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Bhrigu Lake Trek - 5 Days

Why You Should Do Bhrigu Lake Trek?

Bhrigu Lake Trek is a high-altitude glacial lake sitting at 14,100 feet above sea level, making it an ideal location for some mind-blowing adventure and thrills. The Bhrigu Lake Trek in Manali is one of the most appealing short treks in the Himalayas, and it welcomes you to see a high-altitude alpine lake, lush meadows, and all your heart desires.

It is reported that Maharishi Bhrigu, the renowned saint, sat in serious meditation on this place. However, we do not believe that the lake is the walk’s main attraction. Bhrigu Lake’s meadows are a must-see.

bhrigu lake trek
Photo by Oddessemania local guide

Getting into an alpine meadow in our country normally takes at least a day or two of trekking through the trees. A two- or three-day climb is in the cards. This is the case since most alpine meadows begin at 11,000 feet above treeline. However, you will be in the meadows within the first 10 minutes of your journey! Imagine having a meadow like this in your own backyard. It’s no surprise that panoramas like those found in Switzerland captivate us. The meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trip stretch far and wide, almost like an endless carpet. There are wild horses running all around you. The grazing sheep look up as you emerge from the trees, almost as though greeting you.

These lush green hillocks provide views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountains, which dominate the skyline. This is the garden of your dreams. In the months of July to September, the meadows are at their most lush green. There are many wildflowers to be found.

Bhrigu Lake Trek
Photo by Oddessemania local guide

The texture, form, and color of the meadows change as you travel down the trail, but they stick with you until you reach Bhrigu Lake. This is what sets the voyage apart. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hike across alpine meadows the entire way.  Trees such as Oak, Birch, Cedar,Pine and Junipers are common as well as Rhododendron plants are common. One can see horses and mountain sheep grazing in the meadows with occasional sight of deer, ibex, Himalayan monal, pheasants and other animals.

This four-day journey gives you a good taste of everything Himalayan climbs have to offer, such as meadows, glacier lakes, and mountain views. Despite being a short trip, it ascends to a high altitude of 14,000 feet, providing the thrill of a climb.

It’s a terrific walk for beginners or families eager to discover the wilderness, thanks to its easy access from Manali.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Summary 

You will be picked up from Manali and head towards Naggar, a beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh and best place to stay and get acclimatized. Next day, head to Gulaba and trek to Raoli Kholi. Uphill trek here provides the panoramic view of greater and middle Himalayan mountains. Night stay will be at Bakarthach. Next day you will trek from Raoli Kholi to Bhrigu lake. Walking on the beautiful grassland, one can enjoy majestic of the mountains. Trek back to Rhaoli kholi and rest for the night there. On the second last day, trek back to Gulaba and travel back to Naggar to the campsite. On the last day, come back to Manali and enjoy the day and gather as much memories you can from the trip.

When To Plan Bhrigu Lake trek ?

It is possible to go to Bhrigu Lake from the month of May extending to October but the best time to visit is from mid June to mid September. From mid-May, the terrain clears up for easy access, but it is still pretty frozen.  

In June

The month of June brings the perfect opportunity for this trek, with the snow cleared away enough to open up most of the roads and it is about time for the frozen lake to start melting. In this time, you will still find many traces of winter.  

In July

The blanket of snow all around begins to lift as the season progresses into July. Some snow remains on the last ascent to Bhrigu Lake, especially in early July, although the majority of the snow on the route has melted. The frozen lake melts into small concentric circles as the ice is thinning rapidly.

In August

The monsoon is at its peak right in this month. Rain showers are more regular, and clouds often appear out of nowhere, shrouding the lake and the trail. There are green open fields and meadows which makes it ideal for grazing animals to spawn here and there. The snow has completely melted. Bhrigu Lake turns into a rich blue or cascade in color, surrounded by grassy terrain and flowers.  

In September

September is one of the greatest months to visit Bhrigu Lake, according to experienced travelers and trekkers. The gorgeous destination attracts hikers. Not only the lake seems royal blue or cascade colored the meadows are luscious green. The beautiful Himalayas are easily visible in clear skies as the monsoon season comes to an end.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at campsite in Naggar. Acclimatization and briefing day

Rest, freshen up and spend the day in the small town which has some beautiful historical places like The Naggar Palace and The Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery to checkout. This day is to get acclimatized to the altitude, stretch and relax as we get ready to start our beautiful journey from the next day.

Day 2
Travelling to Gulaba /Trek to Raoli koli from Gulaba (night stay at Bakarthach)

Morning Pick up from campsite and drive to to Gulaba which takes 1-2hrs (Once a quiet hamlet, Gulaba is now buzzing with tourists in transit to Rohtang Pass) . From Gulaba we will trek to Raoli Koli (Uphill trek here provides the panaromic view of greater and middle himalayan mountains). Than Trek to Bhakarthach and night stay at Bhakarthach.

Day 3
Raoli koli to Bhrigu lake (back to Raoli koli – Night stay)

Start Early as today will be a big day and you need to trek a height of 1,348 ft. to reach Bhrigu Lake. The total trek distance is 10km and time taken to and fro is 6-7 km. After reaching Bhrigu Lake trek back to Raoli Koli and stay night here.

Day 4
Trek back to Gulaba Travelling back to Naggar at our campsite

After breakfast we will head back to Gulaba (2- 3hr trek) and will drive back to our campsite at Naggar . The scenery all through the route is a treat in itself. Rest of the day at campsite to relax

NOTE : Depending on the weather or unforeseen condition, the schedule will be modified / cancelled.

Day 5
Adventure activities and Manali Mall road

After completing the beautiful journey, it is time to relax completely. What better way to relax than flying and flowing in the river with scenic beauty around. Manali Mall road is the shoppers’ stop to buy all himachali traditional and western stuff. With last day you’re free to enjoy adventure activities like river rafting and paragliding . We will depart overnight journey with the bag full of memories!

The Trip Cost Includes

  •  Pick up and drop from trekking point.
  •  Accommodation in Naggar/Manali on 1st day
  •  Vehicle–Tata sumo/Tempo traveler.
  •  Trekking guide.
  •  Accommodation in tents on 3/4 or 5/6 sharing. 
  •  Sleeping bag & Mattress.
  •  Dinning tent.
  •  Toilet tent.
  •  Filter water.
  •  Only veg meal in entire trip. 
  •  First aid box.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  •  Personal expenses
  •  Mineral water
  •  Medical bill (in case of any accident) and anything not mention in inclusion.

Frequently asked Questions

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How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Bhrigu lake trek is a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing trekking?

On average, you walk about 3 to 4 hours per day.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4300m.

What about battery charging ?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought.

Are there ATMs on the way to Bhrigu Lake?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Manali. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Indian rupees.

What about internet access?

No. Internet cannot be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems.

These are the important items you should carry during the trek. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary item required during the trek.

CLOTHING
1.  4 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Woolen Cap, Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket & & Feather/warm Jacket
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Thermal wear
7.  Hand gloves
TREKKING
1.  Small Backpack (during trek use)
2.  Trekking shoes
3.  Sunglasses
4.  Sunscreen at least 40+SPF
5.  Lunchbox & Spoon
6.  Water bottle & Mug
7.  Energy bars, energy drink
8.  Extra cloth Bags for wet clothes
PERSONAL
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Is Bhrigu Lake Trek Is Safe To Do ?

Before you start trekking, you should be aware of the effects of high altitude on your body. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms include a moderate headache, nausea, and discomfort usually. In the Himalayas, the weather can be unstable. Even if we keep a close eye on the weather, no one can guarantee snow, rain, or sunshine. Please note that your safety is our top priority, and if the weather isn’t cooperating, we won’t go any further from the campsite. Minor injuries such as calf sprains, bruises, and other minor ailments are common while trekking through challenging terrains. Serious injuries, such as fractures or significant cuts can also happen but it is uncommon.

Terrain Wise

If you’re walking on a snow-covered route in June, make sure you have your micro spikes on. Slips are very common in thick snow. A ligament rupture, a sprained ankle, or even a fracture can all arise from a minor slip. Always step on footholds created by previous trekkers. Deep footholds should be avoided. Make no attempt to forge your own path. When it rains heavily in July and August, the route turns muddy and slushy; be cautious of the slushy portions, which are quite treacherous. On slick terrain, use shoes with strong traction. If you slip on these parts, you will fall and suffer serious injuries, especially on the narrow sections of the meadow with a deep valley below.

Altitude Wise

Pay great attention to your body if you’re aiming to complete this trek in one day. Keep an eye out for symptoms of altitude sickness. Pay attention to your discomfort and take steps to alleviate it. Check your oxygen levels, start a Diamox treatment, drink plenty of water, and relax. Do not continue on the walk if you do not feel normal after a few hours or overnight.

Weather Wise

On your walk, it could rain at any time. Low pressures over a region can usually result in rain, even if the adjoining valley is bone dry! A dusting of snow on the upper slope can result from rain on the lower slope. Rain that lasts more than four hours, on the other hand, may cause your voyage to be rescheduled. It has the potential to flood pathways or make them too sloppy to walk on safely. Some of the most common parts can become extremely slick. Stop where you are if the rain turns heavy with strong winds. Take cover beneath a tree. Make sure the tree is part of a forest rather than a lone tree. Before going out again, wait for the rain to stop. Do not wait till the rain has stopped completely. It’s safe to walk in the drizzle.

Closest Hospital To Bhrigu Lake

If you have a medical issue before or after seeing the lake, you will need to reach Manali to reach a hospital. Gulaba is around an hour’s drive from Manali.

Mission Hospital in Manali is the closest one to Bhrigu Lake, in case of a medical emergency during the trek.
Address: Model Town, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Phone: +911902252379

Manu Diagnostics Center and Hospital is another option.
Address: Snowdrop Hotel building, Gompa Road, opposite Buddhist Monastery, Manali, Himachal Pradesh – 175131
Phone: +919418083587

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Bhrigu Lake Trek
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Trip Facts

  • April to October
  • Professional Guide
  • 4300m
  • Sumo,Bus or Car
  • Trek
  • Medium
  • Camping
  • Manali
  • Bhrigu Lake
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