Bhrigu Lake trek

Trek through alpine forests, lush high altitude meadows and rocky terrain with gushing streams and meandering rivers to reach the famous Bhrigu Lake

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Bhrigu Lake trek Overview

About Bhrigu Lake trek

Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude glacial lake located at an elevation of around 14,000 feet in the upper Kullu valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies to the east of the Rohtang Pass and is a short drive from Manali. This trek stands apart from all other high altitude lake treks because most other lakes at this elevation require days of trekking through difficult terrain to reach.

Legend has it that Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the pristine lake and hence, it has been rendered sacred. The locals believe that due to this, the lake never freezes over completely.

Bhrigu Lake trek – The itinerary

This trek climbs from approximately 8000 feet to 14,000 feet. You’ll start in forests and orchards of Gulaba village and trek through gorgeous deodar and pine forests. You’ll see the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal range, but as you climb higher, the landscape becomes more barren.

As you trek, you’ll see the Seven Sister Peaks, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba. You’ll also be camping at the same altitude as Rohtang Pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Total bragging rights!

Many itineraries to Bhrigu lake include a stop at Vashisht hot sulphur spring on the way back. It is a welcome break for weary travellers and you can enjoy a dip in the hot water and relax.

Best season to visit Bhrigu Lake

The best time to visit is in summer when the Bhrigu Lake temperature is around 20-25 degrees Celsius in the daytime, and 5-7 degrees Celsius at night. In winter, the temperature falls lower with 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day and nearly 0-7 degrees Celsius at night. Many trekkers like to visit during the winter to experience a snow trek and to see the lake in all its winter splendour.

If you’re looking for treks in Himachal, don’t forget to check out Top 10 treks in Himachal Pradesh.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Summary

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Nearest city: Manali
  • Total days: 4 days
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Max altitude: 14,000 feet
  • Total trekking distance: 25 km
  • Season: Summer and Winter
  • Avg temperature: 5 to 25 degrees Celsius in summer; 0 to 15 degrees Celsius in winter

Bhrigu Lake Trek - 3 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Trek from Gulaba to Rohli Khel

  • Start point: Gulaba
  • End point: Rohli Khel
  • Day start time: 09:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 8 km
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Day 2: Trek from Rohla Kholi to Bhrigu

  • Start point: Rohli Khel
  • End point: Rohli Khel
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Day 3: Return to Manali

  • Start point: Rohli Khel
  • End point: Manali
  • Day start time: 06:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 5 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Meet at Manali Mall road bus stand at 9:00 hrs and drive to Gulaba, the start point of the Bhrigu Lake trek. This is about 25 kms away and will take just over an hour. At Gulaba, after a briefing session, you'll begin your trek. You'll walk through apple orchards, pine forests, and fresh air. By late afternoon, you'll arrive at Rohla Kholi, where your campsite is set up for the night. Overnight in tents.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, you'll begin the trek to Bhrigu Lake. Today's walk offers some beautiful views of the Himalayas and a stream crossing. It's about 4 hours one way, and you'll enjoy the walk. After the stream, there's a slight ascent to Bhrigu Lake. After taking in the sights around the lake, you'll return to the camp at Rohla Kholi. Overnight in tents.

Day 3:

Today you'll eat breakfast at camp, and then head back down. The trek is downhill, and will take about 4 hrs. You'll walk through a small meadow and a ridge to Gulaba, where vehicles are waiting for you. You'll be driven back to Manali and should arrive by early afternoon. Your Bhrigu Lake trek ends here.

Inclusions:

Accommodation will be provided in dome tents on triple-sharing basis. All equipment required for camping such as dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses, all common kitchen/dining and toilet tents etc. will be provided by the operator. You will be given all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4 which will be veg meals and eggs.

Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew along with porters and mules to carry common camping equipment will be included in the package costs. All necessary permit charges, entry fees and camping charges are included in the package costs. First aid kit will be available with crew. All applicable taxes are inclusive

Exclusions:

Travel arrangements and costs between base city and Manali are not included. Any meals in Manali or other than what is mentioned in the inclusions will be not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. or any personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc. are not included and will be additional.

Porters or mules to carry personal luggage will be provided at an additional cost on per bag per day basis. Each bag should not be more than 11 kgs in weight. Adventure travel or medical insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

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Bhrigu lake Trek - 4 days

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Manali and acclimatisation

  • Start point: Manali
  • End point: Manali
  • Day start time: 09:00 AM

Day 2: Drive to Kulang, trek to Mori Dogu

  • Start point: Manali
  • End point: Mori Dogu
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 8 kms
  • Trekking time: 5 hrs

Day 3: Trek to Bhrigu Lake

  • Start point: Mori Dogu
  • End point: Mori Dogu
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 6 km
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Day 4: Return to Manali

  • Start point: Mori Dogu
  • End point: Manali
  • Day start time: 07:00 AM
  • Trekking distance: 8 kms
  • Trekking time: 4 hrs

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You need to arrive at the Manali base camp by morning. You'll spend the day acclimatizing to the high altitude and preparing for the trek to Bhrigu Lake. You'll meet your fellow trekkers and the trek leader, who will conduct a quick orientation session about the trek route, essential items to carry and other important information

You can spend the rest of the day exploring the mountain town of Manali. You can also visit the local marketplace to do any last minute shopping in case you missed on any trekking essentials. Overnight at Manali in tents.

Day 2:

Today, after breakfast, you will begin with a drive to Kulang. It’s a short drive of about 30 mins to the starting point of the trek. You will begin your trek towards Mori Dogu today, passing small streams and walking through green forests. It’s about 4 hours of trekking before you reach your campsite for the day at Mori Dogu.

You should mostly arrive at the campsite by late afternoon. Relax for the rest of the day or go for short walks to explore your campsite and take some lovely photographs of nature and the mountains. Overnight in tents.

Day 3:

BYou will begin your day early and start trekking towards Bhrigu Lake. The trail today gets pretty steep and can be challenging as it is covered in scree. During winter, you may be walking in snow in this stretch of the trek. After some pushing and navigating the mountainous terrain, you will reach the lake for a rewarding view of this glacial lake.

Spend some time to admire the beautiful lake and the reflections of surrounding mountains in its still waters. After a memorable packed lunch on the banks of the lake, you will begin your descent back to the campsite at Mori Dogu. Overnight at Mori Dogu in tents.

Day 4:

Today is a much easier trek as you will be descending downhill and the trail is much easier downwards than upwards. You will make the journey all the way to Kulang in a few hours. Vehicles will be waiting to pick you up at Kulang and drive you back to Manali. Time for goodbyes, your trip ends here. You are free to explore further on your own or return to your base city.

Inclusions:

Accommodation will be provided in dome tents on triple-sharing basis. All equipment required for camping such as dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses, all common kitchen/dining and toilet tents etc. will be provided by the operator. You will be given all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4 which will be veg meals and eggs

Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew along with porters and mules to carry common camping equipment will be included in the package costs. All necessary permit charges, entry fees and camping charges are included in the package costs. First aid kit will be available with crew. All applicable taxes are inclusive .

Exclusions:

Travel arrangements and costs between base city and Manali are not included. Any meals in Manali or other than what is mentioned in the inclusions will be not included. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. or any personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc. are not included and will be additional.

Porters or mules to carry personal luggage will be provided at an additional cost on per bag per day basis. Each bag should not be more than 11 kgs in weight. Adventure travel or medical insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to visit is in summer when the Bhrigu Lake temperature is around 20-25 degrees Celsius in the daytime, and 5-7 degrees Celsius at night. In winter, the temperature falls lower with 10-15 degrees Celsius during the day and nearly 0-7 degrees Celsius at night. Many trekkers like to visit during the winter to experience a snow trek and to see the lake in its winter splendour.

Getting there

Manali is one of the most popular adventure destinations in India, attracting travellers from all over the country. Hence, it has grown to have good connectivity to many cities of India. You can reach Manali either by flight or by road. Manali does not have its own railway station due to the mountainous location, therefore, you cannot reach there by train.

Flying to Manali is the most convenient way if you are further south of Delhi. The closest airport to Manali is the Bhuntar Airport, located about 50 km from Manali. The airport is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by daily flights and to other major cities like Mumbai and Bangalore, etc. by regular flights. But due to erratic weather, it is not always dependable and there can be flight delays. From the airport, you can either take a cab or a local bus to reach Manali.

Reaching Manali via road is thrilling since you get to cross winding roads through the mountains and lush forests. Manali is connected to most major cities and towns of North India by a rich network of highways. You can either take a private cab or a state/privately run bus. You may even drive your own car or motorbike if you enjoy driving.

What to wear

Ensure to dress in layers and add a layer of thermal wear for both upper and lower body. Wear cotton socks for trekking, woollen socks for the nights when the temperatures drop further. Cover yourself with a scarf, muffler, woollen hat for head and neck.

Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes are a must as you will be walking many hours each day and across different terrain from grass, to rocks to even snow. Avoid carrying Expensive jewellery, wrist watches and electronic items; and suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage.

What to carry

Participants are requested to carry valid photo ID proof. Only those with valid and confirmed bookings are allowed to stay at the campsite. Ensure you carry a waterproof rucksack with raincover, raincoat, a sturdy water bottle (1 litre), trekking pole/walking stick, torch with extra batteries, personal toiletries like toilet roll, toilet soap, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, lightweight and quick dry towel.

Protect yourself with sunglasses, sun block, lip balm, a suncap, thermal innerwear for upper and lower wear, warm jacket, warm gloves, woollen hat, woollen socks (for the night only), and lightweight floaters/sandals. Do not forget your personal medicines and carry some chocolates or energy bars.

Preparation/Fitness

This is an easy trek with moderate levels of difficulty at a few stretches along the way. It is suitable for families, young children and beginners to introduce them to high altitude treks. It is also a great beginner’s snow trek during the winter.

However, even though it is an easy trek, you must have a decent level of fitness. You should be able to walk at least 6 to 8 km everyday and be able to carry a 15kg backpack for adults. Try to have regular walks or runs in the weeks before the trek and practice climbing stairs or slopes around you for at least 15 min. This will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. Especially, when the terrain gets a bit more challenging during winter when it gets covered in snow.

FAQs about the Bhrigu Lake trek

Can a beginner do the Bhrigu Lake trek?

TThe Bhrigu Lake trek goes from 8000 feet to 14,000 feet, which means you’ll have some fairly steep sections to negotiate. In the summer, it is a moderately challenging trek, but it gets a little more difficult in the winter.

Fit beginners will be able to complete the trek, but if you have any health problems, it might not be the right choice for you. You should check out our blog on Easy Snow Treks for Beginners if you want to see your options.

When is the best time to go for the Bhrigu Lake trek?

The Bhrigu Lake trek is most popular in summer, when the weather is pleasant and the landscapes are green and lovely. However, it is also becoming a popular snow trek, as it takes you to a considerable elevation of over 14,000 feet, where you can enjoy the thick pristine snowfall.

What should I carry for the Bhrigu Lake trek?

Your operator will provide you with a full list of equipment that you need to carry. Make sure you have thermals, warm layers, woollen hat and scarf, and waterproof gloves. You’ll also need sunscreen and thick moisturiser. When you pack, ensure you carry a rain cover for your backpack and your day pack.

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Trip Description
This adventure takes you into misty Himalayan heights to an emerald-green lake that is fed by melting glaciers. It is said that the Rishi Beas visited the lake to meditate, and you'll certainly feel the peace of the place when you get there. The trek to Beaskund changes as you climb, starting in idyllic meadows filled with flowers and shrubs to rocky outcrops and craggy peaks. You'll camp in stunning locales, sleeping under the stars and listening to the wind as it whistles past.

If you’re a first time trekker, the Beaskund trek is perfect for you. It has mostly easy walking, with a few steep sections. If you’re a seasoned trekker, this trek is a great short adventure that starts close to Manali.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • All meals during trek
  • Trek guide, support staff
  • Porters to carry common equipment
  • Any permits and entry charges
  • First-aid kit
  • All technical and safety equipment as required
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel to Manali-Solang-Manali
  • Meals, snacks or beverages during the drive
  • Personal insurance
  • Charges for still/video cameras
  • Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry, tips, porterage/ mules charges, etc.
  • Additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations
  • Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions
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The trek to Beaskund is a 4 day trek that takes you to the glacial lake of Beas, with views of surrounding peaks such as Shitidhar and Friendship Peak in the Kullu region. You'll trek past slow avalanches rumbling in the distance, through wide open valleys between peaks, where mountain streams dot the landscape, up to grazing meadows where shepherds bring their flock to graze on the sweet grass. You'll also witness hanging glaciers and camp out in the wild. But the emerald-green Beaskund is the highlight of this trip, with its serene environs and open skies above.

The Beaskund trek is an easy grade adventure, suitable for beginners, but is also good for experienced trekkers looking to gain altitude in a day's trek.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation during trek (camping) on triple-sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Transport from Manali to Manali
  • Meals while on trek (veg) from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3
  • All fees and permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals during transit
  • Personal expenses like tips, beverages, snacks, etc
  • Cost escalation due to natural reason
  • Personal porters for your bags
  • Unscheduled stays or expenses due to landslides, events beyond operator's control
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