Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) 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 actually an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. It is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. Legend has it that the sage used to meditate near the lake and hence it has been rendered sacred; the locals believe that due to this the lake never freezes completely.
|Day 1||Drive from Manali to Gulaba, trek for an hour and camp||The trek to Gulaba starts from the 14th scissor bend on the right side of the road.
Take an overnight bus to Manali so that you reach Manali by 12 pm. We pick you up at 2 pm after lunch from Manali bus stand. Take the Manali-Rohtang Pass road. Drive by Kolang, Palchan, Kothi as you reach Gulaba, base camp of the trek. Gulaba is 22 km from Manali. Once a quiet hamlet, Gulaba is buzzing with tourist in transit to Rohtang Pass. There are few road side dhabas.
Trek steadily underneath forest cover, passing through open grasslands every now and then. The trail turns steeper after around 20 minutes. Make note of silver oak, cedar and birch trees on the trail here. These are few of the most prominent trees in the Himalayas. There are also a few rivulets that flow by. After around 40 minutes, the trail enters an open meadow where shepherds camp. Pitch your tents and camp here for the evening. The Gulaba camp gives a good break for acclimatization before hitting Rola Kholi at 3,830 meters.
|Day 2||Gulaba to Rola Kholi.|
Altitude: 2600 m to 3,830 m
Time taken: 3-4 hours, 7 km
|Observe Mt. Hanuman Tibba towering over the meadow in the background. Below Hanuman Tibba are the Seven Sister peaks seated in Beas Kund Valley. Turn right from the upper ridge of the meadow and head south. The second forested cover begins here.
Ahead, there’s a milky white rivulet flowing down the imposing Kolang Valley. This is Kolang Nallah. Walk straight towards it until you are walking along the banks of the stream. You have to cross over to the other side of the nallah. Look for a wooden makeshift bridge to cross over. The bridge is usually washed away during monsoon. If such is the circumstance, look for suitable logs to hop on and get onto the other side. Here, a trail on the right ascends towards a ridge (from south east). As you climb up the ridge, pause to enjoy brilliant views of Manali and Solang Valley. From here, Rola Kholi is around 2 hours away.
Rola Kholi is a scenic grazing ground used by local shepherds. Located at the base of Bhrigu Lake, it makes for an ideal camping spot. You water source here is Chor Nallah, which flows across the camping ground.
|Day 3||Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake and then to Pandu Ropa.|
Altitude: 3,830 m to 4,270 m and then to 3,600 m
Time taken: 7-8 hours, 14 km
|Start early as you have a lot of distance to cover today. You have to trek a height of around 411 m to reach Bhrigu Lake.
Bhrigu Lake rests between two high-altitude ridges. You’re currently hiking to the first ridge, which is an hour away. The trail slowly turns from green to brown and white. As you reach the ridge, look for an oval glacial lake in the distance. Depending upon the season, the lake is either surrounded by snow or fresh grass, along with a few alpine flowers.
On a clear day, you can catch a stunning panoramic view of Pir Pinjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Also, major peaks, Indrasen, Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba stand majestically before you. The lake is normally is enveloped in fog. So finding the route could be tricky. It is always advisable to hire a local guide. After spending time at the lake, head down to Vashisht Valley on the other side. As you proceed, look for the mountain ridge of Vashisht Theli ahead. You have to climb the ridge and get down onto the other side.
The initial downhill section is steep and slippery. Descend slowly. The meadow walk is refreshing all the way to rice fields of Pandu Ropa. This is an old Kullu village with several native stories about Sage Bhrigu and the Pandavas. Camp overnight at the fields here.
|Day 4||Pandu Ropa to Vashisht.|
Altitude: 3,600 m to 2,070 m
Time taken: 4 hours, 8 km
|Today’s trek is an easy one. Descend through the forest ridge of Pandu Ropa. Keep in mind that there are many steep downhill sections today.
Once you exit the forest ridge, treat yourself to a grand view of Kullu Valley. Below you, there are attractive apple orchards that Kullu Valley is famous for. The village trail from here all the way to Vashisht is well-defined. The trek ends at Vashisht. Once there, you could pamper yourself by bathing in hot springs.
Drive from Vashisht to Manali. It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Manali for the night. You can explore Manali the next day and take a Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening.
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