Embark on the Serolsar Lake trek and discover this hidden gem nestled deep within the mighty Himalayas. Located in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh about 75 km from the town of Kullu, the lake is perched atop at an altitude of 10,800 feet. The crystal clear waters of the lake is surrounded by a thick cover of pine forests and rugged terrains that make this a trekker’s paradise.
Set out on this easy to moderate trek that starts at Jalori Pass and takes you all the way up to the lake. Visit the old Budhi Nagin Temple near this beautiful lake that reflects a different hue during each season of the year. Apart from its abundant natural beauty, the lake also attracts numerous visitors for its religious significance. If you are here in the evening you will witness the locals from surrounding villages perform traditional rituals for the local deity who they believe protects the entire region. Delight in the dense pine and deodar forests that abound along the entire trail dotted with exquisite resting and vantage points. Catch magnificent glimpses of the breathtaking snow bathed mountain of Pir Panjal and the Great Himalayan range.
Delhi / Chandigarh to Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh
Distance: approximately 550 km from Delhi, approximately 260 km from Chandigarh.
Duration: About 13 hours from Delhi, about 8 hours from Chandigarh.
Start your drive from Delhi or Chandigarh early in the morning after breakfast as it is a long journey and you require adequate rest before starting out on the trek the next day.
Enjoy the picturesque road trip to your beautiful destination as you cross scenic villages showcasing quaint cultures and local traditions.
Once you reach the pristine village of Jibhi, go exploring the surrounding jungles while there is still daylight.
Relish a delectable meal comprising local delicacies and rest the night in a small cottage here
Lightweight backpack with rain cover
Since the Serolsar Lake trek is only a day long expedition, you can carry a small backpack or 20 to 30 liters day pack but one with sturdy straps, good hip and shoulder support as well as quick access pockets.
Good quality trekking shoes / boots
Get a pair of high quality trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support as you will need to do long hours of walking on undulated terrains. Shoes without strong grips are likely to hurt your feet.
Light snacks and water
Carry at least two water bottles of 1 liter each that can be refilled. Avoid carrying disposable plastic bottles to maintain the environmental balance here. Keep light snacks on you such as dry fruits, granola bars, peanuts, sandwiches, chocolates, energy drink powders, and preferably nothing that require water and fire to cook.
Keep all your necessary documents with you including your ID cards with photocopies, credit cards, and adequate cash.
There are several other small but important essentials that you should carry such as sunglasses, sunscreen, hand sanitizers, rain coat, umbrella, or poncho, sun hats or caps, scarf, windcheater.
Carry all our prescription medicines as well as a personal first aid kit. This should comprise ORS or electrolytes to keep you from dehydrating, crepe bandage for sprained joints, pain relief spray, anti-fungal cream, band aids, bandage, cotton, medicine for pain, indigestion, and fever
You have to first reach Jalori Pass from Delhi to get to the starting point of your trek. There are several different ways to do so:
By Air: The nearest airport to Jalori Pass is Chandigarh Airport which is around 277 kilometers away. Once you reach the airport, you can take a cab from here to reach Jalori Pass easily.
By Train: The nearest railhead to Jalori Pass is Jogindernagar Railway Station which is situated at a distance of about 95 kilometers from your final destination. Once you reach the station, you can take a taxi and reach Jalori Pass.
By Road: You can take a bus or drive to Jalori Pass through the Delhi via Shimla route, or the Delhi via Mandi route. There are several buses that you can avail from Delhi that can take you to Jalori Pass via the second route that goes through Mandi. You have to get off at Aut Tunnel and then take a local transport to Jibhi village. From here you can take a private cab or shared taxi to Jalori Pass.
The Serolsar Lake Trek stretches for approximately 6 km from Jalori Pass all the way to the lake. It is a relatively easy trek and takes about 3 hours to complete.
By Bus/taxi: Once you are in the village of Jibhi you can hire a shared cab or taxi for a round trip to Jalora Pass. From here you can start your trek to Serolsar Lake. You can also take a bus going towards Kulu and get off at your destination where you will reach after a ride of about 2 hours along steeply inclined roads.
The Serolsar Lake Trek has been classified as an easy one day trek that does not involve very difficult climbs or tricky stretches. It can thus be undertaken by even beginner level trekkers with little or no experience in high altitude trekking.
The best time to do the Serolsar Lake Trek is between the months of March and November when the weather remains cool, the skies clear, and the views are also great. The best time of the day to go on the trek is in the early morning so that you are in time to catch the beautiful sunrise.
The highest altitude of the Serolsar Lake Trek is 10,800 feet above sea level. You have to trek about 5 or 6 kms to reach this point where you will find a beautiful lake that is also considered holy by the locals here.
Yes, the Serolsar Lake Trek can be done solo as it is a day long expedition and is relatively easy to complete. There are no challenging stretches and tricky parts anywhere in the trail that may require assistance from others.