Seven Lakes Trek Dhauladhar

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Seven Lakes Trek Dhauladhar

About The seven lakes trek dhauladhar:

The Seven Lakes Trek in Dhauladhar is a challenging and rewarding adventure that goes beyond the popular treks of Triund and Indrahar Pass in McLeodganj. This trek offers a unique experience that combines the scenic beauty of Triund’s ridge with the breathtaking heights of Indrahar. Since the early 1900s, these mountains have been a well-kept secret, attracting weekend mountaineers from the British army who came to practice rock climbing on the steep ridges of the Dhauladhar Range.

At an average height of around 4,500m, the Dhauladhar Range may not be as tall as other mountain ranges, but it presents a greater challenge in navigation. The trek takes you to the crest of the Dhauladhar and then leads you west along the ridge, offering a traverse that is filled with massive boulders and seven remote lakes that are believed to be the abode of snake deities by the Gaddi people. The largest lakes, Nag Dal and Lam Dal, are truly impressive, hidden gems that are not visible from McLeodganj.

While the altitude may be lower than other treks, the Seven Lakes Trek requires a high level of skill and experience. For about a week, trekkers must rely on their instincts, sure footing, route-finding abilities, and rock-scrambling skills. This trek is not recommended for beginners, but for those who are up for the challenge, the traverse between Indrahar and Minkiani Passes, followed by the descent to Kareri, is nothing short of magical. Embark on this epic journey and discover the hidden treasures of the Dhauladhar Range.

Seven lake trek HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Himalayan Trekking.
  • Trekking along the river.
  • Experience the Snow clad mountain.
  • Meadows, forest, waterfalls, gurgling streams.
  • Pitching tent, bonfire under the starlit sky.
  • The trek is also considered as pilgrimage as local people come to take a holy dip in the lakes on Janamashtami, birthday of Lord Krishna.


  • Day 1: Mcleodganj To Leta Village :

    After enjoying a delicious breakfast on our own, we convene at the designated meeting point, the Bhagsu Nag Taxi Stand, around 11 am. Our trek to Leta begins from this point, taking us through the local Tibetan Market and the ancient Bhagsu Nag Temple before reaching the renowned waterfall. The journey to the waterfall typically lasts 20 to 25 minutes, allowing for photo opportunities and a chance to savor hot meals such as eggs and bread or spicy Maggie accompanied by a cup of tea. Upon crossing the waterfall, we embark on a steep ascent towards the Leta campsite. Our knowledgeable guide will regale us with stories about the area, ensuring an engaging and enjoyable trek. The picturesque natural trail will keep us engaged, offering a captivating experience throughout the excursion. Upon reaching the campsite, guests can relax by dropping off their bags before continuing to explore and take in panoramic views of the Shivalik Hills and the Kangra Valley plains. Dinner will be served near a cozy bonfire, accompanied by soothing music. Spend the evening under the starlit sky, basking in the warmth of the bonfire. Overnight accommodations will be provided in comfortable campsites.

  • Day 02:- Leta to Laka Glacier / Lahesh Caves (9 KMS / 6-7 HOURS):

    In the morning, we embark on a trek from Leta to Triund, continuing on to Laka Glacier and Lahesh Caves, which sit at an elevation of 3700 meters. Along the way, we pass through Snowline Cafe, approximately 1.5 hours from Triund, and Ilaqa Got, another two hours beyond. Our camp is set up inside the caves, or outside if space is limited. It is important to note that we must not venture beyond Lahesh Caves in the afternoon, as the weather and terrain can become hazardous.

  • Day 03: Lahesh Cave – Nag Dal (4350 m) Trek/7 km

    It is advisable to begin your journey early in the morning, as the weather tends to deteriorate in the afternoon. In the early summer months of April to May, the trail is often covered in snow and necessitates the use of proper equipment. However, during the post-monsoon season from September to November, there is typically no snow or ice on the trail, though it does become narrow as it ascends towards the pass. The trek to the pass usually takes around four hours, with an additional three hours required to reach Nag Dal Lake. Accommodations for the night can be found along the lakeside.

  • Day 04: Nag Dal – Lam Dal (3800 m) Trek/7 km

    Today, we will journey towards another sacred body of water known as Lam Dal Lake. The trek to the lake will take approximately four hours, followed by an additional three hours to reach its shores. We will be spending the night beside this holy lake.

  • Day 5 : Lam Dal – Kareri Lake (3300m) Trek/ 8km

    After a challenging trek spanning six to seven hours, adventurers reach another significant historical site. This grueling journey is an essential part of the experience, requiring physical strength, endurance, and mental fortitude. The history surrounding this destination adds depth and meaning to the expedition, as travelers appreciate the significance of their surroundings. As they navigate through rugged terrain and overcome obstacles along the way, they develop a profound appreciation for the resilience and determination of those who came before them. The sense of accomplishment felt upon reaching this historical site is unparalleled, as it serves as a reminder of both personal achievement and the enduring legacy of those who have traversed these paths throughout history. Such experiences cultivate a deep respect for the past while instilling a newfound sense of purpose in the present moment.

  • Day 6: Kareri Lake – Kareri Village (2100m) Trek/10km

    After a short hike from the picturesque lake, visitors must navigate a steep descent through the lush willow trees to reach back to Kareri Village. This trek offers stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape and provides a challenging yet rewarding experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Both experienced hikers and novice adventurers can appreciate the beauty and tranquility of this remote location. Those who choose to spend the night in Kareri Village will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture, savor authentic cuisine, and relax in comfortable accommodations. Overall, this journey combines physical exertion with cultural immersion, making it a well-rounded and memorable outdoor experience for travelers seeking an authentic taste of adventure in the heart of nature.

  • DAY 7: Kareri Village – Mcleod ganj (1750m) Trek/11Km

    The walk from Kareri Village to McLeod Ganj offers a breathtaking journey through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan region. As you trek through lush green forests, tranquil streams, and picturesque mountain villages, you will be mesmerized by the natural beauty that surrounds you. The overnight stay in a hotel provides a comfortable resting place after a day of exploration, allowing you to recharge your energy for the next day's adventure. The accommodations are well-equipped with modern amenities to ensure a pleasant and relaxing experience. Additionally, the hospitality and service provided by the hotel staff will make your stay even more enjoyable. Overall, this trekking experience combined with the cozy overnight stay in a hotel offers a perfect blend of nature and comfort for an unforgettable travel experience in India.


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Seven Lake trek Quick Facts:

  • Height: 4500 m
  • Distance: 72 Km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult .
  • Overview : Seven Lakes trek is one of the most Sacred trek in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Seven Lakes trek is popular hiking route mainly because of ease and accessability.
  • One side stunning views of Kangra Valley and other tall snow capped Dhauladhar range.
  • Best time to visit: April to November
  • For Experts: December to March.

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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 Seven Lakes Trek

  • Warm clothes
  • Day pack (20-30l)
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking shoes
  • Caps
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Torch 
  • Energy Bar

FAQs for Seven Lake trek

What are the seven Lakes of Dhauladhar Trek?

The seven high altitude lakes nestled in the Dhauladhar are Nag Dal Lake, Lam Dal Lake, Kali Kund, Kareri Lake, Chanderkoop Lake or Moon Lake, Sukh Lake and Dam Ghodi Lake.

What all we will cover during this trek?

We will cover Triund, Laka Glacier, Lahesh Caves, Inderhar Pass.

Are there different routes for the Seven Lake Trek?

Yes, there are two different routes for this trek one starts from Kareri Village and other starts from Triund. The better place to start this trek is from Triund, as you will gain altitude smoothly and will gets used to steep gradient.

What is the difficulty level?

This is a difficult trail and requires perseverance by trekkers.

How to reach Dharamshala?

One can take an overnight Volvo bus and reach Dharamshala by morning; we also have an option of flying to Gaggal Airport in Dharamshala or take a train to Pathankot and drive to Dharamshala.

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What is the best time to do this trek?

The best time of the season is from April to November.

What is the highest altitude of Seven Lake Trek?

The Highest altitude is 4610 meter, between Lam Dal and Nag Dal Lake.

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