If you want to experience a high altitude trek and do not have much time try going to Bhrigu lake.At 4,270m Bhrigu can be reached in a day from Manali.It is possible to return on the same day.Bhrigu is a prominent lake of the Kullu region located to the right of the Rohtang Pass.
Legend holds that Bhrighu Rishi meditated here and that many local gods of the Kullu Valley visit to take a dip in its sacred waters. Villagers of the area go to the lake every year on the 20th day of bhadon (August-September) as the day is considered auspicious. A natural forest of fir, spruce, moru and the higher altitude kharsu oak trees surrounds Gulaba from where the trek starts. Carry all necessary provisions including camping gear and food supplies as nothing is available after you start walking from Gulaba.
The trail takes off at the 14th Mor to the right from the road and starts climbing through forest and pasture. Horse chestnuts, spruce, fir and few birch trees alternate with pastureland through the route which climbs steeply. After a climb of nearly an hour one reaches a shepherd campsite on the crest of a ridge from where the track turns right to thick forest.Kolang Nallah can be seen from here and the path lies along the nallah through the narrow Kolang Valley. From Chor Nallah which lies in east one can access Bhrigu Lake. The climb is strenuous as it gains altitude quickly resulting in drop in the temperature and levels of oxygen.
Located almost at the top of the mountain the lake is in the recess of two ridges and can be seen only when actually reached. It is oval shaped and not very large. The ridges around the lake offer a great view of the ranges around. Peaks of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar, the Lahaul triangle between the Chandra and the Bhaga rivers and even the more distant mountains in Spiti can be seen from here. Local tradition forbids camping near the lake but there is enough space to pitch tents a short distance from the lake. Return on the same route and board a bus at Gulaba.
July to October
Above Manali in Upper Beas Valley in Kullu District
How to Reach
From Manali to 14th Mor on the Manali-Rohtang Road,it is 22 km /1/2 hr by car or 45 mins by bus. The Border Roads Organization has a small camp at Gulaba.The trek starts from the camp. It is advisable to take the help of local guide. Return the same route to Gulaba.