Bhrigu Lake: High Altitude Trek Into The Wilderness
Located at an elevation of 14,100 ft above sea level, Bhrigu Lake is one of the offbeat and high altitude trek in the majestic Garhwal Himalayas. Cradled in the scenic beauty of Manali, the trekking trail passes through virgin forests over lush green meadows with breathtaking vistas of snow-peaked mountains. This Himalayan lake is named after the highly revered sage in Hindu mythology i.e. Maharishi Bhrigu. He was the author of ‘Bhrigu Samhita’ and also one of the seven great sages also known as Saptarishis.
Trek From Gulaba
Distance From Gulaba To Rola Khuli: 7 kms (3-4 hrs)
After breakfast we met our trek guide from Kothi village who gave us all the necessary instructions for Bhrigu Lake trek. As per the itinerary, we headed towards chaudah mod (14th curve) near Gulaba in a cab, located 22 kms from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. The route from Manali to Gulaba is dotted with traditional homes, quaint villages, stunning views of snow-clad peaks and deep valleys.
This moderate level Himalayan trek begins from Gulaba and can be done by a beginner as well. The trail passes through towering oak & cedar trees over lush green meadows. While trekking I was mesmerized by the fascinating Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges in the backdrop. The beautiful Solang Valley can also be seen while hiking up. This journey becomes even more exciting with like-minded people.
The best thing about Bhrigu Lake trek is walking over virgin and lush meadows spread like an endless carpet. With deep blue sky above and grassland below, the landscape kept changing as we moved ahead. While trekking you will come across few horses and local shepherds known as Gaddis, grazing their sheep in open pastures.
Initially, the trail is a steep ascent and then gradual ascent till Rola Khuli campsite crossing two nallahs or water streams in between. The path is narrow and rugged at few places that makes trekking experience overwhelming and thrilling.
Camping At Rola Khuli
Set in the scenic alpine meadow, Rola Khuli acts as a base camp for Bhrigu Lake, nestled at an elevation of 12,500 ft above sea level. Located at 7 kms from Gulaba, Rola Khuli offers fabulous views of majestic Himalayas. Chor nallah, a small water stream flows across the camping ground suitable for drinking and washing dishes. The water is fresh but damn freezing!
Relish upon a plate of hot Maggi along with tea, play with the Gaddi dogs at campsite and just relax in such a pleasant weather. From the campsite you can see the snow-clad peaks of soaring high Himalayas romancing with clouds. As the day came to an end, the sky turned crimson and grey. It was amazing to see the charisma of nature in its full form. At night, the weather turns really cold so do carry warm jackets & wears and enjoy the bonfire where you can be joined by other travellers as well. Spend a memorable night under zillion stars!
After having dinner, I went to the cooks at the campsite and thanked them for the scrumptious meal they cooked for everyone in such a challenging environment. We went back to our camps as we had to wake up early for the final summit to Bhrigu Lake.
Trek To Bhrigu Lake
Distance From Rola Khuli To Bhrigu Lake: 4 kms (2-3 hrs)
Since you have to cover a lot of distance today, therefore wake up early and quickly leave for Bhrigu Lake after breakfast. This sacred glacial lake is situated at a distance of 4 kms from Rola Khuli base camp. Initially, the trail is a bit steep and stony but the captivating surroundings and fresh mountain breeze encouraged us to move ahead.
Trek to Bhrigu Lake gives you an awesome opportunity to see nature in its rawest form. The charming landscape can’t be described simply in words. It is blissful to see the crimson sunrays kissing the snow-peaked Himalayas from such a great height. You will be spellbound by the enchanting vistas of virgin mountains.
The last half of the trail is completely rugged and steep, thus a bit challenging as well. This entire trail is adorned with boulders or stones which are a bit slippery but thanks to our trek guide who helped us out in completing this thrilling trek to Bhrigu Lake. It is advisable to hike carefully and don’t be in a hurry!
Holiness Of Bhrigu Lake
Nestled at an elevation of 14,100 ft above sea level, the scenic oval shaped Bhrigu Lake is considered very pious especially by the natives of Kullu region. It is believed that Maharishi Bhrigu meditated here many years ago. Also, many Gods of Kullu Valley have dipped in this glacial lake, thus making it highly sacred. The locals believe that due to this divinity the lake never freezes completely. You can see few beautiful lotuses along the lake as a symbol of faith.
Blessed with serenity all around, relaxing and enjoying the beauty of sun rays falling on crystal clear waters off the lake, a perfect break from mundane lifestyle. The morning cool breeze and the enchanting Himalayan landscapes will heal all our tiredness.
So, on your next trip to Manali experience the beauty of sacred Bhrigu Lake in utmost tranquility and get rejuvenated in the laps of nature.