The breathtaking Bhrigu Lake trek is undoubtedly a visual masterpiece at every new step. Located at an altitude of approx 14,000ft, the beauty of the serene glacial lake is well worth of legends and folklores. The lake changes color every few weeks!!! Emerald green at one point and Royal blue the other!!
Altitude14,000 ft. Approx.
Best Time to VisitMid May - Mid October
And it's not just the lake which makes this trek so special. The Bhrigu Lake trek is one of the best options to witness some glorious high altitude meadows in the Indian Himalayas. The experience of crossing the 'tree line' and venturing into vast stretches of a lush green carpet of fine grass is bound to have an everlasting effect on your mind and soul alike.
The stunning meadows can be compared to the most famous and beautiful high altitude Indian meadows like Dayara Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal of Uttarakhand. These meadows generally start at an altitude of 11,000 ft ,once the tree lines recede. And the Bhrigu Lake trek, being a short 3-4 day trek, is probably the most convenient route to get a glimpse of these marvels of nature.
The experience of strolling across the heavenly meadows just cannot be put into words. The kaleidoscope of the greenest of green grass and the bluest of blue sky has the power to heal a broken soul or a weary traveler. And add to that, the glimpse of snow clad peaks surrounding the entire stretch. The surreal canvas will just take your breath away.
The Bhrigu Lake trek is an out and out grassland trek. You put your first step onto the meadows within hours of leaving Manali, and they accompany you right until the lake.
A perfect option to choose as your first Himalaya trek !!!!
- No of Days - 3 days / 2 nights
- Trek Grade - Easy
- Max Altitude - 14,000 ft approx
- Beginning Point - Manali
- End Point - Vashishth
- Best Time to Visit : Mid May - Mid October
Drive from Manali to Gulaba (10,370 ft) ==> Trek from Gulaba to Rola Kholi (12,500 ft)
We assemble near Manali Bus stand at 7 am. After a round of introduction and a brief about the trip, we get onto the veichles to ride to the trek's starting point near the hamlet of Gulaba. Gulaba falls around 22 kms on the Manali - Rohtang highway. Its from the Gulaba that the actual trek starts.
It's a beautiful walk through oak and deodar forests, sprinkled with some amazing views of the Manali and Solang Valleys. It's a 3-4 hours of hike till Kolang Nala. On the way, be ready for mesmerizing views of well known peaks like Hanuman Tibba and the Seven Sister's Peaks.
The trail from Kolang Nala takes you further into the lap of wilderness. We cross a wooden bridge over the Nala and make our way forward to the Rola Kholi campsite, that is another 2 hours trek from here.
But once we reach the campsite, the soaring muscles get an instant respite. It's a beautiful area, with a gushing water stream passing through.
Overnight stay in camps.
Rola Kholi ==>Bhrigu Lake (14,000 ft) ==> Pandu Ropa (11,800 ft)
It's the longest day of the trek ahead, so we start early in the morning. The trail gradually becomes steep, and you can see the change in the landscape..As you gain altitude, the green carpet of grass make way for boulders and scree. And the moment when you finally have the first glimpse of the lake...Priceless !!!!!!
Just sit by the shores and marvel at the subtle ripples of the pristine lake. In the summers, you'll find tiny colorful flower scattered all around the lake.
Spend some time exloring the lake surroundings before starting for our final campsite of the trek, Pandu Ropa. It's a breathtaking walk across the meadows to reach the campsite.
Pandu Ropa (6,800 ft) to Vasishth (6,800 ft)
It's down all the way from here on. But moving downwards is tricky too. There will be more pressure on your knees. You also need to put your foot at the right spots in order to maintain a firm grip on the slanting ground.
As you get nearer to Vahishth, you will pass through small villages and beautiful apple orchards. We reach Vashishth by early evening. The place is famous for it's hot sulphur springs. A great place to pamper those soaring muscles and aching limbs !!!
Manali is just a kilometer away. So you can take a rickshaw or just stroll across to the town...
Accomodation in Tents
- Camping tents (triple sharing basis), Sleeping Bags, Carry Mats
- Nutritious and healthy vegetarian food. (Starting with lunch on First Day and ending with breakfast on Last Day).
- Support staff for Guidance in the trek
- Mules to carry luggage. (Weight limit - 10kg per person)
- Transportation cost from Delhi to Manali and return.
- Hotel Accommodation in Manali.
- Food at Manali.
- Local sightseeing expense in Manali
- Personal expense of any kind
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
Total Package Costs Rs. 6,500 /-*
Things to Carry
- Backpack 35-40L
- Small Day Pack upto 20L (To carry camera, water, jacket and similar useful items)
- Trekking Pole
- Ankle length waterproof trekking shoes
- Trekking Pants
- T Shirts (Full sleeves and half sleeves)
- Warm Jacket / 2 Pullover
- Thermals (If you are susceptible to feeling cold
- Cap (1 suncap and 1 woolen)
- Sunscreen Lotion (Above SPF 50)
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- Flash Light with extra batteries
- Toiletries (Moisturiser, Light towel, Lip Balm, Toilet Paper, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer)
- Basic Medical Kit (Crocin, Avomine, Combiflam, Disprin, Avil, Norflox, Digene, Crepe Bandage, Band Aid, Cotton, ORS, Moov Spray, Betadine or any antiseptic creme)
Terms & Conditions:Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek - 50% refund
- Cancellations between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek - 25% refund
- Cancellations less than 20 days to the start of the trek - No refund
If a trek is canceled at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances / govt. restrictions / weather conditions (like landslides, rain, earthquake, strikes, bandhs, etc), 'The Offbeat Soul' will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
Cancellations requests are entertained only on mail.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
Though maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the trekkers, 'The Offbeat Soul' will not be responsible for any injuries, both physical or mental, caused directly or indirectly in the trekking activities.
All participants are requested to download the 'Risk Form' and get it along with them on their respective treks.
It is understood that while registering yourself for any trek, you are well aware of the all the risks involved in high altitude trekking. You have taken efforts to understand what AMS (Acute Mountain sickness' is, and you are in a good state to manage your altitude related emergencies.
When you register for the trek, it is presumed that you are in a perfect physical and mental condition to undertake the rigours of a high altitude trek with low oxygen levels. We assume that you are able to jog a distance of 5 kms in 30 minutes.
The Offbeat Soul has the right to ask a trekker to discontinue the trek at any point if he/she does not meet our expected fitness requirement. In this case, the trekker will be accompanied by our staff back till the base camp.
Last minute changes / Delays
It may happen under some extreme circumstances, that there may be some last minute changes in the planned itinerary. The trek may start a day later or end a day earlier due to volatile climatic conditions, political restrictions, or any other reason. In such cases, The Offbeat Soul is not liable to refund the trek, either fully or partly. The participant cannot ask for compensation for any injury, loss or damage due to such changes.
- Drinking and Smoking are strictly prohibited during the trek. You will be disqualified from the trek with immediate effect if found flouting the rules.
- The Offbeat Soul is not responsible for any loss or damage of your belongings or equipment on the trek.
- Any damage to the equipments by the participant, other than the normal wear and tear, will be billed to you. Our decision on such matters will be final and binding.