INTRODUCTION:

Reach the ideal elliptical glacial Kareri lake by trekking through the magnificent vistas of forests, grasslands, streams, and lakes. At Kareri Lake, a freshwater lake surrounded by lush subtropical forests and alpine grasslands, you can take in the abundance of nature. It is situated in a mountainous area. Trek through the unusual Kareri Lake with a knowledgeable and amiable guide, and choose the less-trodden trail. Trek through the chirr and chilgoza pines in a lush, green forest at an elevation of 9,650 feet. The simplicity of living away from the busy cities is enjoyed as you sleep under the stars and listen to the local villagers’ tales. You can also visit Dayara Bugyal Trek.

Overview & expectations

Kareri Lake is a freshwater lake surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation at a height of around 2,950 meters in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The Kareri hike is popular among photographers and environment enthusiasts who want to spend some time in the great outdoors.

You pass through lovely subtropical pine forests on the Kareri Lake walk. Broad-leaf species are scattered among the chir and chilgoza pines that dominate the woodlands. Additionally, they provide a haven for the easily observable, high-density birds. The lake-fed Nyund nallah acts as a guide and a cooling companion when the woodland opens up to stony grasslands along the trail’s later half. Pines and bushes are scattered throughout the woodlands. The lake is glacial and lies just above the snow level. All of these factors work together to make the change in flora types with elevation on this trail noticeable. A nice weekend trip is a trek to Kareri Lake. This is a great beginner-level DIY trail for trekkers because it has numerous campsites and easy food alternatives. 

Trail

Day 1

Nearly everyone in Dharamshala is familiar with Kareri village. The trail begins in mixed pine and broadleaf forest and passes past the settlement of Kareri. It’s common to see birds like the black drongo and the red-billed blue magpie. A little caution is required due to the dense undergrowth and the ground’s accumulation of pine needles, which makes it slightly slippery. The route turns upwards toward a metal road after about 15 minutes. You stroll down the road for roughly 10-15 minutes till you reach Nolli Bridge after joining the road. Just before the bridge, the trail then turns to the left. A little hut selling packaged meals and soft drinks marks this location. After that, the trail returns to the forest. After ascending some steps that follow a tiny stream, you reach another shack. Before proceeding to Revti, the shack, which also offers soft drinks and Maggi, is a nice spot to take a break. 

A short while later, a metal bridge makes it simple to cross Nyund nallah. Along the nallah’s banks, the forest transitions into meadows. On the slopes, many shepherds are visible with their sheep. In and around the stream, it’s typical to see birds like the warbler, redstart, and brown dipper. Himalayan griffon vultures can be seen flying high overhead with a keen eye. You may reach Reoti’s lovely campsite on the banks of the nallah by taking a 10- to 15-minute stroll from the bridge. Beautiful views of the valley below may be seen from here. Spend the night here and enjoy the comfort of close-flowing water and wonderful home-style meals. 

Day 2

Early in the morning, leave. The majority of the ascent trail from Reoti is paved. Unpaved sections that are only a short distance apart can be easily negotiated in between the pebbles that line the Nyund nallah’s upstream banks. As one gets closer to Kareri Lake, the stream starts to gain strength. The final rest stop before Kareri lake is a shack/campsite, which is located approximately an hour after Reoti. This does not include a few gaddi huts erected by the renowned nomadic Gaddi shepherds of the Kangra region that are used as temporary shelters along the journey. Stone steps that ascend to the peak are reached after a brief, difficult crossing of the nallah. A Shiva shrine is located on the top. The lovely glacial lake of Kareri is on the opposite side of the slope. To get closer to the water, follow the pathways that run along its banks. Although the lake is shallow near the banks, the water is frigid. On the other side of the river, the Dhauladhar Mountains are magnificently visible. Between these ice and grey rock titans is the trail to Minkiani Pass. Enjoy the lake’s magnificence for a while, then return to Reoti in time to pack up your tents and make your way to Kareri village before dusk.

Best time to visit

The ideal months to go on a Kareri Lake Trek are May, June, September, and October. We advise against trekking here during the monsoon season because of the strong rains that cause landslides and make the trail treacherous for hikers. This location’s temperature varies according to the season. The summertime temperature reaches 43 degrees, and the wintertime temperature is minus.

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