Bhrigu Lake Trek – Many trekkers undertake the Bhrigu Lake Trek because the lake is steeped in mythology. The trek is located within Himachal Pradesh, about 20km north of Manali, and is accessible by Gulaba.
It is regarded as the spot where the saint Maharishi Bhrigu meditated in deep contemplation. But, we believe that Bhrigu Lake is not the only thing that the trek offers, and it is essential to complete your Bhrigu Lake trek for its grasslands.
To enter an alpine meadow in the country, one must spend at least an hour or two through the forest. It’s about three or four days of climbing uphill. Most alpine meadows begin at about 11,000 feet above the treeline.
But, on this trek, you’re walking through meadows about 10 minutes into the hike on this bhrigu lake trek! Imagine having meadows like those right in your backyard. We are so enthralled by the beautiful landscapes seen in places such as Switzerland.
The meadows along the Bhrigu Lake trek stretch far and wide, nearly like a carpet of endless size. Wild horses whirl through the meadows. The sheep in the pasture are looking up when you step from the treeline like they want to be greeting you.
From these knolls that are grassy from which, you can see the mountain ranges from Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar that dominate the landscape. This is your backyard in the sky. From July through September, you’ll be able to see the meadows in their lushest green. There are wildflowers all over the place.
The meadows alter texture in shape, form, and color but remain throughout the trek – all the way to Bhrigu Lake. That’s what makes this journey unique. The chance to spend time in such meadows of alpine beauty during a hike is a unique opportunity.
This four-day hike gives you an idea of the things Himalayan treks have to offer: meadows, glacial lakes, and mountain views. While it’s only a short hike, it ascends to 14,000 feet. So you get to feel the thrill of a climb too. It is easy to access Manali. It is a fantastic hike for those just starting or families wanting to get out into the wild.
Day wise detailed itinerary of Bhrigu Lake Trek
Day 1: Reach Gulaba
The Bhrigu Lake trek starts at Gulaba. The route of 24 km to Gulaba is along the Manali-Rohtang Pass highway through Kolang, Palchan and Kothi. The views are spectacular of mountains and pine forests from the moment you pass through Kothi. The hamlet was once quiet, but Gulaba is now bustling with travelers en route toward Rohtang Pass.
- Altitude: 10,370 ft (3,161 m)
- Time taken: 1-hour drive + 1 hour 15 minutes trek. Transfer to Rambagh Circle, Manali, at 12.30 PM.
The trail is steady through the forest traversing open grasslands from time to time—the Jonker Thatch campsite in about one hour and fifteen minutes.
Day 2 Jonker Thatch to Rola Kholi
- Altitude: 10,370 feet (3,161 m) to 12,566 feet (3,830 m)
- Time took: 3-4 hours, 5 km.
- Trek gradient Moderate: Steep ascent through an undulating stroll for the final 30 minutes.
- Water sources: Take 2 liters in water from Gulaba. The first water source is about 15 minutes before the Rola Kholi campsite. The second is 10 minutes before the stream crosses. The first is the best place to refute your water bottles as it’s a constant source of water. This will save you time.
The trail starts with a steep ascent. Be aware of the cedar, brown oak, and birch trees along the trail. They are among the most well-known trees found in the Himalayas. After about twenty minutes of hiking, you cross an open meadow where shepherds camp.
Watch Mt. Hanuman Tibba looming over the meadow to the left. Under Hanuman Tibba are the Seven Sister mountains situated in the Beas Kund Valley. Take a left from the upper meadow’s ridge to proceed to the south. The second forest cover begins right here.
Rola Kholi is a scenic grassland used by shepherds from the local area. It is located at the bottom of Bhrigu Lake, making it an ideal camping spot. The water source here is Chor Nallah, which flows through the campsite.
The clouds are stunning during this hike, like cotton candy throughout the valley. Once you arrive at Rola Kholi campsite, it is possible to see floating clouds beneath the surface. Particularly in the early morning, when the sun’s rays are dancing in the clouds. The chance to see this is uncommon.
Day 3 Rola Kholi and then to Bhrigu Lake and then back to Rola Kholi
- Altitude: 12,565 feet (3,830 m) to 14,009 feet (4,270 m) and back to 12,565 feet (3,830 m)
- Time took: 6-7 hours, 10 km.
- The gradient of the trek is moderate: It begins on a stony trail—a steep start for 2 hours before an ascent of 10 minutes. A level walk of 15 minutes before an hour’s ascent is steep towards the lake.
- Sources of water: Bhrigu lake, streams on the route
Begin early since you’ll likely have a significant distance to travel today. It is necessary to walk up to about 1,348 feet to reach Bhrigu Lake.
Bhrigu Lake is situated between two ridges at high altitudes. It begins with hiking to one of the ridges, about just an hour’s walk away. In June, the trail is normally covered by snow. As the snow melts off the lower reaches of the trail, you will see the trail changing slowly from green to brown and finally white.
When you get to the ridge, look for the oval-shaped glacial lake to the left. Based on the time of year, the lake will be completely covered by snow or grass and alpine blooms.
If you walk up the ridge to the right of Bhrigu Lake and look down at the three camping areas of the Hampta Pass trek – Chikha, Jwara, and Balu ka Ghera all laid out in front of you. Be careful when climbing over the ridge. At the top, it’s an extremely steep descent to the valley.
If you’re lucky enough to have a clear day, you can enjoy a stunning panorama from Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges.
Additionally, the major mountains like Indrasen, Deo Tibba, and Hanuman Tibba stand majestically before you. The lake is usually covered by fog, making it difficult to find the right route, and it is recommended to employ an experienced local guide.
Day 4: Rola Kholi to Gulaba
- Altitude: 12,565 feet (3,830 meters) to 10,370 feet (3,161 m)
- Time took: 3-4 hours, 5 km
- Trek gradient: Easy. The majority of the climb is down.
- Water sources: Take 2 liters of drinking water to Rola Kholi
The trek today is a simple one, and it takes you to return towards Gulaba via the meadows that you were able to ascend from. The descent may be slightly steep but great for your legs as you’re always in meadows.
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to get to Gulaba, and Gulaba at 10,370 feet is a more suitable exit for feet and knees than the Vasisht at 7,000 feet.
Bhrigu Lake is located in the Himalayas. It’s a high-elevation trek that is possible for nearly four months. The best time to do it is between June and September, and you could extend it until the final day of October.
When I was there, the lake was frozen in the spring, and the lake was covered with snow. Slowly, as the season progressed, I could see the lake melting. Then and in August, you can get a glimpse of the deep blue waters within Bhrigu Lake. At this time, it is blooming with flowers throughout the lake.
You’ll find plenty of snowfall on the final climb toward Bhrigu lake in May, making it hard to get to the lake. Therefore, it is recommended to walk up to Bhrigu Lake between June and September. The terrain’s color and texture during this period are usually in mid-June.
In the early part of summer, about mid-June, you’ll find lots of snow in Rola Kholi. This trek is only beginning to emerge from the snow. During this period, you’ll see numerous winter-related traces along the trail.
Most prominent is snow-covered Bhrigu Lake, surrounded by snow. The ice starts to melt when July begins to descend. Although meadows are the main attraction of this hike, they only appear as the monsoon season intensifies.
Brighu lake trek weather and Temperature
While the trail is open only for one season, the temperature and weather on the trail change depending on the time of year, from June to July/August after that, September.
We will go over the changes in depth.
Bhrigu The Lake Trek in June
The trek will open to summertime in June, and it’s an extremely short season. Despite it being summer, expect snowy patches to be found on the surface.
Expect colder nights in the higher campsites. The temperature at night could fall to a minimum, and however, it is usually at around 1-5deg C. The daytime temperatures are typically very comfortable on the trek, at about 15 degrees C. When clouds hide the sun and there’s an outbreak of rain, the temperature could drop to about 10 degrees C.
Bhrigu Lake between July and August
As we move into July, the monsoons are forming. Get ready for rain on the trails or at campsites. Have your ponchos on hand because it’s possible to get rain any time, and it usually will.
You’ll also need to carry a different bag to make a trek during monsoon. The temperature is more or less similar to July, but cloud cover dropping temperatures to 10 degrees C.
As we get closer to September, the weather is cleared, and temperatures drop just a bit.
Bhrigu lake in September
In the early part of September, the monsoon season is finished. The skies are the clearest blue, with only a slight possibility of rain. You can expect a 3-5 degree C decrease in temperature every few weeks as we get towards winter’s months in October and beyond.