Kareri lake trek in Himachal Pradesh, India

Kareri Lake Trek

The Kareri Lake trek is a moderate trek in the Dhauladhar range, and takes about 4 days to complete. The lake is fed by the melting snow from the top of the mountains, and so is clear and cool all year round. The trek to Kareri Lake trek goes along a fairly easy trail, starting from McLeodganj and taking you up through tall pine and oak trees. You’ll have to negotiate rocky outcrops and steep uphill climbs, but the tranquil atmosphere and clear waters of Kareri Lake are worth the reward.

Kareri Lake trek route

For the Kareri Lake trek, you’ll start from McLeodganj and wind your way up to Riyoti, your first camp for the night. The next day, you’ll trek to Kareri village, and camp nearby for the night. On Day 3, you’ll trek to the lake and spend the rest of your day there. It’s a great chance for photography, and you’ll be able to watch the sun setting over the mountains. From there, you’ll retrace your steps and trek back to McLeodganj.

What you’ll see on the Kareri Lake trek

You start your trek to Kareri Lake through rhododendron and pine forests, crossing bubbling streams and wooden bridges. As you ascend higher, you’ll find yourself in the middle of alpine meadows and oak forests. The path will get steeper here, and you’ll have to work a bit harder to climb. You’ll camp close to gurgling streams, under clear stars. When you’re closer to Kareri Lake, the views open up, and you’ll see the Dhauladhar range all around.

At the end of your Kareri Lake trek is your reward. The crystal water of the lake is enticing and the lake bed is visible through the shallow cover. Dip your feet in the cool waters of the lake and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings. Your campsite will be set up close to the lake from where you will get stunning views of the Minkiani Pass.

Extend your Kareri Lake trek

Your trek to Kareri Lake will take 4 days and is a beautiful adventure into the mountains. However, if you’re looking for a longer adventure, there are many extensions to the the Kareri Lake trekking route. One can trek to Kareri lake from Salli village and go up to Triund and Indrahar Pass. This 9-day expedition takes you to the alpine meadows of Triund from where you see the magnificent spread of the Dhauladhar range and to the high-altitude Indrahar Pass. While this trek will challenge your endurance, it’s a real mountain experience.

What to pack for Kareri Lake trekking adventure?

For the Kareri Lake trek, you must carry layers, depending upon the season. While even the summer months will require warm layers and light sweaters, the chilly winters demand thermal liners and fleece jackets. Your day-to-day outfit will consist of synthetic track pants, full sleeves T-shirts and a pair of sturdy trekking shoes. You will need a windproof jacket, woolen gloves and socks and a balaclava to keep your ears covered. While these will keep you warm and covered, don’t forget to pack your daily essentials. You must keep a water bottle, light snacks, raincoat, torch and wet wipes always handy.

Best season for Kareri Lake trek

The summer is a good time to escape the heat and head for the Kareri Lake trek. Between May to July, the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. You will trek through lush green meadows and rhododendron forests, and the lake is full. This makes the Kareri Lake trek a perfect adventure.

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Trek to Kareri Lake
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
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Imagine this: You're walking down a trail in the middle of the Dhauladhar mountains, the wind blowing gently over the wide open spaces. You've just walked through forests scented of pine and filled with blossoming rhododenron, but now you're out of the shade, enjoying the sunshine. The air is fresh and the skies are clear. In the distance, you can see a flock of woolly sheep being herded down the green slopes. And then, as you go around a boulder, as if by magic, Kareri Lake appears. It's a clearwater lake, and you can see every pebble at the bottom, and the reflection of the skies above. You take off your trekking boots, lay your backpack down on the ground, peel your socks off, and step into the cold water at the edge of the lake. It's paradise. And you're in the middle of it.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip, so you will need a minimum of 4 persons to book it.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kareri village to McLeodganj/Dharamshala
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Meals while on trek
  • Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses
  • Kitchen tent, toilet tents
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits
  • Mountaineering qualified and professional trek leader, guide and support staff
  • Staff insurance
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 250 per day, per bag)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions
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Kareri Lake and Indrahar Pass Trek
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
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This exciting 9 day trek takes you to three iconic destinations in the Dhauladhar range: Triund, Kareri Lake and Indrahar Pass. You'll trek through mixed forests of rhododendron, cedar and oak trees while crossing ridges, rivers, glaciers and Gaddi tribal villages. En route, you can expect to see herds of woolly sheep grazing peacefully on the slopes. You'll camp on the banks of Kareri lake, in the alpine meadow of Triund, and you'll get to walk on a glacier too. And to top it all off, you'll conquer Indrahar Pass, at a height of 14,500 feet.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on twin/ triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 1 to lunch on Day 9
  • All permits
  • Trekking equipment if needed
  • Services of accompanying guide
  • Services of cooks, porters for camping gear etc
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Drinks, personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines
  • Any expenses incurred due to reasons like bad weather or road blocks due to land slides etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not specified under inclusions
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Trek to Kareri Lake trek
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
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The Kareri Lake trek is a perfect trek for anyone who is seeking natural enrichment in a short span of time. For a blissful 3 days, you will be amidst dense forests, grazing sheep, snowy peaked mountains, lush valleys, clear blue skies, fresh air and of course the lake itself! The lake is fed by melting snow from the Dhauladhar range around, and is pristine and shallow. There are great opportunities for photographers here, thanks to the reflections in the clear water.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trek and requires a minimum of 2 travellers to book.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents on twin/ triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3
  • All permits
  • Trekking equipment if needed
  • Services of accompanying guide
  • Services of cooks, porters for camping gear etc
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Drinks, personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines
  • Any expenses incurred due to reasons like bad weather or road blocks due to land slides etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not specified under inclusions
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