Bhrigu Snowshoeing Trek
Trip Type: Snowshoeing
Region: Manali - Himachal
Grade: Moderately Challenging
Duration: 05 days
Max Altitude: 4235m
Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only
Bhrigu Snow Shoeing Trek Overview
Bhrigu Lake, near the Rohtang Pass is a famous beginner trek during the summer due to its easy approach and gradual incline. During the winter, the expansive meadows that lead to it become a deserted winter wonderland and make for a challenging objective.
The meadows also make for a great vantage spot to view the peaks surrounding Manali - get expansive views of Hanuman Tibba, Makarbeh, Shikarbeh, Kalihani Pass and Manali Pass to the west and Hampta Pass, Deo Tibba and Indrasan to the east. The lake and its surrounding meadows are completely snowed out through the winter and can be skied down too.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Manali
Arrive in Manali in the morning and take in the town. Walk to the Jogini Falls, pick up a random shepherd trail and get your body in mountain mode.
Day 02: Manali – Kulang - Moji Dugh(3250m)
Duration: 5 hours
We start the day with a 20 minute drive to the village of Kulang, from where our trek starts. Kulang gets a fair bit of snow and we start snowshoeing right from the trail during winter. As we leave the valley floor behind, we get panoramic views of Manali and the forests around it. We head up to Moji Dugh, on a gradual trail, through forests of Pine, Deodar and Oak. Our first campsite is in a clearing in this beautiful forest.
Day 03: Moji Dugh – Theli (3500m)
Duration: 6 hours
The trail ascends gradually and will take you above the tree line. See fabulous views of the entire Manali valley and peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Makarbeh and Shikharbeh among others.
We camp in the high altitude meadow of Theli in the middle of a vast snowfield.
Day 04: Theli – Bhrigu Lake (4235m) – Theli (3500m)
Duration: 6 hours
The trail gradually ascends before a short, steep climb to the lake. Step on to the expansive Bhrigu ridge and get panoramic views of Makarbeh, Shakarbeh, Hanuman Peak, the Kalihani Pass and Manali pass to the west, the Rohtang ridge to the north, the Friendship, Shitidhar Massif to the north west and Hampta to the east. We get back to the camp in Theli for the night.
Day 05: Theli – Vashisht (2600m)
Duration: 4 hours
We get down to Vashisht directly from Theli taking a steep path down t the village. One can also ski this route depending on the snow and expertise. Our vehicles transfer us from Vashisht to Manali. Trip Ends!
1. Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
2. Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
3. Guide, Cook and camp helpers.
4. Horses carry loads on the route.
5. Transport to the road head and back.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 15 to - 20 deg C)
- Accommodation and food in Kasol/ Manikaran
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)