Kareri Lake Trek: Explore a Best Trek

Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake, also known as Kumarwah Lake, is located 9 kilometers from Dharamshala in the Dhauladhar range. At an elevation of 2,934 meters, this tiny lake is a freshwater glacial lake that makes for the most scenic setting. Kareri Lake trek is a lovely outdoor activity surrounded by stunning mountain ranges.

The hike leads you through various waterfalls and flowing streams, as well as contrasting grasslands. There are also shepherd villages for additional visual pleasure, which contribute to the beauty. As if that weren’t enough, the birds of the area will serenade you along the way. Kareri Lake is a wonderful, off-the-beaten-path hike that makes for a lovely weekend getaway.

Detailed Itinerary 

On Day 0: Arrival at the base – Kareri Village

Leave late at night from Delhi and go to Dharamshala overnight. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and prepare for the journey.

On Day 1: Rioti Village to Kareri Village

It will take you 5 hours of trekking today to reach your overnight camp. The trail is easy to follow because the local villagers have laid down steps and stones to mark the way. However, keep in mind that the terrain can be extremely steep in places.

There will be a waterfall along the way that is not only beautiful but also a good supply of water. The walk is breathtaking, beginning with pine and broadleaf trees.

You will also traverse the Nolli bridge, which is a highlight of the journey. At this bridge, there is a small shack where you can get some chai and Maggi! The trail returns to the woods after crossing the bridge.

Around halfway through the journey, you’ll pass another bridge across the Nyund river/nallah, eventually going up to your overnight tent. There is also a shack nearby, and food is a source of comfort. The shacks here rent camping equipment, including tents. Remember to bring your water bottles and help to keep the environment clean.

On Day 2: Rioti to Kareri Lake 

You must start early in the morning. It’s going to be a long day, so save as much daylight as you can. The thick woodlands will give way to rocky grasslands beside the Nyund river (nallah?) in the second half of the trail, which will serve as your guide for the remainder of the trek.

Because the lake is so near to the snow line, you’ll face some difficulties during your final push. Overall, you’ll be covering 4.5 kilometers, which should take you about 5 hours depending on your fitness level. You will, however, reach the lake in 1.5 hours of trekking. About 15 minutes after leaving Reoti, you’ll come across a little Shiv temple on your route to the lake.

After reaching the lake, you may like to pitch your tents there; however, it can become cold here, so it may be best to return to Rioti as your base. Take in the scenery and spend some time here before returning to your base to finish out your night’s camping (can be safely left behind). Hajj is about a half-hour drive from the lake, and you can go there on another expedition.

On Day 3: Return to the beginning, then onwards and upwards

You can return to the beginning of your adventure from Reoti.

The Kareri Lake Trek

You’ll be accompanied by beautiful bird species as you go through lush green mountains where you can really appreciate the subtropical pine forests. The water in Kareri Lake comes from glacier melting and water bodies from the Dhauladhar range’s Minkiani Peak. The stream is known as the Nyund river, and it will be your companion on the journey. While this lake does not see a lot of tourists, I believe that is part of what makes it so appealing. Because of the abundant and large pastures surrounding the lake, this location is a favorite of the Gujjars and Gaddis from nearby villages.

When is the best time to visit Kareri?

While the lake is frozen for the majority of the year, the beauty and peacefulness of the lake during the winter months are equally worth experiencing. However, if you’re searching for peace and quiet in the winter, Kareri has you covered. From March to July (pre-monsoon season), then again from September to December (before freezing temperatures), makes for an excellent weekend adventure. It is preferable to avoid the monsoon season because mountain navigation can be difficult during this time.

You should always take a water bottle with you and replenish it as needed. It will not only keep you hydrated at all times, but it will also aid in the removal of plastic waste from the Himalayas. Remember, every single step matters, and yours can help save the Himalayas as well!!