The Kareri Lake trek is absolutely stunning despite its proximity to the town’s traffic jams in summer. The Kareri Lake trail goes through the Kareri village, which is close to Dharamshala and the pine forests that follow. Kareri lake is named after the village which is located at a distance of 9km away from the lake. An interesting fact about Kareri Lake is that it’s also known as Kumarwah Lake.
Once on the Kareri Lake trek, the forests get denser and you might be able to spot a Blue Magpie even. Kareri Village has a ‘Forest Rest House’ and a few more places that sell basic amenities. In fact, some of the houses may even offer the facility of a night’s stay.
The itinerary of the Kareri Lake trek includes trekking to Rioti village from Kareri village. The Nyund River will accompany us on our trek here. This stream is the outflow of the snow melting from the Dhauladhar range. The melting snow is also the source of the Kareri lake.
Speaking of the Dhauladhar range, the lake also serves as the base for further trekking to reach there. One can also go to Bharmour and Chamba via the Baleni Pass and Minkiani Pass. The locals have also laid a lot of steps for convenience. This has definitely helped Kareri Lake trekking as hospitality is shown.
Once at Kareri lake, you can also hike for another 30 minutes up to Gajj. Kareri Lake itself does not have any accommodation options. However, you can stay overnight at Rioti or set up a campsite by the lakeside. The Kareri lake even remains frozen from December to March.
Don’t forget to bring appropriate gear along with you for this, though. This option isn’t really recommended during winters because it gets way too cold at night for your comfort so it’s best to get back to the village.
The history of Kareri Lake involves religious importance. A very popular attraction near Kareri Lake is a temple that’s dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. This ancient temple overlooks the beautiful lake and is situated on a hilltop.
Near the Kareri lake, you’ll also find a few gaddi kothis. These are grazing grounds used by the Gaddis for their cattle. This is an important aspect of the culture of the villagers from Kareri.
Out of all of these attractions, the most adventurous one is obviously the trek. There are plenty of things to do during the Kareri Lake Trek.
Trekkers can also take part in activities like Tyrolean Traversing and participate in local tours. What’s Tyrolean traversing, you ask? It’s a method of crossing between two high points through the free space between them. People do this without a hanging cart on a rope.
The Kareri Lake trek is less explored and offers great scenic views of valleys and mountain ranges. The difficulty level of this trek varies from easy to moderate and hence it is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced ones.
The reasons you need to check the Kareri Lake Trek are far more than many. But, if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on the Kareri Lake Trek with JustWravel.
Day 0 : Delhi to Kareri Village via Dharamshala (494 Kilometers, 11 Hours)
- The group will meet at the pick-up point at 06:00 PM.
- We’ll meet the trip captains and a small tour briefing session would also be provided.
- En route, we’ll be traversing Dharamshala which is a small town in Himachal Pradesh where we’ll switch our vehicles.
- Afterward, we’ll head for an overnight journey to Kareri Village.
Note: The pick-up point will be Majnu ka Tila.
Day 1 : Kareri Village Arrival | Trek to Reoti Village (6 Kilometers, 3 Hours)
- Upon our arrival in Kareri village, we’ll freshen up and have breakfast.
- Afterward, we’ll trek towards Reoti Village which is the starting point for the Kareri Lake trek.
- Upon reaching Reoti, we’ll check into our respective campsites and lunch will be served here.
- The rest of the day is at leisure but travelers are advised to explore the premises and visit the nearby waterfall as well.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Reoti.
Day 2 : Reoti Village to Kareri Lake Trek (5 Kilometers, 4 Hours)
- Post breakfast, we’ll head out for a trek to Kareri Lake.
- Upon reaching Kareri Lake, we’ll check into our campsite which is in the vicinity and lunch will be served here.
- We’ll also visit the nearby Lord Shiva Temple.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in camps.
Day 3 : Back to Kareri Village | Departure
- Post breakfast, we’ll trek down from Kareri Lake to Kareri Village.
- We’ll drive towards Dharamshala where we’ll board the overnight bus to Delhi.
Day 4 : Delhi Arrival | Trip Ends
- We’ll reach Delhi early in the morning. The group will dissemble and part ways with fond memories.
- Trip ends.
What will be the group size of Kareri Lake trek?
Usually, we take a maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Who all will go along with us on the Kareri Lake trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters, and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have good experience in leading groups.
I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
What are the things that we need to carry on the Kareri Lake trek?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.