JALSU PASS TREK
Area: Chamba – Kangra, (Himachal Pradesh)
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Altitude: 3450 Meters
Season: April to October
The trek which give the chance to learn the techniques of trekking for all the beginners known as Jalsu Jot. Jalsu, origin of the name unknown, is one of the Eastern most Dhauladhar passes at 3450 metres above sea level with its gentle sloping trail towards the North side, it is one of the most extensively used shepherd routes by the Himachali Gaddi tribes. Gaddies of Bharmour especially the resident of Holi valley used this trek whene
ver they have to go Kangra District instead of long bus route. Even local peoples run this trek in a day from Nayagram to Baijnath. This route is not as popular with tourists as some other Dhauladhar passes; Jalsu is an experience in itself. The rolling grasslands with vegetation extending deep into the trail, sprinkling of conifers, rhododendron bushes and the beautiful yellow grass flowers offer a colourful experience which few other passes can match.Like other Dhauladhar passes, Jalsu forms the boundary between Chamba and Kangra districts but unlike other Dhauladhar passes, its beauty is not in the bareness and rockiness but in the variety of vegetation it supports and colours it shows on both sides. You also meet a lot of people on the way, shepherds, shopkeepers, tourists. So, if you are here to meet people, understand culture while also appreciating the views, this is the pass for you. Just the way Jalsu on the North is different with its gentle trail, the views are different as well. Pir Panjal ranges are visible but the perspective is completely different. Being a popular shepherd trail, there are lots of temporary stops with food and shelter on offer. You can do without camping equipment and carrying food mostly. We start this short trek from Bharmour side which has excellent terrain for beginners who just start learning about trekking and other adventure activities.
Trek:- Bharmour - Holi – Deyol - Surie – Yara Goth – Parie – Utrala - Baijnath- Chamunda Mata - Dharamshala Over Jalsu Pass
DAY-1 Welcome to Bharmour
Bharmour is also popular because of its proximity with Manimahesh Lake, Manimahesh Kailash and Chaurasi (84) ancient temples, which are reflecting the glorious past of this hidden town. Bharmour is also known as the Abode of Shiva as there are numerous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in and nearby regions The whole region around Bharmour is considered to be under the control of Lord Shiva, hence is also known as the Shiva Bhumi..This place besides being an aesthetic and scenic beauty is also spiritual in essence. After reception and welcome drink we take you to the Hotel for some rest. In evening we take you to 84 Chaurasi ancient Temples for evening Aarti then back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
DAY-2 Bharmour – Holi - Deyol
(Normal gradient of 57kms By Taxi)
In the morning after breakfast troop will move to small village Holi by taxi a lead of 38 km. Holi is small and beautiful valley town situated on the bank of Ravi River. Famous delicious red royal and golden apples and for walnuts. Troop will go through Kharamukh, Garola and will stay at the bank of Ravi River at Choli Bridge for some rest and enjoyment. Then troop will move ahead toward Holi. After reaching at Holi troop will visit small Bazaar of Holi. Then move to Deyol Village six kms from Holi. Spend the left day at beautiful small village Deyol for acclimatization and overnight stay in camp.
DAY-3 Deyol - Surie
(Normal gradient of 10 kms trek)
Deyol – Surie village 10 Kms run is quite interested as road head ends at Laakewali Mata 7 kms from Deyol. From here troop will go downward for 500 Mtrs and will cross a small suspension bridge then climb for One km and will reach at small village Surie. Surie is three kms from Laakewali Mata. Lunch will be provided at Surie. Spend the left day in the village and get acclimation for next day journey. Dinner and overnight stay will be provided in camp.
DAY-4 Surie – Yara Goth
(Normal gradient of 12 kms trek)Early in the morning after breakfast troop will move to next destination i.e. Yara Goth. Yara Goth is 12 kms trail from Surie. There are sprawling, sloping grasslands, a generous sprinkling of deodars on the way, lots of dark green Rhododendron bushes. Hence the forest is dense provide calm climate to trekkers and rear glimpse of Himalayan thar, Serrows, Musk Dears etc. The whole area is also famous for Medicinal plants, shrubs and climbers. After a run of 4-5 hrs trail reaches at Yara Goth. Get lunch and spend the left day in the Goth and get acclimation for next day journey. Dinner and overnight stay will be provided in camp.
DAY - 5 Yara Goth - Parie
(Normal / Gradual gradient of 13 kms trek)
Early in the morning after breakfast troop will move to Parie over Jalsu Pass. This is 13 kms trail from Yara Goth. Parie is a small village with a Primary school. The residents are frequent visitors to Yara Goth where they have improvised huts for temporary stay for grazing their flocks. Jalsu Pass is an accessible pass and is easy to cross for trekkers and tourists who take part in any adventure activities often cross this pass. And stay at Parie which has vast green meadows and flat area. Local people establish seasonal tea stalls to help the trekkers and pilgrims. Dinner and overnight stay will be provided in camp at Parie.
DAY-6 Parie - Utrala
(Normal gradient of 16 kms trek)
After breakfast troop will move from Parie to Utrala. This is 16 kms trail from Parie village. In starting trail goes downward along with Parie nallah need gentle climb Dinner and overnight stay will be provided in camp at Parie. A trek of 5 hrs will reaches at Utrala Village where road head will join our trek so night halt at Utrala in camp with campfire.
DAY-7 Utrala – Baijnath - Dharamshala
(Normal gradient of 16 kms trek)
Drive to Baijnath by Taxi. Baijnath is one of the pilgrim centers of Hindus because of a very ancient temple of Shiva Vaidyanatha (Lord of Physicians). Legend has it that this is where King Ravana (from the epic Ramayana) supplicated Shiva for the boon of immortality. The Shiva linga enshrined in this sanctum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Lord Shiva’s stone image) in the country. Visit the town and nearby monasteries at Beed and tea gardens. The Ayurvedic College at Paprola has a research center for the herbal medicine. After visiting Baijnath temple we will move ahead to Chamunda Temple at Daad then to Dharamshala last destination of the trek and here troop will take unforgettable lunch with Anna Adventures & Tour’s outdoor team. Our outdoor team will depart the troop here with good wishes and with hopes to visit again and again for more trekking in unexplored Himalaya. If interested one more day will actual glimpse of Kangra district we will visit brijeshwari, jawalaji, Mecleodgunj Bhagsu Naag etc .
Don’t forget to visit Glorious Chamba District, If interested Anna Adventures & Tour will take you to the Chamba, Khajiyar, Kalatop, Dalhousie for sightseeing with adding one more day in your remember able journey to Lord Shiva . The facility of picking and dropping to nearest Railway head / Airport and nearest cities is also available but on extra charges.