About Bhrigu Lake Trek - Trekking in Manali

Overview/ Itinerary

Bhrigu Lake Trek is worth getting to, and a lot of trekkers do the trek to get to the famous lake. What makes the trek worth it is the beautiful meadows on the way towards the Bhrigu Lake. The lake is in the high altitude district of Kullu. It is the holy place of Bhrigu Rishi – A Great Saint from the Indian history. On most high altitude treks in India, you'll discover meadows from thick forest, typically of oak. The sudden change in perspectives is startling and delightful. While the vast majority of these meadows are a pleasure to see, some are more extraordinary than others. The ones on the Bhrigu lake trek are among these.

Highlights about Bhrigu Lake Trek:

  • Camp in alpine meadows.

  • Bhrigu Lake trekking at a height of 14000 feet.

  • Time spent on clicking pictures of the enchanting views of the meadows.

  • Learn about the local culture and their day to day life.


Basic Details about Bhrigu Lake Trek:

Category: Camping / Trek

Level: Easy

The height of the Trek: 14,000 Feet

Duration: 4 Day

How to Reach Bhrigu Lake Trek in Manali:

Manali is well connected to all the states across India. Once can merely travel by Road or by Air. Delhi is taken as a reference to Guide our trekkers. So plan accordingly.

Reach Manali by Road:

Manali connected to Delhi via roadways. Take an overnight bus from Delhi, and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in

Reach Manali by Air:

Kullu–Manali Airport in Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Airport to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000.

Tip: Since Delhi to Manali is a long journey, most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last HRTC bus leaves at 8.30pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Plan your onward journeys only post noon is giving enough buffer for bus delays.

Detailed Bhrigu Lake Trek Itinerary:

Day 1 – Report at Manali base camp

The fascinating Bhrigu Lake Trek commences from the city of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The destination for the day is to reach the first campsite, the Katerni evening time (by your own). This is almost a drive of 08 kms distance and it takes about 40 mins to reach the camp site by 3:00 to 3.30 it is expected to reach Katerni. Overnight stay at Katerni.


Day 2 - Katerni to Rola Kholi via gulaba – 7km / 11800 feet

The second day trek is scheduled for a hike to 11,800 feet to reach Rola Kholi, the destination for the day. It's about 7kms from Gulaba Meadows camp and it takes about approximately 5 hours to reach the spot. The trail for the day comprises of a steep ascent for the first one and a half hour and then a gradual ascent via Kolang Nallah till the final campsite at Rola Kholi. The most fascinating part of the hike is that it moves through virgin forests and lush meadows with outstanding views of Manali and the pristine Solang valley. The wide array of wild flowers bloom at the pathway also highlights the beauty of the track. On the way the hikers can celebrate the sight and the beauty of notable peaks like Mount Hanuman Tibba and the beautiful seven sister peaks based in Beas Kund Valley The journey is not at all difficult as the trekking routes are simple and easy to move.

It's about 3 to 4 hours hike before the travelers can reach Kolang Nollah where they can have a small break to enjoy the beauty of the place and reenergize for the next stretch till campsite. It's advisable to carry much drinking water along as there are almost nil sources of pure water till Kolang Nallah. Here one can find a makeshift wooden bridge created to accommodate crossing the Nallah. The trail from here to campsite is again not very steep however few sharp turns and stony pathways mark the way. On reaching the spot, get settled in the tents and enjoy the night in the blissful environment. Light meals will be served at dinner to let the body adjust with the higher altitudes.


Day 3 - Rola Kholi to Brighu Lake to Deo dhar – 12km / 14000 feet

Rola Kholi is a beautiful campsite, in fact the best in the whole tour considering the outstanding views it caters with three sides covered with mountains protecting the side from the cool and shivering mountain breeze. Having some packed lunch and adequate drinking water along the trek begins for the day towards Bhrigu Lake at 14,000feet. From the lake the hikers need to descend to Deo Dhar at 13,760 feet for the next campsite. The trekking route till Bhrigu Lake is long and with steep pathways it is time taking for many for which it is advised to start early. It's about 4kms steep ascent where the vast greenery slowly turns brown and if it's a winter trek then the area around turns white, filled with snow. The trek till Bhrigu lake is however little difficult in compared to the previous trails with sharp turns and difficult climbs especially in the first two kilometers. The glistening sunrays on the shimmering crystal waters of the lake create different hues every moment providing a visual treat for the hikers. And the bed of alpine flowers, if it's a summer season, bordering the lake is equally attractive. From here the journey continues with a steep descent but amidst green meadows and bed of multi colored wild flowers spread over in patches throughout the trail. On the way down travelers can get a sight of stretched rice fields spread over vast areas excelling the beauty of the mountains. Deo dhar is the next destination and it takes about 2 hours descending to reach the spot.


Day 4 - Deo Dhar to Vashist to base camp – 11km / 6900 feet.

The last day of the trek is scheduled for a return to Manali but enroute Vashist which is a beautiful location at an altitude of 6900 feet. With religious importance and prominent temples, extravagant scenery and hot water springs it's a place one just can't miss. The trek today is a continuous descends which means the pressure of the heart is less and the work of the foot is much more. The scenic perfection spread around, however is the only boost on the way down with stunning mountain views, spectacular apple orchards ad vast expanse of rice fields. The hiking tour comes to an end at Vashist close to the hot sulpher water spring, the key attraction of the place. Interested trekkers can take a dip in the pristine water and enjoy it at the most. Closer to the water springs lies the temples of Vashist Muni and Lord Rama which is also quite historical. The temples are quite popular here with regular prayers being chanted here.

The FAQ on Bhrigu Lake Trek:

1.    When is the best time recommended for the trek?

Best time to go for Bhrigu Lake Trek is from June to October.

2.    How difficult is the Bhrigu Lake Trek?

Bhrigu Lake Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with other high altitude treks.

3.    How much distance do we have to trek each day?

On an average, we cover roughly 6-7 km between our camping stations.

4.    What will happen if a trek is extended?

Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.

5.    Who will be our lead guide person?

Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers, and porters.

6.    Is this trek safe for girls?

Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.

7.    Many people in a tent?

Our tents are all three person tents.

8.    What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

Good physical and mental fitness is expected to complete the Trek. Bhrigu Lake Trek is ideal for beginners to familiarize themselves with similar high altitude treks.

9. Typical Food menu during a trek?

We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.

10.    What if we encounter a medical emergency?

We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is trained and experienced personnel. Our team does carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.


3 Nights 4 Days Available on request
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Manali base camp to Manali base camp (VEG)
  • All accommodation from Manali base camp to Manali base camp
  • All campaign equipment
  • Medical Kit
  • Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff)
  • All forests permits

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage
  • Last Day Accommodation & Dinner is not included
  • Transport from Manali-Manali base camp & Manali base camp-Gulaba & Vashist Kund-Manali
  • Single room accommodations
  • Photography accessories like cameras etc.
  • Extra meals
  • Any other which not mentioned in the inclusion list
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • 1 Pair of Thermal
  • 3 Pair of Socks + 1 Pair of woolen socks
  • 2 Pair of Hand Gloves (Water Proof & Fleece material)
  • Sun Cap
  • Woolen Cap
  • Neck Warmer (Scarf/Buff)
  • 2 Quick Dry Full Sleeves (T-Shirt)
  • 1 Full sleeves Fleece
  • 1 Wind Proof Jacket (windcheater/Heavy Jacket)
  • 2 Track Pants (No Cotton or Jeans)
  • Sun Glass
  • Sun scream, Lip balm, Moisturizer
  • Torch
  • Trek Pole
  • Trekking Shoes (No Sports shoes or Woodland shoes)
  • Poncho (The Gear used to protect from Rain)
  • Day pack (Small one)
  • Back Pack 60 liter (+ Rain cover)
  • 2 Water Bottles
  • Toilet Paper & Wet Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Antibacterial Powder
  • Tooth Brush
  •  Quick Dry Towel


Medical Disclosers

Medicines to carry

  • Crocin (1Strip)
  • Disprine (1 Strip)
  • Lomotive (1 Strip)
  • Digene (1Strip)
  • Guaze
  • Dettol
  • Band Aid - Qty 5
  • Neusphorine Powder
  • Betadine Tube
  • Vomistop/Avomine (Motion Sickness Tablet)