On the list of a lot of trekkers, Bhrigu Lake trek is known for the lake steeped in mythology. It is said about the lake that this is where the famous saint Maharishi Bhrigu sat in deep meditation. But what comes as a cherry on the cake is the grasslands. One must do the trek not only for the pristine and mythological lake but for the grassland that the trek offers. The meadows that start within the first ten minutes of the trek, stretch far and wide, as long as the eyes can see, spread across like an endless carpet. To accompany you in the hike across the trek, you’d find wild horses galloping around, and the sheeps grazing by. While you walk through this garden in the sky, looking at the lushest green and spotting wildflowers along, the backdrop would mesmerize with the peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar dominating the skyline. There is a reason people call it the Prettiest Grassland trek in Himachal.
About the trek
Duration: 4 days
Maximum Altitude: 14,000 ft
Base Camp: Manali
Best time to visit: June to September
Bhrigu lake trek lies in the Paradise for trekkers in India, the Himachal Pradesh. Around 20 km north of Manali, it can be accessed from Gulaba. One starts from Manali at an altitude of around 6,700 ft and reaches the maximum altitude of 14,000 ft in a matter of four days. The trail is pretty much a steady ascent to the lake, except for the final climb where it gets a little steep and tests your endurance. Ten minutes into the ascent and you encounter the alpine meadows, changing color, texture, and shape but staying with you all along. A short trek, yet you reach an altitude of 14,000 ft giving you the trills of a climb. This four-day trek gives a really good idea of what the Himalayan treks offer in general – the green meadows, glacial lake, and the majestic view of snow-capped mountains. With its easy access from Manali, it definitely is the perfect trek for beginners.
Reaching Bhrigu Lake
The journey to Bhrigu Lake can be divided into two phases:
- Reaching Manali
- Starting the trek from Manali to Bhrigu Lake
The best way to reach Manali is by taking an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh.The travel time from Delhi to Manali is around 12 to 14 hours and that between Chandigarh to Manali is 8 to 10 hours.
The trek to Bhrigu Lake
One needs to reach Gulaba, which is the starting point of the trek. Gulaba is around 1 to 1.5 hours drive from the Manali bus stand. Gulaba marks the starting point of the trek, starting from Gulaba, the Bhrigu Lake trek is approximately 22 km which can be covered in 4 days time.
Day wise Itinerary
Below is a quick day-wise itinerary for a quick idea of the trek.
Day 1: Manali to Gulaba (10,300 ft)
Followed by, an hour trek to the campsite (Jonker Thatch)
Day 2: Jonker Thatch (10,400 ft) to Rola Kholi (12,500 ft)
3-4 hours, 5 km
Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake (14,000 ft)
Back to Rola Kholi.
5-6 hours, 10 km
Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba.
3-4 hours, 5 km.
Followed by, drive to Manali.
Closest Hospital to Bhrigu Lake trek
In the case of any medical emergency, one will need to return to Gulaba and then Drive to Manali. Manali is an hour’s drive from Gulaba.
Mission Hospital in Manali is the closest to the Bhrigu lake.
Address: Model Town, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh. 175131
Phone: +91 1902252379
Suit yourself up to experience the prettiest grassland trek of Himachal Pradesh – The Bhrigu Lake Trek.
Weather and Temperature on the Bhirgu Lake Trek
The trek opens for the summer, in June. Despite the summers, snow patches are expected on the ground.
The temperature at night might drop around zero but generally hovers around 1 to 5 degrees Celcius. The temperature during the day is pleasant ranging around 15 to 20 degrees Celcius.
By July, the monsoon arrives bringing the temperatures down to 10 degrees.
The mid-September marks the end of the monsoon. The skies get clear and blue, and the temperature drops about 3 degrees every week as the winter months of October and onward approach.
Written by: Pratik Sinha