Brighu lake is located between two mighty mountains and at an altitude of 4235 meters, almost half of Mount Everest! It is a favoured tourist destination in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is totally worth getting that tired to have a look at such a beautiful crystal-clear lake. During winters the top surface of the lake freezes and looks like small patches of islands of snow. This trek gives you an awesome opportunity to discover the real beauty of Himachal Pradesh.
While trekking you can also spot other mountain ranges like Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and also the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. The green meadows, breath-taking views and the large pine forests were adding so much charm to the whole region. You will love the scenic snow beauty around the frozen lake once you get there.The trek to the top passes through steep valley climbs through forests, but culminates with such a beautiful crystal clear lake. A lovely place to be for the weekend. Peaceful, simple, heavenly.
Who can go:
- First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without stress.
- The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.
- Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
How to reach Manali:
There are many direct buses running between New Delhi to Manali. The minimum time buses take to reach Manali from New Delhi is 13hrs.
The fastest way to reach Manali is from Chandigarh, around 10 hrs approx. which is to take Flight from your respective destination to Chandigarh then take Volvo Buses from Chandigarh to Manali.
Note: We suggest trekkers to reach Manali the previous night or take Volvo buses which reach Manali morning till 10 am. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
Activity type: High Altitude Trekking
Region: Himachal - India
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Meeting Point: Manali Bus Stand
Maximum Elevation: 14000 ft
Temperature: Day time: 10 C to 15 C. Night: 5 to -5 C
Day 1: Manali drive to campsite, Altitude – 10000 ft.
Meeting point at Manali at 12pm. After meeting our trek coordinator, proceed to the campsite, which is almost a one and a half hour drive. Introduction and Briefing about trek. Everyone has to go through the registration process. Evening, you will go for acclimatisation walk. Overnight stay in Manali at campsite.
Day 2: Campsite to Rola Kholi, Drive – 3 hrs, Trekking distance 5km, Altitude – 12500ft, Duration : 4/5 hrs.
After having breakfast, 2hrs drive to ‘14 Mor’ which is going through Rohtang Pass. ‘14 Mor’ is your trek starting point. You will witness beautiful views of the Pine Forest, Rock faces & trees like maple, walnut, fir, oak on the way. Today’s trek is easy to moderate level and you will be able to finish it in 4/ 5 hrs. The final stretch is rockier, but the beautiful landscape and colourful flowers keep you engaged. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi, Altitude – 14000ft, Distance – 10km approx, Duration- 7/8 hrs.
The day starts early compared to other days because today we will be reaching 14000ft height which is the highest point (Brighu Lake) of the trek. The walk was just along the Brighu lake stream side. Also, you can refill your water bottles using this pure mountain water. The path gradually leads to steep unfriendly slopes and will be welcoming you. The moment you reach the top you can see the picturesque views of snow-capped mountains and Dhauladhar range will mesmerise you. You can see the mesmerizing view of Lahul and Sipti valley along with Deo Tibba and Indrasan and Hanuman Tibba peaks. After having pack lunch on top and spending some time, we start descending back towards Rola Kholi camp. Climbing down is steep and tiring, it will take three hours, then flat walk till campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Rola Kholi - 14 Mod point – Drop at Manali, Distance : 2 hrs trek, Drive ; 2/3 hrs.
We will serve breakfast at 7am and will start our trek to 14 Mod which will take 2 hrs approx. It is an easy descent, carry 2 liters of water. Once you reach 14 Mod point, our vehicle will be ready to drive you back to Manali. We will drop you at Manali bus stand around 1/2 pm. Make sure your further travel plans are from Manali from 4pm onwards.
What is included in the tour
- Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
- Tented Accommodation
- All meals while on trek (Veg+Egg)
- Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
- Basic First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, support staff, Helpers
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
- Local route guide
- Transport from Manali to Manali
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during transit
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage while trek.
- Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
- Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type
Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.
Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
Undergarments: As per your need.
Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending while also reducing pressure on knee.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need
Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.