Kareri Lake Trek

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Lazy Monk Travel Cafe, Dharamkot Road, McLeod Gan
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1 Night 2 Days


Up to 3 days

Group Size

12 people


English, Hindi

About this activity

Kareri Lake Trek is a popular and enchanting trekking destination located in the Dhauladhar Range of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an altitude of approximately 9,650 feet above sea level, Kareri Lake offers breathtaking natural beauty and serene surroundings, making it a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

The trek to Kareri Lake is an easy to moderate-level trek that typically takes around 3 days to complete, covering a total distance of approximately 26 kilometres. The trail is adorned with lush green meadows, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes, providing a mesmerising experience throughout the journey.

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The trek begins from Dharamkot, and takes you through a variety of terrains, including pine forests, oak trees, and alpine meadows. As you ascend, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including the mighty Dhauladhar Range.
One of the highlights of the Kareri Lake Trek is reaching the pristine Kareri Lake itself. Surrounded by towering mountains and alpine trees, the emerald-green lake presents a captivating sight. The crystal-clear water of the lake is fed by the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range, adding to its natural beauty. Camping near the lake under a starlit sky is an experience that leaves trekkers in awe of the tranquillity and serenity of the place.

Throughout the trek, trekkers will have opportunities to interact with the local Gaddi people, who are known for their warm hospitality and unique culture. The Gaddis are a semi-nomadic tribe residing in the region and are often seen herding their sheep and goats along the trail.

The best time to undertake the Kareri Lake Trek is from May to July and September to November when the weather is pleasant and the trails are clear. During these months, the trekking route is adorned with colourful wildflowers, making it even more picturesque.

In conclusion, the Kareri Lake Trek offers an unforgettable adventure in the lap of nature. With its mesmerising landscapes, pristine lake, and warm hospitality of the locals, this trek is a must-do for nature enthusiasts seeking a serene and soulful experience in the Himalayas.

Quick Facts:

Region: McLeodganj, Dharamshala

Start/ End Point of the Trek: Dharamkot

Duration: 2D/1N

Kareri Lake Trek Height: 9,650 feet

Kareri Lake Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Kareri Lake Trek Temperature: 8°C to 20°C

Best Time to do Kareri Lake Trek: May to July & September to November

What is the best time to Visit?

The months of May to July and September to November are ideal for Kareri Lake Trekking because the temperature remains fairly pleasant.

What’s the difficulty level of the Kareri Lake Trek?

The trek is easy to moderate, so there is nothing extremely dangerous to be concerned about. For beginners and first-timers, the trek to Kareri Lake is a wonderful choice.

Can we rent equipment for the Trek?

Himtrek does provide easy accessibility to almost all types of equipment required for the trek on a rental basis with reasonable prices and extremely good quality. The equipment can be arranged on prior notice.

How is the weather during the Kareri Lake Trek?

Between May and October, the temperature may dip to 8 °C (rain is a possibility in July and August). This temperature will decrease significantly further if it rains.

What is the height of Kareri Lake trek?

The 26 km long Kareri Lake trek has its highest point at Kareri Lake, which is located at a height of 9,650 feet.

What is the distance of Kareri Lake trek?

The distance of the trek to Kareri Lake varies depending on the starting point, but typically it’s around 26 kilometers from Dharamshala to Kareri village, where the trek begins.

What is the altitude of Kareri Lake?

The altitude of Kareri Lake is approximately 2,934 meters (9,626 feet) above sea level.

How can I get to Kareri Lake from Dharamshala?

The Kareri Lake trek starts from a village commonly known as Kareri, about 26 km from Dharamshala. You can reach Dharamshala from nearby towns like Pathankot and Chandigarh, after which you can take a nearby car or take a taxi to Kareri village

What is the best time to trek to Kareri Lake?

The best time to trek to Kareri Lake is during the summer months from April to June and the post-monsoon season from September to November when the weather is pleasant and the trekking trails are accessible.

Is the Kareri Lake trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Kareri Lake trek is considered suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. However, it’s important to be reasonably fit and prepared for moderate physical exertion.

Are there any trekking agencies offering guided tours to Kareri Lake?

Yes, there are several trekking agencies and tour operators that offer guided tours to Kareri Lake. You can find them online or inquire locally in Dharamshala or McLeod Ganj.

What are the camping facilities like along the Kareri Lake trek?

There are several lovely campsites along the Kareri Lake hiking trail where hikers can pitch a tent. However, the equipment is basic and you should carry your own camping gear and food.

Can I trek to Kareri Lake without a guide?

Yes, it’s possible to trek to Kareri Lake without a guide, especially if you’re an experienced trekker and familiar with the route. However, hiring a local guide can enhance your experience and provide valuable insights into the terrain and local culture.

Are there any permits required for the Kareri Lake trek?

As of my final update, there were not any lets in required for the Kareri Lake trek. However, it’s really helpful to test with nearby government or hiking agencies for any latest changes in rules.

What wildlife can be spotted during the Kareri Lake trek?

During the trek, you may encounter various species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, pheasants, and occasionally some small mammals like Himalayan Thar and musk deer.

What are some alternative treks near Kareri Lake?

Some alternative treks near Kareri Lake include the Triund trek, Indrahar Pass trek, and Lam Dal trek, each offering unique landscapes and challenges.

How many days does it take to complete the Kareri Lake trek?

The Kareri Lake trek typically takes about 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on your pace and starting point.

What should I pack for the Kareri Lake trek?

Essential items to pack for the Kareri Lake trek include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, a backpack, camping equipment (if camping), food, water, first aid kit, and navigation tools.

Are there any homestay options available near Kareri Lake?

Yes, there are some homestay options available in nearby villages like Kareri and Ghera, where you can experience the local culture and hospitality.

Is mobile network connectivity available during the trip?

Mobile network connectivity may be limited or non-existent in some sections of walkways. Before embarking on the journey, it is advisable to check with your service provider for details of your coverage and inform your contacts.

What are the safety precautions when visiting Lake Kareri?

Safety precautions to take when visiting Lake Kareri include adjusting to the altitude, checking the weather forecast, carrying essentials, staying hydrated, with a friend or a group will hike, following directions from local guides or elders

How to Reach?

The beginning of the trek is in Dharamkot.McLeodGanj is the closest access point, whether you use a taxi, the public transportation system or your own vehicle. Although there isn’t much bus service from McLeodganj to the nearby cities, you may easily take a bus to Dharamshala ISBT. You can take a bus or a taxi from here to McLeodGanj. For reaching Dharamshala, you choose from any of the following transport options-

By Road: All of Himachal Pradesh’s major cities may be reached by road from Dharamshala. Take a state-owned bus or travel along the national route to Dharamshala to get to this city. Buses run directly to this city from Chandigarh (275 km), Jalandhar (154 km), and Amritsar (187 km). From Dharamshala, there are Volvo, luxury, and sleeper buses that travel to Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Chandigarh.

By Train: The closest significant railway station is 85 kilometres distant in Pathankot. Many trains that travel to Jammu and Kashmir make stops in Pathankot. To get to Dharamshala from Pathankot, you can take a taxi or a bus. Even though Kangra Mandir railway station is only 22 kilometres from Dharamshala, it does not have good access to big cities.

By Air: The primary domestic airport servicing Dharamshala is Gaggal Airport, which is located around 15 kilometres from the city core. From cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, airlines like Jagson Airlines, Air India Regional, and SpiceJet offer regular flight services.

1 Night 2 Days Available on request

After the trek, why not extend your adventure by spending some time at the charming HimTrek stays?

HimTrek stays provide cozy and well-appointed rooms, each designed to offer a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Himtrek Stays in McLeod Ganj

Himtrek has cozy and comfortable places to stay in McLeod Ganj. After your trek, you can rest and relax at these places. Himtrek has small guest houses and nice homestays. There are different options for all kinds of travellers.

Himtrek Tosh campsite is equipped with comfortable tents, clean washrooms, and other basic amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. The tents are waterproof and come with comfortable bedding to ensure a good night’s sleep. There is also a common dining area where guests can enjoy delicious meals and socialise with other travellers.

So pack your bags, lace up your boots, and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas, and stay in Tosh with Himtrek.

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1 Night 2 Days Available on request

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  • Explore the picturesque landscapes, including lush green meadows, dense forests, and gushing waterfalls with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Range.
  • The main highlight of the trek is reaching the enchanting Kareri Lake itself. Nestled amidst the mountains, the emerald-green lake is a sight to behold.
  • Witness crystal-clear water, fed by the melting snow, creating a tranquil and serene atmosphere.
  • Camping near the lake and witnessing the reflection of the surrounding peaks on the calm waters is a truly magical experience.


  • Accommodation on sharing basis.
  • All Meals (Veg), Including from Packed lunch on the 1st day to Breakfast on the 2nd Day.
  • Well Qualified Trek Leader.
  • Supporting Staff and cook.
  • Forest Permits.
  • Basic Medical Kit.
  • Accommodation on Tent Stay.
  • Camping and Trekking Equipment (Tent, Sleeping bags, gaiters etc).
  • Anything which is not included in the above inclusion.
  • Porters or Mule to carry your personal Luggage.
  • Any kind of Personal Expenses.
  • Personal Medication
  • All transportation from Mcleodganj to Kareri Village to Mcleodganj is not included in the package.


Day 1: Dharamkot to Kareri Village and Trek to Kareri Lake

  • The meeting point for the trek is Himtrek campsite situated in Dharamkot, Mcleodganj.
  • On day 1, you will be going from the campsite to the village of Kareri, the transportation for which is not included in the package.
  • Trekkers will have to pay extra for the same. Your drive to the Kareri village will start after reaching Dharamkot and meeting the rest of the group.
  • After reaching Kareri village, you will be starting the trek to Kareri Lake.
  • Reach your campsite after absorbing majestic views the trek brings you.
  • Spend the night at the campsite near the lake and relax properly after having dinner.

Day 2: Kareri Lake to Kareri Village and back to Dharamkot

  • On day 2, After a filling breakfast, set out early in the morning to head out. Get ready to descend back to Kareri village.
  • Follow the same trail to descend back. Descending will take less time than the climb.
  • Once you reach Kareri village, vehicles would be there to drive you back to Mcleodganj. Again.
  • This transportation cost is not included in the package and the trekkers would have to bear it on their own.
  • Reaching Mcleodganj would mark the end of your trek.

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Lazy Monk Travel Cafe, Dharamkot Road, McLeod Gan
From: ₹ 1,800



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