Kareri Lake Trek
Kareri is a beautiful glacial Lake just below Manikani peak in the Dhauladhar Mountains. The Trek is morderate to hard and leads you through lush sub-tropical pine and deodar forests, and rocky grasslands. The terrain is steep and gradually shelving at the top. Once at the Lake u can see the outcrops and the snow line, making a clear transition of vegetation zones with altitude easily. Kareri Lake trek is a lovely weekend adventure for people looking for options away from the more beaten Himachal trails like Kheerganga, Prashar lake, Triund, etc. There are no staying options at Kareri except for season where a lot camps are pitched for trekkers and hikers. If you are planning for this trek its always adviseable to accompany a guide as you can get lost in dense forest and even if you are at lake u don’t find yourself alone. Kareri Lake is usually frozen from late November to March; barring that and heavy monsoons, you can hit the Kareri Lake trek at any time of the year.
The nearest point to this trek is Kareri Village, which is about 27 Km from Dharamshala and taxis are easily available from Dharamshala, Bir, Palampur and other main centres around. You can hire a cab from Dharamshala to Kareri Village and it takes usually 1.5 hours to be there. There is a forest rest house in Kareri village which you can stay overnight if you are really late for starting your trek, or you can stay in lodges, camps available in Kareri Village.
Delhi to Dharamshala by Bus
The best way to reach from Delhi is to take an overnight bus to Mcleodganj. Buses going to Dharamshala will drop you at the main square of Mcleodganj. There are two options for buses from Delhi. There are buses from either Majnu ka Tila (officially called New Aruna Nagar Colony) in the North District of Delhi or from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Dharamshala. There are private buses directly to Dharamshala leaving during the late evening, starting from 6 pm. It takes about 10 to 11 hours to reach Mcleodganj. The second option is to take the bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Delhi to Dharamshala by Air
There are averagely three flights operating from Delhi to Kangra Airport. The flights are incoming usually in the morning till afternoon. There are no flights to Dharamshala in evenings. There is a taxi union just outside kangra Airport and you can hire a cab directly to Dharamshala or Kareri Village. You can book a hotel in Dharamshala if you are really late and intend to rest overnight.
Things to Carry
Carry Light backpack, wear good quality hiking shoes and wear comfortable clothing. If you are trekking in winters, do carry warm clothing with you as Triund weather can turn really nasty cold in hours. Alcohol is not allowed on the trek. Do not carry on the trek. Do not throw plastic bottles as this can pile up plastic water on the natural landscape.
Permits and Safety
The Tour organizer will take care of the safety permits for this trek. Always go with a local guide or an organiser as the trek is tricky in between some stretches and experience will be your saviour here. Start early on both the days to get a head start and keep the option of returning to one of the villages open.
Staying Options in Kareri Lake
You can either rent a tent at Kareri Lake. You can also carry your own tent and pitch it. It is advisable to do the Process pre-planned with Tour Operator for your comfortable stay overnight at Triund
There are some cafes enroute the trek. Tea and snacks are available in these cafes. It’s better to carry some food in your tiffin box for emergency. Carrying dry fruits, energy bars or any biscuits is always wise.
Day 1: kareri Village to Rioti Village
You shall be briefed by the guide for do’s and don’ts of the Trek, safety procedures and life saving instructions at Kareri Village. Kareri to Rioti village is the first leg of the trek. It takes around 7 hours to trek the distance if you are moderately fit. You will have Nyund River for company here; this stretch is mostly a lot of steps that the locals have laid for convenience. Rioti is where you will be camping on day one of the trek.
Day 2: Rioti Village to Kareri Lake
The trek from Rioti village to Kareri is about 4.5 km and can be completed in around 3-4 hours. Once at the lake, you can also hike up to Gajj, which lies at another 30 minutes from the lake. There are no stay options at Kareri Lake; you can either stay overnight at Rioti or take appropriate gear along and pitch a tent by the lakeside.
Day 3: Return to Kareri Village and end of Trek
GPS Coordinates Kareri Village: 32°16’47.5″N 76°16’50.7″E
GPS Coordinates of Kareri Lake: 32°19’29.7″N 76°16’24.0″E
Notes and Warnings
Ensure you are trekking with the responsibility of keeping things clean in the mountains and do not throw any waste in the mountains. Bring back any waste with you to the cities. Personnel with health problems should avoid adventure activities.
Terms and Conditions
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. “Hill Ventures” reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed subject to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Hill Ventures or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Hill Ventures reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
Wear Suitable comfortable Clothing for treks. Full length trousers and good quality grip hiking shoes are recommended. A backpack is also suitable to carry camera or water bottle during trek. Safety Equipment, Sticks and guide shall be provided at Hill Ventures. Any person with High BP, Heart Disease, Fractures or any ill Health Condition should avoid trek and should disclose his health condition to the guide.