Kareri Lake is one of the most gorgeous and adventurous treks in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala. Kareri Lake near Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3000m is a shallow fresh water lake. It lies in the Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas. Dhauladars act as a water source for this lake owing to melting of snow. Kareri lake hiking. The temperature of Kareri lake in winter goes below freezing point to -5 degree centigrade and in spring generally lies around 5-10 degrees in night.
Kareri lake Trek
The trail till Kareri Lake is through forest of Oak, Pine and Rhododendron trees. The trek is a paradise for a first time trekker. Area around lake also serves as base camp for Minkiani and Bleni Pass. Towering mountains of Dhauladhar Range act as guardians for this lake. The trek starts from the Kareri village which is 27 kms from Dharamshala. It is a quaint beautiful village. Kareri village is connected to Dharamshala through a motorable road, though the road condition is average to poor. Groh, Chadi and Ghera are the villages on the way from Dharamshala to Kareri village.
A clear day at Kareri village provides a vivid view of Indrahara Pass and Moon Peak which is highest peak of Dhauladhar Range.After snowfall this place becomes even more scenic.
Duration: 1Night / 2 Days and 2Night/3 Days
Starting point : Dharamshala
Transportation: Dharamshala onwards transportation is included
Reporting time at Dharamshala : 8 AM in the morning
Access: From Delhi Overnight buses are available to Dharamshala
Best season to visit: March-June and Sep-Dec
We will start our journey for kareri lake trek early in the morning from Mcleodganj at approx. 10 AM in the morning. The journey from Mcleodganj to the first base village of our kareri lake trekking .i.e. Harnala village itself takes approx. 1 hours driving and 3 hours of trekking. The distance is 30 km and the car journey is very scenic. We will have a stroll around the small, beautiful, Himachali village of Harnala.
During the whole trek we will hike alongside the river Nyund which serves as the primary source of water for all Kareri lake trek trips.
After initial hike of 2 hours, forest trails starts which is a steep climb. After taking lunch break (Will carry packed lunch) enroute, we will reach Harnala village, one of the best camping place in Kangra Valley and en-route kangra Valley. It is ideal place to camp due to flat area and availability of water. Snacks will be served at around 6 PM and dinner at 8. If weather permits, we would have bonfire.
After breakfast at 8AM in the morning we start our trek to Kareri lake at 9AM. Today it is 10 km trek and will take approx. 5 - 6 hours to reach the Kareri lake. Kareri lake serves as the base campsite for Minkiani pass trek and Baleni pass trek. After reaching to the campsite we set up our camp and explore the lord Shiva Temple there.
Evening snacks would be served at 6 PM & dinner at 8 PM. We would camp overnight at Kareri Lake and have bonfire if weather permits.