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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek – An Informative Guide for Adventurers

by Geetika Gautam

The Bhrigu Lake Trek is a high level alpine lake that is from Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Manali, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a destination that always ranks high in people’s minds when it comes to their holidays. It is situated at around 3200 meters above sea level, making it one of the cooler locations near Delhi. Some of the attractions are its stunning views, plenty of scenic walks and trips, and delicious food. The hill stations have attracted travelers since ancient times to explore its natural wonders and indulge in different activities like trekking or hiking on its slopes.

Bhrigu Lake Trek is One of The Most Popular Hiking Routes in Manali

It is located within close proximity to the Beas river. It takes around 2 hours to cover this stretch, which comprises a descent and ascent of 400 steps. There are some beautiful views at the top, too, where you can get a pleasant view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

This is also one of the most popular trails in the area and so it comes with lots of climbing fans who come here to have a relaxing time on the way. The best time to come here is from mid of May to mid of October. The climate during this period remains mild and pleasant.

One of the many highlights here is that people enjoy trekking this route in slippers or pyjamas, you can join them! It will be muddy during monsoon, so take footwear or hiking boots with you if you plan to come here in summer.

Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek – Natural Beauty of Himachal Pradesh

Bhrigu Lake is an alpine lake located close to Manali, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Bhrigu Lake takes you through dense forest and past mountain streams. The duration of the trek is around 10-12 hours.  And it’s a moderately difficult hike with a distance covered of 20 km (12.5 miles). The trek to Bhrigu Lake adds backcountry camping and overnight trekking to the Manali itinerary and is a wonderful way of experiencing the natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

Bhrigu Lake trek begins early in the morning and is fairly easy going till Nari Nagar. It is a dry rocky hill where there are no trees and you are constantly surrounded by peaks. You pass through a small forest area with a few wild animals. And then come to another forest area with some picnic spots, where you need to go through a small tunnel which is not very wide. From there on, you can see the snow capped mountains in the distance and there is no dew left on the plants in the morning. The trail continues ahead till Bhrigulake where you come across two waterfalls: two streams tumble down from snow capped mountains, one black, one white.

How to Reach Bhrigu Lake Trek in Manali?

Manali is a small hill station that lies on the northern side of the Himalayas, in Himachal Pradesh, India. The nearest airport to Manali is at Chandigarh, 138 km away and the closest railhead is at Bilaspur.  It lies around 500km away from the town,the best way to reach Manali is by road by hiring a car.

The nearest International Airport is the Chandigarh International Airport, which is located at a distance of 138km from Manali. The closest Railway Station is at Bilaspur which lies around 500 km from the town.

The Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (HPSRTC) operates regular bus services to Manali from all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Amritsar and many others. There is frequent bus service to Manali from the neighbouring Kullu, the nearest town. The nearest airport is at Chandigarh which has regular flights from Delhi and Mumbai.

Brigu lake is a natural lake situated at a height of 14,000ft in the Himalayas at Bhrigu Kund. There is no road to this lake, one also has to trek all the way up till the lake. The trek to reach Bhrigu Lake takes around 6–7 hours of walking and is a bit tough to cover. Nearby attractions are Bhrigu Temple located close by, which is on the right bank of Beas River.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive at Manali. Start from Manali to Gulaba, and Trek to Jonker Thatch

Distance: 24 km | Duration: 1 hour | Transport Cost: Rs 2,800 per vehicle to 

Trek Distance: 1.5 km | Trek Duration: 1.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,725 ft to 10,285 ft

Drive from Rambaugh Circle, Manali to Gulaba. En route, drop your bag and collect your rentals. 

DAY 2

Trek from Jonker Thatch to Rola Kholi

Trek Distance: 5 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude: 10,285 ft to 12,590 ft

Moderate. Steep upwards throughout followed by an oscillating walk for the last 30 minutes.

DAY 3

Trek from Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake

Distance: 10 km | Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 12,590 ft to 14,009 ft and back

Moderate. Starts on a stony trail. Firstly ascent for 2 hours followed by 10 minutes. Then walk for 15 minutes followed by an hour’s steep forwarding to the lake.

DAY 4

Trek from Rola Kholi to Gulaba. Drive back to Manali

Trek Distance: 5 km | Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude Loss: 12,590 ft to 9,875 ft

Easy. Mostly descending. You can expect to reach Manali by 3.30 PM.

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 metres. This depends on the weather conditions and the route you take. Therefore, the altitude may also vary for similar reasons.

Cost of The Trek

The Bhrigu lake trek is not too expensive. If you want to do it, you can set aside around 6000-7000 per person. The cost of this trek also includes vital permits and fees too. 

What to Take For Bhrigu Lake Trek?

  1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Therefore, identity such as a driver’s license, Aadhar Card, etc will do. This is a must for your identification.  
  2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. It  must also be handed over to your Trek Leader during the registration at the base camp
  3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. A practicing doctor needs to verify the medical certificate. You must fill out the second part of the certificate. If you don’t provide any medical certificate, you will not be given the permissions by the forest department.
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