Best Season to visit: Mid May – June & September – October (Not suggested in monsoons due to the probability of landslides in the region).Almost six months the lake remains frozen, and travelers can view the snow at the starting of the summer season.
Temperature: During summers around 20-25 degree Celsius in the daytime and falls to 5-7 degree Celsius at night. In winter the temperature drops down to 10-15 degree Celsius during day and touches nearly 0 to -7 degrees Celsius at night.
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Today we begin the journey from Manali towards the little hill nook hamlet of Gulaba on the Rohtang Pass road en route crossing three hill towns namely Kolang, Palchan, and Kothi. Snow-covered elevations surround the little locale picturesquely along with beautiful pine forests. Sweet grasslands washed over by the watercourse of Beas would make fantastic frames at Gulaba, only if the Rohtang transit crowd wasn’t there. After lunch at the village, we follow a short trek, near about 1.5 hours to our first campsite in the grassland near a forest line. The trek is a fairly easy one with no hardships, navigating through dark and deep shade of conifers, and eventually coming to an open clearing.
From Manali drive to Gulaba and Trek to Gulaba Meadows camp
Today we start for an altitude of 12,500 ft. spanning 6 km in 3-4 hours. It’s going to be steep, steep walk, so you need to go equipped with 2 liters water and little snack bites to unwind between the testing laps. For the first few miles, we are still trailing under a forest cover and bathing in the shade of rustling conifers. You can easily spot oaks, cedar, and birches. It’s a beautiful sight to catch a glimpse of blue through these leaves. Walk on 20 minutes into the trek, and the forest has now ebbed behind, unfolding only rolling green meadows before. This is the shepherds’ zone where cattle grazers are brought from the local villages all through summer. You could find a few mud huts and camp poles lying here. Keep the meadow behind and start heading south. You will find the peak of Hanuman Tibba rising in sharp focus at this point and a little below, the Seven sisters Peaks. Lying somewhere far below is the green patch of Beas Kund Valley. Next comes another slight jungle cover, passing which the trail falls on to the rugged meadows again. The thrill climaxes when the path gets narrower and steeper just before entering the grasslands of Rola Kholi. At about 15 to 20 minutes far from reaching the campsite, we pass two nallahs or small streams which are also our water sources. Our camp is set near chor nallah at the Rola Kholi campsite. This night is the night of wonder under a sky breaking into a zillion stars!
Gulaba to Rola Kholi
Today’s is an out and out landscape change from all of what we have experienced in the days before! Starting off way early in the morn we traverse a distance of 10 kilometers in approx 7-8 hours on a steep and massively stony path. The verdant meadows of the last two days feel like a dream but this landscape is no less captivating and gets all the more refreshing in the cool mountain climate. Till June, you can expect this course post Rola Khuli to be covered in snow. From mid-July on, the gradients of brown, green, and white get prominent as the snow melts off. On the last leg of the trail, it’s highly advisable to go slow and not hurry at all as the path is ridden with scree and slippery boulders. The alpine lake becomes visible between the two ridges that we reach at the end of the last boulder-bound lap. Be it high winters or the beginning of summer, the lake is never entirely frozen. This is an incidence attributed to the power of Sage Bhrigu of the ancient myths to whom this lake is named. From the high belt surrounding the lake, you can catch an instant glimpse of the Solang Valley nestling far away and on a clear day, the sky lights up with the splendid peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range.
Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake back to Rola Kholi
Today we trek back the same treaded path through the delicious green meadows in one long sweep to Gulaba which will take approx 2 to 3 hours, and back from there to Manali by car, we will reach Manali in between 2 to 3 pm.
Note: There is an alternate return route to Manali via Vashisht and Pandu Ropa from the Bhrigu Lake site, but we find this path more relaxing and sustainable for a soothing green trek.
Rola Kholi to Gulaba drive to Manali
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