Family Adventure TrekDay2 : Serolsar Lake to Shepherd’s Hut
That was the original plan for Day2 of this family adventure but destiny had its own ideas. Read the story as it unfolds !
I think (since I was not awake to confirm), sunrise happens at 4:30 am in these mountains! By around 5:15 am it was bright inside the tent. I woke the kids up at 6 as the plan was to leave by 8:30 am. It was going to be a long day. I was told it was a 8 hours trek. Keeping the kids (and our) convenience in mind, we agreed to stop closer to 6 hours.
Today, we had our first glimpse of snow in the Himalayan range of Dhauladhar and Kinnaur.
Post a sumptuous breakfast comprising of eggs, toast, porridge, parathas, fruits and tea/coffee , we were ready to take on what lay ahead. We started Day 2 of our family adventure with a steep 1 hour uphill climb !
There were more rhododendrons up close.
Our first break after the climb. The view was more magnificent, if possible. There were Rhododendrons, lush meadows flanked by green trees and snow clad mountains in the backdrop.
The entire hillside was strewn with pretty yellow and purple flowers and I was loathe to step on them.
All this beauty around and then the trek became tough. After the 1 hr climb, it was ok for a little while. Then there was a downhill route which, as per our guide TC, was a bad stretch. There was literally no road and we had to make our own way. Of course, the team was excellent and they guided us exactly where to step and how to descend. During this stretch we came down steep slopes covered with leaves and loose mud, crept sideways along really narrow ledges and climbed down steep stone cliffs. This stretch gave us a real family adventure feeling.
I am certain that I would not have managed to do this, if not for the guide and his team. What I really admire is the resilience and attitude of my kids who managed this independently of their parents, without any fear or angst. At the end of the descent, our guide, TC cheerfully announced that now that we had come downhill, the only way was forward ! The thought of having to climb back up gave me the jitters, so we marched on (as if there was an option, ha ha)
After another hour of an uphill climb we broke for lunch on a scenic mountain top, where we ate burgers packed by our talented cook Inder.
Here we met another group of travelers heading towards the same destination. They were surprised that kids managed to do the last stretch of climbing down and I was so proud of them (again !).
After the welcome break, the terrain was more of less flat. It was starting to get cold due to winds and the camp was nowhere in sight. The guide had sent people ahead to look for a place with water for us to camp.
We encountered remains of snow on the way and I decided to eat some (as I had seen some in the team do). It was a good substitute for cold water 🙂 .
We finally reached an amazingly green meadow with a closer and much more magnificent view of the snow clad peaks of Dhauladhar and Kinnaur ranges.
I was hoping there was water here and was so ever glad that they found a small source. So, Crystal Cave was going to be our camp site on Day 2. Could I ask for more ? Apparently, I could 😉 . We decided to make this our base camp for the next 2 days 🙂
The sunsets were amazing, the snow capped peaks glistened in the setting sun and we were served pakoda (fried fritters) with tea !
Soon it started to get cold and we got inside the tent, played Uno (a card game) and waited for the soup to arrive.
As we enjoyed the sunset, I knew, soon there will be a bon-fire lit and we would have dinner around it before retiring for the night. Ah, the luxury life 🙂
Things you may want to know before the travel (Travel tips)
- Duration of Day 2 trek was a bit much for the kids, in my opinion. Unfortunately, there was no camping place with water along the way
- There are other treks in the Great Himalayan National Park that can be taken instead (our heart was set on Lambri trek though)
- Apply LOADS of sunscreen. The sun is harsher in the mountains, even though you don’t feel it due to the lovely weather. We all ended up with deeply sun-burnt skin
- Carry enough water for the trek duration each day, as there are no sources of water other than the one you leave behind at previous camp
- Know what motivates your kids to keep going. It is natural for them to tire during a long trek
- Carry games or plan on things to do in the tent to occupy yourself. It gets windy and cold as the sun sets making you tent-bound
- Carry a rechargeable lamp, if needed. We were provided one by the crew, though we had carried torches and head lamps
Link to other days of the family adventure trek
Day 1 – Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake