Bhirgu lake trek a Best Summer trek & Weekend trek

Bhrigu Lake nestles between two deep ridges at a height of 14,009 ft in the Upper Kullu valley. This glacial water body remains surrounded by snow even well into June. Thin splints of ice form on the circular lake giving it a mellow blue color during the day. Surprisingly, this pure alpine environment is found within reach just over four days, making it one of the best options of Trekking in Manali. This trek will take you through pristine stretches of green meadows, enrich you with the experience of snow and ridge walks, unveil a gallery of spellbinding snow clapped peaks, and finally touch the luminescent glacial waters of the lake—all a matter of long weekend in high spirits!

The trek is especially inviting for first timers who wants to have a taste of snow in the summers along with the extravaganza of nature at is flourishing best that is the Himalayas. The rise to the highs does not pose any strains to make the trek unfitting for beginners. Anybody confident enough of their fitness should be able to take the trek and enjoy. Another reassuring aspect of the trail to Bhrigu is the lush meadows and forest cover providing shade and peace to the trekkers for a considerable part in the better half of the journey.

The Lake, besides its pictorial setting in snow covered ridges is also known for mythological connotations. The sage Bhrigu is known to have been meditating by the banks of this lake, thus sanctifying it with auspicious powers. According to local beliefs, these waters are touched by the Gods of the Kullu Valley, making it sacred for devotees.

Stretches after stretches of lush green meadows, a glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals, and alpine flora and fauna found in these parts of the Garhwal Himalayas are the key highlights of the trail. On the last course to the lake comes Vashisth, a sulphurous hot water spring forming a memorable spot overflowing with scenic splendor. A number of temples line the way after this mark on the trail, making the Bhrigu Lake hike a rich one in the exploration of Himalayan religious culture.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: From Manali drive to Gulaba and trek to Gulaba Meadows camp

Altitude: 8,500 ft
Drive to Gulaba, 22 kms, approx one and half hours
Trek to Gulaba Meadows, 3 kms, approx 1 hr

  • Start from Manali at 2 pm to reach Gulaba by 3:30 pm
  • Start trekking to Gulaba Meadows at 3:30 pm, steep ascent throughout the trail
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Last ATM point- Manali
  • Availability of telephonic network- Manali

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi

Altitude: 12,500 ft
7 kms trek, approx. 5 hours

  • First 1.5 hours is steep ascent and then gradual ascent till campsite, via Kolang Nallah
  • The trail passes through virgin forests with views of Manali & Solang
  • Lunch at camp site
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Peaks spotted: Mt. Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister peaks

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Pandu Ropa

Altitude: Bhrigu Lake at 14,000 ft, Pandu Ropa at 11,800 ft 10 kms trek, approx. 8 hours.

  • Steep ascent till Brigu Lake for approx. 4 kms (Walking on snow in winter)
  • The oval shaped lake is frozen almost throughout the year
  • Steep descent through meadows to Pandu Ropa for approx 6 hours
  • Lunch at Bhrigu Lake
  • Accommodation in tents

Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashist to Manali

Altitude: Vashist at 6,900 ft and Manali at 6,700 ft
8 kms trek, approx. 7 hours

  • Steep descent till Vashist through rice fields, mountain villages & apple orchards
  • Views of snow clad mountains
  • End the trek at the hot sulphur water spring at Vashist
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Reach Vashist by 4 pm and drive to Manali (30 minutes)

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: From Manali to Gulaba

We will start our first day’s journey early around 2’o clock in the afternood from Manali towards Gulaba, a little hamlet in the hills off the urban townships. Advice goes for reaching Manali the night before in order to rest and cover the places of note in Manali like Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery, and the souvenir stores along Mall Road by pickup time from Manali bus stand.After covering a 22 km drive from Manali to Gulaba on the Leh-Manali express way we reach the pictorial flag off point of our trekking trip.The expected time of arrival to Gulaba is 3:30 to 4:00 pm. Expect a number of thrilling sharp turns on this drive and carry cautionary medicine for motion sickness.From Gulaba, the trek will commence by a paved pathway full of the colors of life in the village. Only a smooth walk of 1 hour covering 3 km of scenic mountain roads is scheduled for the forst day. One of the easy treks in Himalayas, the Bhrigu Lake Trek will give you enough leeway for enjoying the pine shaded path to the meadows camp embedded in peaceful greenness.The Gulaba meadows camp is celebrated for its great astral view of the night sky- a rare opportunity for astronomical photography enthusiasts. Shorn of tree cover, the meadow is beautifully exposed to a sky full of stardust.

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi

Situated 7 km off the Gulaba Meadows camp lies Rola Kholi, our destination for Day 2. Compared to the initial trekking experience, today will be of more challenge. A steep uphill trek spans for the first one and a half hour making way for a smoother gradual ascent via Kolang Nallah- a water point. Advice goes for carrying at least 2 bottles of water today for there will be no sources of water available before Kolang Nallah.The beauty of the track is unmatched owing to the wild flower laden virgin forest path and the pristine and peaceful quality of Manali and Solang Valley lying out far away. As we approach, a sight of the bright Hanuman Tibba mountain and the Seven Sisters Peaks will greet us and draw us forward with an welcome call. After breaking at Kolang Nallah for some rejuvenation and a refill of water, we move ahead by a makeshift bridge over the stream. It is still another hour till the campsite of Rola Kholi. Established close by a water source, we have our second day’s camp site filled with the beauty of the surrounding hills. This day is markedly important for acclimatization for everybody. A short walk in the bliss of the meadows is therefore recommended before the sun sets.

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Panduropa

Wake up to the morning light shining over snow covered peaks next dat and gear up for your summit climb. Set on the destination of Bhrigu Lake at 14, 000 ft. we begin at the break of dawn, absorbing the changing lights on the hills as we go. The colorscape turns from glistening green of the meadows to browning grass as we inch closer to the Lake and the path spirals steeply.Soon, after around 4 km trek ahead from Rola Kholi, you will find yourself amidst a shade of hazy winter, snow cover falling bleakly on all sides. Hereafter, the trek till the Lake in most parts is a level walk on snow. Nearing the azure vision of the Lake, the surface beneath turns to boulders and loose moraine, hiking up the difficulty level of the walk a notch. The serene waters of the holy Lake turns extra special for trekkers in the summer months. A bed of soft hued alpine flowers will surround the calm blue of the Lake, painting quite a sensational picture as though of a paradise. On Reaching the summit point, we break for a memorable lunch by the Lake’s blue waters. After a couple of hours rest we are scheduled to descend to the campsite of the day at Pandu Ropa. Step by step through a patchwork of white snow and flowering green patches , walking down a steep descent of 6 hours, the pleasant grounds of Pandu Ropa is reached.

Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashisht to Manali

On the last day of sojourn in the blissful enclave of the hills, we go down to Manali enroute Vashist at 6900 ft., a spellbinding location characterized by religious importance. The scenic hillscape here is dotted with temples with colored domes and a hot spring. Keeping Vashist for our lunch time stop, we start early this morning. Exhaustion on this day’s trek is esteemed minimum, thanks to the descending slopes. The picturesque magnificence around the way is sure to increases exponentially with our advancement opening upto sunlit mountain views and joyous apple orchards, rice fields to come later. However, if you find yourself plucking at fruits in the joy of the moment, be ready for trouble. The villagers are touchy to such trespassing! On reaching Vashist, trekkers with religious and spiritual leanings are welcome to take a dip in its sulpherous hot spring, believed to bring the soul purification. The region is riddled with myths and legends with temples of Lord Rama and Vashist Muni at the center of such fascinations. The temples are open to all faiths and welcoming to those willing to offer prayers. End of the day, at the mouth of the roadhead at Vashist, you will be picked up for a closing drive to Manali. A 30-40 minute ride will reach you at Manali bus station, approximately 6 in the evening. You can conveniently utilize this timely arrival which makes Bhrigu Lake one of the best of options among Trekking in Manali, for a overnight journey back to the capital.How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

By Road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 – 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at or . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.Cost Terms

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
7. Services from Manali to Manali.
8. TTH Staff insurance.

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

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

BMI RangeCategory
Less than 16.5Serverely Underweight
16.5 – 18.5Underweight
25 – 30Overweight
30 – 34.9Obese Class I (Moderately obese)
35 – 39.9Obese Class II (Severely obese)

BMI RangeCategory
Less than 16.5Serverely Underweight
16.5 – 18.5Underweight
25 – 30Overweight
30 – 34.9Obese Class I (Moderately obese)
35 – 39.9Obese Class II (Severely obese)

If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
If you’re suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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