Kareri Lake Trek

Brief Description

Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, freshwater lake south of the Dhauladhar range near Dharamshala. The entire trail of the trek is very varied and beautiful. It is at an altitude of 2934 M. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake. A few gaddi kothis are present on the other side of the lake, an area which is used by the gaddis as a grazing ground for their animals. The lake remains frozen from early December to March-April. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m). It is an ideal weekend getaway trek to this perfect elliptical glacial lake. It can be trekked by beginners and experienced trekkers alike. It is easy enough to be trekked by yourself without a guide.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day -1 : Dharamshala to Kareri Lake ( 9670 ft.)
2 Day 2
Day- 2 : Kareri Lake to Dharamshala

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, freshwater lake south of the Dhauladhar range near Dharamshala. the entire trail of the trek is very varied and beautiful. The lake remains frozen from early December to March-April. It can be trekked by beginners and experienced trekkers alike. It is easy enough to be trekked by yourself without a guide.

Best Season:

The best season to do the Kareri Lake trek is from the months of May to July and September to November.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

The Kareri Lake trek is an easy trek suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Taking to a maximum altitude of 2934 M, it requires a decent level of fitness. But, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain good physical stamina just like any other trek. Any experienced trekker would love to go on this weekend trek for the love of its views and trekking.

Eligibility: Experience required

This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. Basic knowledge about how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The Kareri Lake trek starts from Ghera village which is 20 km from Dharamshala. Dharamshala is about 500 km from Delhi and is well connected by rail, road, and air.
By Road: Dharamshala is well-connected to Delhi via a network of state-operated buses as well as private tour operators. Most buses stop at the main bus terminal in lower Dharamshala. An overnight journey from Delhi to Dharamshala takes about 13 hours.
By Rail: The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 km away. There are numerous trains that go to Jammu and Kashmir that stop by in Pathankot. You can take a taxi or bus from Pathankot to reach Dharamshala. There is also a smaller railway station, Kangra Mandir, just 22 km from Dharamshala but none of the important trains halt here.
By Air: 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.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available on the trail.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Dharamshala is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. This hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan government-in-exile). The Dalai Lama Temple Complex is the main attraction of Dharamshala along with the Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex which is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism. Another must visit place would be the Norbulingka Institute which is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. A walk to the Bhagsu Waterfalls situated near the Bhagsu village makes a great attraction near Dharamshala.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperature may drop to 8° C during May – October. The months of July and August will face significant rainfall.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow only in the WInter months of December - March

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