The beautiful Bhrigu Lake is known for its historical and holy importance in the state of Himachal Pradesh. According to the legends, Hundreds of years ago Rishi Bhrig used to meditate and indulge in religious rituals on the bank of the pious lake of Bhrigu. The folklore states that the lake is blessed with the Gods of Kullu valley taking a dip in the Bhrigu. This attracts many devotees who seek the Lake of Bhrigu to get blessings of the Deities. Bhrigu Lake is at a distance of 6 km from the picturesque village of Gulaba which in turn is about 22 km from the famous hill station of Manali.
The captivating views of the mountain peaks will take you to the wonder land. The unpar beauty of the Seven Sister Peak covered with snow glistening in sunlight. The famous peaks of Hanuman Tibba and Deo Tibba are sure to amaze. The Pir Panjal range touches the skyline and meets the horizon along with the dense and beautiful line of Oak and Pine Tree. The carpeted meadows, green Landscape and gushing water streams is what the trail of Bhrigu looks like. Taking you in and around nature’s vista. The entire region is full of amazing views with valleys, mountains and meadows.
How to Reach:
Manali being 22 km away from the base of the trek and a famous hill station, makes a perfect rendezvous point for the trek. First you need to reach Manali from your hometown and from there you can get a cab and reach Gulaba village.
The nearest Airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is approximately at a distance of 52 km from Manali. There are various operators that provide flight services to Bhuntar daily, especially from Delhi. From Bhuntar you can get a taxi for the onward journey which will cost you around 900 INR.
Taking an overnight bus from Delhi is the most budget friendly option out there. As Manali and Delhi are well connected by road you don’t need to worry about the condition of the road. You can also fly to Chandigarh and then get a HRTC bus service to reach Manali. On the other hand, if you are coming from Delhi then head to Kashmiri Gate to board Volvo private buses or government buses. Most of the buses depart between 5 pm to 6 pm so plan your arrival at the bus stop accordingly.
Best Season to visit
The trek route of Bhrigu Lake remains operational from May through the month of October, so you can attempt the Bhrigu trek in any of the months. Although, many trekkers avoid going to Bhrigu Lake trek during monsoon season that is in the month of June to August. This is due to the weather hazards and the probability of natural calamities like landslides. If you are a fan of snow fall then plan your trek in the winter months, when the lake remains frozen and it is an experience in itself. If you wish to see the unfrozen lake then visiting in the late summer months is advisable as the lake remains frozen for most part of the year. The temperature ranges from 20 to 25 Degree Celsius during the summer months during daytime. However, the night still remains cold with a temperature of 5 to 7 degree Celsius. In winter the temperature can dip as low as -7 degree Celsius during night so pack accordingly to enjoy the trek to its fullest.
How Difficult is Bhrigu Lake Trek:
Bhrigu Lake trek is considered to be a moderate level trek on the scale of difficulty ranging from easy level treks to difficult level treks. Starting your journey from Manali at an altitude of 6,725 ft and covering altitude gain of 14,009 ft in a span of 4 days is one of the reasons why it comes under moderate level. The continuous upward climb to the lake tests your endurance and mental strength more than your physical strength. If you are mentally prepared for it then you can definitely scale it. This is why, Bhrigu lake trek is a perfect fit for any First timers with their zealous efforts. Having said that, you still need to prepare for any trek you attempt in the Himalayas. For Bhrigu Lake you can plan a 4-week fitness plan and follow it consistently. In this routine you can add brisk walk and running for your cardio. You can maintain a target of covering 5 km under 37 minutes for you to trek comfortably. Build up core strength by planks and push ups.