Kareri lake is a shallow, freshwater lake that nests in the south of the Dhauladhar range, about 9 kilometres to the northwest of Dharamshala, in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Kumarwah Lake, this lake is one of the high altitude lakes in the Indian Himalayan region. The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April. The trek also passes through a thick forest which is a habitat to a large variety of Himalayan birds and animals. One of the major attractions near the Kareri Lake is an ancient temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. This beautiful temple is located on a hilltop overlooking the lake. Kareri Lake also serves as a base for trekking further into Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4250m) and the Baleni Pass (3710m).Valley.
Day 1: Mcleodganj to Kareri Village Camp (5905 feet) Duration: 4-5 hours
Reach Mcleodganj early in the morning by 09:00 am, we will take you to a guest house for freshening up and quick tea/coffee. Later begin the Kareri Lake trek, and in its first phase, hike to the camp at Kareri Village. The climb is not difficult at all and will take you through dense but beautiful pine jungles. As you tread along the trail for 4-5 hours, you will pass by a number of small villages. Most of the journey involves trekking down the mountains, and only the last part has some climbing. The village you are walking towards is atop a ridge, and has an altitude of around 5905 feet.
Day 2: Kareri Village Camp to Rioti Camp (8038 feet) Duration: 4-5 hours
Upon waking up, start the next section of Kareri Lake trek. Today you will walk for anywhere between 4 and 5 hours, but the journey will be highly rewarding. The path goes along a narrow mountainous river, named Liund, 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 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 3: Rioti to Kareri Lake (10170 feet) Duration: 4 hours
What follows is the most important part of 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, as 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 only towering spruces and firs 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 4: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village on to McLeodganj Duration: 6-7 hours
This day, you end Kareri Lake trekking and hike down to a place known as Ghera. First, you will trek down along the river and coniferous forests of firs and spruce, and as you lose elevation, the vegetation will keep becoming denser. After you lose a significant amount of elevation, tall deodar trees will start appearing, and the grass will become lush. At Ghera, you will board a Jeep and drive all the way to McLeodganj
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- How to reach to Mcleodganj/Dharamshala?
Distances and route to Dharamshala/Mcleodganj:
Both the cities are well connected by road from nearby major cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh. Dharamshala is located at distance of 243 kms from Chandigarh and 493 kms from New Delhi. It usually takes 6-7 hours to reach Dharamshala from Chandigarh and 10-11 hours from New Delhi. Road condition between New Delhi and Dharamshala is good with proper metalled roads between 2 cities. Chandigarh is located at mid point between New Delhi and Dharamshala.
There are regular government buses of Himachal roadways, Haryana roadways and Punjab roadways between New Delhi and Dharamshala. Government bus options include both Semi sleeper AC Volvo and non AC buses. Apart from government operated buses, many private bus operators too ply their Volvo buses on this route. However, private buses usually depart during evening and night time only from Delhi and Chandigarh.
Apart from bus, one can opt for train, or air options too to reach Dharamshala. However these services are not directly available until Dharamshala.
Pathankot is nearest railway station to Dharamshala. It is located at 80 kms from Dharamshala. There are regular bus and taxi services available from Patahankot towards Dharamshala.
Gaggal airpot near Kangra is nearest airport to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. It is located at 17 kms from Dharamshala and 27 kms from Mcleodganj. There are taxi services available from airport for Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.
- What are the facilities provided during the trek?
- You will be provided with sleeping bag, tent accommodation, food, guidance and toilet as per the program. No other facilities are provided.
- How much time does it take to reach Mcleodganj from Delhi?
- It will take approx. 10-12 hours to reach Bir from Delhi by overnight.
- What time does the trek start
- The trek start timing is generally 11 AM. So, you have to reach to the reporting site by 11 AM.
- What are the best times to visit kareri Lake?
- The best time to visit Kareri lake is from April to October. Experienced trekkers can visit the lake during winter also
- What are the things to take along?
- Trekking pants
- Windproof jacket preferably with a hood
- Warm and thick fleece
- Full-sleeve woolen sweater
- Woolen cap
- Woolen gloves
- Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
- Scarf/Muffler (optional)
- Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
- Lightweight towel(1 unit)
- Toilet, wet-tissue paper(plenty)
- Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers, raincoat/poncho, small light weight towel
- Water bottle, medicines (if require any particular medication)
- Sunscreen lotion
- Cap to keep the intense heat from the sun away from your face, sunglasses, walking stick/trekking pole, torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)z
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