The Dhauladhar Hidden Lakes Trek takes you to seven secret lakes on the high ridges of the Dhauladhar Lakes. We start by trekking to Kareri Lake on the first day and then ascend the 4000 m Minkiani Pass to access Lam Dal. Since these lakes are considered very holy to the locals, camping above Lam Dal is prohibited, so we take a day hike the next day to visit the remaining 5 lakes, with amazing views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges to the North, and the Punjab plains to the South. We make our return journey back via Minkiani Pass.
Dharamshala to Kareri Lake (3000 m) via Kareri Village - 30 km Drive, 10 km Trek
Report at Dharamshal early morning and board your vehicles for the short drive to the roadehad at Kareri village. We start trekking across the stream from Kareri village through oak and rhododendron forests to our campsite at Kareri Lake.
Kareri Lake to Nagar Lake (3700 m) via Minkiani Pass (4050 m) - 6 km Trek
Today, we accomplish the steep ascent to the top of Minkiani Pass, with amazing views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, and the Punjab plains. We descend from the pass to Lam Dal, a huge, holy lake. We set camp next to Lam Dal.
Nagar Dal to Chandrakup Lake (4200 m) via Lam Dal and Kali Kund - 11 km
From Nagar Dal, we make a day hike to five hidden lakes. The last and the highest one is Chandrakup Lake. On the way, we cross Lam Dal, the largest one, Kali Kund, and two unnamed lakes. We return to our camp at Nagar Dal for the night.
Nagar Dal to Kareri Village via Minkiani Pass - 15 km
Today, we climb Minkiani Pass again, but from the opposite side. We descend all the way to Kareri village and drive to Dharamshala. The trip ends here.
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