Mcleodganj & Kareri lake trek

24th Dec 2020
Day 1

Day 1: Boarded a bus for Dharamshala

We boarded bus from ISBBT-43 for Kangra late in the morning. There is plenty of buses ply towards Kangra/Dharamshala from Chandigarh, one can easily reach Dharamshala. I suggest you to leave as early as possible as it will be around 6-7 hours journey so plan accordingly. Bus will cost you around 380-450.

We reached Dharamshala around 4pm and boarded a shared taxi to Mcleodganj where we have booked a dorm in GoStops, Dharamkot.

Day 2

Next day, we started for the trek after having breakfast. After 2-3 kms the we encountered Snow in our path and couple of steep tough patches. A beginner also will not have any problem in this trek as the trek have well defined route with rough staircases. 

Views which you will encounter are amazing, and i feel this trek is worth doing in Winters, just be careful with the weather predictions, people do get stuck in the lake during heavy snowfall.

Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Sourabh Kashyap
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh by Sourabh Kashyap
Day 4

As I have planned come back to Chandigarh on this very same day, I started the trek back to Kareri village early in the morning alone, and reached there around 10am. There are very few people at that time so i booked a special cab till Kangra and from there i boarded the bus to Chandigarh.

After settling up we left for a night stroll and dinner towards Mcleodganj. I personally found Mcleodganj very crowded. There are rooftop bar lounges in Mcleodganj where you can sit and enjoy your evenings if you are with group.

Day 2: Off to Kareri and trek day 1

Next day, we left for Kareri village which is our trek start point. We have shared a cab with our fellow trekkers from Mcleodganj to Kareri village.Cab cost was apprx 2500 and we are 7 persons in total. From Mcleodganj to Kareri distance is around 40-45 kms and will take around 1-1.5 hours to reach there. We started from Mcleo a bit late again :D , and reached around 1 pm at Kareri, with our guide. Guide charged us around 2200/- for 2N/3D trek including tent,sleeping bags and food.

We reached our campsite around 5 pm which is somewhat 4-5km far from the starting point. We all pitched our tents there, explored the mountains and trails around and after a while had our food and relaxed around bonfire.

Day 3: Trek to the frozen lake

We spent some time at lake, admiring the nature's creation and the mountains covered with snow around it. We started our descent around 3 pm and reached the base camp around 5pm. We refreshed there had a tea and enjoyed our evening in the camps.

Day 4: Time to say goodbye