Kareri Lake Trek

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Kareri Lake Trek, Mcleodganj

About Kareri Lake Trek :

Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) situated at a height of 11220ft., freshwater lake south of the Dhauladhar range near Dharamshala.

It is a high altitude, fresh water lake of the Dhauladhar range and is also known for being favorite trekking destination of this area. The lake remains frozen in winters and when the snow melts it serves as the source of lake and a stream. Kareri lake sevres as a base for trekking further into the Dahuladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via Minkiani  Pass (4250m ) and Baleni Pass (3710m).

 An ideal weekend getaway trek to this perfect elliptical glacial lake. The entire trail of the trek is very varied and beautiful with a  temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. 

Kareri Lake Highlights:-

  • The trail starts from Mcleodganj and take you to remote village where you can experience a new life.
  • Take the path less travelled as you trek through the offbeat Kareri Lake.
  • The trek starts with slow and gentle incline and keeps getting steeper as we go further.
  • You will come across small waterfalls and bubbling streams which follows you along most of the way.
  • Enjoy the stories from Local Villagers in the small chai shops en route to Kareri Lake Trek.
  • Trek is very famous for Bird watching and you may spot some native Himalayan avian species like Blue Magpie.
  • The trail is a mixture of pine, cedar and broadleaf.


  • Day 1: - Dharamshala (Macleod Ganj) to Kareri - 2,000 m

    After breakfast we commence the first day of our trek which is an 11km walk towards Kareri village located at a height of 2000 m above sea level. The first few kilometers covers undulating landscape until we reach Satobari Village, after that it is a descent through pine forests upto Ghere Village. The next two hours is a ascent till Kareri village where we set up camp next to the Laund River.Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 2:- Kareri to Reyot Camp - 2,500 m

    The next day's trek of 7 km from Kareri village to towards Reyot camp at an altitude of 2600 m is an easy to moderate trek with a few steep descents. This is a Himalayan hamlet with a stream which arises from the Kareri Lake. Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 3:- Reyot Camp to Kareri Lake – 2934 m

    Today's trek of 6 km leads us to the popular attraction of the entire trek that is the Kareri Lake at 3100m above sea level. The lake is fed by the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range and remains frozen from early December to March-April which serves as the main attraction. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. The views here are simply stunning! Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 4: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village ( 13km trek ) to Dharamshala drive 35 Km

    After breakfast we trek back to Kareri and from there we take a cab back to Dharamshala.


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Quick Facts:

  • Height: 3300 m/11220 ft
  • Distance: 51 KM (to and fro
  • Temperature: 1°C to 20°C
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult
  • Start PointBhagsunag
  • End Point: Mcleodganj
  • Electricity: Electricity is not available at the campsite
  • Nearest ATM: ATM is available at Mcleodganj


Available Group Departures:

  • Weekend Departure

Note: Customization available


How to reach Dharamshala/Mcleodganj?

Gaggal Airport or Kangra Airport at Dharamshala is about 20 km away from McLeod Ganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh. A number of state-owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dharamshala. Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to McLeod Ganj.


Things To Carry for Kareri Lake Trek

  • Trekking Boots
  • Trekking poles (Optional)
  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Trousers / Track Pants
  • Windproof jacket (preferably Gore-Tex)
  • Fleece / Full-sleeve
  • Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear(upper & lower)
  • Mittens (Woollen gloves)
  • Woollen socks (extra pairs to be carried)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Cameras (with extra memory and batteries)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries Books, if you like reading

FAQs For Kareri Lake Trek

1: Where is Kareri Lake Located?

The Kareri lake is located near Dharamshala, in Kangra District. It is one of the seven highest lakes in Dhauldhar range.

2: How long does it take to do Kareri Lake Trek?

It normally takes 3Night/4 Days to complete the trek at a comfortable pace if we start from Mcleodganj, but we can also complete it in 2 Nights/ 3 Days if we start from Kareri Village.

3: What is the best time to visit Kareri Lake?

Best months are April to December. If you love snow then April is the best time to visit Kareri Lake.

4: Can we stay at Kareri Lake top?

Due to government orders, camping is banned at the top but we can trek up to the lake and stay below the Kareri lake top.

5: How can we reach Kareri Village?

We can take a cab from Dharamshala to Kareri Village. It takes around 2 hours to reach there and then start the trek.

6: Can you go to Kareri Lake by yourself?

It is always advisable to take a guide with you even if it is a day hike. Guide can assist you and help you at every step in your trail.

7: What are all things we need to carry for the trek?

We need proper trekking shoes, dry fit clothes, a lot of sunscreen, toiletries, torch, medicines, energy bars etc.

8: What are the toilet facilities?

We can find dry pit toilet tents in most of the campsites.

9: Are there any shops available during the trek?

Yes there are few shops during the trek but always carry water and dry snacks with you in case of emergency.

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