Byline: Crank India North Bureau
Jalori Pass is one of the coveted cycling tracks to adventure enthusiasts. It is even popular among automotive enthusiasts. It is famous for its view of the Himalayas from an altitude of 10,800 ft. and the challenging steep off road climb that leads to the peak.
Jalori Pass is situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at about 40kms from Jibhi. It is one of the few mountain passes that remain open throughout the year and is therefore on every adventurers map. It closes down only depending on the snowfall from mid December to March. Even motorists need to be skilled and prepared for tackling the climb up to Jalori. But the view is unbelievably breathtaking. Especially for someone who is new to experiencing the Himalayas.
Cycling will be one of the perfect modes to the top ensuring that you can soak in the vista around Jalori at a justified pace, but cycling to the top is not a feat that can be achieved easily if you are a beginner rider. There are many organized tours that a beginner might want to take advantage of to gain this experience, but one of the most experience driven and economical option will be the YHAI National Himalayan Mountain Biking Jalori Pass 2016.
YHAI (Youth Hostels Association of India) is a not for profit ISO certified NGO registered under societies act. An affiliate member of Hostelling International head quartered in UK. The YHAI has been organizing economical adventure programs from last 46 years for the youth of the country. National Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition Jalori Pass is one of the flagship programs of YHAI. The participation fee is just Rs. 4000/- for a 7N/8D expedition which includes, mountain bike and safety equipments, accommodation, all meals, insurance, guidance and forest entry permits.
This edition of the expedition saw over 20 eager members participating. and enduring out the granite and mud covered route to the top. The eight day expedition starts at Aut, which is located about 28kms from Kullu. Since the riders were from different parts of India and were of different fitness levels, a full day was allotted for acclimatization and orientation towards riding in the Himalayan regions.
The first day started off with a 22 kms ride to the Youth Hostel at Banjar which brought the riders to an altitude of 4000ft. The following day a 10kms ride to Jibhi brought the riders up to an altitude of 6000ft. An altitude gain of 2000 ft in 10kms can be a steep at most points, challenging many of the new riders. Third day of riding had the riders camping at Sojha for a nature trail at the top of Jalori Pass the following day at al altitude of 10,500ft and a fast downhill ride back to the camp at Jibhi.
The experience was guided by experts and with adequate technical and medical support that gave the riders the ability to enjoy the ride and concentrate on the experience without worrying about being too new to the sport or activity of cycling.
The riders experienced one of the tough mountain passes of the Himalayas, the Jalori Pass under the guidance of the YHAI and the members of the YHAI will only have more such experiences to look forward to. Memberships to the YHAI can be gotten at http://www.yhaindia.org/