The Untouched Glacial Lake in the Dhauladhars: Kareri Lake Trek
Himachal Pradesh has so many hidden less explored places in it and one of them is the Kareri Lake.
A beautiful alpine high altitude glacial lake nestled in the Dhauladhar ranges is another hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh. Kareri Lake is an adventure trekking destination which is still unexplored and away from a huge crowd of trekkers like Triund.
Kareri lake is perched at an elevation of 2,935m above sea level. The alpine lake is surrounded by lush green pastures and snow-capped Dhauladhars. The melting snow from the Dhauladhars serves as the source of the lake. The trek to Kareri lake is easy to moderate and suitable for both beginners and avid trekkers.
The trek journey starts from Mcleodganj and further leads to the Kareri Lake which is the basecamp for the trek. The trail has steep climbs, from the start point the walk is all the way ascends and passes through lush green forests of oak & spruce, narrow tricky paths, and beautiful meadows. The beautiful lake offers great vistas of the Dhauladhars and you can also see the Lord Shakti temple overlooking the lake. You can easily see the bed of the lake and all the nearby things reflections in the crystal clear freshwater lake. Camping near the lake is an unforgettable experience. You can also catch the views of the Kangra valley which is at the below level. Gaddi kothis or Gujjars are very commonly seen there with their grazing cattle. Kareri lake also serves as a basecamp to Baleni and Minkani Pass.
Major Highlights of the trek:
- Ravishing views of the snow-covered Dhauladhars
- Camping near the lake.
- Explore Mcleodganj and Dharamshala
- Exploration of Kareri village.
- Serene beauty of the alpine lake.
- Basecamp to the Minkani Pass and Baleni Pass.
- The lake gets frozen in winter months.
The best time to visit Kareri lake is in the months from May to June and September to November. The weather remains pleasant and soothing in the summer season and enjoy the lush greenery and clear views of the Dhauladhars. In the winter season, the region gets covered in deep snow and you can have the snow trekking experience. The lake gets frozen and offers serene beauty. Avoid trekking in monsoons, as the trail gets slippery and dangerous.
How to reach?
To start Kareri lake trek then you should have to reach Dharamshala or Mcleodganj first. Dharamshala is well connected to major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.
Take a direct bus from Delhi and reach either Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. Take a bus or cab to reach Kareri village.
Pathankot railway station is the nearest railhead, which is 85 km from Dharamshala.
Gaggal airport is the nearest airport. Take a direct flight from Delhi and reach Kareri Village by taking a bus or cab.
Things to Carry:
- Down Jacket (Main jacket)
- Raincoat/ Poncho
- Inner Layer
- Tshirt or Fleece
- Track Pant
- Trekking/ Hiking Shoes
- Fleece jacket
- Woolen cap
- Extra pair of socks
- Rucksack (At least 40L)
- Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
- Extra pair of clothes
- Power Bank
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Water Bottle
- Personal Toiletries
- First Aid Kit
- Thermal wear
*pack according to the season and check weather conditions prior to the trek.
Other nearby treks you can do are:
- Indrahar Pass
- Lahesh Caves
- Indrahar Pass to Chamba
Kareri lake trek is a great adventure to undertake by both beginners and experienced trekkers. The high altitude lake is a perfect place to spend your holidays. Plan a week-long trip to Kareri Lake and get lost in the serenity of the mountains.
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