Go through a most picturesque journey of the spectacular high altitude freshwater lake in Kangra valley.
The trail passes through lush green forest packed with silver oak and longleaf Chir pine woods accompanied by a freshwater river Nyund as you walk along its curves.
A perfect destination for adventure lovers who love to around mother nature for peace of mind and to click the best shots of the place.
Moreover, the lake goes frozen from December to March and cannot be accessed without technical mountaineering equipment like ice-axe and crampons.
Trek Start & End Location - Kareri Village, Dharamshala
Trek Start Time - 10:00 AM on Day 1
Trek End Time - 02:00 PM on Day 2
Trek Duration - 2 Days/ 1 Night
Trek Difficulty - Easy to Moderate
Trek Distance - 20 Kms both ways
Trek Height - 3100 Meters
Age Group Required - Between 16 to 45 Years
Kareri Lake Trek lies in the foothill of the Dhauladhar mountain range of Kangra Valley and just 9 kilometres from the Kareri village. Beautiful grazing area and the campground where shepherds set up their camps before they cross Dhauladhar Range through Minkiani Pass (4250 m) and the Baleni Pass (3711 m) for wandering further to Chamba and Bharmour with their flocks of sheep and goats. On the other hand, hikers can be seen looking for a perfect weather window for the summit. Lies at an altitude of 2934 m above mean sea level, it is a high altitude and freshwater lake. The beautiful meadow around the lake used as a seasonal grazing ground for a flock of sheep and goats owned by Local shepherds. The water source for lake and rivulet comes from the melting process of fresh snow of high snowy mountains. Since the lake is not much deep, water clarity is very high, and the lake bed can be seen.
DAY WISE ITINERARY
Day 1 - Trekking | Kareri Village to Kareri Lake (2934 meters) via Riyoti Camp (4-5 hours)
On arrival at Kareri village @7:00 AM, without wasting any time, start trekking which goes through Silver Oak, Rhododendron, and longleaf Chir Pine forest. The trail starts with a moderate climb, but later then hikers will trek through a steep climb followed by Kareri glacial stream called Nyund to the lake. Hikers will carry packed lunch for the day, don’t forget for Lil rest and lunch break at Riyoti, also known as halfway. Trek to the lake from Reoti depends on weather conditions. A perfect destination for adventure lovers who love to around mother nature for peace of mind and to click the best shots of the place. Moreover, the lake goes frozen from December to March and cannot be accessed without technical mountaineering equipment like ice-axe and crampons. Overnight stay in camping style dome tents at Kareri lake camp.
Day 2 - Trekking | Riyoti Camp to Kareri village (3-4 hours)
After breakfast this morning, downhill trek to Kareri Village, where the Kareri Lake trekking experience will come to an end. After spending overnight at Kareri lake, trek down back to Kareri village with the memories of the beautiful lake in your mind and in your camera. If required, our guide will arrange a taxi (which costs extra) to transport you back to your pre-decided location in Dharamshala.
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- Day 1 | Packed lunch, evening tea and dinner
- Day 2 | Breakfast only
- Experienced and certified trekking guide
- Camping gears and equipment like tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, kitchen utensils etc.
- Evening group bonfire at camp
- Toilet tents (Pit style)
- Tips, Gratitude to the Team
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities
- Any Private Expense
- Any other service not mentioned above in trek Inclusions
April to December is the best season to organise a trek to Kareri Lake. These months cover the region's summer, monsoon, and nice winter seasons. You might have a radically different view of the local surroundings with each new month.
There are several excellent treks near Dharamsala and Mcleodganj besides the one to Triund. A journey to Kareri Lake is ideal for you if you want to embark on a hike that is not yet featured on Instagram and is visited only by the most enthusiastic hikers and explorers.
Yes, due to its high altitude, you can experience plenty of snow in Kareri in certain months. Snowfall season generally starts in mid-December and ends in February in Kareri.
In Himachal Pradesh, Kareri Lake is close to the cities of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The ideal course of action, if you are driving your own vehicle, would be to travel all the way to Kareri Khas and begin your walk from there.
The trek to Kareri Lake has no network coverage. Even BSNL operates infrequently. No one in Kareri accepts Paytm or any other online payment method.
It costs between 380 and 1,500 rupees and takes 6 hours and 41 minutes to travel by bus from Chandigarh to Kareri Lake via Sector 8/18.
Another way to travel from Dharamshala to Ghera village, which is around 20 kilometres from the lake, is by hiring a jeep. From the main bazaar, cross Bhote Khosi to head toward the bridge by foot. After passing under the bridge, turn left and continue hiking upward, following the Kareri river.
Yes, most of the visitors love to do the solo trek as well. It is completely safe.
For the Kareri lake trek, you need to plan your trip first. The nearest road head for buses is Dharamshala. From Dharamshala, local buses ply to Ghera village from 8 am onwards. From Ghera, Kareri village (starting point of the trek) is about a 2-hour walk.
The 4.5-kilometre journey takes roughly 3–4 hours to complete from Rioti village to Kareri. After arriving at the lake, you can trek up to Gajj, which is 30 minutes away.
It is a freshwater lake that is small. One may swim in the lake throughout the summer. The lake, however, acquires a fresh attractiveness during the winter when it is frozen, and the path leading to it is buried under around 3 to 4 feet of snow.
It is entirely up to you if you can complete the 26-kilometre trip from Kareri Village to Kareri Lake and back.
Kareri Lake is an easy to intermediate-level trek for anyone who has maintained a reasonable level of fitness. For the most part, it provides a straightforward path; nonetheless, there are certain sections of ground that require a hard upward trek and are covered with rocky outcrops.
- Within a day of a successful booking, the client gets a voucher of the confirmation through email.
- If the preferred slots are not available, an alternative schedule will be arranged according to the preference of the customer, and a new voucher of confirmation will be sent through email.
- Alternatively, before confirmation, the customer can decide to cancel their booking, and a complete refund will be issued.
- Cancellations made in between 30 days of the start date of the trip will be assessed a cancellation fee of 25% of the total tour cost.
- Cancellations made between 15-30 days of the trip’s start date will be charged 50% of the total tour cost as cancellation fees.
- If you cancel within 0-15 days of the trip’s start date, you will be charged 100% of the entire tour cost as cancellation fees.
- In the event of bad weather or government restrictions, any trips or events may be cancelled. In such a case, the operators will do all possible to give a viable alternative. However, a cash refund is not available on this item.
If you select a refund after canceling your trek, the refund amount will be deposited into the payment account that you had used while making payment to us. It will take ten to twelve working days.
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