We were late to get up. We woke up at 10:00, got ready by 10:30 and were at Bus Stand for our bus to Ghera. But the bus had already left. So we had a little breakfast and hired a taxi to Kareri Village. The taxi fare are usually ₹ 1500 from Dharamshala Taxi stand to Kareri Village. It is about 40 minutes ride to Kareri Village. For cheaper options one can take local bus from Dharamshala to Ghera and shared taxi from Ghera to Kareri Village. Consult the locals for bus timings.
At Kareri Village we had some snacks @ Out of the World Cafe. The owner Mr. Sansaru was a nice and polite man. We booked out camps, sleeping bags and a guide from the same cafe for ₹3000.
We started our trek at 12:30. At first you have to walk 2-3 kms through Kareri Village to reach the starting point of the trek. The mobile signal vanishes at this point isolating you from the virtual world. But wasn't that the reason we were there? To come out of the chaotic & monotonous life and enjoy the mother nature to the fullest. To disconnect from the internet and make a connection with nature giving us pleasure and inner peace.
From there one has to trek through the lush green forests filled with chir and chilgoza pines, narrow trails with steep ascents and Nyund Nallah with a pleasing sound as your companion. There are many river crossings and mesmerizing views for you to click pictures. One gets a chance to witness rare fauna and flora as you ascent. There are some cafes available for you to take break, have snacks and tea.
About 3 hours later we reached the midway of trek "The Rioti Village". Rioti is around 8 kms from the starting point. As we were extremely tired we decided to take a break. We barely had any energy to move forward and were hot and breathless from the exertion of climbing uphill. The description of beauty of the lake from the descending trekkers was the only ray of hope to move forward and cover the remaining 5 kms.
After about half hour rest we decided to move forward. If a person is unfit or exhausted he can camp at Rioti. From Rioti, the steep rocky trail starts. The trek became extremely difficult as we were tired. The evening air was chilly and we shivered involuntarily making our way through the rocky trail,taking multiple short breaks and without any hint of the "heaven" we were trekking for.
After about 2.5 hours we witnessed snow clad mountains, sun-kissed, with snow glittering as diamond. We knew our destination was nearby. Then after few minutes we were infront of the Kareri Lake - The Paradise on Earth.