Serolsar Lake Trek
Located at one of the ends of Tirthan valley in Himachal Pradesh, Serolsar Lake at 3090 metres has some interesting facts and stories associated with it.
Lake lies to the east of Jalori Pass, which is at an altitude of 3040 metres. It is an easy trail of five kms, which starts from Jalori Pass. Trekking is the only option to reach lake. It takes a maximum of 2.5 hours to cover five kms.
There is temple dedicated to Buddhi Nagin Mata near the lake. It is an ancient temple, which locals believe has been in existence even before The Pandavas. As per belief of locals, Buddhi Nagin Mata is the biggest in stature among all 60 Devtas of nearby regions.
Apart from mythological significance, there is one interesting fact associated with the lake. Even though numerous Silver Oak trees surround lake, one cannot see even a single fallen leaf on the surface of the lake. This is because of two sparrows named Aabo that reside near the lake. Locals believe that whenever a leaf falls on the surface of lake, these sparrows immediately take the leaf out. Interesting, isn’t it?
Lake’s water also has medicinal properties and locals use it for drinking purposes too.
|Pickup Point||Bus Stand, Aut|
|Departure Time||7:30 AM|
|Return Time||4 PM (Take a buffer time of an hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Camp/Stay Location||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||5 kms||Easy||Serolsar Lake||Forest trail||3115 metres|
|Day 2||5 kms||Easy||Forest trail||3115 metres|
Aut – Jibhi – Jalori Pass by shared cabs (2.5 hours) and trek from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake (5 kms or 2.5 hours)
We arrange pickup from Aut at 7:30 AM. We serve breakfast at Jibhi, which is 33 kms from Aut. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Jibhi from Aut. Road conditions are superb and there is very less traffic on the way. Jibhi is a beautiful little village located besides Jibhi River. Jibhi River is a tributary of Beas River. It merges into Beas River near Aut.
We take a 1-hour break at Jibhi for having breakfast and packed lunch.
Post that, we start further journey towards Jalori Pass, which is 12 kms from Jibhi. Road is steep from Jibhi towards Jalori Jot/Pass. Within a span of 12 kms, altitude road ascends sharply from Jibhi at 1760 metres to Jalori Pass at 3040 metres. Road conditions are superb and there is proper metalled road connecting Jibhi with Jalori Pass. Road on the other side of Jalori Pass connects to Rampur and Shimla.
There are few shops besides Kali Mata temple at Jalori Pass. Trek starts from Kali Mata temple. It is a well-defined trail of 5 kms, which is moreover flat. Along the trail, we reach a maximum altitude of 3115 metres whereas minimum altitude of 2985 metres. After a trek of around 2 – 2.5 hours’, sight of beautiful Serolsar Lake fills one with joy.
We camp at around 100 metres from the lake.
|Please note that if you reach late at Aut on Day 1, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach base on your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs.|
Trek from Serolsar Lake to Jalori Pass (5 kms or 3 hours) and drive of 45 kms from Jalori Pass to Aut (2.5 hours)
Day starts at 7 AM. It is beautiful sight to experience early morning sunrays on Crystal Mountain and other far visible snow-capped peaks. On a clear day, one can see panoramic views of higher peaks of Greater Himalayas. Hanuman Tibba, Friendship peak, Shitidhar, Seven sisters, Indrasan are some the peaks visible from the campsite.
If time and weather permits, our trek lead organizes a brief session of Yoga and meditation.
We provide breakfast at 8:30 AM, which is followed by packed lunch at 9 AM. We start trek by 9 :30 AM and reach Jalori Pass by maximum 12:30 PM.
After that, it takes 3 hours of drive till Bhunter, which marks an end to this well spent weekend.
|Please note that itinerary is subject to change owing to weather conditions. As safety of everyone is our primary concern, we will not take any decision that hampers the safety of an individual. In case road from Jibhi to Jalori Pass is closed due to heavy snow, we provide stay at Home Stay in Jibhi and organize a forest trek around Jibhi.|
- Rucksack (40-50 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for probably 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for almost 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the front end of show and if bought incorrect size, it can affect in opposite way and might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woolens/fleece
- Thick Jacket (for winter season)
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
- Woolen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays)
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues)
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Vegetarian meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Breakfast till Day 2 Lunch
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night (*If due to snow, road from Jibhi to Jalori Pass is closed, we stay at Home Stay in Jibhi. In that case, we provide rooms on twin sharing basis)
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho for entire trek
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For an easy trek like Serolsar, a basic level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
We would suggest a daily jog of 3-4 kms on flat surface like in your nearby playground or street.
For beginners, do a daily 3 sets of10 bodyweight pushups, 3 sets 20 bodyweight squats, 3*30 seconds Plank Hold and 5*100 meter sprints (full power)
Take good amount of rest between sets
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂