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Brighu Lake Trek, Manali

Visit this high-altitude glacial lake through vast and beautiful grasslands

Brighu Lake Trek, Manali

Duration

3D/2N

Pickup Point

Manali mall road

Accomodation

Tent

Overview

Located at an altitude of 14,000 feet, Bhrigu lake is a high-altitude Himalayan lake near Manali. The lake is said to be sacred as it is believed that Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the lake. Bhrigu lake trek is also famous for its grasslands that stretch out as far as eyes can see. That’s why this trek is the most captivating short trek in the Himalayas.

On your Bhrigu lake trek package, you’ll enter the lush alpine meadows right after 15 mins of trek which looks like an endless green carpet. Pass through the trail covered with cedar, birch, and brown oak trees. The lake rests between two high-altitude ridges and offers stunning panoramic views of Mt Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Indrasen, along with Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.

Quick info:
Bhrigu lake trek distance: 26 km
Bhrigu lake temperature: 6 - 18°C in summers and 1 - 6°C in winters
Bhrigu lake trek best time to visit: May to October
Bhrigu lake height: 14,000 ft
Bhrigu lake trek difficulty level: Easy

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Report in Manali and Drive to Kulang and Trek from Kulang to Moridugh

  • Drive distance- 12 km, Drive time- 45 mins
  • Trek distance- 6 km, Trek time- 5 hours 
  • Altitude- 6,730 ft to 9,000 ft
  • Meals- Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Trek from Moridugh to Bhrigu lake and back to Moridugh

  • Trek distance- 14 km, Trek time- 8 hours 
  • Altitude- 9,000 ft to 14,000 ft to 9,000 ft
  • Meals- All meals

Day 3: Trek from Moridugh to Kulang and Drive back to Manali 

  • Drive distance- 9.5 km, Drive time- 1 hour
  • Trek distance- 6 km, Trek time- 5 hours 
  • Altitude- 9,000 ft to 6,730 ft
  • Meals- Breakfast

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Report in Manali; Drive to Kulang; Trek from Kulang to Moridugh

  • The group will assemble in Manali at 9:00 am in the morning.
  • It takes around 45 mins to reach from Manali to Bhrigu lake trek starting point.
  • After a quick briefing session with the trek guide, start your Bhrigu lake trek Manali.
  • Trek for 6 km which will take around 4-5 hours.
  • The gradient of the trail is steep throughout with some long flat stretches.
  • Walk through the lush green meadows and dense forests of silver oak.
  • Reach the campsite and have lunch. 
  • Evening is free for leisure and to acclimatize better, soak into the beautiful views all around and spend some fun time with fellow travelers.
  • Have dinner and retire for the night in camps.

Day 2: Trek from Moridugh to Bhrigu lake and back to Moridugh

  • On the second day, you have a long trek ahead of you so starting early is advisable. Leave after breakfast with your packed lunches and start your trek towards the lake as the trail passes green meadows.
  • Trek for 7 km to reach the lake which will take around 5 hours.
  • Even in the summer months of April, May and early June these meadows are snow-covered. Near the lake, the path is through boulders and loose rocks.
  • Have your packed lunch near the lake and treat your eyes with the amazing view of high Himalayan peaks such as Deo Tibba, Indraasan, Hanuman Tibba, and Friendship Peak.
  • After spending some time at the Bhrigu lake, start your trek back to Moridugh.
  • Enjoy the soothing scenery of the beautiful snow capped mountains as you descend.
  • Upon reaching the campsite have your dinner and rest for the day in camps under the sky full of stars.

Day 3: Trek from Moridugh to Kulang and drive back to Manali 

  • Get up in the morning and enjoy your hot and fresh breakfast.
  • Post breakfast, starts a downhill trek to Kulang and the trek ends at the road head of Kolang.
  • You will then be driven to Manali to end your trip.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a taxi to Manali.

By Train: The closest train station to Manali is Ambala Cantt, which is 200 km away. Another option is to get a train to Chandigarh, which is 250 km away. Ambala Cantt is on the Delhi Amritsar route.

By Road: Roads connect Manali to many places including Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Ambala. There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

Bhrigu lake Manali inclusions:-

  • 2 nights stay in comfortable sanitized tents and sleeping bags.
  • Pick up and drop from Manali.
  • Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide qualification in first aid.
  • All meals during camping on the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian) Starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3.
  • Kitchen equipment, cook and helper and all the camping arrangements.
  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.

Exclusion

Brighu lake Manali exclusions:-

  • Personal essentials
  • Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.
  • Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages
  • Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.
  • Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.
  • Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.
  • In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers.
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage. 
  • Anything that is not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.
  2. RT-PCR negative certification: This is mandatory for goSTOPS treks. Without it, you will not be allowed to join us. You are exempted only if you’ve taken two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

The weather at the lake varies in all seasons. The Bhrigu lake temperature during summers hovers around 20-25 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5-7 degrees at night. In winter the temperature gets lower with 10-15 degrees around daytime and nearly 0 to -7 degrees at night. Almost half a year the lake remains frozen, and travelers can enjoy the sight of snow even during the early summer time.
Bhrigu lake is situated near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The Bhrigu lake height is 14,000 ft. The nearest village from which Bhrigu lake trekking starts is Gulaba village that is located at a distance of 14 km from Manali.
No, the month of December experiences heavy snowfall making it difficult for people to complete the trek safely. Therefore you should not be taking up this trek during this month.
In this trek package, you will be picked up from Manali and transferred to the starting point of the trek i.e. Kulang. From Kulang, the total Bhrigu lake trek distance is 26 km. You will also be accompanied by guides who will keep guiding and motivating you throughout the journey.
Absolutely. The safety of girls is of foremost importance to us. We always create a friendly environment for everyone on the trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips who are very experienced and reliable.
The best suited shoes for this trek route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village
The Bhrigu lake trekking is led by professional trek leaders who have completed basic and advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group making sure of the safety of the whole group.
Yes, the Bhrigu lake Manali trek package is a perfect pick for all solo travelers. The difficulty level of this trek is easy to moderate and the guides will always be there to help you whenever needed.
Freshly cooked vegetarian food is provided on the trek which is recommended in the mountains.
This is a 3-day trek. Accommodation will be in tents on all the days and each tent will be shared by the trekkers.

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