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Baijnath Parai Jot
Maximum - 10 Days
About This Trek:
Amoderately strenuous outing of
5-6days. Parai Jot, also called Jalsu or Sureh Pass, is the first
crossing open over the Dhauladhar in a normal season; from mid May to
mid October. Best period : 15 May to 30 June and 20 August to 10
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) is connected by 'our coach'
with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar.
Baijnath-Utralla (1220m) 12Km - From
Baijnath several buses daily ply the level road to Utralla. Start
early in the morning as it soon becomes very hot. Utralla is a small
colony with a few shops and a restaurant.
Uttrala-Parai (2398m) 19Km This is
the toughest part of the entire route and takes 9-11h. Start
gradually then steeply for 3-11h. to reach a place where a tea shop is
ensconced near a cave. A steep climb of 6h follows to Parai, which
consists merely of two shepherds' huts beside a stream. A one roomed
hut is also there for travelers. Weary parties can halt some 3-4km
before Parai, at a small grassy encampment.
Parai-Jalsu Ka Padar (3048m) 5Km
Jalsu ka Padar, also called Khurli, is at the base of the col and
takes about 2h from Parai.
Jalsu ka Padar-Parai Jot-Yara (3000m)
13km - The climb is rough and stony and snow may be encountered. The
route is clearly defined and is frequented by local people. Flat
meadow on top of pass, 5km from Jalsu ka Padar. The other side follows
a stream for about 2km. Continue along the left side of a stream; the
trail fords a few streams and reaches Yara where the night can be
spent in a single roomed forest hut; a few eating shops nearby.
Yara-Nayagram (2245m) 14 km The trail
descends in a few curves, then heads down on a zigzag path to meet a
stream coming down with great force in a shams. Cross by a log bridge
and ascend over looking the Ravi river, this small village has a
forest rest house, partially ruined, and a few shops.
Nayagram - Gharau (1980m) 4km - An
easy pleasant level walk heading along the left bank of the Ravi
river. Gharau at present is merely a roadhead with an eating shop.
The road is expected to reach Nayagram by the end of 2001. Two buses,
one in the afternoon
leave for Chamba via Kharamukh; 5 to 6h.
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