Bhrigu Lake Trek Overview

Quench your thirst for thrill and acquaint yourself with glimpses of nature's true beauty by undertaking the Bhrigu Lake trek. It is one of the few treks in the country, which is rich in history, adventure, and mythology. One of the most gorgeous trails an adventurer can tread on, brimming with stories of the past and exquisite displays of the present, the Bhrigu trek offers amazing experiences. This trek is situated in Himachal Pradesh, around twenty kilometers north of Manali, and can be easily accessed from Gulaba. Saint Maharishi Bhrigu choose this place for his deep meditation. The best thing about this trek is that it offers different shades of nature during different times of the year. From the frozen lake and snow-covered peaks in winter to lush green flora in the spring with beautiful brown leaves and open meadows in autumn, you can never get enough of its beauty.

As you continue your expedition, you'll find yourself wrapped tenderly by the vibrant meadows, filled to the brim with maple and pine trees. The vibrant meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trek stretch endlessly like a beautiful carpet, and the wild horses running around you. The Bhrigu Lake trek gives every adventurer the opportunity to explore themselves mentally and spiritually as they interact with nature on an intimate level.

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  • Trek to an altitude of 14,100 ft and bless your eyes with the stunning views of Seven Sister peaks and lush green meadows
  • Pass through lush greenery adorned with a range of colourful wildflowers, and reach the beautiful Bhrigu Lake, believed to be blessed by Sage Bhrigu in Hindu mythology.

  • Have a memorable experience of trekking as you see the local Gaddi shepherds and gain some insights into their age-old traditions amidst the Himalayas.

  • Share the comfortable tents with your squad and grab scrumptious meals during the Bhrigu Lake Trek.
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Electricity will be available at the Manali campsite. However, there will be no electricity at the campsite on the trek.
  • Manali is the last point where you will get ATM. Please carry sufficient cash with you during the trekking session.
  • Base camp is around 2 km from Mall Road of Manali.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for Bhrigu trek.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Bhrigu lake trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the Bhrigu trek.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the Bhrigu Lake trek package.
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Essential Information of Bhrigu Lake Trek

Essential Information of Bhrigu Lake Trek

Maximum altitude- 14,100 ft

Grade- Easy

Duration- 4 days

Trekking distance- 25 km

Trail type- Round trail. The Bhrigu Lake trek starts and ends at Manali.

Railhead- The nearest rail head to the base camp is Pathankot.

Airport- Bhuntar is the nearest airport, located around fifty kilometers from Manali.

Snow Season- All year round except monsoon. Snowfall is prevalent, especially during the latter part of June and early July.

Service from Base camp- Manali to Manali

Best season- June to September.In June, you get the perfect combination of both snow and greenery, making the trek spectacular.

Region: This trek is situated in Himachal Pradesh, around twenty kilometers north of Manali, and can be easily accessed from Gulaba.

Who can participate: Both beginners and advanced climbers.

Short Itinerary for Bhrigu Lake Trek

DAY 1 -Reach Manali, and spend your entire day at your leisure at your campsite or visit the famous temples like Hadimba Devi Temple and Manu Temple.

DAY 2 -Reach Gulaba’s base village from here, trek towards Gulaba and Roli Kholi campsite.

DAY 3 -Trek to Bhrigu Lake from Rola Kholi soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges.

DAY 4 -Check out of your camp and descend towards Kulang village. From Kulang village a vehicle will take you to Manali and the trip will finally end.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 1

Arrive at Manali

  • On the first day, you'll arrive at Manali. Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful surroundings and relaxing at your campsite.

  • You can also visit the Hadimba Devi Temple which is a sanctum of peace and eternal bliss.

  • You can also head to the Vashisht Temple, Manu Temple to get the blessings of god.

  • Your next stop can be the Tibetan Monastery that is surrounded by shops selling carpets and handicrafts.

  • In the evening head to the Mall road and enjoy the local delicacies and shop for handicrafts and local items.

  • Return to your campsite in the evening and enjoy a lip-smacking dinner.

What to Pack for Bhrigu Lake Trek?

What to Pack for Bhrigu Lake Trek?
  • Disclaimer certificate

You must keep the disclaimer certificate which is a legal requirement to undertake this Trek. Download the PDF of the certificate, read it carefully and sign it. You must hand it over to your Trek Leader at the base camp during the registration process.

  • Medical certificate

The first part of the medical certificate must be signed by a registered MBBS doctor. You need to fill in the second part. Without the medical certificate, you won't be issued permission for your Trek.

  • Photocopy and Original government photo identity card.

To participate in the Trek, you'll have to bring your photocopy and original driver's license, passport, or Aadhar Card. The forest department requires this for your identification. You'll also need to submit a NOC form with your signature and your passport-size photos.

  • Essentials

  • Carry a woolen cap for both the night and day camp.

  • Carry a poncho or raincoat to protect yourself against snowfall or rain during the trek.

  • Full-sleeve t-shirts can protect you against sunburn and will dry fast if it gets wet.

  • Carry thermals for night stay and three pairs of woolen socks.

  • Carry trekking shoes with good ankle support and grip.

  • Carry waterproof and warm gloves.

  • Carry a torch or headlamp for night usage.

  • Every participant should carry their own water bottle and lunch box.

Know Before You Go for Bhrigu Lake Trek

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  • Keep all the important documents in a plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket of your backpack. This saves your documents from getting wet.
  • Wear a Sun Cap with flaps in the morning to avoid sunburn.
  • Avoid taking buses that will reach Manali after 9 am as the route is prone to bad traffic jams with a 3-4 hour delay.
  • Don't wear cotton clothes during the trek as they absorb too much sweat. A wet cotton undergarment can make your body temperature drop rapidly.
  • While walking on the trail in June, wear your microspikes before stepping on snow. Remember, hard snow is prone to slips, and a small slip can lead to injuries like a sprained ankle, ligament tear, or even a fracture.
  • When it rains excessively in July-August, the trail becomes slushy and muddy. Be cautious of the slushy sections as they are very slippery. Wear shoes with good ankle support and excellent grip on slippery terrain.
  • The trail disappears in the lush green meadows many times. So, it is risky to trek solo if you are not well versed in the region.
  • Hire an experienced guide or sign up with a reputable trekking organization to have a safe trekking experience. Before venturing, you should also download the GPS for the Bhrigu Lake trek.

General Trivia About Bhrigu Lake Trek

General Trivia About Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake is a mythological lake named after the saint Maharishi Bhrigu. It is believed that Maharishi Bhrigu, one of the famous Saptarishis, meditated beside Bhrigu Lake.

But what is worth noticing is that the lake rests between two high-altitude ridges and its setting doesn't seem perfect for inward reflection. Moreover, from the lake, you can see some of the most gigantic and famous Himalayan ranges too. Right in front of you are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Also, major peaks such as Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and Indrasen stand majestically before you.It is believed that the lake can never totally freeze because Saptrishi Bhrigu meditated here. He tried to do suicide in the Bhrigu river, but the Mother River stopped him. This legend is associated with the creation of blue ice and emerald green patterns upon the lake. The locals believe that the meditations of Maharishi Bhrigu purified the lake and the area around it. This is a sacred lake for the locals, and camping close to the lake is strictly prohibited to protect its sanctity. Other than Saptrishi Bhrigu, several devas and sages are also said to have bathed in this river. As a result, it is known as the 'pool of Gods.'

Why to Go for Bhrigu Lake Trek?

Full of nature's wonders, the Bhrigu Lake trek guarantees a rewarding climb for both seasoned and beginners. Numerous deities of the Kullu Valley have taken a dip in the Bhrigu Lake's holy water, which is why Hindus regard the lake as divine. The lake offers the spectacle of alpine flora, emerald green grass, and chunks of floating ice. Bhrigu Lake trail consists of a beautiful stretch of grassland accompanied by a carpet of lush green meadows. This trek also gives you a chance to witness some of the highest Himalayan peaks, including Deo Tibba, Indrasen peak, and Hanuman Tibba.

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FAQ's of Bhrigu Lake Trek

What is the best time for Bhrigu Lake Trek?

    Bhrigu Lake trek can be done for four months in a year. The best time would be between June and September. You can also extend your plan for Bhrigu Lake Trek to the end of October. In August, you see crystal clear deep blue water in the lake, and can also witness flowers blooming all around the lake during this time. In May, you will encounter a lot of snow during your final ascent to the lake, making it difficult to reach the lake. It is therefore advisable to trek to the lake between June and September.

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