5D/4N
Duration
Easy
Grade
5/10
Physicality
4270 m/14000 ft
Highest Point

Bhrigu Lake Trek:

About: 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. Hanuman Tibba, Ladakhi, Shetidhar, Friendship, Gyapancho and Chandrabhaga (CB) range, all can be seen in one stretch. The lake itself derived its name from the peak called Bhrigu. Th legend is that, Maharishi (Saint) Bhrigu 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 newbie hikers.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon – Lodge/Guest house stay at Vashisht
Day 2: Drive to Kothi – 12 Km –30 min – Trek to Gulaba – 10 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 3: Trek to Raulikhoi – 12 Km – 6/7 hours
Day 4: Trek to Panduropa via Bhrigu Lake – 14 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 5: Trek to Vashisht – 10 Km – 5 hours

 Duration: 4 days of trek; Manali to Manali in 5 days.

 Highest Point: Bhrigu Lake ~ 4270 m/14000 ft.

 Grade: Easy

 Length: 45 Km

 Seasons: May to October

 Further Option: Climb Bhrigu peak

 Access: Trek starting point and end point is Manali

Rail station: Chandigarh (STN Code: CDG)

 Airport: Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar (Code: KUU)

 Map:

Fixed Departure Dates:

All dates are Manali to Manali.

*** Trekkers need to reach Manali on Day 1 (by noon) . Return to Manali on Day 5 early afternoon. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return back home from Manali accordingly ***

Trek Code: BL16F1 – 13th Aug (Day 1) to 17th Aug’16 (Day 5)

Trek Code: BL16F2 – 9th Oct (Day 1) to 13th Oct’16 (Day 6)

To Book a Fixed Departure trek click here:

Getting to Manali (The trek base):

Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon and evening. It takes up to 15 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi.

2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning. It may take around 10/11 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km.

3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.

Read here for detailed information on how to reach Manali.

DEPARTURE LOCATION Manali
REPORTING TIME Vashisht/Old Manali by noon(Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Manali
RETURN TIME Approximately 3:00 PM (Day 5)

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.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

The buses from Delhi to Manali start in the afternoon and evening and reaches Manali in 14/16 hours depending on the bus operator. You reach Manali in the morning between 7 to 9 am.

1) Govt run HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) buses operate on daily basis.
HRTC buses start from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS Railway Station and can be reached easily by booking an Auto Rickshaw.
To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets
HPTDC buses start from Himachal Bhaban, Janpath (Close to Cannaught Place, CP). To check availability and book online (Login required):
http://hp.gov.in/hptdc/Availability.aspx

2) Several private operators run Volvo/A.C bus services from Delhi to Manali. They have different pickup points spread over Delhi. Choose a boarding point according to your convenience. Check for good reviews and ratings before selecting an operator.
http://www.redbus.in/

You can fly or by train reach Chandigarh directly from some cities within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Chandigrah to Manali buses start from ISBT Sector 43 (verify before the journey). You can check while taking an Auto Rickshaw/Taxi from Chandigarh Railway Station or Airport. Ordinary buses are available from early morning at 4 am ( HRTC, Haryana Roadways, Punjab Transport etc) and tickets are onboard. For online availability and booking refer the earlier links.

There are two bus terminus in Manali, one for the state operated buses on the Manali mall and the other one for private buses (5 mins walking). It takes around 15 hours and 10 hours to reach Delhi and Chandigarh respectively.

Regular/Ordinary buses are available from morning to evening. Last being at 9:30 pm in the night. Takes around 15 hours to reach Kashmiri Gate ISBT. For booking check: http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets

Volvo bus services are available in the afternoon/early evening between 3 pm to 7 pm. For booking check the above links.

For night stay in Manali:

We at Himalaya Trekkers (HT) provide the accommodation In Manali ( At Vashisht, 3 Km uphill) for our Fixed Departure treks. Do check the inclusions in the PDF brochure provided for a chosen trek. However if any trekker is interested to spend more time in Manali, he/she can inquire State operated HPDC hotels. They provide a wide range of choices of Premium, Deluxe and Budget options in Manali. To check see: http://www.hptdc.nic.in/cir0203.htm#hhami

Day 1

Arrival in Manali: Accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali

Reach Manali (~ 1950 m/6400 ft) by noon/afternoon. Our guest house will be either at Vashisht, which is 3 Km further up from Manali town. Or else we arrange accommodation at Old Manali, 2 Km from town towards Manalsu Nullah. Vashisht has a temple and is famous for its hot spring inside the temple. In the afternoon take a walk towards Jogini falls (Vashisht) or Manali Sanctuary (Old Manali). Accommodation in lodge/guest house.
Day 2

Drive to Kothi - 10 Km; Trek to Gulaba: 10 Km - 5/6 hours

Pickup from Manali in the early morning and reach Barsheni (~ 2200 m, 7200 ft) via Kasol and Manikaran by car. Distance is around 110 km and can take around 4 hours. Trek starts from here. The trail ahead is a 9 Km walk through a lovely forest to the open meadow of Khirganga (~ 2920 m, 9580 ft). According to the myth, this is the hot spring where Lord Shiva meditated. One can take a refreshing bath in the spring. The climb will take around 5 hr. Overnight in tent.
Day 3

hike to the Kothi Peak

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

Kullu Valley

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

Finish The Trek

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.

TREK COST: Rs 8500 (Manali to Manali) + 4.5% Service Tax

Book for 3-5 persons and get a discount of 5% and for 6 or more persons get flat 10% discount

Inclusions:

One night accommodation at Vashisht/Old Manali (Day 1) on sharing basis.

Car pick up from Vashisht/Old Manali to the trek starting point Kothi on Day 2.

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

 Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

Specialised Cook, Support staffs, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

Accommodation in tents on sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon.

 Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

Exclusions:

Food during the stay at Vashish/Old Manalit. There are decent options of restaurants/hotels for veg and non veg food.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your rucksack and carried by our horse then you need to pay additional Rs 1200 for the entire duration of the trek (4 days). one such bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs.

Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

To Customise this trek Click here

 BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

Booking

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Declaration Form”.
  • To book for a Fixed Departure or Customised Trek you need to pay 25% of the trek/trip fee as the initial “Booking Amount”. You can pay by Online Transfer/Draft/Cash. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek. You need to pay the remaining amount at a later stage.

 Cancellations

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the trek/tour fee is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 15 days, we will refund 75% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 14 days to 7 days, we will refund 50% of the trek/trip fee.
  • If you cancel a trek/trip before 6 to 1 days there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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