Kareri Lake Trek

"If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it's lethal" -Paulo Coelho

Kareri Lake is a freshwater lake rugged amidst mountains with greenery all around, south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 10 km northwest of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh.  Kareri village and lake are best known for being a trekking destination to most locals in Dharamshala. The Kareri village trail experience starts through pine forests. The Kareri lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) rests frozen from early December to mid-April. This glacial Kareri lake trek will take you through a voyage of the most scenic views as it is home to dense conifers, exotic perennial flowers, and lush pasturelands. Birds such as the red-billed blue magpie and the black drongo are commonly seen. A little care is needed as the undergrowth is thick and the ground is cluttered with pine needles, making it a little slippery. Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range set out as the source of the lake and a stream, Nyund is the outflow. Kareri trek is also a favorite among enthusiastic photographers and nature lovers who can spend some time close to nature while clicking their best shots.

Day 01

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Dharamshala to Liyoti

After breakfast, you have to start the voyage from Dharamshala at 10:00 am from where you drive to Kareri village which will approximately be a 2-hour drive. After reaching to Kareri village, you can hold on to your extra luggage at Kareri Village so that there is no extra load to carry ahead. It is roughly about 6.5 km trek that passes through forest and grassland which is mostly an uphill climb. You must carry your pack lunch on the way. Make camping at the riverside for the night, and you will enter into a cocoon of pampering wind.

Day 02

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Liyoti to Kareri Lake Trek

On the next day, you will start from Kareri Lake Trek which is approximately at a height of 10,800 ft. Take the morning breakfast before you start your trek. This route will take about 4-5 hours as it has some steep climbs. You will walk through some Pine, Oak, and Rhododendron trees on your way to Liyoti. The trail passes down the river which you will cross a number of times. When you outreach the lakeside, enjoy the view and the stunning beauty of the Dhauladhar range.

Day 03

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Kareri Lake Trek to Dharmshala

Next day, after having your breakfast, spend some time exploring areas around Kareri Lake Trek and then Back to Kareri Village (Breakfast, Lunch) and drive to Dharmshala.

Best Time to Visit

The summer season in India is the best time to visit Kareri Lake. The ideal months to visit Kareri Lake are from May to July and September to November.

How to Reach

Kangra Airport is the closest airport, which is only 17 kilometres from Dharamkot. Connecting flights are available from New Delhi and Chandigarh airports.

Dharamkot is 27 kilometers from Kangra, which has a railway station. A narrow-gauge railway line connects it to Pathankot Railway Station.

Overnight Volvo buses travel from New Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate to Mcleodganj, which is only 4 kilometers from Dharamkot. Buses to Mcleodganj are available from Shimla, Manali, Dehradun, Chandigarh, and Pathankot.

Basic Gears

  • Travel Guide / Map Print Out
  • Back pack & Rain cover (50-60 ltr)
  • Walking Stick
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • PhotoIDs for all members
  • Pen and a small Diary
  • Bag Locks
  • Torchlight or Flashlight
  • Power bank
  • Multi-Plug
  • Hand Sanitizer
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