At an altitude of 3200 meters above the sea level, to the south of Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh lies a picturesque small glacial kareri lake. Kareri Lake is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake nestled around the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward from Kangra to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass and Baleni Pass.
The melting snow glacier from the Dhauladhar range serves as the main source of the lake and its outflow stream nyund, hence the water visibility in the Lake is very high. The trail to Kareri Lake is quite serene as it passes through the forest of Rhododenderon (State Flower of Himachal Pradesh), oak , pine tree and various water streams. The Lake remains frozen from mid January to March during the winter months when only exclusive Snow trek is possible to the lake and during summer the surrounding meadows are rich in grass.
The trek offers richer and tranquil experience to the trekker. This moderate difficulty trek, good for both beginners and experienced trekkers.
Arrival at Dharamsala bus stand, meet and greet our crazy team after a quick briefing by the crazy team we will drive by car to Kareri Village. On arrival at village freshly cooked Breakfast will be served, Kareri is beautiful serene village. After Breakfast we will start the trek to Rioti, which is our first base. It’s an easy to moderate trek of around 4-5 hours. Packed lunch will be served en route to Rioti. Walking through Oak forest we will reach Riyoti (Liyoti) and will set our camps next to beautiful Liund stream which rises from the lake. Overnight camping and dinner at Rioti.
After an early breakfast in the morning we start our trek to Kareri lake. Today we will trek for 5 km to reach the Kareri lake, it’s a moderate trek of 3 hours. We reach Kareri Lake by noon and spend a couple of hours at this white lake. The lake in winters is covered in snow and is partly or completely frozen depending on the time of year. After enjoying mesmerizing views of Dhauladhars and Kareri Lake at 3200m, we return back to our camping ground at Riyoti. Lake is usually snow covered and camping becomes difficult in winters. Overnight camping and dinner at Rioti.
This is our last day of the amazing trek. The day will be long but as we will be descending mostly it won’t be tough /hard on the trekker. After Breakfast, we trek back to the village. On reaching Village, we have our lunch and later we drive back to Dharamshala. This will mark the end of a short, adventurous and rejuvenating trek only to keep the memories going of this amazing trek to the Kareri Lake.
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All meals will be cooked in hygienic and good quality cooking medium. Any allergies / special requirements must be informed beforehand.
Every adventure has its own set of risks and precaution one needs to take.
Kareri Lake Trek is a beginners easy to moderate grade trek. But the same makes it risky because many first timers come who are unaware of the basic risks in adventure.
Risks in a fine weather day can be pain in the legs due to fatigue, injury due to slip or fall. Mountains can also present harsher climates which include heavy storm and rainfall, snowfall etc. They may add risk to the route.
One trek leader, one guide, one cook & around 15 to 20 helpers and porters, that makes a total staff of around 20 to 25 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 18 trekkers.
Our team is aware of high attitude problems and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack. Our team is trained and always present to manage emergency situations. Oxygen cylinder remains with the group in all our treks over 3500 meters altitude.
Also, team has a right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary. Final word of the trek leaders will have to be followed by all the members.
No, Diamox is not advisable. Best is to naturally acclimatize to the altitude. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers. Girls’ safety and comfort is of foremost importance to us. Even our allocation of tents and rooms is made on the basis of female to male ratio in the group.
Yes, you can offload your bag. But you should intimate us at least 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the portage your your bag accordingly.
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek with a choice of eggs sometimes, as per the trek menu. However, on certain trails and private groups, we can add non-vegetarian options on custom basis.
Yes, it is always advisable. We only carry basic first aid medicines. Also, where our team helps in emergency situations. In no way, one can replace a physician. If you have been specially prescribed some medicines, please do bring them along.