Bhrigu Lake Trek – Manali

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About this tour

The Bhrigu Lake Trek is a captivating and famous trekking expedition in the stunning Himachal Pradesh, India region. This adventure takes trekkers through breathtaking landscapes, dense forests, and pristine meadows. Spanning over 3-4 days, the Bhrigu Lake Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and exhilarating challenges. The trek starts from the picturesque village of Gulaba, situated near Manali, and gradually ascends to an altitude of approximately 4,300 meters (14,100 feet).

The trek derives its name from the serene Bhrigu Lake, a significant journey highlight. Legend has it that the lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu, a revered sage in Hindu mythology believed to have meditated near its shores. The lake is renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and nestled in the heart of the Himalayas.

Throughout the trek, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of prominent peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, and Seven Sisters. These majestic mountains form an awe-inspiring backdrop and add to the allure of the trek.

Bhrigu Lake Trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers, offering moderate difficulty. It provides a remarkable opportunity to witness the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas, explore diverse flora and fauna, and immerse oneself in the tranquility of nature.

Quick information on the Hampta Pass Trek

  • Trek duration: 3N/4D
  • Trek difficulty: Easy to Moderate Level
  • Trek Starting Point: Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Best time to Visit: May to October
  • Highest altitude: 14,010 ft at Bhrigu Lake
  • Total trek distance: 25 Km
  • Temperature: Day: (15°C to 25°C) and Night: (0°C to -5°C)
  • Meals: Veg
  • Accommodation: Homestay & Tents
  • Age group: 6-60 years
  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar. Located 52 km away from Manali
  • Nearest railway station: Chandigarh Railway Station (approx. 292 km away from Manali)
  • Departure Point: Nehru Park, upper Mall Road, near Manali Govt Bus station.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Short Itinerary


  • The altitude is 2800 meters.
  • Arrive in Manali at 12 pm so you can reach Gulaba village by 5 pm.
  • It’s a 22-kilometer drive to Gulaba Village, followed by a 3-kilometer trek to Gulaba Meadows Camp that should take around 1.5 hours.
  • Stay: Tented accommodation


  • Altitude: 10,300 ft to 12,500 ft.
  • 6 km trek, approx. 4 hours. Steep for 1.5 hours, then gradually ascent via Kolang Nallah to the campsite.
  • Bring enough water from Gulaba camp; the first water point is 20mins before Rola Kholi. Hot lunch at campsite.
  • Tented accommodation with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.


  • Altitude: 14,000 ft at Bhrigu Lake.
  • 10 km trek, approx. 8 hours. Steep ascent for 5 km.
  • Trail is rocky and snowy, alongside Bhrigu Lake stream.
  • Packed lunch and hot snacks provided.
  • Tented accommodation.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.


  • 6 km trek, mostly downhill, taking about 3 hours.
  • Drive from Gulaba to Manali.
  • Arrival in Manali is expected between 2 pm to 3 pm.

Bhrigu Lake Trek Difficulty Level

The Bhrigu Lake Trek is considered a moderate-level trek in terms of difficulty. While it does not require extensive mountaineering skills or technical expertise, it presents specific challenges that should be considered.

Trek Distance: The trek covers approximately 25 kilometers (round trip) from the base camp in Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake and back. This distance is usually covered over 3-4 days, depending on the itinerary chosen.

Trek Altitude: Bhrigu Lake is situated at an altitude of around 4,300 meters (14,100 feet) above sea level. Trekking at higher altitudes can be physically demanding, especially if you need to be adequately acclimatized. Taking regular breaks, staying hydrated, and ascending gradually is recommended to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Trek Terrain: The trail includes a mix of gradual ascents, steep sections, and rocky paths. Some trek parts might require scrambling over boulders, particularly as you approach the lake. Suitable footwear with ankle support is advisable for navigating uneven terrain.

Trek Weather: The weather conditions can vary, especially during the monsoon season (July-September), when rainfall is frequent. Trekking during this time can make the trail slippery and more challenging. It is generally recommended to undertake the trek during the summer months (May-June) or (September-October) Post-Monsoon when the weather is more stable.

Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.

Best Time to Visit Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake Trek in May-June

Embark on the Bhrigu Lake Trek during May and June to witness nature’s beauty in full bloom. The region experiences pleasant weather with moderate temperatures during the day, making it an ideal time for the trek. The trek route offers captivating views of lush green meadows and blooming flowers, creating a picturesque setting for adventurers on the Bhrigu Lake Trek.

Bhrigu Lake Trek in July-August: Monsoon Magic

For those seeking a unique experience, consider trekking to Bhrigu Lake during July and August, the monsoon season. While the trek may present challenges due to heavy rainfall and slippery trails, it rewards trekkers with the mystical allure of the mist-covered mountains. The serene ambiance, accompanied by raindrops falling on the foliage, adds a touch of magic to the Bhrigu Lake Trek.

Bhrigu Lake Trek in September-October: Post-Monsoon

Experience the post-monsoon delights by planning your Bhrigu Lake Trek in September and October. This period offers some of the best weather conditions, with clear skies and mild temperatures, ensuring comfortable trekking. The surrounding landscapes showcase a stunning array of autumn colors, further enhancing the visual appeal of the trek to Bhrigu Lake.

It’s important to note that weather conditions can vary, and it’s advisable to check the local forecast before planning your trek. Additionally, carrying appropriate trekking gear, including rain protection, is crucial during the monsoon season.

Trek Accommodation: Campsites and Meals

During the trek, you will be provided spacious and comfortable tents on a twin, triple, and quad-sharing basis. The tents are perfect for resting and enjoying the serenity of nature after a long day of trekking. For female trekkers, separate tents and rooms are available, ensuring privacy and safety during the trip.

Meals During Trek

The meals start from day 1 Lunch and continue till day 4 Breakfast. During the trek, the trekkers are served healthy and delicious hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea with snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily desserts. The meals are carefully crafted to provide the necessary nutrition for the trekkers to complete the trek successfully.

Hot drinking water is provided daily at the campsite to keep the trekkers hydrated. This ensures that the trekkers remain energized throughout the day and are not affected by altitude sickness.

Fixed Departure Dates in 2023

May – 28

June – 4, 11, 18, 25

Packing List: Essentials to Carry

When planning an active trip, it’s essential to consider how to stay comfortable in changing weather conditions. The key to achieving maximum comfort with minimum weight is by layering appropriately. Versatile, mixed, and matched layers provide the proper insulation, ventilation, and weather protection.

We’ve created a comprehensive gear list to help you choose the proper equipment. It’s important to bring what is necessary to help you stay comfortable and make the trek easier for the field staff.

What to Carry on the Trek?

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms to keep you warm in cold temperatures
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L to carry your essentials
  • Bag Rain Cover to protect your belongings from rain
  • Fleece pants, Woollen gloves, and a Woollen cap for added warmth
  • Fleece/ Woollen Jacket or Sweater to keep you warm on chilly evenings
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries to navigate in the dark
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight) for comfort and flexibility
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs) to keep your feet warm and dry
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair) to support your body during the trek
  • Insulated Jacket to provide an extra layer of warmth
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight) to protect you from the sun and bugs
  • Rain-Coat/ Poncho to keep you dry during rain showers
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap for protection against the sun
  • Hiking shoes for good grip and support
  • Water Bottles to stay hydrated during the trek

Could you make sure to pack wisely and leave behind any unnecessary items to keep your backpack light? A well-planned packing list ensures a safe and comfortable trek, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of nature fully.

Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:

If you don’t want to carry your backpack, you can give it to the porter/Mules, but you must inform us in advance.

  1. INR ____/– if you make an online payment seven days in advance.
  2. INR ____/- if you inform us after reaching Lohajung.

Clock/ Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

Trekkers can utilize the luggage storage facility at the Manali base camp to store their extra belongings before embarking on the Bhrigu Lake trek. However, it is recommended to avoid keeping any valuable items in storage to ensure the safety of their possessions.

Essential Tips to Know Before You Go on the Trek

  • Embarking on a high-altitude trek, allowing your body time to adjust to the altitude is essential.
  • In an emergency or natural disaster, the trek itinerary may need to be modified for safety reasons, be prepared for any changes.
  • Consulting with a doctor before the trek and carrying essential medication and a first-aid kit are recommended.
  • Camping during the trek is basic, and there may not be electricity or charging points available. It is recommended to keep power banks for mobile and cameras.
  • The trek takes place in an eco-friendly zone, so avoiding littering and conserving water is crucial. This will help preserve the area’s natural beauty for future generations.
  • It is recommended to carry sufficient cash, as an ATM may not be available during the trek.
  • Trekking at night should be avoided unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is present.
  • Using earphones should be avoided for safety reasons, as it can hinder your ability to hear crucial instructions and warnings from your trek guides and leaders.
  • To maintain the area’s ecological balance, plastic bags should not be used. Instead, it is recommended to bring reusable bags or containers.
  • For your safety, it is essential to follow the instructions of the trek guides and instructors. They are experienced, knowledgeable about the trek, and can help you avoid potential hazards.
  • In the event of a cancellation, informing the authorities in advance is important. This will help to avoid any confusion and ensure a smooth process.
  • To make the trek more accessible and more comfortable, keeping luggage to a minimum is advised. This will also make it easier to move around during the trek.
  • Children under six are not recommended for the trek due to its high altitude and potential risks.
  • Alcohol and other intoxicants should be avoided during the trek for safety reasons.

How to Reach Manali?

The best way to reach Bhrigu Lake Trek from Delhi is via Manali. Coming from New Delhi to Manali is the easiest part of the whole trip. The distance between Delhi and Manali is around 550 km.

By Train:

The nearest major railway station to Manali is Chandigarh Railway Station, well-connected to major cities across India. From Chandigarh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Manali.

By Road:

Manali is well-connected to several cities in northern India through a network of roads. Regular bus services are available from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Dharamshala. The journey to Manali by road offers picturesque views of the mountains and valleys. You can also drive to Manali in your vehicle or hire a taxi for a more convenient and flexible travel experience.

The distance between Delhi and Manali is around 550 km. The distance between Chandigarh and Manali is 310 km. You can take a direct bus from Delhi to Manali or reach Chandigarh from Delhi and then take a bus from Chandigarh to Manali. There is a flight of buses that runs between these cities and Manali. From Delhi, it takes around 14 hours to reach Manali by bus. It takes about 8 hours to reach Manali from Chandigarh by bus.

By Flight:

The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport, located approximately 50 kilometers away. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Bhuntar from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from the airport to Manali.


  • Breathtaking views of Bhrigu Lake, nestled amidst stunning Himalayan peaks.
  • Trek through scenic landscapes and experience the thrill of high-altitude adventure.
  • Encounter diverse terrain, including meadows, forests, and rocky slopes.
  • Explore the cultural heritage of the region with visits to local villages.
  • Disconnect from the world as you embrace the serenity of nature.


  • Food per the trek's menu (Day 1 Lunch to Day 4 Breakfast).
  • Accommodation from the first day to the last Day on a Triple/Quad sharing basis (Guest house, home stay, Camping).
  • Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & camp; dining tent, crampon, micro spikes, utensils).
  • Forest permits and camping fees.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit and UIAA-certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.







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