3 days 2 nights
Picture this – You are standing besides a lake at the height of 9625 ft. You see large glaciers melting into a natural lake. This is Kareri lake for you. The trek ascends the relatively remote trails through magnificent forests and secluded Hindu villages not yet connected to the road. This is also an ideal base from which to explore the upper ridges of the Dhauladhar to savor the views across the Kangra valley as well as glimpse the high peaks that extend beyond the Pir Panjal to the Himalayan Range.
Kareri lake trail goes besides a stream coming direct from the lake. For most of the trek you will follow the same stream.
The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. A few Gaddi kothis are present on the other side of the lake, an area which is used by the gaddis as a grazing ground for their animals. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m).
Travel to base –
The nearest Airport is Kangra. From Kangra you can easily find local buses and Taxis till Dharamshala.
Nearest railway station is Pathankot from where you can take a local bus till Kangra or Dharamshala. If you have additional time you can also board the Kangra train which is a narrow gauge line which goes through mesmerizing paths.
Travel by bus is available till Dharamshala which is well connected by Govt as well as a lot of Volvo buses coming everyday from Delhi.
If you wish to do this trek on your own we recommend hiring a local guide. You can find it here.
Early morning arrival at Kareri village, a welcome drink will be served (tea/coffee or soft Drink) group will depart to our first base camp at Rioti 4-5 hrs trek. (Packed lunch will be given to everyone at the time trek starts). The trail goes through mixed forests of oak, rhododendron, and pine. The First 2-3 Km is a level walk and then there is a steep ascent along Kareri Nullah Stream which has to be crossed over improvised wooden bridges. Night stay in tents at the bank of the river.
After breakfast group will start trekking to our final campsite at Kareri lake 3-4 hrs, dinner will be served at the campsite, later time for your excursion around the lake and enjoy the sunset, thereafter evening tea will be served at the campsite, then dinner along with a bonfire.
After breakfast group will decent back to Kareri village, 4-5 hrs, Lunch will be served at the village then the trip ends.