Day 1 : Drive till Gulaba and then uphill trek till Rola Kholi.
Manali(2050 m) to Gulaba(2600 m) to Rola Kholi (3810 m), 4 to 5 hour trek, 7 km
The usual itinerary for this trek starts at Manali in the morning. From Manali you would depart to Gulaba in a Taxi. Gulaba is the starting point of the trek and is a 22 km drive from Manali. Gulaba is on the road to Rohtang Pass at an altitude of 2600 meters. The trek starts from Gulaba towards the first camp site which will be at Rola Kholi. Rola Kholi is at an altitude of 3810 meters. The trek to Rola Kholi is 7 km. This means it will be a gradual hike.
Gulaba and its surrounding areas have been a tourist attraction for a long time. This walk to Rola Kholi from Gulaba will give you amazing views of the valley below. You can see the Manali town far down below, tinier than you have ever seen. You can make out the beautiful Solang valley and the Beas river from this height. You will also be able to see the majestic Himalayan peaks around you.
After a little under 4 hours of hike you will reach Kolang Nullah, you would cross the Nullah using the makeshift wooden bridge you would find. Remember to carry sufficient water with you, as Kolang Nullah is the only source of water after you start from Gulaba. From Kolang Nullah, the camp site at Rola Kholi will be a little under 2 hours of trekking time.
Rola Kholi is well protected by mountains, there are mountains covering all the three sides of this camp site. This makes it a good place to camp as the mountains prevent the cold and fast winds. The mountains also provide a great view which you will enjoy. The camp site has a water source close to it. Take care not to pollute the water and the water source while camping here.
Day 2 : Steep uphill trek to Bhrigu and then trek down to camp.
Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake (4300 m) to Pandu Ropa (3500 m), 7 to 8 hour trek, 14 km
On the second day of the trek, we will start from Rola Kholi, visit Bhrigu Lake and trek down to Pandu Roopa. The total distance we will cover will be 14 km.
The first part of the trek from Rola Kholi to Bhrigu Lake will be a steep climb and difficult. Do not challenge yourself excessively and if you feel exhausted you should take a break and adequate liquids. The amazing thing about Bhrigu lake is it keeps changing colours in unpredictable ways, trekkers like to trek to the lake just to see what colour is on display on the particular day. The final path to the lake will be through many big rocks and scree and you should navigate this stretch carefully. Bhrigu lake is a glacial lake and is frozen for most part of the year. In the months of May and June you would also see small flowers around the lake.
After relaxing at the lake, which is at 4300 m, you would have to head down towards the camp site for the night at Pandu Roopa. Pandu Roopa is at an altitude of 3500 m, which is a descent of approximately 800 m. This descent will be through the amazing alpine meadows, which sit above the treeline. Enjoy this walk and reach your campsite to rest for the remaining part of the evening.
Day 3 : Steep downhill trek to Vashisht.
Pandu Ropa to Vashisht (2072 m), 4 hour trek, 8 km
At Pandu Roopa, you continue to get amazing views of the Kullu Valley. This is the last day of your trek, when you return back to Manali via Vashisht.
If you are trekking in the summers you should see tiny flowers blooming all around which is a wonderful sight and feeling. You could also see shepherds with their sheeps on these meadows.
The trek down will be steep and slippery at places as you descend nearly 1500 meters. You need to be extra careful not to hurt your feet, ankle or knees while descending. As you go down, the meadow will end and you will enter the fragrant pine forests, you will then pass through green apple orchards and villages to reach Vashisht. The trail all the way till Vashisht is well defined. Vashisht is popular for its hot water springs.
Manali is approximately 1 km from here, which you could walk down or take a ride
Kasol is a wonderful place for all trekking activities and other adventures to explore. People can enjoy a pleasant climate over here throughout the year. The snowfall within the small village is truly mesmerizing. This is just a distance of 31.2 km from Bhuntar.
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