Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek

Himachal Pradesh 2 Days


20 KM

MAX 15


2996 mts.

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From Dharamshala to Dharamshala

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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.


Day 1

Dharamshala to Kareri Lake ( 9670 ft.)

Drive from Dharamshala to Ghera Village ( 4345 ft.) which is 20 kms. Trek from Ghera to kareri lake which is approx. 17 kms & will take 7-8 hours.

Day 2

Kareri Lake to Dharamshala

Trek from Kareri to Ghera . It will take 5-6 hours. Reach Ghera by late afternoon & ride to Dharamshala.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the activity: 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

Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition 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.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.


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Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

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No Deduction

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No Refund

Please note
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
  • This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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