Dhel Trek

Dhel Meadow (GHNP)

View of Dhel Meadow



Trek Location: Sainj Valley in Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)

Trek Grade: Moderate

Trek Distance: 46km

Trek Location: GHNP, Kullu

Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult

Trek Distance: 42km

Trek Days:   6days/6nights

Trek Starting and End Point: Niharni to Niharni (Road Head)

Trek Cost: Rs 9000/- per person

Pickup and drop point: Aut to Aut

Trek Season: April to mid-June and August to end of October.

Flora & Fauna: Alpine Himalayan Flora & Fauna

Major Attractions: Crescent view of Great Himalayan Range, Pheasants, Rare Himalayan Flora, Alpine flowers.

Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh

Nerest Airport: Bhunter or Chandigarh if flights are not available to Bhunter.


*Regular Volvo and Taxi Services are available from Chandigarh to Aut.

Panoramic View from Dhel





Trek Description

It’s a trail for the ones who want get the best of Himalayas without going too hard and too far. It enters the western border of Great Himalayan National Park which is one of the largest Protected Area of Himalayas and recently has been given UNESCO World Heritage Site status recently on account of its diverse and endemic flora and fauna. Terrain and vegetation of the region is unique as compared to other treks in North-Western Himalaya. It gives an excellent insight of virgin Himalayan Wilderness. Standing on the summit of Dhel top one can get the Crescent view of Great Himalayan Range. Dhel lies at the heart of Great Himalayan Park, two major valleys Sainj and Tirthan are visible from this point. It is must go for mountaineering enthusiasts who lounge for climbing virgin Himalayan peaks. Lovers of alpine Himalayan flora can find there salvation right here, as park has been closed for grazers and herders since its establishment the flora has revived to its original configuration.

The trek takes us from the base of the valley at 1500m to 4000m making the change in geography and vegetation evident thorough its course. Youngsters can learn a lot about Nature of Mountainous regions on such a trip. The trek distance from camp to camp is kept averaged so that the trekker could have ample time to spend at the campsites to grasp the surroundings as much they could. Our trek leaders and guide are trained to give detailed info of locality.

View of Great Himalayan Range from Dhel



Brief Itinerary


Day From To / Alt. Distance/Time Stay Description/terrain
1. Arrival at Aut to Niharni Guest House
2. Niharni 1600m to Shakti 2100m 11km/4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent with few short steep patches
3. Shakti to Humkhani 3000m 7km/ 4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent with few short steep patches
4. Humkhani to Dhel 3700m 8km/4-5hrs Tent Moderate ascent above tree line
5. Hike to Dhel top 6km/ 3-4hrs Tent Moderate ascent and descent above tree line
6. Dhel to Niharni (via Lapah) 12km/5-6hrs Guest House Strenuous descent
7. Departure to Aut


***The description of terrain and time is given in a generalized manner in accordance with seasoned trekkers though time taken for completion the trek varies with individual performance. It is presumed that one should opt for moderate grade trek only after trying himself on Easy Grade Trail or either he/she is at perfect physical as well as mental fitness level.





What to carry


On an outdoor excursion you must not worry about your looks; comfort and protection against bad weather are of prime importance. Mountain weather is so unpredictable, as for clothing we recommend a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones just like an onion. The following list is our guide to help you with your packing based upon our many years of travelling/walking. Using your own judgment for packing is of course important, especially with regard to casual clothing etc but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about packing for your holiday, or are uncertain as to the suitability of your clothing and equipment. Seasonal variations should also be taken into consideration when packing.



  • Identity Proof Passport – including appropriate visas
  • Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)
  • Additional passport photos
  • Travel insurance details
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Trip dossier
  • Credit cards/Traveller’s Cheques
  • Local Currency




  • Trekking boots and spare laces
  • Trainers/approach shoes
  • Lightweight flip flops/sandals for mountain camp
  • Walking Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Thermal Base layer
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Short trousers / shorts
  • Light fleece
  • Thick fleece
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm Gloves (seasonal)
  • Sun Hat
  • Warm Hat (seasonal)



  • Daypack/Rucksack (capacity /size 40 litre +)
  • 2 Water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Silk/Cotton Sleeping bag liner
  • Towel – quick drying pack towel is recommended
  • Torch and batteries
  • Camera & accessories
  • Binoculars optional /although essential for bird watching & spotting wildlife
  • dry bag/plastic bags (8-10)
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles (recommended) (1-2)no.
  • Reading material (optional)
  • Washing/Shaving kit
  • Insect Repellent
  • Small personal First Aid kit
  • Anti-Bacterial Hand wash/Sanitizer
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Sun screen cream & lip salve
  • Blister plasters – i.e. Com-peed


The following items can also be useful:

  • Moisturising cream
  • Face wipes
  • Snacks/energy bars
  • Small mirror
  • Spare glasses/contact lenses
  • Earplugs (against snorers!)
  • Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)
  • Plastic zip lock bags


These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!


  • Penknife/small scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing/repair kit
  • Nail clippers
  • Tupperware box and cutlery for picnics



Personal First Aid Kit

Carrying a small first aid kit for personal use is recommended. It should contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), insect repellent, sun cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets  and Oral re-hydration salts, anti-allergic.

In case you are under any other form medication please consult your doctor before starting the trek.




Cost Inclusions


Camping Equipment viz. Tents, Sleeping Bags, Matresses etc.

Kitchen Ware.

Toilet tents.

Dining Tent.

All meals during the trek. (Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner)

Two nights Guest House/Home Stay Accommodation at Base camp Aut.

Transport from Aut to Trek start point.(Both ways)

Transportation of Camping Equipment during the trek.



Cost Excludes


Any expense not written in Cost Includes.

Rescue charges.

Travel Insurance.

Porter Charges. (if someone isn’t carrying own rucksack porter can be arranged at an additional cost inform in advance)