Day time: 13°C-18°C;
Night time: 0°C-7°C
Strangely people go to Europe and Switzerland to have a view of alpine meadows when they have some in their own backyards. Yes, on the trek to Bhrigu Lake one has the opportunity to have a view at the pristine high altitude alpine meadows, and that too for the entirety of the trek. It takes 2-3 days before you reach to one but then you have them accompanying you right till the lake. This experience is a rare opportunity and camping on them makes it even better. Along with this, the glacial lake is an amazing sight to behold on its own as it changes the color and shape every week and ranges from Emerald Green to Royal Blue!
Day 1: Pick up from Rambagh circle on Mall road, near Manali bus stand at 2.00 pm. The exact location at Rambagh circle is the auditorium near the Nehru Statue. Drive from Manali to Gulaba and short trek to the campsite.
Day 2: Gulaba (10,370 ft) to Rola Khuli (12,566 ft); 3-4 hours, 5 km
Day 3: Rola Khuli (12,566 ft) to Bhrigu Lake (14,009 ft) and back to Rola Khuli; 6-7 hours, 10 km
Day 4: Rola Khuli (12,566 ft) to Gulaba (10,370 ft); 3-4 hours, 5 km. Drive to Manali. You are expected to reach Manali by 3.30 pm.
Day 1: Reach Gulaba from Manali
Altitude: 10,370 ft
Time taken: 1 hour drive + 20 minutes trek.
Day 2: Gulaba to Rola Khuli
Altitude: 10,370 ft to 12,566 ft
Time taken: 3-4 hours, 5 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; Steep ascent throughout followed by an undulating walk for the last 30 minutes.
Water sources: Carry 2 liters of water from Gulaba. The first water source is 15 minutes before Rola Khuli campsite and the second one is 10 minutes before – both at stream crossings.
Day 3: Rola Khuli to Bhrigu Lake and back to Rola Khuli
Altitude: 12,565 ft to 14,009 ft; back to 12,565 ft
Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km
Trek gradient: Moderate; Starts on a stony trail. Initial steep ascent for 2 hours followed by a 10 minutes descent. Level walk for 15 minutes followed by an hour’s steep ascent to the lake.
Water sources: Bhrigu lake, streams along the way.
Day 4: Rola Khuli to Gulaba
Altitude: 12,565 ft to 10,370 ft
Time taken: 3-4 hours, 5 km
Trek gradient: Easy. Mostly descending.
Water sources: Carry 2 liters of water from Rola Khuli.
Trek pants (3 pairs including the one you are wearing): We highly endorse synthetic quick-dry pants as they are light. Plus, when it’s cold you can wear one over the other. While trekking a pair is what you would carry apart from the worn. You could keep the third pair for your return journey. Alternative: Cotton pant with many pockets / Track pants are comfortable too. Please do not bring Denim jeans, shorts or 3 quarters to trek.
Collared T-shirts (3 pairs including the one you are wearing): Preferably light, full sleeve t-shirts. The collar and the sleeves prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Avoid loud colors that would distract birds and animals.
Full sleeve woolens (2 pairs including the one you are wearing): We endorse fleece over wool as it is light weight, compact and warm.
Thick jacket: Carry 1 hollow full sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket
Thermal inners: 1 pair of lightweight, upper and lower (optional)
Trekking shoes: No sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. Do not wear a new shoe to a trek. It might cause blisters. Before bringing them to trek, wear it for a week to make it softer. We recommend FORCLAZ 100, 500, and 600.
Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton pairs, 2 woolen pairs (mostly to be used on campsites and while sleeping. Keep them dry.)
Backpack (40-60 liters): Backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Rain cover for the backpack is essential.
Daypack (20 liters): It is mandatory to carry a daypack if you choose to offload your backpack. If you decide to carry your backpack, the daypack is not required.
Raincoat/poncho: A lightweight poncho is preferred as it covers your rucksack as well from the top. The raincoat can also be used as windproof when required.
Balaclava: The cap must cover your ears and neck. You may also use scarves.
Synthetic hand gloves: Ensure that the gloves are waterproof.
Suncap: 1 pair of nice warm gloves required, fleece or woolen. 1 pair of waterproof/resistant, windproof gloves. You get very thin inner gloves nowadays. You may get one of those to use layering.
Sunglasses: Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue colored sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi-tone sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.People who wear spectacles, choose one of these – contact lenses, photochromatic glasses, or if either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 40+, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper, wet tissue)
Repair kit (needle & thread)
Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
Camera: Carry all accessories – spare batteries, charger, etc.
Cutlery: Carry a plate, spoon, coffee mug & a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. To save weight, you may use your lunch box to have food in it and also carry it.
Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each. Packaged drinking water bottles like Aquafina, Bisleri, and others are not allowed.
Trekking pole: Trekking pole is mandatory.