Himalayan Wander Trails

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Himalayan Wander Trails ( Jalsu Pass )

About Jalsu Pass :

Jalsu Pass, situated at an elevation of 3900 meters, serves as a crucial crossing over the western Dhauladhar range, connecting the Chamba and Kangra valleys. The trekking trail leading to the pass winds through lush green pastures, offering a picturesque journey for adventurers.

This pass, although relatively low in height, plays a significant role in linking the Kangra Valley with the Chamba District. For centuries, Gaddi shepherds have relied on this path to travel between Kangra and their homeland in Chamba. At an altitude of 3450 meters above sea level, Jalsu Pass features a gently sloping trail on its North side, making it a popular route for the Gaddi tribes.

While not as well-known among tourists as some of the other Dhauladhar Passes, Jalsu Pass offers a unique and enriching experience. The best time to embark on this trek is between April and September, particularly before the monsoon season when the valley bursts into bloom with a variety of flowers, living up to its reputation as the ‘Valley of Flowers’. The trek can commence from either the Chamba or Kangra side, providing flexibility for travelers.

The breathtaking meadows that adorn the Jalsu Pass trek and its surroundings offer a mesmerizing panorama. Serving as the easiest connecting link between the Chamba and Kangra Valleys, Jalsu Pass is a must-visit destination for those seeking a blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

itinerary

  • Day 1: - Delhi

    Upon arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local guides and transfer to a Hotel in Delhi to freshen up. There will be some free time to explore Delhi this afternoon, before we take the transfer to the train station to catch our sleeper train to Pathankot.

  • Day 2:- Panthanot - Chamba 6 to 7 hours drive

    After breakfast drive to Chamba. Overnight stay at Hotel in Chamba. Afternoon visit Chamunda Devi Temple above Chamba town from where you have a good view of Chamba town and the ravi river below. Also visit the ancient Laxmi Narayan Temples to participate in the evening prayer. Overnight stay in Hotel.

  • Day 03: Chamba - Chatrari - Holi - Deyol Village 4/5 hours drive

    This day we do a side drive into the mountain village of Chatrari. After a short drive from Chamba we take a narrow mountain road to reach Chatrari village. Visit the ancient Shakti Devi Temple in Chatrari village. Continue drive to Deyol Village where we camp for overnight stay.

  • Day 04: On Trek: Deyol – Nayagran - Surai 12 kms

    After an hour walk on the rough road we get to Nayagran, a tribal village at the last road-head in Chamba valley. After visiting the village we continue our walk to Laka, a small temple at the end of the village. From here it is a steep downhill walk to cross a small stream over a wooden bridge. After crossing the stream it is uphill walk to the next village called Surai. Camp for overnight stay.

  • Day 5:- Surai - Yaragot 8 kms, 4 hours walk

    Located in the scenic and serene meadows of Yaragot, the uphill walk leading to the camp for an overnight stay offers a rejuvenating experience for avid nature enthusiasts. The picturesque surroundings feature lush greenery, vibrant flowers, and a refreshing breeze that invigorates the senses. As visitors trek through the long meadows, they are greeted with breathtaking views of the landscape, making it a truly unforgettable journey. The camp itself provides a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing guests to unwind and connect with nature on a deeper level. With comfortable accommodations and essential amenities, this overnight stay promises a rejuvenating experience in the heart of nature's beauty. Whether seeking solitude or adventure, Yaragot's meadows offer an idyllic setting for those looking to escape and recharge their spirits amidst stunning scenery.

  • Day 6:- Yaragot- Base of Jalsu Pass 7 kms, 3 hours walk.

    This short stage is included in order to allow climbers to acclimatize to the high altitude before attempting the more difficult ascent. Setting up camp at the base of Jalsu allows for a gradual adjustment to the thinner air and lower oxygen levels typically found at higher altitudes. This process is crucial for preventing altitude sickness and ensuring the safety and well-being of climbers during their expedition. Spending time at this base camp also provides an opportunity for rest, hydration, and preparation before embarking on the challenging climb ahead. Professional mountain guides often recommend incorporating such acclimatization stages into any high-altitude trek or summit attempt to maximize the chances of a successful and enjoyable climbing experience.

  • Day 7:- Base - Jalsu Pass (3800M)- Parai

    After a short ascent for an hour and half we get to the top of the pass. From the pass we have distant view of the snowcovered Himalayan peaks on one side the valley on the other. During April and May the trail to the pass is under snow and you have to walk on the snow to reach the pass. From the pass it is steep downhill walk for three to four hours to Parai, a temporary shepherd encampement. Camp here for night stay.

  • Day 8:- Parai - Uttarall -Dharamsala 02 hours walk and 2 hour drive

    After breakfast start your last day walk down to the nearest road-head at Uttarala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Your driver/car will wait for you at the road-head and drive to Dharamsala Afternoon drive to Dharamsala. Check in Hotel/Guest House. Evening visit H.H. Dalai Lama Temple.

  • Day 9:- Dharamsala - Pathankot

    We have a free morning to further explore this magical town – why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries? In the afternoon, we take the transfer back to Pathankot train station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi. Overnight: Train.

  • Day 10:- Delhi - Agra

    We arrive in Delhi and jump straight onto our waiting bus to take the transfer to Agra. Upon arrival, we check into our Hotel. Later we visit the incomparable Taj Mahal – no visit to India would be the same without seeing it! Built by the Mughal Emporer, Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife and will always be a symbol of undying love for anyone who sees it. Overnight: Hotel.

  • Day 11: Agra - Delhi and flight to Home

    As professionals, it is imperative that we adhere to strict schedules and timelines to ensure the successful execution of our tasks and responsibilities. In order to fulfill our commitments, we must prioritize punctuality and efficiency in all aspects of our work. Therefore, taking the very early transfer back to Delhi to catch our flight back home is a critical step towards maintaining professionalism and meeting our obligations. By planning ahead and allowing ample time for potential delays or obstacles, we demonstrate a high level of dedication and accountability. This practice not only reflects positively on our individual work ethic but also contributes to the overall success and reputation of our organization. As professionals, it is essential that we prioritize timeliness and responsibility in every aspect of our work to achieve optimal results and uphold the standard of excellence expected in professional environments.

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Quick Facts:

  • Height: 3900 m/11050 ft
  • Base: Uttrala
  • Best time to visit:Late July to early September
  • Distance: 26 KM (to and fro
  • Temperature: 1°C to 20°C
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult(Requires Fitness)
  • Start Point: Surai
  • End Point: Uttarall
  • Electricity: Electricity is not available at the campsite
  • Nearest ATM: ATM is available at Dharamshala

 

Available Group Departures:

Note: Customization available

 

How to reach Dharamshala/Mcleodganj?

Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport at Dharamshala is about 20 km away from McLeod Ganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh. A number of state-owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dharamshala. Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to McLeod Ganj.

 

Things To Carry for Kareri Lake Trek

  • Trekking Boots
  • Trekking poles (Optional)
  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Trousers / Track Pants
  • Windproof jacket (preferably Gore-Tex)
  • Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear(upper & lower)
  • Mittens (Woollen gloves)
  • Woollen socks (extra pairs to be carried)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Cameras (with extra memory and batteries)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries Books, if you like reading

FAQs

1. What is the Jalsu Pass?

The Jalsu Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Himalayan Wander Trails in India.

2. How high is the Jalsu Pass?

The Jalsu Pass is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level.

3. What is the terrain like at Jalsu Pass?

The terrain at Jalsu Pass is rugged and rocky, with steep inclines and narrow paths.

4. How can one reach the Jalsu Pass?

The Jalsu Pass can be reached by trekking from the nearby village of Bir in Himachal Pradesh.

5. How long is the trek to Jalsu Pass?

The trek to Jalsu Pass is approximately 35 kilometers long and takes around 3-4 days to complete.

6. What is the best time to visit Jalsu Pass?

The best time to visit Jalsu Pass is from May to October when the weather is pleasant and the snow has melted.

7. What is the difficulty level of the Jalsu Pass trek?

The Jalsu Pass trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty, suitable for experienced trekkers.

8. What are some highlights of the Jalsu Pass trek?

Some highlights of the Jalsu Pass trek include stunning views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges, camping in the picturesque meadows, and crossing the Jalsu Pass itself.

9. Are there any other treks in the Himalayan Wander Trails?

Yes, there are many other treks in the Himalayan Wander Trails, including the Bara Bhangal trek, the Indrahar Pass trek, and the Kareri Lake trek.
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