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.
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.
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.