The Kareri Lake, also known as Kareri Dal as the locals call it popularly, is located at an altitude of approximately 3,300 meters and more than 9 kilometers from the Dharamshala is located in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. Kareri Lake’s temperature changes constantly with the seasons. The temperature can reach up to 43 degrees in the summer and drop immediately into the negatives in the winter season.
A hiking journey to Kareri Lake puts you in the path of nature’s best, with heavily dense forests of huge pine and oak trees, green moss covering the boulders all around which the streams meander, and varieties of wildflowers popping out here and there to give you the best picturesque views to witness. The flora changes as per the height as the trek progresses in elevation. Firstly, it starts with pine and broadleaf forests and gradually changes into grasslands with deodar and pine patches. There will also be some small waterfalls and a bubbling stream that will accompany you for the whole way of the trek and gives you many memorable moments.
If we were to map the slope of the trek, it would be very clear that while it begins with a slow and gentle incline, it becomes steeper as you head further; however, many of the steep parts have deep steps cut into the rocks for convenience. The total distance covered during the trek is up to kilometers – one side – and the duration is only three days.
Grab the opportunity of a lifetime journey to camp in Himachal Pradesh, living in tents, enjoying the nightlife and sleeping in sleeping bags, and braving the cold! In a homestay, you can also experience the wonderful and very generous hospitality of the people of Kareri village. Make your vacation memorable by taking this life-changing trek to Kareri Lake.
This ‘backpackers’ journey begins in Dharamkot. Buses, taxis, autos,s, and rickshaws also frequently travel the distance. You can choose to fly to Dharamshala airport and then take a bus or taxi to Dharamkot. Pathankot, approximately 90 kilometers away, is the nearest railway station.
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Himachal Pradesh – the wonderland of the Himalayas, showcases several beautiful and eye-catching surprises from the bounty of nature like- rivers, coniferous stretches, rivulets, glacier-fed lakes, and wide varieties of flora and fauna expanding into the plains of North India. One of these surprises is hidden in the plain sights of Kareri Lake which is also known as Kumarwah Lake, which is a shallow and crystal clear freshwater lake situated in the south of the Dhauladhar range, approximately 9 kilometers northwest of the Dharamshala, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
While places like the Kangra Fort, Baijnath temple, Brajeshwari temple, Dhauladhar range, Indrahar pass trek, and Mcleodganj attract a major number of tourists, located at a height of 2,934 meters above sea level, Kareri Lake manages to mold a niche in the hearts of the visitors who watches its unadulterated and infinite beauty.
The lake is fed by beautiful glaciers of the Dhauladhar range and further flows down forms the speedy stream named ‘Nyund’. Since melting snow is the main source of the Kareri Lake, the lake is shallow and very crystal clear. It is so very clear that the bed of the lake is also clearly visible to the naked eye!
Best Time To Do The Trek
Anytime around the whole year is a good time to visit Kareri Lake and the nearby places of attractions. It should be noted though that from November and December to May and April the lake remains completely frozen and extra caution and safety are required when visiting the lake as the ice thickness can be unpredictable as the surface is slippery.
Few tips to remember:-
Wear comfortable clothes and proper good quality shoes.
Carry your water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
Carry mosquito repellent, a few easy-going snacks, and a small first aid kit for emergencies.
Do not litter here and there while trekking.
The trek requires a good amount of experience, physical strength, and courage.
Children should take active participation and must accompany the Guardian and we expect some general fitness and good courage of the participants.