Set amidst breathtaking oak and pine forests, Serolsar Lake is a 6 kilometer easy to moderate trek from Jalori Pass which is located at a height of 3140 metres above sea level. The 6 kilometer trek starts from the Nature camp site near Jalori Pass and takes approximately 2 hours with a few rest stops to reach the beautiful Serolsar Lake. The well defined trail goes through dense forests of Pine, Oak, Deodar and Fir trees and offers great views of the Seraj valley. It is mostly an easy trek but slightly strenuous in some parts.
The lake itself is not too big but mesmerizes you with its crystal clear shimmering waters reflecting the blue of the sky and the green of the Oaks. There is a small temple near the lake. A few small shops (set up between April-October) appear just as you are reaching the lake, perfect for a stop to relax, listen to the chirping of the birds and refuel yourself.
How To Reach
From Aut, you can drive to Jalori Pass via Banjar, Jibhi and Shoja. The 23 kms drive takes about an hour and a half as the drive upto Shoja and further on to Jalori Pass is quite steep. You will be rewarded with incredible views of the ranges after ranges of snow capped Himalayas. Once you reach Jalori Pass, take the dirt road going left into the woods which goes upto the Nature Camp run by the Forest department. Vehicles cannot go further and have to be parked here.
- Between May-October, there are a few small shops selling tea, maggi, snacks etc. at Serolsar Lake as well as Jalori Pass.
- Else you can eat at Shoja if heading towards Banjar/ Tirthan/ Kullu/ Manali.
- Get a packed lunch from your guesthouse/hotel and enjoy a memorable lunch with your friends/ family at the Serolsar Lake side.
- Shoja: The guesthouses serve home cooked food at reasonable rates, 5 kms from Jalori Pass. (Raja Guest House: +919418550549, +919459017592).
- Shringi Vatika (Shringpur, 6 kms from Shoja towards Banjar): Contact: +91-9218201598
Water bottles, snacks, cap, sunscreen and camera. Wear comfortable clothing and trekking shoes as you are going to be walking 4 hours in total.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit will be May-June and September-October. During the monsoon months 0f July-August the area is prone to landslides as the rest of Himachal. Jalori pass is covered with snow during the winter months from November to April and the road is closed to traffic.
Ideally club a visit to Serolsar Lake while visiting the Tirthan Valley or enroute from Shimla to Manali.
You have the option of staying overnight at The Nature camp in Jalori Pass
at the nice budget guesthouses in Shoja (Rs. 500-1000 per room per night)
PWD guest house, Shoja: +91-1902222530.
Banjara Camp and Retreat is a premium mountain retreat in Shoja.