Frozen Serolsar Lake in Winter's
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Serolsar Lake Trek – A 6km Hike to See this Crystal Clear Water

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The Serolsar Lake Trek is counted among the Himalayan treks that can be easily done even if you’re a complete newbie in the trekking world.

The only condition is that you must need to be active enough and willing to walk around 4-5 hrs. The condition is pretty fair enough.

Are you up for this AWESOME journey?

I heard an exciting BIG YES, then let’s start.

Just keep reading till the end and your every query will be answered. If not, you can always comment it down or can even get directly in touch with me.

I am personally very excited on both occasions, while I was trekking & when I am writing it down.

The distance between Delhi to Serolsar Lake is around 506 km.

i.e Delhi to Jalori Pass distance = 500km approx. + Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake Trek distance = 5-6km approx = 506 km in total.

Firstly you’ll need to cover Delhi to Jalori Pass distance to start the trek to Serolsar Lake.

We would be talking about a little bit on the Jalori Pass, which is the nearest mountain pass from Delhi. While all the other high mountain passes are quite far apart.

How to Reach Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass which is located at an altitude of 3,120m (10,236ft). The road conditions from Jibhi to Jalori Pass is quite steep.

If you are in your vehicle then please drive safe. The sharp turns can give you goosebumps, anytime.

Jalori Pass Temple - The Serolsar lake Trek starts from behind the temple
Jalori Pass Temple – The Serolsar Lake Trek starts from behind the temple

Jalori Pass has a Jalori Mata temple right at the starting & a few chai shops. The Jalori Mata temple embarks the start of the Serolsar Lake Trek. The trail for which passes from right behind the temple.

This was a short introduction to the Jalori Pass.

Delhi to Jalori Pass Bus

You have to divide your Delhi to Jalori Pass bus journey into different phases. As such there’s no direct bus to Jalori Pass from Delhi.

Your priority should be to reach from Delhi to Jibhi and then cover the remaining 10 km afterward to Jalori.

Delhi to Jalori Pass on Personal Vehicle

If you are coming by your vehicle then you can directly head straight to Jalori Pass. Proper rest will be required & it would be completely your decision on where to halt.

Routes to Reach Jalori Pass

There are two most preferred routes from which you can reach Jalori Pass –

Delhi Via Shimla

  • Route – 1 = Delhi – Ambala – Solan – Shimla – Narkand – Jalori Pass

Delhi Via Mandi

  • Route – 2 = Delhi – Ambala – Bilaspur – Mandi – Jibhi – Jalori Pass

The majority of the buses coming from Delhi prefer Route 2. The reason is –

  • The Jalori Pass is located at steep, chances for deluxe/Volvo buses to reach anywhere near the pass is “NO“.
  • No buses directly come for Jibhi & then Jalori Pass. Buses pass via Aut tunnel, drops the passenger’s, and go straight to Manali.
  • Most people set up their base at Jibhi/Banjar and come to explore Jalori Pass for the day visit only.

If you are coming by your vehicle –

  • It completely up to you which route you choose to take first.
  • Anyways you can always come from the first route and end from another route. Both will get covered.

How to Reach from Jibhi to Jalori Pass

Shoja comes before the Jalori pass on your way
On the roads of Shoja Valley, Shoja comes before the Jalori pass

Upon reaching Jibhi you can take a shared cab/private cab which can do a round trip to the Jalori top. If you’re traveling with your vehicle then there’s nothing to wait for, head out straight.

Also, you can ask your hostel/hotel/homestay wherever you’ll be staying for the local guide to the Serolsar Lake trek if you need any guidance.

Note – The trail at the starting is a bit confusing, so it’s better to take a local guide along.

OR

Note – If you had already booked with a tour operator then no need for a guide then.

Serolsar Lake Trek

Finally, after a long driveable journey, we have reached our landmark for the Serolsar Lake Trek.

Seasons preferred for the Serolsar Lake Trek

1.Summer Season

There’s completely no doubt that Summers are considered to be the best for any treks on the mountains.

The clear blue sky, comfortable clothing with the added hot sun will make the trek just more relaxing.

2.Winter Season

The Winter season trek to Serolsar Lake is completely dependant upon the amount of snow gathered at the top. Not preferred when it snows heavily.

You can consider yourself amongst the lucky ones if you’re trekking to Serolsar Lake just a few days after the snowfall.

It takes some time for the Jalori Pass itself to get opened up after the snowfall. The roads get completely blocked, even a no way to walk on the slippery roads.

People clearing the roads full of snow at Shoja
People clearing the roads full of snow at Shoja

If the luck is in your favor then you’ll be spotting some jaw-dropping scenes from the Jalori top.

Note – You can always enquire from the local people living there, before planning your trip to Serlosar Lake Trek in Winters. In the age of social media, nothing is far apart. You just have to reach out.

Things to pack for the Serolsar Lake Trek

Since the trek is a day hike you can pack only a few things. Until & Unless you plan to camp at around the Serolsar Lake. The things to pack are –

1.Light Food & Water

This is a basic everyday necessity. But carry lightweight food like sandwiches, peanuts, etc during the trek.

Rest upon reaching, there are Chai & Maggi shops so that will work out for your stomach pretty easily.

2.Light Backpack

Let me remind you again that the trek to Serolsar Lake is a day hike only. You can cover both sides for an average time of 6-7hrs. i.e. there’s no need to carry your whole backpack during your trek.

You can keep your backpacks at the place where you are staying or if not staying, then in the car on which you had reached the Jalori Pass.

A backpack weight no more than 1-2kg would sound good for the trek.

3.A strong Grip Pair of Shoes

Now, the shoes you won’t have to pack 😅. You have to wear them for your trek & strong grip shoes would come in handy on any kind of trek.

Without strong grip shoes, it’s more like hurting your legs. I hope that you don’t want to hurt your legs at any cost after all there are so many treks that you had dreamed off.

So, the overall conclusion is a strong grip shoe. Huh, a pretty motivating line on shoes 😅.

These are the things in my knowledge that would work best especially for the Serolsar Lake Trek.

Detailed info of the Trek

Serolsar Lake Trek during Winters accompanied by a group of travellers
Hiking towards Serolsar Lake in Winters
  • The starting point of the trek – The trek to Serolsar Lake starts behind the Jalori temple.
  • Average time required to reach the Serolsar Lake – On average it takes around 2:30 – 3hrs to reach the Lake.

The trek passes from the mysterious jungle with tall trees. Probably there are different routes to reach Serolsar Lake. But, take the same rote which the person accompanying/guiding you to take.

Some trails will look pretty good to capture the mountain from the top. Just go for it, but also keep an eye on the route on which the people accompanying you are taking. In no condition, you don’t want to get lost in the jungle.

It’s not a dense jungle where you’ll not be able to find someone easily but still the better the good.

The hike will be quite straight with a little ascend & descend. Mostly, the onward treks are ascending only so take that ascend only, but more of a straight one.

Mesmerizing views of the mountains around during the trek
Mesmerizing views of the mountains around during the trek

The view from between the jungles and in the open area of the valley & mountains would leave you awe-struck 😮.

You can spot the dark layers of the mountain top, which will make you feel like jumping from one mountain top to another. Just like we all had played in the games or still play.

Back to reality.

Just feel blessed to be a part of the surroundings.

Upon reaching the Serolsar Lake

There are several shops where you can sit & relax over a cup of Chai just before getting mesmerized by Lake beauty.

The sitting area just before reaching the Serolsar Lake
The sitting area just before reaching the Serolsar Lake

In summers the clear water of the Lake would be visible. But, at the time of winters, the frozen Lake will again leave you to say WOW.

Again, whether you will be able to do the snow trek in winters to Serolsar Lake would depend upon the amount of snow and weather conditions around that time.

Frozen Serolsar Lake in Winters
Frozen Serolsar Lake in Winters

The Lake is less in a circle shape & more of an oval.

You can sit beside the Lake, but don’t throw anything into the Lake. Please try to keep the crystal Lake shine for the further coming visitors to acknowledge.

The return route would be the same & you will end up consuming less time.

Try to match the timings as such that you end up reaching the starting point to watch the sunset. Both sunrise and sunset from behind the mountains give pleasure to the eyes & inner soul.

That was from the short Serolsar Lake Trek.

I hope that this post had helped you to gather the necessary info.

Please SHARE & FOLLOW the blog, if it had helped you in any way. Still, if you had any queries then don’t forget to comment down or you can directly dm me on Instagram.

Until then, see you on the roads.

Vansh Tiwari
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