Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude glacial lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres in the upper Kullu valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. It lies to the east of the Rohtang Pass and is a short drive from Manali. The Bhrigu Lake trek stands apart from all other high altitude lake treks because it can be reached in just a few hours of trekking. Most other lakes at this elevation require days of trekking through difficult terrain to reach.Bhrigu Lake trek
This trek is one of the easier ones in Himachal Pradesh, and is suitable for families, beginners, and anyone looking for a short mountain getaway. You start from an altitude of 8,530 ft at Gulaba and will traverse gorgeous deodar and pine forests and apple orchards. All along the way you get stupendous views of the mountains and get to admire the snowy peaks of the Pir Panjal range. The trail winds through the green valleys of Kullu and into the more barren landscape near the Rohtang Pass as you go higher until you reach a height of 14,009 ft at the lake
Legend has it that the sage or Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate near the pristine lake and hence it has been rendered sacred. The locals believe that due to this, the lake never freezes over completely.
After a day of admiring the Seven Sister Peaks or Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba, walking through lush, green meadows and gushing streams, you will be camping at the same altitude as Rohtang Pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Total bragging rights!
One last stop on your return from the Bhrigu Lake trek is the stop at Vashisht hot sulphur spring. It is a welcome break for weary travellers and you can enjoy a dip in the sacred water and relax. There are the temples of Vashisht Muni and Lord Rama here which can be explored.Best season for Bhrigu Lake: When to visit Bhrigu Lake
The best time to visit is in summer when the Bhrigu Lake temperature is around 20-25 degrees C in the daytime and falls to 5-7 degrees C at night. It is advisable to avoid trekking in this region in the monsoon as it experiences heavy rain. In winter, the temperature falls lower with 10-15 degrees C during the day and nearly 0-7 degrees C at night. The lake is frozen for 6 months of the year and travellers can enjoy the sight of snow even during the early summer months.
Some of the highlights of this Bhrigu Lake trek will be the visit to the meadows of Khanora; the gorgeous nights under starry skies, and of course, the visit to the serene Bhrigu Lake.