Mcleodganj, Himachal

Kareri Lake Trek

3 Days 2 Nights
INR 2,700

Kareri Lake, Mcleodganj Dharamshala

Trekking and Camping in Himachal Pradesh

Kareri Lake, also known as Kumarwah Lake, is a captivating high-altitude freshwater lake nestled on the southern spur of the Dhauladhar range. Let’s dive into the details of this enchanting destination:
Geography and Elevation:
Location: Kareri Lake is approximately 9 kilometers northwest of Dharamsala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Elevation: The lake sits at an impressive 2,934 meters (9,626 feet) above sea level.
Source: Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range feeds the lake, and its outflow is through the Nyund Stream.
Lake Features:
Shallow and Clear: Kareri Lake is shallow, allowing for excellent water visibility. In most places, you can even see the lake bed.
Frozen Beauty: From early December to March–April, the lake remains frozen, creating a magical winter landscape.
Temple Overlooking the Lake: Atop a hill near the lake, there’s a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti.
Trekking Adventure:
Kareri Lake Trek: This 13-kilometer moderate-to-tough trek takes you through mixed pine and broadleaf forests, grasslands, and granite rocks. The trail leads to the pristine Kareri Lake.
Base for Further Treks: Kareri Lake serves as a base for exploring the Dhauladhar further. You can trek onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4,250m) and Baleni Pass (3,710m).
Seven Lake Trek: Kareri Lake is the starting point for the popular Seven Lake Trek, which includes other sacred high-elevation glacial lakes in the Dhauladhar range.
The lake derives its name from the nearby Gaddi village of Kareri, situated about 9 kilometers southeast of the lake.
Kareri Lake is one of the seven sacred lakes in the Dhauladhar Ranges dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other sacred lakes include Nag Dal Lake, KaliKund Lake, Nag Chhatri Dal Lake, Chandrakup Lake, Dam Ghodi Tal Lake, and Lam Dal Lake.
Kareri Lake—where adventure meets serenity, and the mountains guard ancient secrets. Lace up your boots, breathe in the mountain air, and let the journey unfold!

Tour Program

Trekking and Camping

Kareri Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1
MCLEOD GANJ TO KARERI VILLAGE (Height 2200m distance 13Km) the trek is goes through the pine forests and crosses several tribal villages on the way. Kareri is a Gaddi tribal village. Over night stay in one of the village houses or in tents.
Overnight Kareri Village Homestay or Camping
Day 2
KARERI VILLAGE TO KARERI LAKE(Height 3500m distance 14 Km) rail goes through mixed forests of oak, rhododendron and pine. First 2 Km is a level walk and then there is sleep ascent along Kareri Nullah Stream which has to be crossed over a number of times over improvised wooden bridges.
Overnight Camping
Day 3
KARERI LAKE TO KARERI VILLAGE (Height 2200 Mts. Distance 13 km) After a short from the lake is a steep descent through the will came back to Kareri Village. This will be the last day of the Tour. Early in the morning after having breakfast the group will leave back for Mcleodganj. You can also hire taxi on Extra Fare from Kareri Village or Ghera Village

Kareri lake trek best time to visit

Kareri Lake Trek is a captivating adventure nestled in the Dhauladhar Range of Himachal Pradesh, India. Let’s lace up our trekking boots and explore this enchanting trail:
The Kareri Lake Trek spans approximately 3 days and covers a total distance of approximately 26 kilometers.
The trek starts and ends at Kareri Village.
The trail takes you through lush green meadows, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes, providing a mesmerizing experience throughout the journey.
The maximum altitude reached during the trek is 9,650 feet.
It’s an easy to moderate-level trek suitable for beginners and those with previous trekking experience.
Winter Magic:
Nestled in the Dhauladhar Range, the Kareri Lake presents wonderful winter-draped landscapes.
During winter, the lake remains frozen, and the meadows are covered in blankets of snow.
En route, you’ll cross dense forests of towering Oak and Pine trees, their branches adorned with powdery snow that sparkles in the sunlight.
The trails are less crowded in winter, allowing you to bask in the serenity of the mountains.
Trail Highlights:
The trek starts from the village of Kareri and leads to the pristine Kareri Lake.
You’ll walk through mixed pine and broadleaf forests, grasslands interspersed with pine and deodar, and carved granite rocks.
Along the way, there’s a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake.
Best Seasons:
Winter Treks (Mid Nov - Mid Feb): Experience the magical frozen lake and snow-covered landscapes.
Spring Treks (Mid Feb - Mid Apr): Witness blooming flowers and pleasant weather.
Summer Treks (Mid Apr - Jun): Enjoy lush greenery and moderate temperatures.
Autumn Treks (Sep - Mid Nov): Marvel at the changing colors of the forests.
For bookings and inquiries, contact +91 9736018883

There are many other treks in Himachal Pradesh that you can explore. Here are some of them:

Bhrigu Lake Trek:
This trek takes you to the beautiful Bhrigu Lake, which is said to change colors with the seasons. The trek offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Great Himalayan ranges. The trek is moderate in difficulty and can be done in 3 to 4 days. The best time to do this trek is from May to October.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek:
This trek is one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in Himachal Pradesh. It crosses the Pin Parvati Pass at an altitude of 5,319 meters, connecting the lush Parvati Valley with the barren Spiti Valley. The trek offers a diverse landscape of forests, meadows, glaciers, rivers, and villages. The trek is strenuous in difficulty and can be done in 10 to 12 days. The best time to do this trek is from July to September.
Triund Trek:
This trek is one of the most popular and easy treks in Himachal Pradesh. It takes you to the Triund Hill, which offers a stunning view of the Dhauladhar range and the Kangra Valley. The trek is suitable for beginners and can be done in 1 to 2 days. The best time to do this trek is from March to December.

How to Reach Kareri

McLeodganj, a serene haven nestled in the Dhauladhar Range of Himachal Pradesh, awaits your arrival. Let’s explore the pathways that lead to this enchanting destination:
By Air:
The nearest airport to McLeodganj is Gaggal Airport, located approximately 30 kilometers away. Taxis are readily available here for the onward journey.
For those flying from major cities, Chandigarh Airport is the closest major airport, well-connected to destinations across India. If you’re arriving internationally, Delhi Airport is your gateway.
By Road:
From New Delhi: McLeodganj is approximately 477 kilometers away, and the journey takes around 8 hours and 36 minutes by road.
From Chandigarh: The distance is about 248 kilometers, and the drive takes approximately 5 hours and 9 minutes.
From Gurgaon: Covering a distance of 514 kilometers, the road trip lasts around 9 hours and 25 minutes.
From Shimla: The drive spans 240 kilometers and takes approximately 6 hours and 29 minutes.
From Manali: The distance is 236 kilometers, and the journey lasts around 6 hours and 36 minutes.
From Mumbai: If you’re traveling from Mumbai, it’s a longer journey of 1,897 kilometers, taking about 1 day and 6 hours.
From Agra: The road trip covers 692 kilometers and takes around 11 hours and 33 minutes.
From Kolkata: For travelers from Kolkata, the distance is 1,946 kilometers, and the drive lasts approximately 1 day and 7 hours.
From Bangalore: The journey from Bangalore spans 2,613 kilometers, taking about 1 day and 15 hours.
From Jaipur: If you’re starting from Jaipur, it’s approximately 763 kilometers, with a travel time of around 12 hours and 26 minutes.
By Train:
The nearest railway station to McLeodganj is Kangra Mandir, located just 25 kilometers away.
For those arriving by broad gauge trains, Pathankot Railway Station is the closest major station, approximately 90 kilometers from McLeodganj. Taxis and buses are easily available from there.
Local Transport in McLeodganj:
Once you’re in McLeodganj, the best way to explore is on foot. You can also hop on rickshaws for relatively longer distances.
McLeodganj—where the mountains echo with ancient tales, and every step leads to nature’s secrets. Lace up your shoes, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and let the adventure unfold!
For bookings and inquiries, contact +91 9736018883
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INR 2,700

Trek to Kareri Lake Dharamshala