Jalsu pass is an outlier in the Dhauladhar mountain range. Most mountain passes in the Dhauladhars are craggy, slate covered with a steep and difficult approach. Jalsu Pass, on the other hand, is a lush green meadow with a gentle approach. Jalsu is also the westernmost pass in the Dhauladhars that connects Kangra with Chamba valley.
It is one of the pilgrim centers of Hindu because of very ancient temple of Shiva Baidhyanath (lord of Physicians). Legend has it that this is where king Ravana (from the epic Ramayana) supplicated Shiva for the boon of immortality. The linga enshrined in this sanctum is one of the 12 Jyortilinga (Lord Shiva’s stone image) in the country. Overnight at Hotel/guest house. Utrala-Parai (2390 mtrs) the trek weaves all along the Parai nullah ghaving gentle climb night halt in tents.
Parai to Yara Gote (cross over Jalsu pass – 3600 mtrs.) Jalsu pass is an accessible pass and is easy to cross, trekkers and pilgrimage who takes part in Mnimahesh pilgrimage often cross this pass and stay at Yara gote which has vast green meadows. Local people establish seasonal tea stalls to the help the trekkers and pilgrimage. Night stay in tents.
Yara Gote- Surai village (2788 mtrs.). The trek descends from Yara gote to Surai having dense forest of mixed variety. This region is also famous for collection of medicinal plants night halt in tents.
Surai – Nayagraon, the trek to Nayagraon, few villages at intervals, the trek descends steeply at places and from Ravi onwards a jeep able road. Night stay in village house or in tents.
Nayagran- Bharmour or Chamba by jeep/Bus. Back to Dharamshala