The Kareri Lake trail goes through forest of Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. Kareri lake trek is a heavenly experience for any trekker. The lakesite also serves as base camp for Minkiani and Bleni Pass Trek. Towering Dhauladhar peaks act as guardians for this lake. The trek starts from the Kareri village which is approx. 27 kms from Dharamshala. It is a quaint beautiful village & perfect destination.
4D3N Kareri lake trek from Mcleodganj | Meals during trek | Guided trek to the Kareri lake
Accommodation in sharing tent | Sleeping bag | Experienced local guide | Bonfire | Startgazing
This is a 4 days trek plan. You can also choose 3 days trek to Kareri lake
Duration- 4 days & 3 night
Starting point- Dharaamshala
Transportation- Dharamshala onwards transportation is included
Reporting time at Dharamshala: 6AM sharp in the morning
Access: From Delhi Overnight buses are available to Dharamshala
Best season to visit: March-June and Oct-Dec
Kareri Lake near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3000m is a shallow fresh water lake. It lies in the Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas. Dhauladars act as a water source for this lake owing to melting of snow. Kareri lake hiking. The temperature of Kareri lake in winter goes below freezing point to -5 degree centigrade and in spring generally lies around 5-10 degrees in night.
Kareri lake Trek
The trail till Kareri Lake is through forest of Oak, Pine and Rhododendron trees. The trek is a paradise for a first time trekker. Area around lake also serves as base camp for Minkiani and Bleni Pass. Towering mountains of Dhauladhar Range act as guardians for this lake. The trek starts from the Kareri village which is 27 kms from Dharamshala. It is a quaint beautiful village. Kareri village is connected to Dharamshala through a motorable road, though the road condition is average to poor. Groh, Chadi and Ghera are the villages on the way from Dharamshala to Kareri village.
A clear day at Kareri village provides a vivid view of Indrahara Pass and Moon Peak which is highest peak of Dhauladhar Range.
Day 1: Mcleodganj to kareri village
Today you reach to Mcleodganj around 9 am in the morning and transferred to the guest house. after quick round of tea and refreshment, we will meet with our guide for the kareri lake trek. There will be a small round of instructions regarding dos and don'ts of the trek. next we start our trek to kareri village. We reach kareri lake till evening and set up our camp for the day. Our first day of kareri lake trek ends here with a bonfire and sumptuous dinner.
Day 2: Kareri village to Riyoti camp
2nd day we start our trek for Riyoti camp. The trek from kareri village o Riyoti is an easy to moderate trek where you will find some decently steep routes sometimes. The entire trek will take 4-5 hours. We will setup our camp by the beautiful stream which rises from the Kareri lake
Day 3: Climb to kareri lake
Today we will reach kareri lake. We start from Riyoti and reach kareri lake by afternoon. Kareri lake is a beautiful himalayan lake which is originated from melting snow of Dhauladhar range of Himalaya. kareri lake is situated at the base of famous Minakini pass
Day 4: Kareri lake to Kareri village to Mcleodganj
It is the last day of the beautiful kareri lake trek. We start our return journey early in the morning and descend to Mcleodganj by the afternoon. The trek length is approx 12 km and will take 4-5 hours to complete.
Can people join from Mcleodganj?
Mcleodganj is the starting point of of this trek. So you need to reach Mcleodganj where the trek team will meet you. Or you can report directly to the guest house for kareri lake trek which is just 1 km away from Mcleodganj
My bus will reach at Dharamshala at 8 AM or later in the morning? Can I join as starting time stated as 6 AM from Dharamshala?
We request you to reach Mcleodganj by 9 am in the morning. Because earlier we start for the Kareri village it will be good as we will have more time to spend in that picturesque, quint village
What kind of food will you provide (in Lunch and Dinner)?
We provide healthy and hygienic vegetarian food to boost the energy lost while trekking. Food in lunch and dinner includes Rice, Roti, Rajma/Dal, Dry Veg and sweet dish.
Consumption of Alcohol or Tobacco should be avoided.
What will be the maximum team size and how many guides & porters will be there?
Maximum group size would be 25 excluding trek lead, guides
Will the option be available of porters carrying my bag so that I can trek without my bag?
Yes. you can pay extra to the porters on spot on actual basis to carry your bag
What about washroom? Do you carry separate toilet tents?
Yes it would be safe. For the convenience of our clients, we do pitch toilet tents separately for trekkers near our campsite.
Tents are Twin sharing or Triple sharing?
we have wide tents that can accommodate 2 people comfortably along with rucksacks. It would be on twin sharing basis generally
Sleeping bags will be provided?
Yes, we would be providing sleeping bags. The quality of sleeping bags are good
The Kareri Lake trek
o Grade : Easy to Moderate
o Max Altitude : 3,300m
o Approx Trekking distance : 29 Kms.
o Best Season: April to October
o Temperature : can drop to -1° and the maximum temperature hardly goes up to 20°c.
Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake in the south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Since the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places, the lake bed can be seen. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m). The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April, which is the main attraction of the lake. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. A few gaddi kothis are present on the other side of the lake, an area which is used by the gaddis as a grazing ground for their animals. The lake trek takes the trekkers through lush forests, narrow terrains, whirly passes, scenic meadows . Adding more, while on this trek, the trekkers can also participate in local tours and adventure activities like Tyrolean Traversing.
Hikers may carry their own tents, or stay in the temple complex on the hill overlooking the lake. There are 2-3 stone and thatched roof rooms that can accommodate people. Another option is to stay in the gaddi kothis.
The Kareri Lake trek Route
Kareri Lake Trek villages
Himachal Pradesh is a dramatic mixture of towering Himalayan peaks, Buddhist culture, traditional living, arid mountains, and spectacular scenery. Some of the villages in the trek trail is listed below:
Dharmashala- the abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharmashala is deemed as the 'land of gods.' Not only this holy land is inclined towards spirituality, but also, it is picturesque town from where various treks including the Kareri Lake are flagged off.
Ghera- the village is accessed either by shared jeep from Dharamsala (17km/1 hr) or on foot from Naddi (around 2km by forest trails). Ghera is also the last point where there are a few shops stocking on very basic supplies you might need for the trek ahead.
Salli- the village is located in Shahpur Tehsil of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, India. There are about 144 houses in the village. Activities in the village include enjoying the spectacular views of the snow-clad mountain peaks and the stunning Khauli River that flows through the valley. The trekker can also opt for an acclimatization walk.
Kareri- It is a sleepy little village in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The charming little village straddled on a sloping ridge and adorned with terrace fields at the outer fringes. To the east, the peaks of Dhauladhar range covered in snow.
Things to take for The Kareri Lake trek
o Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella (Preferable) any one is must.
o Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs) with Rain Cover and comfortable shoulder straps
o Floaters or Sandals.
o Trekking Shoes.
o 3 Pair of cotton Socks and 1 pair woolen socks
o Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket.
o One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable).
o Sun Cap, woolen cap.
o One Scarf.
o Light towel.
o Lip Balm, cold Cream & sun screen (SPF 40+).
o Water Bottle/Hydration pack-2 bottles of 1 Lt each.
o Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries.
o Personal Medicine Kit.
o Toothbrush and toothpaste
o U/V protected dark sunglasses.
o Walking Stick (advisable)
o Snacks- Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ORS
o 2 Synthetic Trek pants
o 2 Full sleeves T-shirts
o 1 Fleece T-shirts
o 1 Pair Wind & waterproof jacket & pant
o 1 Pair Thermal inners
o 1 pair Waterproof gloves & Fleece/woollen gloves
Kareri Lake trek route map
The 3 hours drive from Pathankot through the captivating and whirly terrains will take the trekker to Salli Base Camp.
While trekking on the Kareri Lake trek, the participants can enjoy views of the mixed forests comprising of pine forests, oak forests and rhododendron trees. The trek from Salli towards Daled camp is through the scenic Handi Forests. From Daled Camp towards Kareri, the trekker can enjoy the mesmerising views of the soaring peaks clad with snow, pictorial meadows and the untouched beauty of the region. Upon reaching the lakeside, enjoy the stunning beauty of the azure waters and the panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other nearby mountain ranges. The first 2 km of the trekking trail is all about a level walk, which is followed by a steep ascent along the Kareri Nallah stream which needs to be crossed by the participants over a great number of times using the wooden bridge made by the local people of Kareri village. Once the participants reach the Kareri lake, if they wish to go further, they are required to trek in a steep descent traversing through the dense forest cover in order to reach Guna temple.From Guna Temple , its way back to Mcleodganj/Pathankot
Kareri Lake Trek weather
There are many reasons to visit Kareri Lake in different seasons.
April - Spring is the best time to watch the rhododendron forest around Kareri in full bloom.
June - This is the time to visit if you want to go beyond Kareri on to Minkiani Pass and/or Baleni Pass
August - Monsoon is Krishna Janmashtami month. Locals flock to Kareri lake and then on to Lam Dal for pilgrimage. This is the time to watch local religious fervour.
October - Autumn marks the end of trekking season to Kareri Lake. The shops begin to wind down, yet the post monsoon lush green foliage interspersed with autumn colours is worth a visit.
January - Winter is for the experienced trekker. Kareri lake receives on an average one to two meters of snow in winters. Also, this is also the time when wild encounters are most common on this trail.
From June - September expect the minimum temperature to hover close to 1 degree on a clear night. If it rains, expect this temperature to drop even further. Remember it usually gets windy in the late afternoon. The wind usually dies off late in the evenings till sunrise.