Lakes of Himalayas are the focal points for many amazing treks going deep into the mountains. Bhrigu Lake, carrying the legacy of the saint Bhrigu from the Indic Puranas, located in the meadows near Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is one such. This alpine lake trek holds in store day-long walks across velveteen highland grass that stretches far and wide like an endless carpet, dotted with grazing sheep and horses galloping, and the blue sky bending down to kiss the green earth. The paradisiacal setting through the verdant landscape gets better as many snow peaks come surrounding you along the horizons. There are magnificently beautiful campsites on this itinerary and the beckoning of the glistening snowline. The thrill quotient is slightly higher in the winters, given that the undulating green veldts will transform into rolling slopes covered with snow. The nights on the Bhrigu Lake treks are enhanced in the surreal beauty of the Himalayas, owing to the vast openness and reaching an altitude of around 11,000 feet. If the sky is clear, you can find our galaxy stretching from one corner of heaven to another, lighting up the way in luminescent stardust. At the end of it all, we reach the cerulean lake Bhrigu, gleaming crystal clear set high in the bosom of snow.
A lake trek, located delightfully near to the tourist hotspot Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the Bhrigu Lake itinerary is splendidly rewarding in beauty. Trekkers love this one for the ease of accessibility that the Bhrigu Lake route allows for experiencing the Himalaya’s defining alpine grasslands. Peace is found here in oodles when passing through the forests of brown oak, cedar, and birch. After reaching the forest clearing, Mt. Hanuman Tibba and below it, the Seven sister peaks along with a host of other prominent peaks of the Dhauladhar Range, rise to vision. It is a greatly heightening sensation to find so many magnificent peaks rise gloriously, of which we would get better glimpses as we travel on. After starting out from the idyllic hamlet of Gulabo, trekkers set their next camp at Rola Khuli-- a wide-open grazing ground used by local shepherds, at the base of the Bhrigu Lake. You will be coming across a gurgling stream by the campsite at Rola Khuli, named Chor Nallah. Hiking to the lake around Day 4 is enthralling, summers would welcome you to the lake with a dash of wildflowers and in the later months of winter, you will find its banks submerged deep in snow. Bhrigu Lake has always held fascination for trekkers due to its semi-frozen state and changing hues of blue, find out which shade of blue the lake assumes when you visit!
The lake Bhrigu is perched at the altitude of 4,270 m along a moderately high trek gradient with a gradual level of altitude gain every day.
The best time considered for visiting the Lake Bhrigu commences from mid-May to October, when the skies are clear and the meadows are free of snow. The period from June to August is best avoided since the probability of landslides increases during this time due to frequently lashing rains.
The journey to Gulabo - the base camp of the trek commences from Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
Manali can be accessed by bus from Delhi and Chandigarh- where the two major airports connected to this hill town are located. You can also access Manali from other towns in Himachal Pradesh or nearby states.
Are There Any Shops Available?
You can find stores for food and supplements for the road in Gulabo, however, it is best advised to conclude all necessary purchases by reaching Manali.
Is There Any Possibility of Altitude Sickness?
The possibility of suffering altitude sickness can be ruled out on the Bhrigu Lake Trek, as most of the trek continues near the tree-line.
The Bhrigu Lake trek can be moderately trafficked in all times of the year owing to its proximity to Manali.