Lamdal Lake Trek – A trek of seven sacred lakes.It is one of the most beautiful treks in the Dhauladhar range. It is nestled in the middle of a cradle-shaped vale below the Minkiani peak.A delight for trekkers, both in summer and monsoon, this is accessible through Kareri village and Salli village – known for its rich variety of flora and fauna.
The trail through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages, gives you spectacular valley views and a chance to experience the wonderful slow-paced local lifestyle.
There are 6 sacred lakes on the way to Lamdal lake which is the most scenic and biggest lake.
Minkiani Pass trek route lets travelers enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of innumerable streams, green landscapes, dense jungles along with rich flora and fauna culture and gather some ever-lasting memories from a great trekking experience.This lake’s beauty beats even chandratal and brighu lake.
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Length: 44 km
Altitude: 4100 mtrs
Report in Dharamshala by 8 AM. Take a taxi from Dharamshala to kareri village (approx2 hrs).We will start our journey for kareri lake trek early in the morning from Kareri village at approx. 10 AM in the morning. You will be walking through forests of Oak, Rhododendron, and Pine. The trek first passes through level grounds, but then comes onto a steep ascent, in which you will be trekking alongside the Kareri Nyund Stream. You will be crossing over the rivulet a number of times using wooden bridges.After reaching the base of the Minkiani Pass, you would be able to see the glacial lake very clearly and with azure blue water.Overnight in tents on the bank of the lake.
Day 02: Kareri Lake to Minkiani Pass to Lamdal Lake (8 km) - 5 - 6 Hrs
At this time, the toughest section of the Minkiani Pass Trek begins, taking you to the summit of Minkiani Pass at an altitude of around 14200 feet. The terrain is completely rocky without any vegetation at all. Snow covered mountains tower on either sides. We cross several lakes, springs and streams and eventually reach Kali Kund a small neighboring lake to Lam Dal, which is considered equally pious. Ten minutes later we climb around a boulder and behold the limpid waters of Lam Dal. Believed to be one of the abodes of Shiva, Lam Dal is among the holiest of Dhauladhar Lakes and the locals during Shiv Ratri generally trek bare-feet from Minkiani Got.
Day 03: Lamdal Lake to Kareri Lake (8 km) - 5 - 6 Hrs
The morning dawns wearing a thick coat of grey mist covering everything around. We can barely see a hundred meter in any direction as if trapped within a misty wonderland. We hear sheep’s bleat and dogs bark but don’t see anything. We start early and find our way to the beginning of the stone steps that will take us up to Minkiani Pass. The trail is steep but straight and we soon build up a steady rhythm. Snowy slopes go up to our right. The wind is chilly and the fog keeps us afloat in suspension.We again climb up to Minkiani Pass and reach Kareri lake.
Day 04: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village (10 km) - 5 - 6 Hrs
As you begin your walk from Kareri Lake, you will be walking along a gushing river. As you reach a lower altitude, the thick vegetation will soon reappear, and you will see tall trees of deodar and pine. After reaching Kareri village, board a Jeep and drive your way to McLeodganj, where this Minkiani Pass and Kareri Lake Trek ends.