Kareri, a high-altitude, small, freshwater lake at 9620 ft, lies almost 9 km south of Dharamshala. In the proximity, nature and mountainous airs make it an ideal spot for camping on a getaway. The soaring Dhauladhar range in Western Himalayas tower this shallow water body and its snow is a source for the lake and a stream. This source of fresh melting snow keeps the water visibility clear and the lake bed can also be seen in some places. A campsite alongside the banks will offer splendid views of both the clear waters and a sunrise over the Himalayan peaks in the morning.
Spend a day in McLeodganj or Dharamshala before you begin the trek. The trek starts from Salli in Kangra valley. After you enjoy the serene village far away from the hubbub of metro cities, camp in the peaceful environs and enjoy a spellbinding panorama upon exploration of Kangra valley. Trek onward to Kareri Lake the very next day. Camp alongside the banks of the lake and enjoy a retreat into the nature.
Surrounding the hilltop nearby, deodar, firs and spruces make for a great sight to just kick your feet in the air and unwind.
You can either descend to Ghera or return back to the campsite in Salli. En route your return, pay a visit to the local market. Trekkers can stop and pick up a few memoirs to forever lock in the memories of a short getaway to Kareki Lake.
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DAY 1: Dharamkot-Kareri Village
On this day, you will reach Dharamkot, a small beautiful village in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. On reaching, gear up for KarerI Lake Trek, as you will climb to the campsite, and it will take around 4-5 hours for you to reach. The hike is easy while the trail will meander through quaint dense jungle of pine trees. Apart from the last part that involves steep climbing, the rest of the hike is a continuous descend. Continue climbing for a while, and the route will open up to pleasing views, where your camp will be set up. Keep your belongings in your designated tent, and relax within the nature’s striking surroundings.
DAY 2: Kareri Village- Kareri Lake Trek
Today, when you will wake up in the morning, a glorious sunrise will welcome you. After relishing your breakfast, the next part of your hike will begin, that will take you to the garrulous Kareri Lake. The trek will let you walk on a scenic route, which goes along with a narrow stream, Liund. With a continuous climb, you will reach a rocky-muddy region, accompanied with dense green mountains on one side and a rivulet on the other. While walking you will get charming views of coniferous and deciduous trees, and you might also see numerous clouds hovering above the high mountains. Keep walking, and you will notice a change in vegetation as well. After a while, your trail will leave behind the greenery route, and you will be walking on a rough track. Disappearance of deciduous trees will mark as a quick gain in altitude, and you will walk along a rocky river. After crossing the river, you will reach the campsite, where you can rest and enjoy the verdant meadows. At night, indulge in the scrumptious food, post which you can sleep within the lap of nature.
DAY 3: Kareri Lake- Dharamkot
In the morning, get up early to witness the mesmerising sunrise over the Kareri Lake. After savouring your breakfast, the Kareri Lake trek will end and you will begin descending towards Dharamkot. You will trek down along the river and dense forests, as you will hike down to Ghera village. As you lose the elevation, the vegetation will also become denser and you will be near to Dharamkot village. The scenery of tall coniferous and deodar trees will keep you hooked in its beauty. On reaching Ghera, you will be taken to Mcleodganj, from where you can spend the rest of the time at your leisure.