Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley
Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the pristine solitude of the highlands.
Hosting 6 Experiences
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||ISBT Shimla/ Kashmirigate, Delhi|
|DEPARTURE TIME||07:00 PM (Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the schedule.)|
|Capacity||1 Person per Booking|
About the Experience
Situated 100 kms. from Shimla in Kullu district, the Jalori Pass is far away from the urban rigmarole, in the silent wilderness of the Himalayas where every flower truly enjoys the air it breathes. The seasonal blossoms set the hills on fire in their rich variant hues. Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life – bountiful flora and fauna amidst the pristine solitude of the highlands.
Birds, butterflies and flowers of various hues line the alpine meadows, woods and valleys all along the slopes of Jalori. The fragrance of Lillies, Primulas, Asters, Gentians, Rhododendrons along with various rare herbs and medicinal plants please the senses while the stunning views make a winning snapshot for the camera -friendly. Twittering and gushing forth their songs, a plethora of Himalayan feathered species are annually visited by the Gujjars and Gaddis during spring, which return in the months of October and November. For the adventure seeker, the chance meeting with a wandering leopard, a shy Himalayan black bear or a rare Pine Martin for wildlife lovers adds to the excitement. The forests of Jalori are a tribute to the magnificence of nature.
SHOJA is a synonym for the words idyllic and pristine. This small hamlet, situated just 6kms below Jalori pass at 2600mts is an ideal setting for reading that book, which you have been putting away for months. Made famous by Silk Route (Singer Mohit Chauhan’s first Band), they paid a tribute to the place by writing a song on Shoja. Just as that song, this place is inspiring to say the least. Accommodation option includes a forest rest house and a PWD rest house, 2 guest houses and an expensive village resort run by Banjara. Ideal setting for those forest walks Shoja is an outdoor lovers Shangri La.
KULLU SARAHAN Believe it or not, the moment you reach this glade, from a winding uphill journey through a forest of Himalayan cedar and oak, a twelve kilometer offroad trail branching off from Baghipul, you are awestruck. The beauty bestowed by nature on Kullu Sarahan calls to our innocence. The village is off the meadow and options of staying are a HP PWD rest house with two rooms and a guest house owned by a villager with 4 rooms. Trust me, the best is to camp in the open. There is a temple on the meadow dedicated to Shringi the main deity of the region. To get to Kullu Sarahan you travel from Duttnagar (near Rampur, HP, NH 22) and reach Nirmund, from where a winding road through apple orchards will bring you to Baghipul. From Baghipul its a winding offroad of 12kms to Kullu Sarahan. The best season is April to October, though the road might get closed in monsoons, however the situation never lasts. Treks to Bashleo Pass (leading on to Batahad and Gushaini in the vicinity of Great Himalayan National Park) Khanag (below Jalori Pass) Sri Khand Mahadev, have Kullu Sarahan as one of the base camps. Head here for an out of the world camping experience, walks, intrinsic village life, and yes of course they have some great crystal haze.
Board the evening Volvo bus to Shimla from Himachal Bhawan, Delhi.
Shimla – Narkanda – Hatu Peak – Thanedar – Narkanda (44kms)
Arrive in Shimla, meet the Being Out There team and drive to Narkanda (65kms Hour and a half). Check into the comfort of your Hotel, and after a brief period of relaxation feast on breakfast. After breakfast we head out and drive to Hatu Peak (2900mts, 8 kms). We visit the temple and cycle downhill to reach the main road junction and ride further till Tani Jubbar lake (14 kms). After a picnic lunch by the lakeside we ride back to our hotel (16kms). Overnight at Hotel.
Narkanda – Duttnagar – Nirmund – Bagipul – Baga Sarahan (78kms)
Post breakfast we ride downhill to reach Kumarsen, through small villages and apple orchards, catch up with national highway 22 and ride till duttnagar, where we cross the Sutlej river and ride uphill to Nirmund. We have 62 kms of riding till now and it’s another 8 kms to Baghipul and another 8 steep uphill to the sprawling meadows of Baga Kullu Sarahan. Overnight in Homestay/Rest House.
Slow paced Hiking for 7-8 hours over Bashleo Pass
It’s Hiking day! Post breakfast we climb up to the Bashleo Pass for lunch. The Bashleo Pass has amazing panoramic views of the mountains around Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahul-Spiti and beyond Kullu you can catch a glimpse of Shrikhand Mahadev (5515m). From Bashleo Pass we walk down a little to the wide green alpine meadow overlooking the lush green forest and mountains. The descent is approx. 1300m, very steep and through thick forests and patches of green meadows. Bathad is a small village situated high up overlooking the Palachan Gad on the vestiges of the great Himalayan nation park. We get into the waiting vehicles and travel to Nagini village in the Tirthan valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Nagini – Banjar – Shoja – Jalori pass – Sereolsar Lake – Nagini (28kms)
Challenge yourself to the upcoming ride today. A level 8kms of riding till Banjar and a grueling 20kms climb to Jalori pass (3360mts), past the beautiful hamlets of Jibhi and Shoja. The 5kms to the top of Jalori pass are a whopping 14% gradient. We allow ourselves upto six hours to reach Jalori pass, where lunch awaits us. Post lunch we ride midway to Sereolsar lake and hike further to the lake. Thereafter hike back to the pass and ride downhill back to Tirthan Valley. Overnight Hotel.
Nagini – Jibhi – Bahu – Gadah Gushaini – Chach Galu – Bahu – Nagini
Post breakfast we drive to Chach Galu, another mountain pass connecting Kullu and Mandi districts. We reach the pass early morning around 10AM and start the ride, downhill past meadows and cedar forests to Gadah Gushaini and then a mix of downhill and uphill to Bahu and then a breezing 10kms to Jibhi and further15 kms to Tirthan, just in time for lunch. Post lunch we pack our bags and drive to Aut, to catch the Volvo back to Delhi.
About the trip
In line with our philosophy of giving our clients an up, close & personal experience we endeavour to make our clients ride the best possible routes in a specific region and give them the true local flavour. Unlike a lot of other companies who prescribe to the totally ‘rough it out’ way of running their trips we don’t mind admitting that we like our clients to be cycling with some bit of comfort. We as a company believe that tasty/nutritious food, great campsite and a comfortable bed at the end of the day is very essential to an outdoors trip
A Typical Day: We like to start early, so our clients are normally up by about 6:30 a.m. You will be woken up with bed tea and get a bowl of hot water to wash up. After a sumptuous breakfast you will set out on the day’s ride by about 8:00 a.m. normal day you will ride for about 6-7 hours to reach the campsite. En route you will have packed lunch. You will be at the campsite around 3:00 p.m. This gives you enough time to relax, take pictures, arrange your luggage and enjoy cups of tea/coffee. You will get an evening snack which is followed by dinner at about 7:30 p.m. Clients normally spend some time together in the mess tent or outside chatting up before retiring for the day at around 9:00 p.m. We have the support vehicles with us so on any stretch if one is not feeling up to it one can hitch a ride in the vehicle.
Accommodation: At Manali you will stay in very good quality top class hotels. You will have the option to upgrade if required. For camping we use the best quality 3/4 season expedition tents (Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond Bibler tent or similar). We carry a mess tent which becomes a place for everyone to sit together and enjoy a meal or have a conversation. Also provided are camping stools, tables & lamps. Clients are also provided warm sleeping bags. Equal emphasis is given on campsites. We try to pitch camp at unique locations for the clients to have a good time. Where we’re not camping we book our clients in the best possible hotel/guesthouse. We will be providing toilet tents with wooden western seats. For a group of 12 riders there will be 2 toilet tents.
Meals: Our kitchen team travels with the clients and dishes out hot and tasty meals. We normally provide an early breakfast after which clients are given their packed lunch. Once at the campsite clients are given evening snacks, unlimited tea/coffee, soup followed by a sumptuous dinner. Our cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Continental & local. All meals are generally vegetarian. A typical day’s meal would look like
Breakfast: Porridge/Poha/Upma, Toast/Paranthas with butter, Peanut butter, Cheese, Jam, Eggs, Banana, Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate
Packed Lunch: Indian bread with vegetables, Sandwich, Apple, Juice, Chocolate
Evening Snack: Tea/Coffee with cookies & Indian fries.
List of Essentials
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required
Sufficient warm clothing for evenings, which can get quite cold
1 waterproof jacket (also acts as a windproof)
1 pair waterproof trousers
Thermals (upper & lower)
Shorts (for riding – your choice)
T-shirts – 3/4
Raincoat / Poncho
Small light weight towel
Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
Personal Medical Kit (there will be medical back-up for emergencies) with the following:
A general painkiller
Antiseptic – iodine/beta dine drops
Bandages, plasters, medical tape
High factor SPF sun block (minimum 30)
Lip balm with SPF 15+
A course of general antibiotics – see your doctor for advice
Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture
Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
Knee / Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)
LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE .