Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake sits snug between two high altitude ridges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. The remarkable thing about this trek is that one can reach an impressive altitude of 14,000 ft and experience snow over just three days of trekking!

  • Trek to a picturesque alpine lake at an altitude of 14,000 feet.
  • Camp at lovely meadows at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa.
  • Experience snow with just three days of trekking!

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Photo Courtesy: Sandhya UC

Bhrigu Lake in September

Why This Trek ?

REGION / DIFFICULTY / HIGHEST ALTITUDE:

Himachal Pradesh / Moderate / 14,009ft

DURATION / AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

4 days/ Day time temperature: 13-18°C Night time temperature: 0-7°C

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Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 6750

(Includes all costs of the trek from Manali to Manali) Service tax at 4.50% is payable on the trek fee

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Do the Bhrigu Lake Trek for the meadows

A lot of trekkers do the Bhrigu Lake trek to get to the famous lake. While the Bhrigu lake is definitely worth getting to, this is not why you must do this trek.

It is the meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trek that is the real treat. I am not sure you understand why trekking on them is such a big thing. So let me take a moment to explain.

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View of Bhrigu Lake in autumn months of September and October

In our country if you want to see high altitude alpine meadows, chances are that you would have to trek for at least 2-3 days before you can step onto one. Those 2-3 days would be hard trekking. Most alpine meadows start at around 11,000 feet, when you have just crossed the tree line. This means that it takes some time reaching them.

That’s why most people in India go gaga over Europe and Switzerland when such meadows are right here in our backyard.

These wonderful meadows are usually on the fringes of tree line. On most high altitude treks in India you’ll pop out on them from a thick forest, usually of oak. The sudden change in views are startling and beautiful. While most of these meadows are a sight to see, some are more beautiful than others. The ones on the Bhrigu lake trek are the special type.

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Endless meadows en-route Bhrigu Lake

These special meadows stretch far and wide, undulating, almost like an endless carpet. You’ll find horses galloping and sheep grazing. You can walk barefoot feeling the dew under your feet. Everywhere you see it is lush green against the deepest blue sky. But what will take your breath away is the view. Sitting on the grassy knolls you are surrounded by snow peaks that stretch to the horizon. You are sitting in your own garden in the sky.

That’s probably why I loved the Bhrigu Lake trek so much. I have been on a lot of high altitude meadows in our country — the ones at Bedni and Dayara Bugyal really stand out. So do the Dayara meadows on the Buran Ghati trek. When I stepped on the Bhrigu meadows, boy, was I impressed!

The trek is an out and out grassland trek. You step into the meadows within ten minutes of starting out of your Gulaba base camp — which is just fabulous. Considering Gulaba is just an hour’s drive from Manali it makes accessing Bhrigu Lake meadows very easy. Who could ever imagine that such beautiful meadows existed right above Manali?

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Spot the trekkers!

What I really liked about the Bhrigu meadows was that it changed texture, shape and colour but stayed with you all along the trek — right until Bhrigu lake. It made the trek so special. Getting a chance to be in such alpine meadows all along a trek was such a rare opportunity. Camping on these meadows twice was another experience.

At the camp In the night when everything was quiet, the sky lit up with a display of millions of stars. Our galaxy, the milky way, stretched from one corner of the sky to other. I saw more stars than I did sky! This kind of celestial display you get only when you step into a vast openness and an altitude of around 11,000 feet, so it wasn’t a singular experience. I was waiting for it all along!

Gulaba Camp
Night sky at Gulaba Campsite PC: Nikita Bhatia

While I have talked enough of the meadows of Bhrigu Lake, I must admit, getting to the lake is thrilling too. At almost 14,000 feet, this glacial lake changes colour and shape every week! Sometimes it is totally frozen. At times its water is a royal blue. At other times an emerald green. Just to see what colours the lake is on your week of the trek, it is worth doing the trek.

Many of our trekkers have kept our Deoriatal or Kedarkantha as their first Himalayan trek experience. I think you can add Bhrigu Lake to that list.

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Bhrigu Lake

How difficult is the trek?

The Bhrigu Lake trek is classified as a trek of moderate difficulty. Click here to read what difficulty ratings mean. You start from an altitude of 8,530 ft at Gulaba and you reach a highest point of 14,009 ft at the lake. This means you gain around 5,480 ft over just two days of trekking. This can make the trek quite demanding.

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The Pandu Ropa campsite P.C. Rohit Joshi

Who is the trek meant for?

Do you love snow and are you strained for time? Then this trek is the perfect option for you. It gives you the chance to experience snow on just the second day. The base camp, Gulaba is just 24 km from Manali, and the duration of this trek is three days. Making it the perfect trail near Manali. It is perfect for families too.

What are the risks involved?

The Bhrigu Lake is marked as a moderate trek. It is moderate because of the altitude gained over a short span of days. While there are no technical difficulties on the trek, you do gain a lot of altitude everyday and reach 14,000 ft very quickly. This is called a forced ascent, where your body does not have enough time to acclimatise. So there are chances that you might be affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. But this can be largely taken care of with a preventive course of Diamox.

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Horses at Pandu Ropa camp PC: Apurva Raj

How to prepare for the trek?

On the Bhrigu Lake trek, you have to cover 14 km on the third day and 7 km on the other two days. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 5 km in 30 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. For more details on how to get fit, watch this video.

Places to see

After the trek you can spend time exploring the popular hill station of Manali. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Pick up from Manali bus stand at 2 pmDrive from Manali to Gulaba and short trek to the campsite.
Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Khuli; 7 km, 3-4 hours
Day 3: Rola Khuli to Bhrigu Base camp via Bhrigu Lake; 14 km, 7-8 hours
Day 4: Bhrigu base camp to Gulaba. Drive to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali by 3.30 pm.

 

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Gulaba, trek for an hour and camp

The trek to Gulaba starts from the 14th scissor bend on the right side of the roadhead.
Take an overnight bus to Manali so that you reach Manali by 12 pm. We pick you up at 2 pm after lunch from Manali bus stand. Take the Manali-Rohtang Pass road. Drive by Kolang, Palchan, Kothi as you reach Gulaba, base camp of the trek. Gulaba is 22 km from Manali. Once a quiet hamlet, Gulaba is buzzing with tourist in transit to Rohtang Pass. There are few road side dhabas

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On the way to Gulaba. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Trek steadily underneath forest cover, passing through open grasslands every now and then. The trail turns steeper after around 20 minutes. Make note of silver oak, cedar and birch trees on the trail here. These are few of the most prominent trees in the Himalayas. There are also a few rivulets that flow by. After around 40 minutes, the trail enters an open meadow where shepherds camp. Pitch your tents and camp here for the evening. The Gulaba camp gives a good break for acclimatization before hitting Rola Kholi at 3,830 meters.

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Camping at Gulaba. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi

  • Altitude: ­­­­­2600 m to 3,830 m
  • Time taken: 3-4 hours, 7 km

Observe Mt. Hanuman Tibba towering over the meadow in the background. Below Hanuman Tibba are the Seven Sister peaks seated in Beas Kund Valley. Turn right from the upper ridge of the meadow and head south. The second forested cover begins here.

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The Kolang Nallah. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Ahead, there’s a milky white rivulet flowing down the imposing Kolang Valley. This is Kolang Nallah. Walk straight towards it until you are walking along the banks of the stream. You have to cross over to the other side of the nallah. Look for a wooden makeshift bridge to cross over. The bridge is usually washed away during monsoon. If such is the circumstance, look for suitable logs to hop on and get onto the other side. Here, a trail on the right ascends towards a ridge (from south east). As you climb up the ridge, pause to enjoy brilliant views of Manali and Solang Valley. From here, Rola Kholi is around 2 hours away.

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The Rola Kholi campsite. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Rola Kholi is a scenic grazing ground used by local shepherds. Located at the base of Bhrigu Lake, it makes for an ideal camping spot. You water source here is Chor Nallah, which flows across the camping ground.

Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake and then to Bhirgu base camp. Excursion to Pandu Ropa

  • Altitude: 3,830 m to 4,270 m and then to 3,600 m
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours, 14 km

Start early as you have a lot of distance to cover today. You have to trek a height of around 411 m to reach Bhrigu Lake.

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Beginning the ascent to Bhrigu Lake. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Bhrigu Lake rests between two high-altitude ridges. You’re currently hiking to the first ridge, which is an hour away. The trail slowly turns from green to brown and white. As you reach the ridge, look for an oval glacial lake in the distance. Depending upon the season, the lake is either surrounded by snow or fresh grass, along with a few alpine flowers.

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The Bhrigu Lake in all its glory. PC – Nikita Bhatia

On a clear day, you can catch a stunning panoramic view of Pir Pinjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Also, major peaks, Indrasen, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba stand majestically before you. The lake is normally is enveloped in fog. So finding the route could be tricky. It is always advisable to hire a local guide. After spending time at the lake, head down to Vashisht Valley on the other side. As you proceed, look for the mountain ridge of Vashisht Theli ahead. You have to climb the ridge and get down onto the other side.

The initial downhill section is steep and slippery. Descend slowly. The meadow walk is refreshing all the way to rice fields of Pandu Ropa. This is an old Kullu village with several native stories about Sage Bhrigu and the Pandavas. Camp overnight at the fields here.

Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashisht

  • Altitude: 3,600 m to 2,070 m
  • Time taken: 4 hours, 8 km

Today’s trek is an easy one. Descend through the forest ridge of Pandu Ropa. Keep in mind that there are many steep downhill sections today.

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Beautiful views while descending to Vashisht. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Once you exit the forest ridge, treat yourself to a grand view of Kullu Valley. Below you, there are attractive apple orchards that Kullu Valley is famous for. The village trail from here all the way to Vashisht is well-defined. The trek ends at Vashisht. Once there, you could pamper yourself by bathing in hot springs.

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Manali as seen while getting down to Vashisht. PC – Nikita Bhatia

Drive from Vashisht to Manali. It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Manali for the night. You can explore Manali the next day and take a Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening.

How to get fit for the Bhrigu Lake trek

The Bhrigu Lake trek is classified as a trek of moderate difficulty. You start from an altitude of 8,530 ft at Gulaba and you reach a highest point of 14,009 ft at the lake. This means you gain around 5,480 ft over just two days of trekking. This can make the trek quite demanding.

Cardiovascular endurance
On the Bhrigu Lake trek, you have to cover 14 km on the third day and 7 km on the other two days. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 5 km in 30 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. 

Strength
This is another area you should work on. When you’re climbing from  Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake, you’re gaining around 1,500 ft. Although this is a reasonable altitude gain, the terrain is not too friendly. You have to walk through snow and scree. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Bhrigu Lake trek

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the Bhrigu Lake trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

The Bhrigu Lake trek is organised in the months of July and September. Expect light showers during these months. Carrying a poncho will be extremely helpful.

Clothes

  1. Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones – Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa – the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair. 
  3. Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
  2. SuncapThe sun is more
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs):  Apartfrom two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  3. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  4. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  3. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  4. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  5. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  6. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  7. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  8. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  9. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band aid – 10 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 10 packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

If you’re shopping or packing for the trek, you can download this quick and simple checklist for offline use.

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Trek fee: Rs. 6,750/-*

Service tax at 4.5% is payable on the trek fee

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation during the trek (camping)
  • Transport charges from Manali to Gulaba and return from Vashisht to Manali.
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

Exclusions:

  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs 250* plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

Terms & Conditions

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under.

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. 
2. The trek fee includes all cost from the start of the trek at Manali to the end of the trek at Manali.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Manali by 2.00 pm.

Note: In case you do not want the Indiahikes pick up, please let us know at least 20 days in advance.

4. Backpack carrying: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charge is Rs. 250 per day. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

5. Emergency during trek:

In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

6. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted. Payment can be done only after you have received an email confirming your position on the trek. An email containing a link that allows you to make the payment online will be sent to you within 12 hours of your registration.

Note: We do not work on the weekends so all registrations done on the weekend is confirmed only by Monday morning.

9. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

10. Safety Protocols: 

a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

 

At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.

The Bhrigu Lake is marked as a moderate trek. It is moderate because of the altitude gained over a short span of days. While there are no technical difficulties on the trek, you do gain a lot of altitude everyday and reach 14,000 ft very quickly. This is called a forced ascent, where your body does not have enough time to acclimatise. So there are chances that you might be affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. But this can be largely taken care of with a preventive course of Diamox.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

It’s always better to be well-informed if you’re going to high altitude. If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.

Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. Exit on the Bhrigu Lake trek is easy as the closest road head is Gulaba, which can be reached in around 8 hours latest. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

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How to get to the basecamp – Gulaba


Delhi → Manali → Gulaba

The Bhrigu Lake trek starts from a tourist destination called Gulaba. To get to Gulaba, you have to drive 24 km from Manali. We organise transport from Manali on Day 1 of the trek. The transport is organised at 2 pm from Rambagh Circle. So please ensure you are in Manali by 1 pm.

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you should reach Manali in 12 – 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Choose government buses such as HPTDC and HRTC as they usually run on schedule. 

Note: Since Delhi-Manali is a long journey, most private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt. bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Getting back


Vashisht→ Manali → Delhi

The Bhrigu Lake trek ends at Vashisht. The drive back to Manali takes 30 minutes. Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 pm. Buses usually reach early in the morning. If you are travelling further from Delhi immediately, do keep enough buffer time in between. 

Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes

“The trek was mesmerizing and my most beautiful experience till now.  Our trek leader had the typical spirit of an adventurer. All in all, the trek was amazing!”- Ankit Jain, batch of June 2016

“Being my first trek, it was truly an exhilarating experience. I loved the uncertainty of it. There were so many moments where I had to pinch myself just to believe that I literally was in such a breathtaking place. Drinking water directly from the stream felt magical. And the local staff as well as our trek leader were amazing.  If I can think of any downside, it’s just that right after coming back from such an ethereal place, it is difficult to stop thinking about it. Kudos to the entire staff for their excellent work. I would specially like to mention Kamal Bhaiya and Pohlu Bhaiya who were incredibly kind and supportive.”-Sanskriti, batch of June 2016 

“I loved the trek. I can’t put it any simpler. When I first came in sight with my first snow bound peak (even though it was only along the horizon), my thrill knew no bounds. I enjoyed every day of the trek all the way from the muted meadows to the snowy slopes that lead to the lake. The trek leader was great and the guide, charismatic! And the food, was least expected to be this fantastic.”-Timothy Augustine, batch of June 2016 

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Pick up from Manali bus stand at 2 pm. Drive from Manali to Gulaba and short trek to the campsite.
Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Kholi; 7 km, 3-4 hours
Day 3: Rola Kholi to Pandu Ropa via Bhrigu Lake; 14 km, 7-8 hours
Day 4: Pandu Ropa to Vashisht; Enjoy Vashisht or drive to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali by 2 pm.

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What Other Trekkers Are Saying About Bhrigu Lake Trek

“The trek was better than what was described on the website. We were lucky to experience all in one trek -from ice cold to super sunny days to rains. The lake was really amazingly peaceful. It was my first trek and it surely fired me up to do more of treks. The trickiest part was walking on slippery ice as I have never walked on ice. It was a lot scarier for me to complete the final part but our guide and team leader helped us a lot in through the ‘ice-walk’.  All the arrangements were great and I am looking forward to another trek with you guys.

-Kunal Vora

“The trek was mesmerizing and my most beautiful experience till now.  Our trek leader had the typical spirit of an adventurer. All in all, the trek was amazing!”

Ankit Jain

“I loved the trek. I can’t put it any simpler. When I first came in sight with my first snow bound peak (even though it was only along the horizon), my thrill knew no bounds. I enjoyed every day of the trek all the way from the muted meadows to the snowy slopes that lead to the lake. The trek leader was great and the guide, charismatic! And the food, was least expected to be this fantastic.”

Timothy Augustine

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