The Kareri Lake, or the Kareri Dal as the locals pronounce it, is perched at a height of about 3300 metres. It is located approximately 9 km away from Dharamshala, in the Kangra district of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. The temperature at Kareri Lake varies with the seasons. It can go up to 43 degrees during the days in the summer season, while the temperature in the winters hits the negatives. Spring is the best time to take this trek, especially if you wish to see the flora and fauna of the area in full bloom. It is best to avoid the trek during the monsoon season as the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, where the lake is located, receives the highest amount of rainfall in the state. The route to the Kareri Lake can get slippery and dangerous in the monsoonal weather and can lead to accidents.
A trek to Kareri Lake takes its participants in the path of nature’s best - the dense forests consisting of huge pine and oak trees, the green moss covering the boulders around which the streams meander their way, and the spurts of wildflowers shooting out here and there. The lake itself offers to the takers a stunning view of the Dhauladhars, reflected in its surface. The flora during the trek changes with gain in height.
Day 01: Kareri Village Camp to Rioti Camp
Report at our Base camp in Kareri Village, gear up for an exciting and tough climb. Today you will walk for anywhere between 4- 5 hours, but the journey will be highly rewarding. The path goes along a narrow mountainous river, named Fund, which will have to be crossed again and again.
Some crossings consist of makeshift bridges while others will have to be negotiated by walking on riverine boulders. Your campsite for the night will be beautiful and velvety alpine grassland, which has an elevation of approximately 8038 feet above sea level.
Day 02: Rioti to Kareri Lake (10170 feet)
What follows is the most important part of the Kareri Lake trekking tour as it will take you to your final destination of the hike. The ensuing 4 hours of treading along the mountains will take you to the base of Minkiani Pass, where the lake is situated. This is also the most scenic part of the entire trip, and once you start walking, you will know why. You will first walk on a narrow, rocky, and muddy track, lined with thickly forested mountains on one side, and a river gorge on the other.
As the region is not too high, you will see coniferous as well as deciduous trees along the way. High above the ground, the mountains may be obscured by clouds. As you continue your Kareri Lake trek, you will keep gaining altitude, and the vegetation will start becoming less dense. After a while, you will be walking on quite a rough trail. You will now tread along another rocky river, and the altitude of the region will result in the disappearance of deciduous trees.
Only towering spruces along with lush grass will be seen. Here the clouds may be right at the surface, and you might get the opportunity to pass through them. The campsite for this night will be another enchanting meadow, and from here you will be able to see Minkiani Pass, Baleni Pass, and a valley below.
Day 3: Kareri Lake – Kareri Village- Departure
Day 3 will be a long day but not tough on trekkers as we will be descending mostly. After an early morning, wake up have and have your breakfast, then start your return trek from kareri lake to Kareri village.
Things to carry
- Thermals (If trekking in winter)
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Water Bottles
- Caps or Hats
- Flashlight (with spare batteries)
- Insect repellent and Emergency Medical Kit
- Trekking Shoes
- A Good Warm Jacket
- One Raincoat (If traveling during the rainy season)
- Lightweight Towel
- Wet-Tissue / Toilet Paper
- If cancellation is done 10 days or more before the start of the trek: 75% will be refunded of the total trip cost.
- If cancellation is done 7-9 days prior to the start of the trek: 50% will be refunded of the total trip cost.
- If the cancellation is done 0-6 days before the start of the trek: No refund .
- No show: No refund.
Avoid wearing precious Jewellery while trekking, as Team TT won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.
- Trekking on high altitudes is an experience to remember as you experience unique climatic changes.
- Explore Mcleod Ganj, the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the site of the Tibetan exile community.
- Witness the beauty of Kareri Lake and lose yourself in its serenity
- Add to your record, the scaling of Bleni Pass (12,300 feet) and Minkiani Pass (13,230 ft).
- Savor the sights of lofty Dhauladhar Range
- Meet and greet local people
What is included in the tour
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mats
- Meals: Starts from Packed lunch till Breakfast on Day 3
- Guide, cook and camp helpers
- Excursion to nearby hills
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transportation to and from Kareri Village
- Transportation to and from Kareri Village
- Porters or mules for carrying common luggage on request
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions