The Kareri Lake Trek is a popular and enchanting trekking destination located in the Dhauladhar Range of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an altitude of approximately 9,650 feet above sea level, Kareri Lake offers breathtaking natural beauty and serene surroundings, making it a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
The trek to Kareri Lake is an easy to moderate-level trek that typically takes around 3 days to complete, covering a total distance of approximately 26 kilometres. The trail is adorned with lush green meadows, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes, providing a mesmerising experience throughout the journey.
The trek begins from Dharamkot, and takes you through a variety of terrains, including pine forests, oak trees, and alpine meadows. As you ascend, you'll witness the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including the mighty Dhauladhar Range.
One of the highlights of the Kareri Lake Trek is reaching the pristine Kareri Lake itself. Surrounded by towering mountains and alpine trees, the emerald-green lake presents a captivating sight. The crystal-clear water of the lake is fed by the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range, adding to its natural beauty. Camping near the lake under a starlit sky is an experience that leaves trekkers in awe of the tranquillity and serenity of the place.
Throughout the trek, trekkers will have opportunities to interact with the local Gaddi people, who are known for their warm hospitality and unique culture. The Gaddis are a semi-nomadic tribe residing in the region and are often seen herding their sheep and goats along the trail.
The best time to undertake the Kareri Lake Trek is from May to July and September to November when the weather is pleasant and the trails are clear. During these months, the trekking route is adorned with colourful wildflowers, making it even more picturesque.
In conclusion, the Kareri Lake Trek offers an unforgettable adventure in the lap of nature. With its mesmerising landscapes, pristine lake, and warm hospitality of the locals, this trek is a must-do for nature enthusiasts seeking a serene and soulful experience in the Himalayas.
Region: Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
Start/ End Point of the Trek: Dharamkot
Kareri Lake Trek Height: 9,650 feet
Kareri Lake Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Kareri Lake Trek Temperature: 8°C to 20°C
Best Time to do Kareri Lake Trek: May to July & September to November
What is the best time to Visit?
The months of May to July and September to November are ideal for Kareri Lake Trekking because the temperature remains fairly pleasant.
What’s the difficulty level of the Trek?
The trek is easy to moderate, so there is nothing extremely dangerous to be concerned about. For beginners and first-timers, the trek to Kareri Lake is a wonderful choice.
Can we rent equipment for the Trek?
Himtrek does provide easy accessibility to almost all types of equipment required for the trek on a rental basis with reasonable prices and extremely good quality. The equipment can be arranged on prior notice.
How is the weather during the Trek?
Between May and October, the temperature may dip to 8 °C (rain is a possibility in July and August). This temperature will decrease significantly further if it rains.
What is the trek height and trek distance?
The 26 km long Kareri Lake trek has its highest point at Kareri Lake, which is located at a height of 9,650 feet.
How to Reach?
The beginning of the trek is in Dharamkot. McLeodganj is the closest access point, whether you use a taxi, the public transportation system or your own vehicle. Although there isn't much bus service from McLeodganj to the nearby cities, you may easily take a bus to Dharamshala ISBT. You can take a bus or a taxi from here to McLeodganj. For reaching Dharamshala, you choose from any of the following transport options-
By Road: All of Himachal Pradesh's major cities may be reached by road from Dharamshala. Take a state-owned bus or travel along the national route to Dharamshala to get to this city. Buses run directly to this city from Chandigarh (275 km), Jalandhar (154 km), and Amritsar (187 km). From Dharamshala, there are Volvo, luxury, and sleeper buses that travel to Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Chandigarh.
By Train: The closest significant railway station is 85 kilometres distant in Pathankot. Many trains that travel to Jammu and Kashmir make stops in Pathankot. To get to Dharamshala from Pathankot, you can take a taxi or a bus. Even though Kangra Mandir railway station is only 22 kilometres from Dharamshala, it does not have good access to big cities.
By Air: The primary domestic airport servicing Dharamshala is Gaggal Airport, which is located around 15 kilometres from the city core. From cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, airlines like Jagson Airlines, Air India Regional, and SpiceJet offer regular flight services.
Explore the picturesque landscapes, including lush green meadows, dense forests, and gushing waterfalls with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Range.
The main highlight of the trek is reaching the enchanting Kareri Lake itself. Nestled amidst the mountains, the emerald-green lake is a sight to behold.
Witness crystal-clear water, fed by the melting snow, creating a tranquil and serene atmosphere.
Camping near the lake and witnessing the reflection of the surrounding peaks on the calm waters is a truly magical experience.
A moderate-level trek, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers, offering a good balance of challenge and enjoyment without requiring extensive mountaineering skills.
Have the chance to spot a variety of bird species, including the colourful Himalayan Monal, Pheasants, and Himalayan Griffon.
The secluded and less crowded trail offers a chance to disconnect from the outside world, allowing you to unwind, rejuvenate, and find inner peace amidst the mountains.
Day 1: Dharamkot to Kareri Village and Trek to Kareri Lake
The meeting point for the trek is Himtrek campsite situated in Dharamkot, Mcleodganj.
On day 1, you will be going from the campsite to the village of Kareri, the transportation for which is not included in the package. Trekkers will have to pay extra for the same.
Your drive to the Kareri village will start after reaching Dharamkot and meeting the rest of the group.
After reaching Kareri village, you will be starting the trek to Kareri Lake.
As you trek alongside the Kareri Nullah Stream and through several bridges, the trail gradually ascends from level terrain to mountainous terrain.
Enjoy the ideal elliptical glacial lake surrounded by subtropical trees and alpine grasslands as you take in the splendour of nature.
Cherish the views of Kareri lake and spend your time there.
Reach your campsite after absorbing majestic views the trek brings you.
Spend the night at the campsite near the lake and relax properly after having dinner.
Day 2: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village and back to Dharamkot
On day 2, After a filling breakfast, set out early in the morning to head out.
Get ready to descend back to Kareri village.
Follow the same trail to descend back. Descending will take less time than the climb.
Once you reach Kareri village, vehicles would be there to drive you back to Mcleodganj. Again, this transportation cost is not included in the package and the trekkers would have to bear it on their own.
Reaching Mcleodganj would mark the end of your trek.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation on sharing basis.
- All Meals (Veg), Including from Packed lunch on the 1st day to Breakfast on the 2nd Day.
- Well Qualified Trek Leader.
- Supporting Staff and cook.
- Forest Permits.
- Basic Medical Kit.
- Accommodation on Tent Stay.
- Camping and Trekking Equipment (Tent, Sleeping bags, gaiters etc).
What is NOT included in the tour
- Anything which is not included in the above inclusion.
- Porters or Mule to carry your personal Luggage.
- Any kind of Personal Expenses.
- Personal Medication
- All transportation from Mcleodganj to Kareri Village to Mcleodganj is not included in the package.