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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Himachal Pradesh , INDIA

Bhrigu Lake Trek Highlights

Bhrigu Lake Trek Altitude

4300 meters

Trek Level


Trek Duration (Days)

2, 3

Minimum Age


Bhrigu Lake Trek Months

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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Guides for Bhrigu Lake

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Overview of Bhrigu Lake trek

Trek begins at: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Trek ends at: Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

How to reach Manali
Nearest Airport  to Manali :   Bhuntur Airport, Kullu
Nearest Major Towns:  Chandigarh - 312 km, New Delhi - 553 km
Trekkers usually travel to Delhi by Air or Train, then take Volvo bus to Manali.
Volvo bus booking can be done on redbus
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Bhrigu Lake Trek
I would call this the perfect WEEKEND hiking option. High altitude treks usually need about a week, but Bhrigu lake could be comfortably done in 3 days. If you are an experienced trekker you could do it in even lesser time.

Bhrigu Lake trek takes you to the high altitude glacial lake called Bhrigu, the lake is at 4300 meters. If you look up at the sky from Manali, Bhrigu lake is 2km up in the sky from Manali. The trek is a moderately difficult trek, because of two reasons. One - the maximum altitude you reach on this trek is 4300 meters above sea level. Two - the ascents and descents on this trek is steep, so you need to be reasonable fit to do this trek.

Now let me tell you why this trek is a delight! The trek starts from Gulaba which is at an altitude of 2600 meters and after a few hours of the trek, you would cross the forests and the treeline to enter the high altitude alpine meadows of Bhrigu. These meadows are a visual delight, the carpet of green grass along with the blue sky is an enthralling sight which will raise your spirits. Then comes the glacial lake, to be able to see a glacial lake in two days of trekking is not possible on any other trek, that apart Bhrigu lake will amaze you everytime because the lake changes colours dramatically from blue to green to white during the winters. The alpine meadows of Bhrigu are covered with snow during the colder months and makes it a winter snow trek as well. And finally you also cover dense and fragrant pine forests, followed by green apple orchards. You get to cover all the good things which Himachal has to offer within three days. Book this trek now and enjoy this wonderful adventure!

A generic itinerary for Bhrigu Lake trek

Day 1 :   Drive till Gulaba and then uphill trek till Rola Kholi.
Manali(2050 m) to Gulaba(2600 m) to Rola Kholi (3810 m), 4 to 5 hour trek, 7 km

The usual itinerary for this trek starts at Manali in the morning. From Manali you would depart to Gulaba in a Taxi. Gulaba is the starting point of the trek and is a 22 km drive from Manali. Gulaba is on the road to Rohtang Pass at an altitude of 2600 meters. The trek starts from Gulaba towards the first camp site which will be at Rola Kholi. Rola Kholi is at an altitude of 3810 meters. The trek to Rola Kholi is 7 km. This means it will be a gradual hike.

Gulaba and its surrounding areas have been a tourist attraction for a long time. This walk to Rola Kholi from Gulaba will give you amazing views of the valley below. You can see the Manali town far down below, tinier than you have ever seen. You can make out the beautiful Solang valley and the Beas river from this height. You will also be able to see the majestic Himalayan peaks around you.

After a little under 4 hours of hike you will reach Kolang Nullah, you would cross the Nullah using the makeshift wooden bridge you would find. Remember to carry sufficient water with you, as Kolang Nullah is the only source of water after you start from Gulaba. From Kolang Nullah, the camp site at Rola Kholi will be a little under 2 hours of trekking time.

Rola Kholi is well protected by mountains, there are mountains covering all the three sides of this camp site. This makes it a good place to camp as the mountains prevent the cold and fast winds. The mountains also provide a great view which you will enjoy. The camp site has a water source close to it. Take care not to pollute the water and the water source while camping here.

Day 2 : Steep uphill trek to Bhrigu and then trek down to camp.
Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake (4300 m)  to Pandu Ropa (3500 m), 7 to 8 hour trek, 14 km

On the second day of the trek, we will start from Rola Kholi, visit Bhrigu Lake and trek down to Pandu Roopa. The total distance we will cover will be 14 km.

The first part of the trek from Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake will be a steep climb and difficult. Do not challenge yourself excessively and if you feel exhausted you should take a break and adequate liquids. The amazing thing about Bhrigu lake is it keeps changing colours in unpredictable ways, trekkers like to trek to the lake just to see what colour is on display on the particular day. The final path to the lake will be through many big rocks and scree and you should navigate this stretch carefully. Bhrigu lake is a glacial lake and is frozen for most part of the year. In the months of May and June you would also see small flowers around the lake.

After relaxing at the lake, which is at 4300 m, you would have to head down towards the camp site for the night at Pandu Roopa. Pandu Roopa is at an altitude of 3500 m, which is a descent of approximately 800 m. This descent will be through the amazing alpine meadows, which sit above the treeline. Enjoy this walk and reach your campsite to rest for the remaining part of the evening.

Day 3 : Steep downhill trek to Vashisht.
Pandu Ropa to Vashisht (2072 m),  4 hour trek, 8 km

At Pandu Roopa, you continue to get amazing views of the Kullu Valley. This is the last day of your trek, when you return back to Manali via Vashisht.

If you are trekking in the summers you should see tiny flowers blooming all around which is a wonderful sight and feeling. You could also see shepherds with their sheeps on these meadows.

The trek down will be steep and slippery at places as you descend nearly 1500 meters. You need to be extra careful not to hurt your feet, ankle or knees while descending. As you go down, the meadow will end and you will enter the fragrant pine forests, you will then pass through green apple orchards and villages to reach Vashisht. The trail all the way till Vashisht is well defined. Vashisht is popular for its hot water springs.

Manali is approximately 1 km from here, which you could walk down or take a ride.