The Kareri Lake trek is a moderately easy 4-day trek in the Dhauladhar range. The lake has a calm vibe and quiet environs, and is shallow around the banks, although the water is cold. Most of the trail is easy, but there are some rocky outcrops and steep uphill climbs, so it is recommended for fit beginners and experienced trekkers.
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.
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Extend your Kareri Lake trek to include a fun climb to Minkiani Pass. You’ll trek to the lake as per the itinerary, and then go beyond to Minkiani Pass. Apart from that, as you’re starting at McLeodganj, you can also cover Triund and Indrahar Pass before or after Kareri Lake. This extended itinerary takes you to the alpine meadows of Triund from where you’ll be able to see the magnificent spread of the Dhauladhar range and to the high-altitude Indrahar Pass. While this trek will challenge your endurance, it will also give you a real mountain experience.
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 starry skies. When you’re closer to the lake, the views open up, and you’ll see the Dhauladhar range all around.
At the end of your Kareri Lake trek, the lake is your reward. Your campsite will be set up close to the lake from where you will get stunning views of the Minkiani Pass.
The summer is a good time to escape the heat and head for the Kareri Lake trek. Between May and July, the temperature remains between 8-20 degrees Celsius. You will trek through lush green meadows and rhododendron forests, and the lake is full. This makes the Kareri Lake trek a perfect summer adventure.
It is also one of the top winter treks in Himachal Pradesh. The lake is usually frozen over during the winter months, and the snow lies thick on the trails. The trek becomes harder in the winter, and the temperature can drop to 2-3 degrees Celsius, or lower.
Fit beginners can do the Kareri Lake trek in summer. In the winter, when snow covers the trails, the trek will become harder, so it is not recommended for first-timers.
If you’re looking for summer treks, you should check out our blog, Top Summer Treks in India.
The summer is a good time to go for the Kareri Lake trek. The trail is green and lush, and the lake is full. However, in the winter, it is a very beautiful trek with snow on the trail and all around. You’ll also get to see the lake in semi-frozen form. However, it can be very cold during the nights – as low as 2 or 3 degrees Celsius.
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.