The Bhrigu Lake lake trek is situated in Manali and is a relatively short trek. The route is truly one of a kind and takes you to a lake situated on the huge mountains surrounding Manali. The unique nature of trek comes due to the fact that the starting point of the lake is from a roadhead on the way to Rohtang Pass and is already at a very high altitude.
The green meadows on the Bhrigu lake trek
The trek to the pristine lake
Owing to this you will cut a few days of trekking to reach this altitude unlike other on other Himalayan treks. The route starts on a ridge and from a the treeline you will move to lush green meadows of grass within a few minutes
The serene Bhrigu lake bank
Panoramic views of the Pir-panjal ranges
On this route you will be able to see the majestic Mt.Hanuman Tibba standing tall at 6000 meters and this mountain will follow you for the most part of the trek. Finally you will reach the Bhrigu Lake after a steep ascent and take in the beauty of the Himalayas from this place.
Cloud systems moving into the valley
Brief Itinerary Day 1 : Manali to Gulaba to Jonker Thatch ;2km ;1 hour trek Day 2 : Jonker Thatch to Rola Kholi ; 4Km ; 2 to 3 hours Day 3 : Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Rola Kholi ; 10Km ; 7 to 8 hours Day 4 : Rola Kholi to Gulaba to Manali ; 22Km ; 3 to 4 hours
Manali to Gulaba to Jonker Thatch
Easy.Very easy walk through the trail,very gradual incline.
None.Carry water from Gulaba.
Today we move from Manali and get cracking towards the Rohtang Pass on the Leh Manali Highway. We will have to reach Gulaba which is 22 KM away from Manali.
If you are trying to do this trek on your own it is suggested that you take a bus towards the Rohtang pass and get down on the Way. That way you will be saving a lot of money.
So you will have to tell the Bus driver to deboard you on the last loop in the hill on which Gulaba is. Most probably it is the 16th loop. You can look up the attached map to have a better idea.
This is where your trek starts. Since you are already at a very high altitude of 9900ft you have skipped the prominent coniferous himalayan forests.The trek route is on a ridgeline and you will have to walk uo this ridgeline to get to the Bhrigu lake. After walking for one and a half hour you will come across the first campsite, we are calling it camp Alpha.
So camp alpha is basically a grassland and is called Thach in the local lingo. You can setup camp here. Be vary to carry 2-3 liters of water with you as there is no stream near this campsite.
Ideally we wouldn't have made you camp here but it usually takes 2 days to reach this altitude in most Himalayan treks. So you should enjoy this view. Your entire route will be covered with high altitude grasslands
complimented with Cedar and Birch trees here and there. Make sure you drink at least 2 liters of water on this day and save one for the next.
Cloud Covered Manali as seen from the Jonker Thach campsite.
Jonker Thatch to Rola Kholi
Moderate.The ascent is steep and the trail is pretty levelled out through the ridgeline.
Carry water from Gulaba as ther is no water source till few minutes before Rola Khui Campsite.Near Rola Khuli ther are 2 streams.
Today we move towards the second campsite. We start early in the morning and continue on the same ridge. Today the route will be longer and the incline higher. Today it will take around 3-4 hours to cover the distance till Rola Khuli or Campsite Beta
you will come across two streams before reaching Rola Khuli Campsite and you ca fill your bottles from here. The camp site is half hour away from this place. Now you have reached the Rola Khulli Campsite. Notice the Green area that is the flat camping area of Rola Khuli
where stream form the mountain are converging. This place is covered by mountains on three sides and the one open side offers views of the Mt. Hanuman Tibba and Indrasan which are prominent peaks of
Vistas on trail
Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake to Rola Kholi
Moderate.The triail will move through a rocky patch for 2 hours ascent.Then there is descent of 10 minutes.Smooth and level trail for 15 minutes followed by 1 hour of very sttep ascent to the lake.
The lake itself.Also many streams along the way.
Today we start from the Rola Kholi Campsite to the push for Bhrigu Lake. The total distance covered is around 12 Kilometers. The trail is above the tree line and and has two or three ridges with ups and downs. The trail in the middle is gradual. The final push for the lake is a
steep ascent. The final leg the ascent is somewhere around 370 meters. Beyond the Bhrigu Lake lies the Hampta Valley which is the gateway to Lahaul Valley. After spending some time near the Lake you will come down retracing your steps Back to the Rola kholi Campsite.