The Bhrigu Lake Trek

Tripoto
9th Jun 2015
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek by Mayank Negi

A group of six guys started for the trek to Bhrigu Lake with their bags packed and spirits high to scale this 14000ft mark. The first day in Manali it started raining and the spirits were being crushed as there seemed no end to the rain.

Still in hope to scale the mark we headed out to find a guide, who would show us the route to Bhrigu Lake. To our bad luck the first guide we met told us that it was not fit for us to trek to Bhrigu Lake as the rain is to continue for the next 3 days. That news shattered spirits of some and one decided to back out as it would be unpleasant to trek and camp if it rains.

At night 5 of us decided to leave for Bhrigu next morning without a guide as all the other guides were asking around 5000 rupees (excluding camps and food as we were carrying our own).
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 1/12 by Mayank Negi 
Next morning, we took a bus to Kothi from where we were to start our trek. To our luck at Kothi bus stand we found a shepherd who agreed to guide us to Bhrigu Lake @1500 rupees.
He took us to the starting point in Kothi and guided a little about the route to Gulaba.
The plan was to camp at Gulaba that night and our guide (chachaji) would meet us next morning @6 at camp site.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 2/12 by Mayank Negi 
We started the trek from Kothi @1:30 pm and managed to reach Gulaba @5 pm. Setting up camps hardly took any time so we started at the next task, the campfire. After enjoying some quality time near the campfire, we called it a day and went to sleep.
Next morning, we started early as Chachaji arrived at the campsite @6am. From Gulaba it was an uphill trek and the plan was to reach Bhrigu before 3 pm as after that, the weather was unpredictable.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 3/12 by Mayank Negi 
To our luck it was clear sky and we started with high spirits. The uphill climb was tiring so we took several 5-10 minutes break. Going slow is the key as it helps to acclimatize at high altitudes otherwise there is a possibility of mountain sickness.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 4/12 by Mayank Negi 
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 5/12 by Mayank Negi
4 hours into trek we hit our first roadblock, a landslide 
By this time 2 more members of our group gave up and decided not to continue further on the trek. So the three of us decided to leave our bags with them and continue further.
We found a route past the landslide and continued on the trail. From here we started on several patches of ice which were a little tricky to cross.Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 6/12 by Mayank Negi 
We crossed 4-5 such Naala's, and reached Raoli Kholi (aka Rowdi Kholi) it was a sight worth the efforts. Snow clad mountains all around and river stream being formed right in front of my eyes.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 7/12 by Mayank Negi 
From here we start the uphill climb on ice covered slopes. A tougher job than what i expected it to be.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 8/12 by Mayank Negi 
The trek on ice was more funny than difficult as we slipped and fell so many times on the ice
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 9/12 by Mayank Negi 
Another 2 hrs into the trek we managed to pull it off in time and reached the lake @2:30 pm.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 10/12 by Mayank Negi 
The lake was frozen with 50 ft of ice over it.Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 11/12 by Mayank Negi 
The scenic beauty of the lake was mesmerizing, we sat their for sometime but then started back as our friends were waiting and weather began to change.
On our way back their was light snow fall for a few minutes, so we decided it was better to rush off the snow mountains before the weather got worse. 
We quickly traced back our trail to meet our friends, and to our luck weather was good and soon the sun came out. Mid way back to Gulaba, we were able to relax in the sun and gain the natural warmth.
Photo of The Bhrigu Lake Trek 12/12 by Mayank Negi 
We reached Gulaba in a few hours and then Chachaji went his own way. The trek was complete and we headed out to old manali where another friend was waiting for us. We took a safari for 500 rupee and reached manali in an hour. The trek was complete and was an amazing experience.
 
Gulaba is a beautiful lush green open ground which gives amazing views to the snow clad mountains which includes the peak Hanuman Tibba.
Photo of Gulaba Village, Himachal Pradesh 175131 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Gulaba Village, Himachal Pradesh 175131 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Gulaba Village, Himachal Pradesh 175131 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Gulaba Village, Himachal Pradesh 175131 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Gulaba Village, Himachal Pradesh 175131 by Mayank Negi
For some the trek to bhrigu lake starts from 14 mod near Gulaba whereas some decide to start the trek from Kothi. It is a steep uphill climb from Kothi to Gulaba Village but gives amazing scenic beauty as the trek passes from dense tree cover and opens up at certain points to give sights of the beautiful mountains including the peak Hanuman Tibba.
Photo of Kothi, Leh Manali HwyHimachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Kothi, Leh Manali HwyHimachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Kothi, Leh Manali HwyHimachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
It is the campsite for all trekkers going to Bhrigu Lake.
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Raoli Kholi, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
The lake is situated at a height of 14100 feet. The time i reached the lake it was frozen and had more than 50ft of ice over it. Being said that, there was no disappointment on finding the lake frozen as the snowclad mountains were breathtaking and gave amazing scenic beauty. The snow made the climb a little difficult and strenous without proper equipments, but it was worth it.
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Photo of Bhrigu Lake, Himachal Pradesh 175103 by Mayank Negi
Old Manali is a beatiful place in Himachal Pradesh, near to the mall road of Manali but far away from hustle bustle of New Manali. The night life in old manali calming and soothing with cafe's serving amazing food and several live performance. The streets are lively even at night with the sound of the Beas flowing along the street of Old Manali.
Photo of Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Negi
Photo of Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Mayank Negi
3 Comment(s)
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I'm which month did you go there?
Sun 06 10 18, 01:32 · Reply · Report
Mayank which month is good to go there..? also in Kothi porter easily available for tracking..?
Tue 06 20 17, 05:47 · Reply · Report
Hoping to have same adventures on bhrigu lake in may booked it with Renok Adventures ...this is awesome
Sat 04 08 17, 06:18 · Reply (1) · Report
haha goodluck
Sat 04 08 17, 08:50 · Report