Bhrigu Lake Trek
Upcoming Summer treks to Bhrigu Lake:
Trek Code BL17S1 – 21st May (Day 1) to 25th May’17 (Day 5)
Trek Code BL17S2 – 28th May (Day 1) to 1st Jun’17 (Day 5)
Trek Code BL17S2 – 4th Jun (Day 1) to 8th Jun’17 (Day 5)
*** We walk a round circuit from Beas valley side (either from Kothi, Palchan or Gulaba) to Bhrigu lake and then return to Vashisht via Panduropa. This involves 4 days of trekking. We don’t run the shorter version.
*** We don’t suggest 3 days of trekking itinerary to Bhrigu lake from Manali. The lake being situated at an altitude of 4270m/14000ft requires a minimum acclimatisation. There is a shorter version also through a steeper gradient to Moridugh (normally there is a local fixed camp in Summer and we descend through this trail from Panduropa in our itinerary) and to Bhrigu and back. Directly climbing to Bhrigu from Moridugh fixed camp and back is often pretty difficult if you have not already acclimatised around Manali and in very good physical fitness.
Day 1: Reach Manali by afternoon – stay at guest house in Old Manali/Vashisht – 2/3Km uphill from Manali Bazar.
Day 2: Drive to Kothi – 12km –30 min – Trek to Gulaba – 10km – 5/6 hours
Day 3: Trek to Raulikhoi – 12 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 4: Trek to Panduropa via Bhrigu Lake – 14 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 5: Trek to Vashisht – 10 Km – 5 hours. Trip ends here.
Cost : Rs 8500 (Manali to Manali)+ 9% Service Tax
(Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%; Book for 5 or more to get a 10% Group Discount)
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The Trek Highlights:
About Bhrigu Lake trek: This easily accessible trek route in the upper Kullu valley and lying east of the famous Rohtang pass offers almost everything which a beginner or an experienced hiker can think of. The trail goes though virgin forests, and lush green meadows, Birds eye views of the surrounding valleys like upper Kullu, Solang and Rohtang are trekkers delight. Snow clad peaks and ranges of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are captivating. The lake itself derived its name from the peak called Bhrigu. Th legend is that, Maharishi Bhrigu (saint) of Saptarishi fame had meditated on bank of this secluded and pristine lake lying at ~4270m/14000ft above sea level. The shallow lake remains frozen for more than half of the year.Even in summer the approach is filled with the fun of walking on snow. Campsites provide overwhelming feeling of wonder and admiration. The nature is bountiful with her gift of wildlife. This round trek’s start and end point, the village of Vashisht ( Another Rishi of Saptarishi fame extolled here ) has surprises in many folds. A Neatly carved wooden temple, hot spring, surrounding waterfalls, village home-stays, availability of world cuisines make it a compelling destination for tourists and hikers who want to be far yet close from the hustle and bustle of Manali.
Access to Manali (The trek base): You need to reach the trek base Manali of your own.
Ample choice of bus, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.
1)From Delhi the buses normally start in the afternoon and reaches Manali next day by noon. Depending upon the service it may take 14 to 16 hrs. Distance is around 550 Km.
2)From Chandigarh ISBT there are regular bus services for Manali, starting in the early morning. It may take 8 to 10 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.
3) While returning Volvo service from Manali to Delhi starts at 4:30/5 pm in the afternoon. The last bus operated by HRTC starts at 9:30 pm for Delhi.
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The trip itinerary:
Day 1: Reach Manali (~ 1950 m/6400 ft) by noon/afternoon. Our guest house is at a place called Vashisht, which is 3 Km further up from Manali town. This village is acclaimed for its hot baptize springs and temples of Vashisht Rishi and Aristocrat Rama. Accustomed hot sulphur springs with two abstracted bathing tanks for gents and ladies are consistently abounding of tourists. Accommodation in rest house/home-stay.
Day 2: Today morning we drive to reach Kothi (~2500m/8200ft) , 12 Km from Vashisht on the Manali Rohtang Pass highway. We start our walk from the roadside and enter to the trail in the north east side through the conifer forest. The ascent is a steady one and will give everyone the chance to stretch their legs and get into the groove. We camp at Gulaba (~3300m/10800ft). Total distance is 10 Km and may take 5/6 hours.
Day 3: In the morning we hike to the Kothi Peak for the 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys and the great Himalayan range including the peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Friendship peak, Sheti Dhar, Ghepan Goh and others. From the top we get the clear view of Rohtang Pass area, Solang valley and the Pir Panjal range. The climb will take 5 hours. Then we descent halfway and take the trail to our camping ground at Raulikhoi (~3830m/12550ft). Total distance is 12 Km and may take 7/8 hours. We camp for the night.
Day 4: Today’s trekking will take us once more onto the high plateaus above the Kullu valley. We start the day with an ascent up to the Bhrigu Lake (~4270m/14000ft). This isolated oval shaped lake nestles under it’s own peak which stands ~300m/1000ft higher. After spending an hour we descent to our camping ground just above the tree line called Panduropa (~3600m/11800ft). Total distance is 14 Km and may take 7/8 hours.
Day 5: We have a steep descent to finish the trek today. The trail winds it’s way through the various types of vegetation on offer in the valley. The area is abundant in wildlife, and hopefully we can spot Himalayan Monal, Snow Cock and Kaleej Pheasant. Eagles and vultures glide effortlessly on the vast expanse of the valley. We finally reach our trek end point at the Vashisht village (~2100m/6900 ft). Total distance is 10 Km and may take 5 hours. Night stay in lodge. Trip ends here.
P.S.: The altitude and distances are approximate and may not be exact.
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