Kareri Lake Trek

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Kareri Lake Trek, Mcleodganj

About Kareri Lake Trek :

Kareri Lake Trek is a popular trekking destination located at an altitude of 11,220 feet in the Dhauladhar range near Dharamshala. Also known as Kumarwah Lake, this freshwater lake is a stunning sight to behold.

This high-altitude lake is a favorite among trekkers in the area, offering a serene and picturesque setting. During the winter months, the lake freezes over, only to thaw in the spring, serving as a source of water for a nearby stream. Kareri Lake also serves as a base for further trekking adventures into the Dhauladhar range, leading to destinations such as Chamba and Bharmour via Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m).

The trek to Kareri Lake is an ideal weekend getaway, offering a diverse and beautiful trail for outdoor enthusiasts. Along the way, trekkers will encounter a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti, perched on a hilltop overlooking the lake, adding a spiritual element to the journey.

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

    We begin our trek after breakfast, embarking on the first day's journey of an 11km hike towards Kareri village, situated at an elevation of 2000m above sea level. The initial portion of the trek traverses undulating terrain until we reach Satobari Village, followed by a descent through pine forests leading to Ghere Village. The subsequent two hours involve an ascent to Kareri village, where we establish our camp beside the Laund River. We will spend the night in tents, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

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

    The upcoming 7 km trek from Kareri village to Reyot camp, situated at an altitude of 2600 m, is considered an easy to moderate hike with some steep descents. Reyot camp is a charming Himalayan hamlet nestled beside a stream that originates from the picturesque Kareri Lake. Participants will have the opportunity to spend the night in comfortable tents, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

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

    Today's trek of 6 kilometers will take us to the renowned Kareri Lake, situated at an elevation of 3100 meters above sea level. This pristine lake is fed by the melting snow of the majestic Dhauladhar Range and remains frozen from early December to March-April, making it a captivating sight for visitors. Additionally, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti is perched on a hilltop, offering a breathtaking view of the lake. The scenery here is truly awe-inspiring! We will be spending the night in tents, surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast amidst the serene beauty of nature, we conclude our trek and make our way back to Kareri Village. Known for its picturesque landscapes and charming village atmosphere, Kareri Village offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Once in the village, we arrange for a cab to take us back to Dharamshala, a popular hill station known for its Tibetan culture and stunning mountain views. The journey back allows us to reflect on the amazing experiences we've had during our trek, from traversing through lush forests to encountering local wildlife. Overall, this trek has been both fulfilling and rejuvenating, leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime.


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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 - Kareri Lake Trek**

1. **Where is Kareri Lake located?**

Kareri Lake, also known as Kumarwah Lake, is situated at a height of 11,220 feet in the Dhauladhar range near Dharamshala.

2. **What makes Kareri Lake a popular trekking destination?**

Kareri Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake in the Dhauladhar range, known for its scenic beauty and as a favorite trekking destination in the area.

3. **Is Kareri Lake frozen during winters?**

Yes, Kareri Lake remains frozen during winters and serves as the source of a stream when the snow melts.

4. **What are the trekking routes from Kareri Lake?**

Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar range and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m).

5. **What are the highlights of the Kareri Lake trek?**

The trek starts from Mcleodganj, passes through remote villages, features varying landscapes, waterfalls, birdwatching opportunities, and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti.

6. **What can trekkers expect along the trail to Kareri Lake?**

Trekkers will encounter a mixture of pine, cedar, and broadleaf forests, small waterfalls, bubbling streams, and interactions with local villagers at chai shops en route.

7. **Is the Kareri Lake trek suitable for beginners?**

The trek starts with a slow and gentle incline, gradually becoming steeper, making it suitable for trekkers with some level of fitness and hiking experience.

8. **What wildlife can be spotted during the Kareri Lake trek?**

The trek is famous for birdwatching, with opportunities to spot native Himalayan avian species like the Blue Magpie along the trail.

9. **What is the best time to undertake the Kareri Lake trek?**

The best time to trek to Kareri Lake is typically from March to June and September to November, avoiding the monsoon season for a more enjoyable experience.

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