. Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)     
  6. Thermal inners (upper and lower)        
  7. Trek pants    
  8. Poncho
  9. Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
  10. Fleece/woollen gloves

Toiletries

  1. Sunscreen cream 
  2. Moisturiser   
  3. Antibacterial powder
  4. Toilet Paper & wipes         
  5. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  6. Lip balm       
  7. Quick dry towel

Head Gear

  1. Sun cap       
  2. Woolen cap           
  3. Neck-gaiters          
  4. Sunglasses U/V protected.
  5. People who wear spectacles- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek) Photo chromatic glasses.

Foot Gear

  1. Trekking shoes        
  2. Floaters/flip-flops   
  3. Cotton socks          
  4. Woollen socks        
  5. Gaiters         

Cost Includes

  1. Accommodation: camping while on trek.
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg)
  3. Forest entry permits
  4. Qualified & mountaineering certified trek Leader, Guide, Cook, and Support staff.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6.  Trek equipment (Sleeping Bag, Tents, Mattress, Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent and Utensils)
  7. Mules and porters to carry central equipment.

Exclusions:

  1. Any kind of personal expenses
  2. Food during the transit
  3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  4. Insurance.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.