Overview

Region: Manali 

 Total Duration – 3 Nights / 4 Days

 Maximum Altitude – 4240 m/ 14000 ft.

 Grade – Moderate to strenuous

 Best Season – May  to October

 Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse in Manali ; Organized Campsite

 Food – On trek – All meals included

 Distance – 35 KM.


Brighu Lake Trek

The Bhrigu lake is a magical place to be at. Situated at 4240m. it lies in the east of the Rohtang pass. It is one of the most famous treks of Manali. It is decent trek for those with less experience of trekking. This trek takes you through forests to high pastures and offers ultimate scenes of the Kullu Manali Valley. The lake is also meant to be spiritual and holy to the locals and is worshipped by the pilgrims on special occasions. The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. It is an ancient saying that the sage used to mediate near the lake and hence it has been rendered sacred, due to the locals believe that this lake never freezes completely.  

The trek starts from Gulaba about 15 kms far from Manali. It is located around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) far from Gulaba village. It can be reached by trekking either from the Vashishth temple, which is famous for its hot water springs, which is close to the town of Manali or from Gulaba village. Actually there is no settlement in Gulaba and is an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. The trail to the lake takes one through dense forests of Deodar, Oak is truly fulfilling. As climbing up higher the landscape changes into vast and the great valley of Kullu Manali is in front. Ascending the mountain could be a challenge yet the reward of being at camp is promising. Snow capped mountains all around with stunning natural atmosphere is always eye catching. Reaching up to the camp takes some pleasant hours. The camp at Raoli Kholi offers best evening colours and the magical nights with stars glazing better than any place. The next day commence towards our prime destination Bhrigu Lake. The trail is not so demanding but long enough to tire someone. Climbing mountain brings again the spectacular scenic beauties that one cannot escape by looking at it. The lake is situated at such height that most of the mighty peaks of the valley are visible. The peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Manali Peak, Friendship Peak, Ladhakhi Peak and all the peaks of Priyadarshini Range with Pir Panjal range could be seen frequently. The Lake is not so big in dimensions but is alluring in the lap of huge mountains. Spending some of the quality time at this place would bring tranquility and pleasure to someone came from the busy urban life. Returning back from downhill is always a challenge yet being careful and conscious about the situation will help someone descend fine. The trail should be walked and enjoyed well, only then one will feel satisfied by himself being at the mountains. The camp would be reached by the evening. Enjoy the sunset painting colors in the sky while having a hot cup of tea. Next morning capture the beauty around on the way and head back to the roadhead by the same route. Drive back to manali and depart to your destinations.

 

3 Nights 4 Days 28 May, 29 May, 30 May, and more Himachal Pradesh
Strength Level
Moderate
Highlights

Tariff:

Fix Departure tariff 6,399/- excluding GST of 5%

Tariff For Customized Group Per Person

8,000/- (above 15 Participant)

10,000/- (11-15 Participants)

11,000/- (8-10 Participants)

14,000/- (4-7 Participants)

16,000/- (2-3 Participants)

Departure Dates : 14th June, 14th July, 11th, 14th August,1st ,21st September,13th,16th October 2018

 

Things To Pack :-

  • Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
  • Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
  • Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
  • Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
  • Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
  • Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
  • Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
  • Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
  • Mandatory Documents:
    a)Registration Form
    b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
    c)NOC form (by trekker)
Itinerary

Trek Schedule: 

Day 1: Arrive at Manali(2050m)/Naggar (1800m)Base camp

A short briefing about the trek, documentation and shopping trek related items.

Day 2: Drive to Gulaba 20km. 1hr.- Raoli Kholi (9,700ft.) 8km. 5-6hrs.

Today the trek will start by driving an hour till Gulaba then from Gulaba our trek will commence.

The route is steep which goes through the wild forests of oak pine and conifers. The trail is fairly visible and open at initial and further on. As hiking upwards the vista becomes broader and clearer. Scenic beauty of the valley of Manali below, river Beas sparkingly flowing down to the lower areas and the mighty peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Manali peak, Sheti dhar etc. can be seen while climbing to the camp at Raoli Kholi. After hours of trekking the tree line is left behind and the open space offers some of the great meadows in front, that one can cherish the beautifulness of the Mother Nature. Soon the trail will take us to the campsite at Raoli Kholi. It is a decent site to be at. Beautiful mountains in front, a little stream flowing along side of the camp and green meadows all around creates a mesmerizing atmosphere. The nights are also eye catching at this campsite. The stars are clear and twinkling in the sky that can only be seen at such heights. It is heaven for the photographers and the artists. One might keep gazing at the sky all the night. We will halt at Raoli Kholi.

Day 3: Raoli Kholi – Bhrigu Lake(14,000ft.) (4240m.)- Raoli Kholi 7km. 5-6 hr

This morning we start early trekking to Bhrigu lake. Today the trek is mixed of moderate to steep trail with moraines at the last patch of the trek. If this trek is done in the winter season the snow will be encountered on all the way till the lake. At first the trail is moderate which becomes slightly uphill and continues for a while then turns moderate. After crossing some of the colorful meadows the gradient increases with moraines on the way till the last hike of the trek. Climbing on the moraines at such steep slopes could be tricky and one has to be careful while going up and descending back. Crossing this rocky part gives a satisfaction of self confidence. Now the lake is visible just few steps ahead. The lake is situated in the lap of the mountain surrounded by rocky cliffs and ridges. The lake is not that big but yet alluring. The place is tranquil with stunning scenic beauty all around. It is located at the top of the Vashisht mountain range. The lake is meant to be sacred and holy to the locals. The lake is circled bald feet by the visitors, pilgrims though shoes or any other leather materials are not allowed in the vicinity of the lake. Throwing any edible waste or plastic is strictly prohibited near or in the lake. Spend some quality time at the lake and climb down the same way to the camp. We reach at the camp by the evening. Enjoy watching sunset while having a cup of hot tea. Night stay at the camps.

Day 4: Raoli Kholi – Gulaba - Manali

This morning wake up with ease though the trail is a short downhill. Climb the same trail all the way down. As this is the last day of trekking, be careful walking down the slopes that one can slip or twist his feet. Avoid jumping and running on the downhill. It will take 2-3 hrs. to reach the road head. Our vehicles would be waiting for us to drop at Manali. Once reached at Manali one is free to depart on his own journeys.

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Local transport during Trek.
  • Highly Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destination.
  • Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
  • Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner.
  • While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits and camping charge.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
  • Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners.
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trail head.
FAQs
Bhrigu Lake trek is a famous trek amongst fist timers. It is located on the eastern mountain ranges of Manali. The trek starts from Gulaba en route the Manali leh highway. For this trek one has to approach Manali. After that you would be met by our representatives. Then you will travel 25km. towards Gulaba. Subsequently commence the trek.
Absolutely yes, this trek is meant for those who have less or no experience about trekking. It is a moderate trek offering captivating views of the Manali valley to highland meadows. One could find snow too on the trek at higher altitudes.
The trek starts from the month of May – October. Pre monsoon season is the start of melting snow. So there could be snow on the trails, however more or less one would find snow while trekking. The temperature is usually warm at daytimes but nights would be colder decreasing to – 6-8 degrees. In monsoon seasons the valley is full of foliage but visibility is mostly none with ideal temperatures. Post monsoon seasons bring the best views of the whole year, yet there is less vegetation left as the winter arrives but the visibility you get is aw-inspiring. The temperature will be around 15-20 degrees at daytimes and at night it will drop to -3-5 degrees.
This trek needs only good health with physical fitness and fresh mind. Doing regular running or routine exercises would help one to do the trek smoothly. Leave smoking if you do a month before leaving for the trek. Apart from it Bhrigu lake trek is a moderate trek which requires one only to be fit mentally and physically.
For every trek you should have done precise packing of things needed later on the trek. Incorrect things of packing would make you suffer during the trek with unnecessary load and hardship. So here are some of the prerequisite things to be considered as one’s requirements. Backpack(40ltrs), Down feather jacket(1), Fleece uppers(2), woolen sweater (1), Dry fit shirts(2), dry fit trousers(2), warm lower(1), thermals(1), woolen socks(1pair), socks(2pairs), balaclava(1), gloves (1pair), Ponchu(1), waterproof Bag cover, Underwear(2), Sunglasses UV protected, trekking pole.
The shoes with high ankle support and with good gripping sole could be the best option for the trek. Always remind to buy shoes few days’ earlier beginning of a trek. Because using it earlier will make shoes fit to your feet, though you won’t get blisters or sores on your foot while on the trek.
We will concur 4250 m on the Bhrigu Lake trek. It is a good height reach for the first timers. After 4000m the air becomes thinner, one could be caught by the high altitude sickness but there is no problem about it. Because our staff and guides have sufficient knowledge of first aid and have ample experience working in the wilderness. We have all requisite medications needed at such heights.
There will be toilets at each camp, which will be portable eco friendly toilets with deep pit dug inside to do your business and a heap of soil along to the pit to cover the waste. Remember not to use wet wipes, these are non degradable products. Always use tissue papers.
You can take some basic medicines along it will help avoid any kind of sickness at heights. It is good to put medications in your prime list of things while packing which will be useful in the wilderness where one couldn’t find any medic. Here is a list of medicines you can opt to your requirements- Crepe bandage, Band aid, cotton, ORS, volini spray, disprin, avomine, combiflam, paracitamol, digene, anti diarrhea tablets, betadine, sunscreen SPF30, lip balm etc. Yes, medical certificate is mandatory for every trekker. Medical form should be certified by a recognized doctor claiming that you are fit to do trek. If in case you have any health related prior illnesses, you should consult the doctor and carry all necessary medications.
The total distance of the trek is about 26km. we will trek 6-9 km. each day which will take about 3-4 hours of trekking.
Vegetarian food with egg is served during the trek. Vegetarian food is good to digest at heights and is nutritious. You will have healthy breakfast, lunch, evening tea snacks, soup and dinner. Yes you have to carry a tiffin box so you can have packed lunch.
In any case of any emergency our staff is skilled and trained for such situations held at high altitude. Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with high altitude sicknesses and urgent situations. We carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders with us and in any emergency we rescue the trekker till the road head. After reaching road any additional cost of evacuation is borne by the trekker. All and all it is trekker’s responsibility to get a certified medical fitness document before coming for the trek, which certifies that the trekker is fit for the trek.
Our professional certified guide/instructors will lead the group who are mostly inhabitants. They have enough experience to deal any circumstance occurred while trekking. Our team will be along all the time escorting the group until the trek is accomplished.
If you don’t want to carry your backpack you can relieve your sack to a porter or a mule. For offloading your backpack you have to tell us 10 days before the trek. We will arrange accordingly a porter/mule which will cost 1000/- each day with the backpack weight not exceeding 12 kg.
Consuming alcohol dehydrates your body and makes you prone to illness or odd situation. So avoid consuming alcohol/smoking during the trek.
Any Himalayan trek en route is full with natural water sources. One can drink directly from these streams, torrents or can ask about from where to fill drinking water to our guides. If you are uncertain about the water, you can carry chlorine tablets along with you. But we recommend you to consume water flowing clean from the mighty ranges.
We have tents of different capacity, 3 men 4 men tents. We will accommodate you with sufficient space and vestibule as per the requirements of the group. There will be 2 persons in a 3 men tent and 3 persons in a 4 men tent.
Group size will start from 6-35 persons each batch with men and women.
Sure you can customize the group with your own opted dates and group size. The cost will depend on the no. of participants taking part for this trek.
Absolutely yes, we had organized and managed groups successfully mixed of men and women from years. We ensure the safety and the integrity of the female trekkers utmost. We provide female participants tents only sharing with other female. If there is a single girl trekking, then we provide her a personal tent. After all the mountains is safer place then traveling through the city.
On this trek there is no problem about network. One could communicate all along the route.
Snow conditions depend on the season you are trekking. If you are trekking in pre monsoon season, the chances of snow being encountered are higher after then the monsoon season. Post monsoon season is mostly the time when snow has melted but there are high chances of snowfall.
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