The locals of Kareri Village have a certain fascination with the word 'crazy'. The Gaddi shepherds of this region have gradually picked up bits of some hipster jargon from travellers who reach this north-western end of the Kangra district for short weekend hikes during their stays in Dharamshala, Mcleodganj or Dharamkot. Now when you ask these wandering shepherds questions about the trail to Kareri Lake, or the weather, they will quickly pull out the word they love off the cuff and say, "Crazy hai, crazy."
Unlike most of the short hikes around Kangra, the trek to Kareri Lake still remains lesser known. My research before the trek included reading a few blogs online that told us that a classic Himalayan stone trail marks the way to the lake, but it's broken in parts.
Several trekking outfits organise a 3-day trek to Kareri Lake, but if you're familiar with the mountains and are prepared for the uncertain weather conditions, Kareri is a complete DIY (do-it-yourself) trail. To help you plan a weekend trek to Kareri, here's a short itinerary and tips that I picked up during my experience at Kareri last week.
Complete trek itinerary to Kareri Lake
Take a bus to Dharamshala from Delhi. Night buses that take you to this hill town of Himachal during the early morning hours are ideal.