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The mighty Himalayas are concealed with some of the most amazing high altitude lakes around the world. Crystal clear water flowing down the valley formed by melting of the glaciers surrounded by luxuriantly growing grass fields, small villages, dense forests playing their songs adds charm to these beautiful hidden gems of Himalayas whose captivating beauty can only be experienced by their own, no words or picture describe it. The trek to Kareri Lake is one such experience, heavenly walk through scenic pathways with tranquilizing weather which can sometime change its mood suddenly takes to a different space and time.
About Kareri Lake
Kareri Lake is an high altitude fresh water lake, it is a shallow lake located south of Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra district of Himanchal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 2900 mtrs above sea level and the lake is mostly frozen during winters. The lake is fed by the melting of ice from surrounding Dhauladhar range due to which its water is crystal clear with very high visibility; one can see lake bed very easily most of the time. The trek to Kareri Lake passes through beautiful valley; lush green meadows with babbling stream water make it one of the best trek alpine style trek in Himanchal Pradesh and a perfect weekend getaway. Elegant shepard villages en route have its own way of defining life. Due to surrounding forest with lake in its centre makes it perfect place for migration of several rare species birds every year. Abundance of flora and fauna together at Kareri Lake creates a mesmerizing scenic background view for a picture which is worth capturing for lifetime with beautiful smile on face. Shiva temple looking over the lake located on top of the peak adjacent to lake is a place to visit before spending night looking over the beautiful night sky with billions of stars and a lonely moon.
Getting there by Road and Train
The trek to Kareri lake starts from Dharamshala which is a 10-12 hours journey from New Delhi measuring a distance of 450 -475km depending on the route taken. Chandigarh is a major city en route to Dharamshala. The best way to reach Chandigarh from Delhi is by taking a deluxe bus or train from Delhi which is approximately 200 km , from Chandigarh hiring a private vehicle or taking for Dharamshala which is approximately 275 km. One can reach Dharamshala by taking direct overnight bus from Delhi to Dharamshala. Buses are easily available for Chandigarh from Kashmiri Gate Bus Station, New Delhi. This journey passes through several lovely hill stations of Himanchal Pradesh catching the eye and sleep of visitor. At Dharamshala is big hill town with all the necessary things are available, decent to good staying options can also be found easily.
Getting there by Air
Reaching Dharamshala can be done in two ways, first is by booking a flight from New Delhi to Gaggal airport, situated at a distance of 13km from Dharamshala and other is by booking a flight to Chandigarh and travelling by road for their onward journey.
From there a private traveller vehicle will pick up and take you Kareri Village which is 9 km from Dharamshala.
The trek to Kareri Lake is an easy level trek which involves no mountaineering skills except walking with ease and can be done easily by a healthy person of any age group. The trek is accompanied by lake fed Nuyund nallah covering a total distance of 15-17 km on one side with . This trek to Kareri Lake starts from Kareri Village which is 2 hrs by road from Dharamshala from Kareri Village next stop is Liyoti which is a 6 km uphill climb passing through forest and grasslands filled with wide variety of vegetation and flowers capturing imagination and vitalizing up for trek ahead. Next day is from Liyoti to Kareri Lake which is a 4-5 hours trek with stretch of steep climbs passing through dense forests and spending night at Lake side camps. During April to May snow is present from Liyoti To Kareri Lake. Last day is back from Kareri Lake to Kareri Village.
The trek to Kareri Lake comprises of mesmerizing views peaks and snow-capped landscape to behold by visitor. A majestic mountains of Dhauladhar ranges with reflection on crystal clear water of lake creates a splendid view. The beautiful night sky with milky way galaxy is once in a while view worth watching.
1450m/4750ft Dharamshala to 2450m/8000ft Liyoti via 1800m/ 5900ft Kareri Village.
Pickup at Dharamshala bus stand by our Vehicle at 10 a.m.
Travel from Dharamshala to Kareri Village.
1-2 hours travel time from Dharamshala to Kareri Village, 25km.
Trek from Kareri Village to Liyoti,4-5 hrs trek, 6 km.
Some stretch of steep climbs.
Staying at Tents at Liyoti.
Our vehicle will pick you up at Dharamshala in morning from there we will take you to Kareri village which is 25 km from Dharamshala which is a 1-2 hrs of drive. A briefing session will be organised at Kareri Village during which trek related information will be shared. You can shed your unnecessary load at Kareri for ease of trek ahead. From here it is an approximately 6 km trek with some stretch of steep uphill ascents passing through meadows and forests. Packed lunch will be served along the way with evening snacks after reaching camp side. Camping will be done on side of the river where Dinner will be served.
2450m/8000ft Liyoti to 2950m/9650ft Kareri Lake.
4-5 hours of trek, 7km.
Staying in Kareri Lake side camp in tents.
Walking on boulders and meadows.
On second day we will be reaching Kareri Lake which is at an altitude of 10,800 ft. Morning breakfast will be served with tea before starting the trek in morning. This part of the trek also comprises of some steep climbs and will be covered in 4-5 hrs. During the way we will pass through Oak, Rhododendron forest and a stream which will be crossed multiple number of times. Camping will be done at Kareri Lake campside where dinner will be served. Evening will spent with discuss local lore and beholding beauty of valley and might Dhauladhar range.
5-6 hrs trek, 13km.
25m drive from Kareri Village to Dharamshala in company vehicle, 1-2 hrs.
Reach Dharamshala by evening.
After morning breaskfast and spending some time exploring places nearby lake we will move back to Kareri Village where Lunch will be served. From Kareri Village we will drive back to Dharamshala.