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Kareri Lake Trek

Max Altitude

9,650 FT

Grade

Easy To Moderate

Duration

3 Days

Trekking KM.

26 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

5,500 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • dharamshala to dharamshala
  • Camping (Twin sharing)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeOne way. The trek starts and ends at Kareri Village
  • Rail HeadPathankot, 85 kilometres away
  • Airport-
  • Base CampKareri Village
  • Best Season
    • Winter Treks (November, December, January, February, March)
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowDecember last week to April first week
  • Services from Dharamshala to Dharamshala
  • MealsMeals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing)


  • Region - Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration - 3 Days
  • Grade - Easy To Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 9650 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 26 Kms.

Why Kareri Lake Is A Must-Do Trek

Kareri Lake is a freshwater Lake, perched atop an altitude of 9,650 ft and surrounded by lush greenery and vegetation. This trek introduces you to the beautiful alpine grasslands in the Dhauladhar Range. Kangra district in Himachal is known for its scenic natural vistas and is a famous destination for adventure activities like skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, and trekking. The Kareri Lake Trek is one such short trek in the Kangra region. Throughout the trek, you will witness the beautiful alpine pasturelands of the Himalayan region, and spot some exotic Himalayan flora. Embraced beautifully by nature, Kareri Lake Trek is a great spot for shutterbugs to capture some amazing stills of Himalayan beauty.

A lovely weekend trek for anyone who wants to take a break from the monotony of everyday life and spend some time in nature. The trek is suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers and families. This glacial lake is untouched in its beauty and as such, you can experience nature in its pristine form. If you are looking for an offbeat travel destination, this trek is definitely a good option for you.

About The Trek

The Kareri Lake Trek starts near Dharamshala and traverses along with coniferous forests of Chir and Chilgoza pines. This is a great spot for bird watching and you may spot some native Himalayan avian species like the Blue Magpie. The forests eventually give way to rocky grasslands, a beautiful transition of vegetation zones. The lake is glacial of origin and as such lies close to the snowline.

Because of its beauty and approachability, Kareri Lake is quite a nice start for beginners. Your trek starts from Kareri Village from where you will trek to Liyoti campsite. The following day, you will hike to the Lake, relishing a nice campsite stay and watch the Lake reflect the sunset sky and the galaxy of stars at night, a surreal sight to behold. The following day, you will trek down to the Kareri village once again concluding your short weekend trek. Get to experience the picturesque beauty and catch a glimpse of traditional living in the mountains. The quaint environs of the trek will refresh and rejuvenate you thoroughly, melting all your stress away.

Our professional guides and trek leaders ensure that you have an incredible experience. Explore the spectacular beauty of Himachal with us and get a taste of the hospitality of the Himachali cult.

What Can You Expect At The Trek

The Kareri Lake trek kicks off at Kareri village via Lioti and finally ends at the Kareri Lake. It’s a short trek to the lake and with a basic fitness level, anybody can do this trek. The trek features sub-tropical forests and alpine grasslands, and you can have an incredible camping experience. The trek has stayed away from the touristy eyes for quite a long time and as such, you will get to see the untouched beauty of the Himalayan grasslands. From The Lake, you will get glimpses of Dhauladhar Range, Indrahara Pass, and Mun Peak.

The first stretch of the trek is mostly a lot of steps laid out by locals for the convenience of walking. It is a 6 km trek that takes about 4 to 5 hrs to complete. The trail is a mixture of pine, cedar, and broadleaf. Mostly an ascending trail that becomes a little steep at parts. The next part of the trek is through boulders and grassy meadows, all the way to the trek. The ascent is gradual and easy, making for a fairly easy walk and you can appreciate the beauty all around. On the way back it is a gradual descent that becomes steep at parts.

Trek The Himalayas offers comfortable transportation from Dharamshala to Kareri village and back. We provide high-quality 3 person tents on a twin-sharing basis for your ease and comfort. Guided by an expert trek leader, you will get the most out of your experience.

Major Attractions

Kareri Lake

The beauty of the Himalayas can often be spotted in places that are less explored by tourists and Kareri Lake is one such trekking destination. The high-altitude freshwater lake located in the southern part of the Dhauladhar Range is steeped in beauty. The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and crystal clear water the lake is like a gem, studded in the lap of the mountains.

Lakeside camping

If the beauty of Kareris Lake leaves you awestruck then think about camping by the lake at night. Camping here is an incredible experience. The bejeweled sky at night is a spectacular sight and the star-studded sky reflecting in the lake waters truly seems surreal.

Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Dharamshala to Kareri Village Drive and Trek to Liyoti | Drive Through A Picturesque Route
    • Altitude: 1,450 m/ 4,750 ft (Dharamshala)
    • 1,800 m/ 5,900 ft (Kareri Village)
    • 2,450 m/ 8,000 ft ( Liyoti)
    • Pickup Point: Dharamshala Bus Stand (ISBT) 10:00 AM
    • Drive Distance (Dharamshala - Kareri Village): 25 km | Duration: 2 hours
    • Trek Distance (Kareri Village - Liyoti): 6 km | Duration: 4-5 hrs
    • Difficulty: Mostly ascent, steep ascent in some parts
    • Trail Type: Mixed forests of Pine, Deodar, and Broadleaf
    • Packed snacks provided for trek & hot lunch at campsite
    • Water source: Many small springs along the way and a big waterfall.
    • Shops available on the way (only in peak season)
    • You can leave extra luggage in Kareri Village
    • Last ATM Point: Dharamshala
    • Receive briefing from Trek Leader at Kareri Village
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

Today we will drive from Dharamshala to Kareri Village along a scenic route with scenic vistas of snow-capped mountains and then Trek from the village to Liyoti our first campsite on the way to Kareri Lake.

 

The pickup will be arranged by TTH from Dharamshala, where we will pick you up at 10:00 am and drive to Kareri Village. Kareri Village is situated at a distance of 25 km and it takes approximately 2 hours to reach the village. On reaching Kareri village, our trek leader will give you a brief overview of the entire tour. The local people of Kareri village belong to the Gaddi tribe and you can get glimpses into their everyday lifestyle. The trek starts from this village through mixed forests of pine, cedar, and broadleaf. The vegetation is quite thick here and is mindful of your steps as pine needles are strewn on everyone on the trail and it can get a little slippery. You can opt for leaving your extra luggage at Kareri Village and picking it up on the way back.

 

The trail to Liyoti campsite is pretty scenic and you will stroll along a gushing river, cross bridges and even walk on boulder stretches to arrive at your destination. There will also be a waterfall on the way, a picturesque sight to behold, and a great water source to refill your water. Along the path, the canopy of forest cover is pretty low making it an ideal spot for birds to nest. You may spot native birds like Pheasants and Blue Magpie. Packed snacks will be provided to energize you on the way. Liyoti campsite is located in an alpine grassland at an altitude of 8,000 ft where you will stay the night in camps. A hot lunch will be served at the campsite, once you reach here. You can spend the day at your leisure walking around the campsite and at night you can retire in your tents post-dinner.

Day 2 : Trek From Liyoti To Kareri Lake | Enjoy Lakeside Campside
    • Altitude: 2,950 m/ 9,650 ft
    • Altitude Gain: 500 m
    • Trek Distance: 7 km | Duration: 4-5 hrs
    • Difficulty: Gradual and easy ascent
    • Trail Type: Grass meadows and boulders
    • Water Source: Many water points (trek is along a river)
    • Many shops along the way (only in peak season)
    • Packed snacks for the trek and hot lunch at campsite
    • The campsite is 15 minutes from Kareri Lake
    • Kareri Lake holds several holy stories
    • Stay: in tents (twin-sharing)

We will start our morning with a hearty breakfast and a cup of tea and move onward towards Kareri Lake.  Today you will trek through towering columns of Oak and Pine trees with beautiful views of the Himalayas. Initially, the trek is a little muddy and rocky which soon gives way to a dense forest. You will walk along a mountain stream called Nyund Nallah and as you continue your climb uphill, the flow of the stream increases as we approach closer to its source - the Kareri Lake. You may spot a few Gaddi huts on the way built by the nomadic Gaddi shepherd tribe in the Kangra region. These huts are makeshift shelters that these shepherds build on their way with their livestock.

 

Follow the trail across the banks of the river and you will have to cross it a few times to arrive at the Lake. The lake water is crystal clear and is surrounded by greenery all around. Treat your eyes to resplendent views of the Dhauladhar Range from here. The campsite is a little distance away from the Lake. Bird’s eyes view of Minkiani Pass and Baleni is also visible from your campsite. Spend some time by the lake basking in some moments of peace and solitude. There’s a Shiva temple near the lake that you can explore. Today we will spend the night in the lake campsite with the beautiful lake lying in front of us and the bejeweled night sky mesmerizing you completely. A hot and scrumptious dinner will be provided to you at the campsite post which you can retire to your tents.

Day 3 : Descend To Kareri Village | Drive Back To Dharamshala With Lots Of Memories
    • Altitude: 1800 m/ 5,900ft (Kareri Village)
    • 1,450 m/ 4,750 ft (Dharamshala)
    • Trek Distance: 13 km | Duration: 5-6 hours
    • Drive Distance: 25 km | Duration: 2 hours
    • Difficulty: Mostly decent, steep descent in some parts
    • Water sources: Many water points (trek is along a river)
    • Packed lunch will be provided on the way
    • Shops on the way (only in peak season)
    • Reach Dharamshala by 5:30 PM

Stretch your arms below a clear blue sky and wake up feeling refreshed after camping in the serenity at night. After grabbing a delightful breakfast, you can spend some time exploring around the lake area post which we will descend to the Kareri Village. Admire the surroundings one last time as you bid adieu to the mountains for now. The descent to Kareri village is 13 km and it takes about 5 to 6 hours to finish the trek. We will retrace the same path that we came into the Kareri Village and have a delicious lunch. It’s a gradual descent with a few steep descents here and there. Post lunch in Kareri Village, we will drive back to Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 25 km away from the village and it will take 2 hours to reach Dharamshala. Expect tor each Dharamshala by 5:30 pm ending the beautiful trek, taking back with us mellow memories of the mountains.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

You have to reach Dharamshala Bus Stand (ISBT)

Options

1.  Take overnight bus to Dharamshala from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.

• Chandigarh to Dharamshala Bus: 7 hours.

• Delhi to Dharamshala Bus: 12-13 hours is hectic and takes more time.

We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Dharamshala at least by 7-8 am positively.

 

Take a flight to Gaggal Airport

2. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Gaggal airport connects Dharamshala to Delhi via Air India and Spice Jet flights. Tourists from other parts of India would find it easier to take a flight till Chandigarh and book a taxi for their onward journey to Dharamshala, which is about 237 kilometres away.

 

Reach by Train

3. You can even come via train; Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Dharamshala that is 85 km and takes 3hrs.

 

Once you reach the Dharamshala Govt. Bus Stand/ ISBT. TTH will take care of your further travel, which is also the starting point of the trek

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Dharamshala Govt Bus Stand by 05:00 PM, for onward journey from Dharamshala it is advised to make arrangements after 06:00 PM.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation. (Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
7. Services from Dharamshala to Dharamshala.
8. TTH Staff insurance.
9. Mules to carry the central luggage.

1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack: -
INR 1000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.
  • Rental facility for this trek is unavailable.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
 

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

 

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Easy To Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


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24.22

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BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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