Jalori (pronounced as Jalodi) pass is situated in Himachal Pradesh’s Karsog valley. Although most tourists don’t seem to know or care about any place other than Manali or Shimla, Jalori Pass is steadily gaining popularity, particularly with trekking enthusiasts. At 10,382 feet above sea level, Jalori Jot (as it is locally known) typically remains accessible only between April and December. It receives as much as 20 feet of snow in the winters.
If you’re approaching from Shimla, then the route is Shimla > Narkanda > Sainj > Luhri > Ani > Jalori Jot. [Distance: 205 Kms; Travel Time: 5 hours]
The road from Narkanda to Ani is narrow but mostly in decent repair. After Ani, the condition of the road (as of Oct 2013) steadily deteriorates, with the last stretch of 5 kms being a little more than a dirt track. Buses do ply on that route but cars with low ground clearance will find it challenging.
The road from Aut to Ghiyagi is narrow but mostly in good repair. After Ghiyagi, the condition of the road (as of Oct 2013) steadily deteriorates, with the last stretch of 8 kms being a little more than a dirt track. Buses do ply on that route but cars with low ground clearance will find it challenging.
What To Do
Other than a small temple and a couple of dhabhas, Jalori Pass doesn’t have a whole lot to its name. However, it is the starting point for two easy but interesting treks which makes it a worthwhile place to visit. If you start early, it is possible to do both treks (approx. 6-7 hours of walking) in one day.
Where to Stay
5 Kms from Jalori Pass are two wonderful resthouses in Shoja, one operated by PWD and the other by the Forest Department. We stayed in the Forest Rest House and found it to be quite nice. The PWD resthouse was being renovated (as of Oct 2013) but would probably make an even better option. The caretaker (Mohar Singh) of the Forest Resthouse can be reached at 9805712882. Shoja has a couple of guest houses as well.
- If your plan is to do both Shimla and Manali in a single trip, then you could do this in either direction: Delhi > Shimla > Jalori Pass > Ghiyagi (overnight at Shiringi Vatika) > Manali > Delhi
- If your plan is to only do Manali, then you could consider this detour on your way back from Manali: Delhi > Manali > Banjar > Ghiyagi (night 01). From Ghiyagi, do a day trip to Jalori Pass and return to Ghiyagi (night 02). Next morning, proceed from Ghiyagi to Delhi/Chandigarh (via Banjar > Mandi).
- If your plan is to only do Shimla, then consider this: Delhi > Shimla > Jalori Pass (via Narkanda) > Mandi > Delhi