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An Enchanting Lake Trek In The Towering Himalayas

Written By: Swathi . B

Lake Kareri, also known as Lake Kumarwah is one of the most remarkable fresh water lakes in Himachal Pradesh. The source of water for this lake is the melting snow from Dauladhar range. Consequently, the water visibility is very high and the base of the lake can be seen at most places.

With a trek altitude of 3300 m above sea level, Kareri Lake trek is very adventurous and is perfect for adrenaline junkies. This trek covers all the landforms possible- from snowy inclines to lush & dense forests, to beautiful meadows to whirly passes.

Kareri Lake Trek

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How To Get There?

By Road: Dharamshala is well-connected with all the major cities of North India, including Delhi. It is around 500 km from Delhi. You can opt to travel by the Government operated buses or private taxis. Alternatively, you can drive down in your own car.

By Train: Around 85 km from Dharamshala is the Pathankot Railway Station, which is the closest station. You can hire a taxi to get to Dharamshala.

By Air: Gaggal Airport is the closest airport to Dharamshala. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport.

The trek commences from Kareri Village, from where the lake gains its name.

Kareri Lake Trek

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Best Time To Visit And Undertake Lake Kareri Trek
The best months are May- June and September- October. During September- October, there is very little snowfall in this region, and the weather remains warm and sunny. This makes it less demanding for a trek.

Things To Carry

Sturdy walking stick, torch light, medicine kit, compass, trekking shoes, sleeping bag, binoculars, camera, woolen clothes, water bottle, glares, and chocolates.

What Is The Trekking Trail Like?

This is a 13 km trek through mystical pine forests, and beautiful valleys and the pristine pure Nyund stream. The trails takes many courses, ascents and descents to reach Lake Kareri. This is high altitude trekking and one may experience breathlessness. It is advised to be prepared for it.

Kareri Lake Trek

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Carry portable oxygen cylinders, if you have to. The trail, although long, is well-marked and there are steps and bridge to assist you to reach the lake. An hour after crossing the man made bridge, Lake Kareri reveals itself to the mankind.

There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva just before reaching the lake. This can be considered as an easy-moderate trek with steep portions here and there.

Kareri Lake Trek

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Lake Kareri is truly a wonder of nature, like all glacial lakes of this region are. The gleaming mountains adorned with cotton like snow makes you forget all the anxiety in this world. The water is pristine pure, you cannot help but wonder how contaminated and polluted the water you drink back home is. The soft and forgiving grasslands around the lake make for a perfect campsite.

In the event of not carrying a sleeping bag, one can approach the priest of the Shiva temple for help and he will arrange for accommodation in a shed right next to the temple. If you are traveling with a local guide, then you can stay in 'gaddi kothis'.

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