A photo story of the surreal Bhrigu Lake trek

Removed from the rush of Rohtang Pass and Manali, guarded by two high-altitude ridges is Bhrigu Lake. The journey to this forget-me-not blue lake takes you to a completely different world! Aswati writes about Nikita Bhatia’s magical trek to this stunning alpine lake.

All pictures taken by Nikita Bhatia.

 Day 1

The Bhrigu Lake- The drive

Manali is a hub. No two ways about it. It is a touristy destination in the upper reaches of Himachal and is teeming with families looking for a quick getaway, travellers with Royal Enfields out to conquer the holy grail of road trips. The Bhrigu Lake trek starts from Gulaba, a quick drive 24 km from Manali.


Bhrigu Lake- Gulaba Campsite

Gulaba is a quiet hamlet, which occasionally buzzes with tourists en route Rohtang Pass. The trail takes off from the 14th scissor bend and alternates through forests and pasture lands! What a start it was! It rained that night- offering us a rain-washed sky full of stars!

Day 2


Out of the dense forest,  we burst into this expanse of meadow. There were swings tied to trees that brought the children in all of us alive! These swings take you to the sky! I couldn’t have imagined swinging in a place like this, where you see incredible views of the mountains and  Solang valley!


Our campsite that evening, Bhrigu Base Camp is a wide, wide expanse of a grazing ground. That day the clouds clung on to mountains after the rains, like greyish-white fluffy cotton candy. Snow accentuated the grooves of distant mountains. Sheep and cattle grazed as creek flowed lazily by our campsite. After the long day of trekking, I suddenly wasn’t tired anymore.

Day 3


And the steep climb to Bhrigu starts!


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We climbed so high up that we could see the treelines! The border of the treeline was so clear-cut, it was uncanny!


Bhrigu Lake

A 5-minute walk away from Bhrigu Base Camp and we began to see the first snows. We saw Deo Tibba, “the mountain of Gods” dominating the landscape.



Suddenly, the lush greenery disappeared and the landscape was dominated by brown and white.  We walked on a slippery slope of snow, ice and scree. The scale of this was so huge – it felt like we were walking on a giant Oreo cookie.



And then the grandest view of them all! Out from the ridges popped the oval-shaped Bhrigu Lake. It was a complete surprise. The lake popped out of nowhere and considering how grand and celestial it is, we wondered how on earth it was so well-hidden!



The ice looked so luminescent- it felt like someone has sprinkled stardust on Bhrigu lake. It seemed to belong to a different planet altogether.

Day 4

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Can you see the distant lights of civilisation?


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I am not going to forget this particular sunrise. When the sunlight broke through clouds, it created such an impressive effect on the mountains. The mountains looked like inverted jelly! If you have ever made jelly, you would know what kind of depressions the sunlight made on those mountains.



We have company! Horses and sheep graze  on the pasturelands where we camp.



The grass is greener on this side. This happy goat can attest to that.


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The meadows on the way to Vashisht were so vast and green, with tiny little rivulets that we hopped over! Oh it was delightful!


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On the way to Vashisht, we were treated to grand views of Kullu Valley.  Apple orchards accompanied us on our descent and we came near the hot springs where we treated ourselves to a hot bath! Quite a luxury after a trek.

Bhrigu Lake is special – in just four days, it offered us such a complete experience for a trek – forests, meadows, snow and an impossibly pretty glacial lake!

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19 thoughts on “A photo story of the surreal Bhrigu Lake trek

  1. What a beautiful story Aswati! Simply stated. Your love and emotions come sailing through. Loved reading and seeing the beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Pravin,

      If you want to see snow at Bhrigu Lake go in early-mid June. Post that the probability is less but you might still get lucky 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I am a newbie and planning the trek in July End/Aug month. Would that duration be fine? as this would be rainy season . Please share the information about the landslides ( as i got to know that Himachal in less risky in terms of landslides in Monsoon , as compared to Uttranchal)

    1. Hi Ankur,
      Yes, it will be raining in July and August. However, this is the season to do treks like Hampta Pass and Valley of Flowers (if you are a beginner). Landslides sometimes occur on the roads leading to these treks but the trails are generally safe.

    1. Hi Aradhana,

      You may have to check local weather conditions before starting off. There have been instances of too much snowfall in October in Bhrigu Lake. You can go to this trek in August for sure, September check conditions before leaving, October – be very cautious.


    1. Hi Shanti, snow is not very likely in the end of September. That’s the onset of autumn. If you’d like to see snow at Bhrigu Lake, then June is the best month to go there. But then again, I must tell you that September is a great time to be on this trail because of the lush greenery of the meadows and the strikingly clear skies! It’s a pleasurable trek at that time of the year! 🙂

  3. Hi, we are planning for Bhrigu lake trek in mid may(12th to 15th). Can we see the snow at that time?

  4. Hi, I am planning the Bhrigu Lake trek in mid-June. Read on a few blogs that the chances of landslides are pretty high that time. Is it safe to trek?

    1. Bhrigu lake is not a valley trek. Usually, valley treks are landslide prone. So, that’s not a concern on Bhrigu Lake trek 🙂

  5. Hi,
    I am planning for 30th June. Will it be rainy here at that time? Is it a proper rainy season in June end?