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Geeta Marar

4.0

Lake treks are fun. It was very interesting. What is more interesting is that you get to stay in the forest rest house. This is fun if it is well planned. There is trek, the visit to lake, and the rest house stay in forest. Apart from that there is nothing fancy or anything. So, plan accordingly. Some of the positives of this trek are that it is pretty cheap, easy-moderate level difficulty, safe path to trek and travel solo, very beautiful, and mesmerising. The cons were the flight charges, not so good food, and well the climate. If you visit during season and if you have planned it well then this is a nice trek to take and enjoy with your gang of fun loving buddies.

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Puneet Menon

5.0

awsm experience. the surroundings were too beautiful. we even experienced the snowfall during our trek. thans for such an amazing experience

Overview

About the Destination:

Standing tall at an altitude of 3,300m above the sea level, Kareri Lake trek is Dharamshala or the Kumarwah Lake is one of the most stunning lake treks in Himachal Pradesh. With the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range as the source of water, this quaint lake and the terrain that leads to it entices trekkers from different corners of the world. While the Dhauladhar Range adds to the mesmeric appeal of this lake, the fact that it remains frozen during early December to March/April serves as the main attraction of this trek. 

The Kareri Lake trekking originates from the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh and takes the participants through lush forests, narrow terrains, whirly passes, scenic meadows and much more. Adding more, while on this trek, the trekkers can also participate in local tours and adventure activities like Tyrolean Traversing. This amazing trek will take you through a journey of some of the unknown parts of this region. Get a chance to explore the vivid flora and fauna as you keep continuing your trek. 

Most of the trekkers come to know about the beauty of this region only after they have done the trek. Marvel at the sight of the lake when you reach the summit and click some memorable pictures. Continue your trek through lush green meadows, wild and colourful orchards and thick forest that is a home to numerous Himalayan bird and animal species. You will come across a lot of beautiful campsites during your treks which are quite beautiful. This trek is also a favourite among the shutterbugs and the nature lovers who can spend some time close to nature while clicking their best shots.

About the Trek:

For those of you who are planning to conquer the Himalayan Mountains this time then Kareri lake trek is a great option for you. Perched high between the ranges of Dhauladhar Mountain this glacial Kareri lake trek will take you through a journey of the most scenic views. Trek through the lush green forest filled with chir and chilgoza pines as you continue your trek. Slowly the later part of the trail will open up to rocky grasslands along the lake. For this amazing trekking expedition, you will start from Pathankot which is a 3-hour drive through the captivating and whirly terrains and then you will reach your Salli Base Camp. 

On your second day, you will get acclimatized to its climate and weather. On your third day, you will start trekking through the scenic Handi Forests! Depart the campsite and begin with the trekking expedition to Camp-I. On your fourth day, you will depart from Camp 1 and leave for Camp 2. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of the soaring peaks clad with snow, pictorial meadows and the untouched beauty of the region. The Daled Camp is immensely popular for offering the most stunning views of the Dhauladher Himalayan Range. 

On your fifth day, you will start from Camp 2 to Kareri Lake and then trek back to Camp 2. Once you reach the lake at a height of 3,3000m above the sea level soak in the stunning beauty of the azure waters and the panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other nearby mountain ranges. After that, you will start trekking back to your Camp 2. start descending down towards Camp-I through the scenic Handi Forest. Enjoy trekking through the whirly terrains and click some pictures if you love to do some nature photography. En route, visit the local market and witness the life and culture of the natives. Your trek to Kkareri lake will be the most cherishable trek of your life.


Kareri Lake Trek Highlights:

- Get a chance to witness the many small hamlets and stream through the trek.  Feast your eyes as you witness the beauty of the whole region from the top

- Enjoy camping at a high summit and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

- Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.

- Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

- Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Dhauladhar ranges right in front of you.

- And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

- Also, taste the local cuisine of this region while you head out for this trek.


Quick Facts:

Trekking Distance:  29km

Maximum Altitude: 11972 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: Pathankot is the nearest railway station 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Pathankot to Salli village (90km/3hours by road)

    Arrival in Base Camp

    Following your arrival in Pathankot, a 3 hours drive through the captivating and whirly terrains will take you to Salli Base Camp. Arriving at the campsite, check-in into the camp, get freshened up and relish on a delicious lunch. Post lunch activities include a walk to Salli Village and Khauli River. After dinner is served in the evening, relax around a lively bonfire and retire for the day for tomorrow your Kareri Lake trek begins.

  • Day 2 - Acclimatization Day in Salli

    Snow Clad Peaks, Khauli River, Acclimatization Walk

    As you will be new to this region, today will be vested to get acclimatized to its climate and weather. Moreover, during the day, you can also enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-clad mountain peaks and the stunning Khauli River that flows through the valley. You can also opt for an acclimatization walk between breakfast and lunch. Post lunch; prepare the rucksacks for the adventurous journey that would follow the next day.

  • Day 3 - Salli to Camp-I (6km)

    4 hours Trek through Forests, Tyrolean Traversing, Campfire

    Post today's breakfast in the camp, get started with the trek through the scenic Handi Forests! Depart the campsite and begin with the trekking expedition to Camp-I. Your arrival at Camp-I will be followed by welcome or soft drinks and lunch.

    After having lunch, get into the sharing tents allotted by your trek instructor and relax for a while. Post lunch activities include Tyrolean traverse; a form of river crossing activity over high suspended ropes. Come evening, relish hot and delicious soups followed by a warm campfire and dinner; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 4 - Camp-I to Camp -II at Daled Camp (5km)

    3 hours Trek, Dhauladher Himalayan Range, Meadow Exploration

    After having breakfast in the morning hours, depart Camp-I and embark on the trek to Camp-II, which is located at Daled Campsite. During the trek, enjoy the mesmerising views of the soaring peaks clad with snow, pictorial meadows and the untouched beauty of the region.

    On arrival at the campsite; by afternoon, get welcomed by soft drinks, lunch and get into the allotted tents. Relaxing for a while, explore the surrounding meadows and their pristine beauty. The Daled Camp is immensely popular for offering the most stunning views of the Dhauladher Himalayan Range. With the advent of the evening, return to the campsite and enjoy hot soups followed by campfire and dinner; overnight stat in tents.

  • Day 5 - Camp-II - Kareri Lake (3,300m) - Camp-II (6km trek)

    Kareri Lake, Dhauladhar Range

    Today, after having breakfast in Camp-II, get started with attaining height and reach the Kareri Lake which is located at a height of 3,3000m above the sea level. Upon reaching the lakeside, enjoy the stunning beauty of the azure waters and the panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other nearby mountain ranges.

    Post this; embark on the return from Kareri Lake trekking to Camp-II. On arrival at the campsite, have lunch and relax for the rest of the day. Come evening, relish warm soups followed by dinner and a campfire; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 6 - Camp-II to Camp-I (6km)

    4 hours Trek, Handi Forest

    After a late morning breakfast; at around 10:00am, depart Camp-II and start descending down towards Camp-I through the scenic Handi Forest. Enjoy trekking through the whirly terrains, the untouched beauty of the forests and reach the campsite by afternoon or lunch time.

    After having in the camp, get into the allotted tents (sharing) and retire for the day. Evening will be greeted with warm soups, campfire and finally after dinner is served, get into your tent and call it the end of the day.

  • Day 7 - Camp-I to Salli (6km)

    Camp-I to Salli (6km)

    After today's breakfast, depart the campsite and begin with the return trek to the base camp in Salli; en route, visit the local market and witness the life and culture of the natives. Upon arrival at the base camp, enjoy your lunch and relax for the day. With the advent of evening, soups and campfire will be arranged at the camp. Post dinner; retire for the day in your allotted tents.

  • Day 8 - Salli to Mcleodganj/Salli to Pathankot (90km/3 hours drive)

    Tour Ends Here

    With the completion of today's breakfast, pack your bags and wish adieu to the enchanting valleys of Salli. Depart the base camp and get dropped to McLeodganj or get transferred to Pathankot and continue with your onwards journey your Kareri Lake trekking experience come to an end.

Things To Carry

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  • Warm and comfortable clothes
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  • Sunscreen lotion and other ointments
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  • Caps or hats and a pair of goggles
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  • Trekking shoes and an extra pair of slippers

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
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  • Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights
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  • Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician
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  • Though medical facilities are available at every campsite, participants are suggested to carry their own medication (if any)
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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    Story by Geeta Marar

     Rated : 4.0

    Lake treks are fun. It was very interesting. What is more interesting is that you get to stay in the forest rest house. This is fun if it is well planned. There is trek, the visit to lake, and the rest house stay in forest. Apart from that there is nothing fancy or anything. So, plan accordingly. Some of the positives of this trek are that it is pretty cheap, easy-moderate level difficulty, safe path to trek and travel solo, very beautiful, and mesmerising. The cons were the flight charges, not so good food, and well the climate. If you visit during season and if you have planned it well then this is a nice trek to take and enjoy with your gang of fun loving buddies.

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    Story by Puneet Menon

     Rated : 5.0

    awsm experience. the surroundings were too beautiful. we even experienced the snowfall during our trek. thans for such an amazing experience

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    Story by Chaten Pandey

     Rated : 4.0

    Kareri Lake was such an amazing location. The entire trek was a great experience - green hills and the lake amidst the trek was such an incredible experience. Awesome time, met some great people - kudos to our guide, he took good care of all of the members.

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    Story by Ramesh Chattopadhyay

     Rated : 4.0

    No doubt the place was damn gorgeous and beautiful but the climate got really cool. So many of us got sick and could not take the full fun of the trek. But Overall an Okay kind of experience.

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    Story by Shashikala Devar

     Rated : 5.0

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    Kareri Lake trek was extremely exciting since we had to camp at many places in the middle of the secluded areas. All the trails were through either forests or meadows. The rocks and stones on the paths were making some climbs difficult. But everyone in our group was so energetic and we never felt tired too. But we got only limited time to spend at the top and near the lake since we had to come back to the campsite before it was late. We took a number of pictures near the lake. There was not much water in the lake when we visited but people said that during rainy season it will be really huge. I liked the surrounding well. Hills with rocks and stones. Greenery was acting as a blanket. Sheep were grazing at some places. The village beauty cannot be replaced or transferred. I belong to one of the major metropolitan cities in India and I could understand the feeling of being at a place where there is only greenery and walkable routes. I was escaped from the daily boring office works, traffic and scorching lights. The flats, hotels, pubs and the same life style. This lake trek was changing my attitude totally.

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    Story by Ekalavya Abbott

     Rated : 5.0

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    I am not a great fan of trekking. But my husband and cousins are. Hence when they planned a trip to somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, I said no without thinking. But they forced me to join them and they promised I would definitely like the trek. Kareri Lake trek was a part of the tour through Himachal Pradesh. We have done trekking along some other place. But I thought I should write something about the trek to Kareri Lake. An irresistible place is Kareri Lake and the neighbourhood. It is full of greenery and some rocks. The Himalayan ranges are in the background. Oh God, I never felt such an amazing feeling in my life ever. It was so cold throughout the routes. But it was not winter too. There was no rain as well. Hence the complete trip was awesome. I became the fan of Himachal Pradesh within no time. My cousins were asking me what happened now and all. But to be true, I was gradually liking the place and the trekking. Camping amidst the celebrity nature was something really special. The soothing music of the wind was in my heart and still echoes.

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    Story by All Rajasthan

     Rated : 4.0

    nice place to visit

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    Story by Govinda Pandey

     Rated : 5.0

    There are several things to do here and so many places to see if you are in the mood for trekking with your friends. The mountains are lovely and if you are a photographer, you are even more lucky!

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    Story by Swapnil Khanna

     Rated : 5.0

    One of the best treks definitely. The trails, hills and the mountains. Its all so beautiful and amazing at once. Simply, Everything wz juz perfect. loved it a lot!

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    Story by Vrinda Kaul

     Rated : 4.0

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    My second trip to Himachal Pradesh was the one I did last October with my family. First time, I went to Kullu and Manali and we could do nothing as adventure. So this time we decided to do something really adventurous. Trekking was one of them and also we did paragliding. Trekking was amazing. Firstly, we did trekking to Kareri Lake and that was the major item in the package. A real beauty is the lake as well as the nature existing on its sides. The trek involved many paths to be covered, through small streams, rivers, rock structures, forests, hills and what not. Near the lake also, there are huge rocks and stones. They add more beauty to the environment. The lake is located at a great height. The mountain ranges become more visible from the top. White colour portions with a mix of green. A grandeur. Kareri Lake is looks so fresh and neat. People from different parts of the world were there doing trekking. There were a lot of camp stations near the place. At the base points and other regions close to the lake. Full of tents. We hardly found some locals. The place is dominated by tourists, especially backpackers. But to be honest, the trekking trip to Kareri Lake is one of the amazing treks anyone will enjoy in Himachal Pradesh.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go for Kareri Lake Trek?

      The best time to go for the Kareri Lake Trek is during the month of May to July, September to November when the weather remains quite suitable for the trekkers.T he temperature may drop to 8° C during the May – October (July & August might face rain).

    2. What is the difficulty level of Kareri Lake Trek?

      The difficulty level of Kareri Lake trek is from easy to moderate. You will be covering a distance of 29km from the starting of your day. You will be trekking to an altitude of 11972 ft. For the adventure seekers and the thrill seekers, this is a must do trek. The beautiful lake offers a different kind of beauty that cannot be comprehended unless you have witnessed it yourself.

    3. What kind of physical fitness be required to do Kareri Lake Trek?

      The Kareri lake trek is considered as an easy to moderate trek with a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages. The trek is not very difficult, but the final summit is tricky and requires climbing in deep snow. But for that, you need to prepare yourself. For this, you can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Also, start with brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly.

    4. How is Kareri Lake Trek weather?

      The temperature may drop to 8° C during the May – October (July & August might face rain). If it rains, expect this temperature to drop even further. It usually gets windy in the late afternoon. The wind usually dies off late in the evenings till sunrise. Rain clouds may appear over Minkiani pass with little to no warning. A snow flurry as late as May or June will be another surprise for you.

    5. What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side during?

      While you are heading out for your kareri Lake Trek there are few essential things which you need to carry. Trek Essentials: Trekking shoes: On your Har ki dun trek you will cover a long distance and walk for long. So you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. Choose trekking shoes that are flexible and have good ankle support. Also, see that they are water resistant. Backpack: You will also need a good backpack with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Alos, don’t forget to take a rain cover for your backpack Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for the backpack is essential. Clothing: Two trek pants: Carry at least two spare pair in case you first pant get wet. Wear one pair and carry the other pair with you. Three warm layers: During this trek you will be trekking at a high altitude so it is very important that you have proper clothes for the climatic conditions. Make sure you have three warm clothes layers

    6. Is Diamox is advisable?

      Kareri lake trek is quite suitable to people who are beginners and you can easily acclimatize well as they have full one day for you to rest. But if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader. During your trek, each of the campsites holds first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.

    7. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      On your Kareri lake trek, you will cover a long distance and walk for long. So you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. Choose trekking shoes that are flexible and have good ankle support. Also, see that they are water resistant. Quechua Forclaz 100 High will be a good option for you.

    8. Is Kareri Lake a good trek for a first timer?

      Yes, kareri lake trek is a perfectly good trek for the first timers and beginners. Each day you will be trekking for around 5/6 hours so prepare yourself physically. You will have some steep climb and descend every day.

    9. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, drinking and smoking are not recommended during the trek. As you will be trekking to a high altitude drinking and smoking will affect you breathing conditions.

    10. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

      While on your Kareri Lake trek, we provide toilet tents which are waterproof. There will be 2/ 4tents depending on the size of the group. The toilets tents will have a deep pit for your nature calls. You will also have a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up which you can cover it up. This is the most hygiene way for you in the wild. Also, toilet paper is the advisable instead of wet wipes.

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