Considered an easy trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek is perfect for novice trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Perched at an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level, Bhrigu Lake isn’t too far from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Legend goes that, Maharishi Bhrigu used to mediate near the lake, which is where the lake gets its name from. Interestingly, during winters, the lake freezes and takes the shape of a disc.
The Bhrigu Lake Trek is a short trek that commences from Manali, leads to Gulaba and from there, the trail continues to Kothi Thel. After a steep ascend from Kothi Thel, one finally reaches the spot for an overnight camp in the vicinity of Bhrigu Lake. The journey downwards is via the hot spring of Vashisth and apple orchards before finally coming to a halt at Manali.
It’s absolutely okay to undertake the trek anytime through the year. All you need to do is go with four days in hand. What makes the trek extra special are the beautiful alpine meadows on the way to the Bhrigu Lake. And of course, the sweeping natural vistas of the snow-capped mountains need no mention.
The locals consider the lake to be holy and pious; they believe that many Gods took a dip in the water of the lake centuries ago. You can easily include Gulaba in your itinerary as well; a picturesque village about 22km from Manali. Also, watch out for the breathtaking views of the Seven Sister Peak, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, the gorgeous Pir Panjal Range, rich oak and cedar forests, lush green meadows, meandering streams and cocktail coloured sunsets. This trek can turn your journey up the hills into an overwhelming experience. Don’t forget to carry your cameras; you’ll get to spot many birds on your way up including Himalayan monal, snow cocks and beautiful pheasants.