The Bhrigu Lake trek

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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 and will 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 C in the daytime, and 5-7 degrees C at night. In winter, the temperature falls lower with 10-15 degrees C during the day and nearly 0-7 degrees C at night. Many trekkers like to visit during the winter to experience a snow trek and to see the lake in its winter splendour.

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

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One of the most exciting high-altitude treks in Himachal Pradesh, this trek to Bhrigu Lake takes you to an altitude of over 14,000 feet in just four days. As you trek under dense forests of pine trees, you’ll steadily gain altitude and catch increasingly breathtaking views of the Solang Valley. Your trek over the vast forest-covered pastures also offers amazing views of snow-capped peaks of Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Indrasan. At night, you’ll stay in tents pitched over lush meadows and drift into sleep under a sky full of stars.

This trek to Bhrigu Lake takes you over a relatively easy to moderate trail with patches of strenuous climbs, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
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  • Accommodation in dome tents on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Dome tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide and camping crew
  • Porters and mules to carry common camping equipment
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel costs between base city and Manali
  • Any meals in Manali
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Porters or mules to carry personal luggage
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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The Bhrigu Lake trek takes you across a range of trails, beginning from a simple hike through dense forests and ending with a steep trek over glimmering white snow and ice. As you approach the lake, you'll see a panorama of green, snow-capped mountains dominating the horizon, a mesmerizing view for all trekkers. The lake itself naturally changes from an emerald green pond lined with blooming wildflowers in the summer, to a frozen white sheet with a blanket of snow in the winter.

The Bhrigu Lake trek involves climbing over steep inclines, especially on the day when you visit the lake. This moderate intensity trek is perfect for fit and healthy beginners looking for a challenge.
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  • Travel arrangements, as per itinerary, in a private bus, jeep or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in tents for 3 nights on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag, mattress
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
  • All meals from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
  • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any (such as crampons etc.)
  • All government permits and charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Pathlikuhal
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, natural calamities etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions
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Himachal Pradesh offers many scenic treks, and the Bhrigu Lake trek is easily one of the most picturesque in that bouquet. Legend has it that Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake. This 3-day, easy to moderate trek to Bhrigu Lake is open all year and is set in idyllic surroundings - making it perfect for first timers and families alike.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Manali-Manali as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in triple sharing tents
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Toilet tents, dining tent
  • All veg meals on trek from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3
  • Tea, coffee in the morning and evening
  • Porters/mules for camping equipment
  • Any permits necessary
  • Qualified trek guide and support staff
  • First Aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Stay in Manali
  • Mineral water or soft drinks
  • Cost escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide
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An easy to moderate trek, this 4-day trek takes you to the holy lake of Bhrigu. As legend has it, the ancient sage Bhrigu used to meditate on the banks of the lake, rendering its waters sacred. The route follows a scenic path through forests of oak, pine and cedar, and will give you plenty of great views.

Every morning on this Bhrigu Lake trek begins with a yoga and meditation session so that you make the most of the spectacular views and the fresh mountain air. At nights, after a day of trekking, you'll enjoy a campfire and hot soup, followed by dinner. At night, you'll sleep in tents, with the sounds of nature outside.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Manali to Manali in a private shared vehicle
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
  • Snacks and soup in the evening
  • Accommodation in alpine tents on twin-sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags with fleece lining
  • Sleeping mattresses
  • Toilet tents, separate for male and female travellers
  • Yoga session in the morning
  • Microspikes, if required, on hard ice
  • Gaiters, if required, for deep snow
  • Qualified trek leaders and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry common camping gear
  • Camping permits and charges, if any
  • Bonfire, if weather permits
  • Activities at the campsite, if time permits
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Upgrade to single occupancy at an additional cost of INR 500 (excludes taxes)
  • Personal porters can be arranged for an additional cost of INR 300 (excludes taxes) per rucksack, per day
  • Raincoat/poncho on rent can be arranged for INR 100 (excludes taxes) per day
  • Trekking pole on rent can be arranged for INR 100 (excludes taxes) per day
  • Personal expenses such as extra meals, soft drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Additional costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as road blocks, landslides, political unrest, natural calamities, etc.
  • Insurance
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Ideal for a quick getaway, this 3-day Bhrigu Lake trek has nothing but good things in store for you. It's a moderately challenging adventure in the Himalayas, perfect for newbies or participants with past experience looking for fun trek. You will traverse mixed forest of oak and pine and find commanding views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Hampta valley at every turn. Nature buffs will love the campsite set on the pristine banks of Bhrigu lake, with its calm environs and scenic vistas. The trek also offers a chance to visit the famous hot water springs in the Vashisht village.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation for two nights in alpine or dome tents (depending on group size)
  • Sleeping bags and mattress
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Transportation to and from trekking point
  • Trek guide, porters, cook and helpers
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
  • Forest permits / tourist permits / camping permits if required
  • Everyday use utensils including lunch boxes, plates, mugs etc
  • Medical kit
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transport (flights, trains, bus tickets, etc) to Manali
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses like tips, extra snacks and beverages
  • Any meals in Manali or during transit
  • Any additional expenses due to natural causes
  • Anything not mentioned under the inclusions
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Known for its generous display of natural beauty and its ability to reach such a high altitude at such a short span of time, this 4-day Bhrigu Lake trek is a perfect adventure for beginners looking for a quick escape. You'll trek through oak and cedar forests, lush green meadows, carpets of alpine flooring and gushing streams. All along the route, there are views of the snow-capped peaks of the Seven Sisters, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba and the outstretched Pir Panjal ranges!

The lake itself is a sacred spot, as the sage Bhrigu is believed to have meditated here.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Manali to Manali
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Meals while on trek (veg + egg)
  • Trek equipment
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
  • Mountaineering qualified and professional trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions
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Embark on this trek to Bhrigu lake. The famous sage Bhrigu is said to have visited this lake to meditate, and when you visit, you'll see why. The lake is surrounded by snowy peaks and fed by glaciers, and all you'll hear here is the rippling of the cool, clear water and the occasional mountain bird flying by.

This trek to Bhrigu Lake takes you through alpine forests and green meadows. En route, you'll get views of the Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba peaks, as well as the beautiful Seven Sister peaks. And at the end of your 3 day adventure, you’ll also get a chance to experience the famous hot sulphur springs at Vashisht.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Manali to start point in sharing taxi
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Dining tent
  • Toilet tent
  • All meals during the trek from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3
  • Safety equipment
  • Trek guide and leader
  • Cook and helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Forest permits and camping charges, if any
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals during travel from Manali to Gulaba
  • Return transport from Vashisht to Manali
  • Any activities in Vashisht
  • Utensils for personal use
  • Porters or mules to carry personal luggage
  • Any kind of travel insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
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If you are looking to spend a weekend get away from the city madness, the Bhrigu Lake trek is the ideal one for you. You'll only have a short trek to take you away into the mountains, where you'll walk amidst tall pine trees, trek across high altitude alpine meadows, and through narrow forest trails. At the end, you'll come to the pretty lake, tucked away in a depression in the ground. On your climb, you'll see some spectacular views of peaks like Hanuman Tibba, and you'll spend the evening around a bonfire, enjoying the fresh mountain air.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses for each trekker
  • Meals during the trek (only vegetarian)
  • Transport to and from Manali
  • Trekking permits and forest entry fees as required
  • Kitchen and dining tent with utensils
  • Toilet tents with toilet rolls and handwash
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified trek leader and support staff
  • Mules to carry central equipment
  • All taxes as applicable
    Exclusions
  • Any personal expenses
  • Mules or porters for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 900 per person, for the entire trip)
  • Meals during the transit
  • Any expenses other than those mentioned in inclusions

FAQs about the Bhrigu Lake trek

Can a beginner do the Bhrigu Lake trek?

The 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, do ensure you carry a rain cover for your backpack and your day pack.