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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 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

5,500 /Person

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

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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 (Mid Nov - Mid Feb)
    • Spring Treks (Mid Feb - Mid Apr)
    • Summer Treks (Mid Apr - Jun)
    • Autumn Treks (Sep - Mid Nov)
  • 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?

Nestled in the Dhaluadhar Range, Kareri Lake Trek in winter presents the wonderful winter-draped landscapes of Himachal Pradesh.  The trek is located near the town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India and typically starts from the village of Kareri and leads to the pristine Kareri Lake. A trek to the lake in winter presents a truly magical and memorable adventure. Deep in the winter, the Kareri Lake remains frozen and the meadows remain covered in blankets of snow. While the cold can sometimes be a challenge in the trek once you get through to the lake, it is a complete visual feast.

 

En route to the lake, you will cross dense forests of towering Oak and Pine trees. The trees are covered in powdery snow that sparkles and glistens as the rays of the sun strike the leaves. Walking through the forest seems like a mystical experience with snow all around. Another great thing about trekking in the winter is that the trails are much less crowded as compared to the summers and such, you can bask in the serenity of the mountains.

Highlights

Kareri Lake

The main highlight of the trek is Kareri Lake itself. In winter, the lake is frozen, creating a stunning and tranquil sight. The surrounding snow-covered landscapes add to its charm.

Snow-Covered Trails

The entire region is transformed into a winter wonderland, with snowy trails, frozen waterfalls, and pristine meadows. The landscapes offer excellent opportunities for photography and a sense of serenity.

Camping in the Snow

Spend the nights in tents amidst the snowy wilderness, adding to the adventure of the trek. Enjoy snowy scenes and peace of starry winter nights.

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 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Health Awareness

    • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
    • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
    • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
    • Should not have Liver and kidney issues
    • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Hypertension etc
    • No pacemaker implant
    • People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
    • If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

     

    Government Employees {SCL}

    Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when you join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed  for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Ministry Of Tourism (MOT) 
    Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before trek departure date.

     

    Note

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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 excluded 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. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

6. Transport cost.

Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)

1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly

Insurance is mandatory and can be obtained through TTH or other providers. Non-Indian rates are slightly higher, trek coordinator will share the balance payment link after booking. If you choose not to book through us, we will refund your insurance fee; email us immediately after booking for the refund.

 

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-transferables 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 transportation and trek permit costs.
  • 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 [email protected]  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

 

In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.

Note

  • The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.

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:

  1. This is a non-transferable voucher
  2. The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  3. The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  4. To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  5. All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  6. 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

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

How many trekkers do you take in a group?

To run a batch we need 6 people and maximum batch size 25 people.

Will you provide us tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bag, tent, mattress. It is among the central equipment.

What kind of toilet facility you are providing us in the tents?

Toilet tents would be there. Basically we use dry toilet which is one of the best way to answer nature call in forest. Dry toilet means, we dig a pit and keep mud and shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is most hygienic way. You should carry toiletries as we mention in essential.

What is the Kareri Lake Trek?

The Kareri Lake Trek is a popular trekking route in the Dhauladhar Range of the Indian Himalayas, which takes you through dense forests, rocky terrain, and high-altitude meadows to the pristine Kareri Lake.

What is the altitude of Kareri Lake Trek?

Kareri Lake Trek is located at an altitude of 9,650 feet (2,941 meters) above sea level.

How long does the Kareri Lake Trek take?

The Kareri Lake Trek typically takes 3-4 days to complete, depending on the route and weather conditions.

What is the best time to do the Kareri Lake Trek?

The best time to do the Kareri Lake Trek is from March to June and September to December when the weather is relatively stable and the trek is less difficult.

Is previous trekking experience necessary for the Kareri Lake Trek?

No, previous trekking experience is not necessary for the Kareri Lake Trek as it is a relatively easy trek suitable for beginners.

What is the level of physical fitness required for the Kareri Lake Trek?

The Kareri Lake Trek requires a moderate level of physical fitness as the trek involves some steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and potential altitude sickness.

What permits and paperwork are required for the Kareri Lake Trek?

To undertake the Kareri Lake Trek, you will need to obtain the necessary permits and paperwork from the Indian authorities. These may include a trekking permit and a medical certificate.

Is it safe to do the Kareri Lake Trek?

Yes, the Kareri Lake Trek is generally considered safe, but with any trek or adventure activity, there are inherent risks involved. It is important to follow safety guidelines, such as staying hydrated, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, and avoiding overexertion.

What is the accommodation like on the Kareri Lake Trek?

Accommodation on the Kareri Lake Trek typically includes camping in tents or basic lodges.

What is the level of difficulty of the Kareri Lake Trek?

The Kareri Lake Trek is considered to be a moderate trek suitable for beginners and those with some trekking experience.

Can I do the Kareri Lake Trek solo?

It is possible to do the Kareri Lake Trek solo, but it is recommended to go with a group or a certified guide for safety reasons.

What is the distance covered on the Kareri Lake Trek?

The distance covered on the Kareri Lake Trek is approximately 26 kilometres (16 miles), depending on the route taken.

What is the level of altitude sickness risk on the Kareri Lake Trek?

The Kareri Lake Trek involves some altitude gain, with the lake being at an altitude of 9,650 feet (2,941 meters). As such, there is a moderate risk of altitude sickness, and it is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and follow safety guidelines to minimize the risk.

What are some of the highlights of the Kareri Lake Trek?

Some of the highlights of the Kareri Lake Trek include trekking through the beautiful Kareri village, passing through dense forests and high-altitude meadows, and reaching the pristine Kareri Lake with stunning views of the Dhauladhar Range.

What should I pack for the Kareri Lake Trek?

You should pack appropriate clothing and footwear, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a tent (if camping), sunscreen, insect repellent, and other personal items.

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