Bhrigu Lake Trek - Dos and Don'ts!
Hey Guys! If you're planning to climb to Bhrigu lake by yourself this summer, here is some information that I thought would be useful for all of you.
- Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Gulaba village. [Source Wikipedia]
- Duration of the trek - 1-3 days. Depending on your itinerary and pace of climbing.
- Bhrigu lake trek is a high altitude trek because of the final altitude at 14,100 ft.
- Starting point of the trek is Gulaba. Although, a lot of people also start from Vashist for an overall longer itinerary.
- How to get to Gulaba? Take a personal cab from Manali chowk or a shared car service that runs regularly.
- Ease of Trek: Moderate
- Will you need a guide: The route is mostly laid out. You can even go on your own and ask for directions from the locals on the way. My personal recommendation though, would be to take a guide.
How to pack your bag
Well, this question depends mostly on how you're traveling, with how many people and/or with a guide etc.
Traveling with a trek operator like India Hikes
Travel light. Pack warm clothes that include a down jacket, gloves, fleece, waterproof pants, warm pants etc. Carry a poncho, for rain proofing. Rest of the equipment will be available at the campsites and by the trek organizer. For more information, read here.
Traveling in a small group with operators from Manali
There are various operators in Manali, like Himalayan Backcountry Adventures that organize treks with more flexible itineraries. They will carry equipment for preparing hot food on the way. Also, other equipment like tents will be provided on request. Or you can take your own tent/sleeping bag with you.
Travel light. Do not carry extra food items unless you want to carry energy bars and biscuits. Pack warm clothes and other essentials like tissue paper, wet wipes, tooth brush, sunscreen etc. Wear good hiking shoes with Camera optional, if you're a photographer! :)
If you've decided you want to do the trek by yourself without aid. Pack the following things:
- Tent. (Buy the new Quechua Fresh and Black tent here)
- Insulation Mattress (to go under your sleeping bag, buy here)
- Sleeping bag (for a minimum of zero degrees temperature at least, buy here)
- Lamp (for lighting up the tent, buy here)
- Rucksack (Min 60 L , buy here)
- Poncho for rain protection (buy here)
- Snow goggles
- Tissue paper, Tooth brush, wet wipes, sanitizer, sunscreen etc.
- Warm clothes
- Hiking shoes with ankle support and water proofing
- Water proof hiking trousers
- Eatables, and butane burners if you intend to cook
Best season to trek
If you're interested in climbing in snow the best time to go on the trek is from; May-June
If you're interested in witnessing meadows in full bloom and the lake without snow; July- September is the best time to go.
Bhrigu lake trek normally opens in May, although very few people were trekking around this time (I visited on 14th May 2017). There was no source of food at any point. And beyond Rola Kholi, no source of water. Ration your resources accordingly if you're planning to go solo.
Dos and Don'ts for Bhrigu lake trek!
- If you're carrying your own tent, balance the weight of the ruck sack properly to not hinder your progress while climbing. Share the load with your friends from time to time to recover from the weight. If traveling solo, try to reduce the weight of other things as much as possible.
- Make sure, you pay attention to fitness and are able to run at least 5 km for a month prior to the trek. Before the actual day of climbing, eat enough food and hydrate you body 100%. Try to eat more carbs than any other food group.
- If you haven't ever done a high altitude trek before, consult your physician and check if you're healthy. Ask for a prescription of Diamox and consider eating it to prevent AMS. Eat half a tablet of it in the morning and half at night before sleeping. Consume atleast 2 L of water along with it to stay hydrated at all times.
- If you're hiking in the season with anticipated snowfall or snow cover on the top, near Bhrigu lake, carry snow goggles to prevent temporary blindness from sun reflecting off of the snow.
- There are no food sources on any point of the trek. Make sure you are carrying something to eat. If you're no fan of cooking like me, Nutella and bread is a good substitute. Consider carrying multi-grain or wheat bread, to keep yourself fuller for longer. Also, Nutella provides the much needed energy and increases sugar level.
- If you're going to camp alone in the wild, carry matches for lighting a fire or extra deodrant to spray on the tent for keeping wild animals away. Most animals don't like the smell of "fragrance" and deodrant could be a good deterrence for that!
- Since you're not going to bathe for a few days, I personally find it useful, using panty liners (for women only) for extra hygiene! (buy on amazon; here)
That's all for this trek! Hope you find it useful. Don't forget to comment and share! ;)