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 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 –
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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