A trek to Bhrigu Lake
Hello Guys ! How are you all ? So here is about my first trekking trip to Bhrigu lake.
Our trip was beautifully organised by THY ADVENTURE. Our trip starts from Pathankot on 4th June at 3:30 P.M. and we reached Manali at 4:00 A.M. This was our campsite view and these tents includes mattresses , sleeping bags.
We perform the activities zip line, river crossing and trekking to Monastery. There was light showers of rain that day. When we reach the monastery there monks provided us with tea and cake. It was wonderful. Further in the evening we had our exercise sessions (regular basis). This exercises plays a key role while trekking to the Bhrigu Lake. Dinner arrangement (buffet) was cleanly organised by Thy Adventure. They distributed 1 plate, 1 spoon and 1 glass to each student. After that we sat around the campfire and talked about various things like startup of Thy Adventure, information about our summit point (Bhrigu Lake) and they gave us a backpacking lecture on how to carry minimum and necessary luggage while trekking at very high altitude. We also discussed about avalanche, storm.
We played cricket at 7500 ft. It was extremely enjoyable and perfect location to play at such beautiful drizzling weather. Further we went to back to our camps and were readying for Manali sightseeing. Manali was 17 km’s from our base camps. Due to a heavy traffic jam we could just only go to Vashisht Temple (natural hot water) and Mall road. There we purchased raincoats, sunglasses, winter caps and many chocolates. Later after dinner we were all packing up to leave for Gulaba early in the morning. It rained very heavily all that night.
We woke up around 7:00 A.M. and after breakfast we left for Gulaba at 9:30 A.M. Gulaba was at 10000 ft from where our trekking starts. We reached there around at 1:30 P.M. We had to reach intermediate camps which was at 12500 ft and 12 km’s from Gulaba. We started trekking with sleeping bags in hand and around 3:00 P.M. we all sat together to have a lunch. Further after trekking quite a miles we explored astonishing greenery, beautiful horses , mountainous sheep and also collected wooden sticks for bonfire up there. Finally exactly at 5:12 P.M. we reached our camps. The view from there was exceptional. It was stunning. There we learned how to set up the tents. It was so cold up there. Temperature was low. Then further at night we cooked maggi for dinner and started bonfire which was very relaxing. Our trekking was plan for 3 daysbut Kishan Bhaiya told weather will become worst the next day and therefore we have to leave in the afternoon itself (next day). We all got scared and shocked. But it was the only option left. We had to leave early in the morning for Bhrigu Lake(summit point). It was 9 km’s from the camps.
This was the provocative day. We all woke up around at 7:30 A.M. Unfortunately 4 out of 8 members were only fit to go to the top with other 4 trainers. This trekking was fully covered on snow. Around 8:30 A.M. after breakfast (tea and poha) we left for it. Our group (Thy Adventure) was the first to leave for Bhrigu Lake. After trekking for first few km’s, we saw a beautiful snowfall. It was my first and best snowfall experience. Further after trekking quite a while we encountered a very heavy snowfall. The weather was windy like hell. Nothing was visible. The temperature was decreasing abruptly. We were at 13500 ft. Somehow we managed to cover ourselves under the pillar of rocks. It was getting very steep. Finally we reached our most awaited destination “BHRIGU LAKE” around at 10:45 A.M. The view was exceptional, spectacular. I was at 14500 ft. It was unbelievable. It was as beautiful as heaven. I was relaxed and quietly observing the nature , the snow and this astonishing frozen lake. It was remarkable. We enjoyed and played with snow and clicked some wonderful pictures. Around 12:00 P.M. we started returning to our camps. I think trekking down on snow is a lot difficult than trekking up. Further I got stuck in a single place. The snow was very slippery and it was very difficult to trek and a single mistake could lead me to the ditch. Trainers were constantly motivating and helping us. Then here comes the twist. The best and unexpected part about returning was sliding mountain by mountain. This shortens our distance and time. Somehow we managed and finally I saw a glance of campsite. It was quite a relief and boosts my confidence. Around 3:00 P.M. we reached our camps. We were all dead tired. And in half an hour we had to leave for Gulaba. It was challenging. We waved goodbye to this wonderful place at 3:45 P.M. Then trekking down in greenery and rocks was easy. We finally reached Gualaba around at 6:00 P.M. covering 30 km’s of trekking in a single day. I think that was record breaking. Our winger was waiting down there. We were totally exhausted. Finally we departed for our base camps.
The day was very relaxing. We played cricket and perform activities like rock climbing and rappelling. I enjoyed it. This was our last night in Manali. We were shifted to cottage. It was very warm and well organised.
This was the last day in Manali. We left in the afternoon for Kullu to do river rafting. It was a thrilling experience. Further after this we left for Amritsar around 6:00 in the evening.
Local dish – Seedu
We reached Amritsar at 8:00 A.M. The temperature in Amritsar was very high and unbearable. We could only go to Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. And then in the afternoon we left for Pathankot (from where our journey starts). And where our journey ends.
This trip clearly depicts the motto of Thy Adventure- “Begins where THY comforts end“. I would like to thanks Kishan Pandya (Co-founder & President) , Ronak Thakor (Co-founder), Suraj (Committee Member) for supporting, motivating, providing delicious food and helping us in making beautiful and lifelong memories. This was the best experience and trip I could ever had.