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Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake

Tripoto
2nd Oct 2014

Day 03: Sunrise at Kareri

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

There is something really weird about this picture

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Day 02: Sunset in the Dhauladhars

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Our tent at night

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

The Shiva Temple at Kareri Lake.

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

On the way to Minkiani Pass

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

That is where we pitched our tent.

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

The trail to Kareri lake. Nice and Green!

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Tired soul!

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

First night at a shepherd's house.

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Travel hack: How to filter water while you travel.

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Cloudy. Green. Fresh.

Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Into the Dhauladhars: Trek to Kareri Lake by Ishank Ahuja

Located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar is the perfect elliptical glacial lake – Kareri Dal. While majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, this short trek to Kareri Lake makes for a richer and quieter experience.


If you think trekking is straight forward, let me warn you: IF YOU FEEL EVERYTHING IS GOING RIGHT, YOU ARE PROBABLY GOING WRONG SOMEWHERE! After all... "Adventure is the best way to learn..."

Here's what we experienced during this trek ;-) 

  • 04 days of Adventure in the Dhauladhars.
  • Trekking 17 kms (one way) through unexplored lands.
  • Getting lost in the forest.
  • The excitement of lighting our first Bonfire in the wild.
  • Cooking our own food.
  • Mingling with the locals and eating local Village Food.
  • Staying at a Shepherd's place.
  • Meeting new people and making new friends.
  • Experiencing and not just seeing...!

From New Delhi to Dharamshala is an overnight bus journey which takes around 12 hrs. From there you can either take a taxi (INR 300) or a bus to Ghera Village.

Day Wise Trek Description:

Day 01: (Dharamshala- Ghera- Kareri Village)
Arrive dharamshala early morning. Have breakfast and leave for ghera village around noon.
At ghera village, you will meet your guide and porter.

The trek starts from here. Today we will trek up to Kareri Village which is at a distance of 4.5 kms.
Overnight in camps or forest guesthouse in Kareri Village.
Trek duration: 3 -3.5hrs

Day 02: (Kareri Village – Kareri Lake)
Early morning, have breakfast and start your journey towards Kareri Lake.
Trekking Distance: 13 kms
Trek duration: 6-6.5 hrs

Stop on the way for self made lunch and snacks. On arrival at kareri lake, set up camp and enjoy the evening bonfire with dinner.

Day 03: (Kareri Lake to Kareri Village)
Early Breakfast. If you want you can attempt Mankiani Pass in the morning and return to camp site around 1 pm.
Have lunch and start trekking down towards Kareri Village.
Trek duration: 4.5-5 hrs
Overnight in camps/ forest guesthouse.

Day 04: (Kareri Village- Ghera)
Trek down back to ghera village, where a car will be waiting to take you to Dharamshala. Reach Dharamshala and head back to home.

Looking for an offbeat trekking experience? THIS IS IT!

Dharamshala is a 12 hour bus ride away from Delhi. The bus ticket will cost you anything between INR 350 - 1200 . Head to Moonpeak cafe for a nice breakfast!
This is where you should ideally spend your first night on the way to Kareri Lake. Nice, clean and good food! The caretaker is helpful too.
Photo of Kareri Rest House, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Kareri Lake, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
Photo of Mankiani Peak, Kareri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ishank Ahuja
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can we get some camping option near to lake
Sun 05 14 17, 07:48 · Reply · Report
can we directly reach Kareri village by some cab or taxi? and 13 km from village to lake is doable task in 6-7 hours?
Sun 05 14 17, 07:48 · Reply · Report
Good Read! Nicely written.
Tue 01 24 17, 01:14 · Reply · Report
Nice article... very crisp to the point!
Wed 05 11 16, 10:41 · Reply · Report