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Kareri Lake Trek Highlights

  • Trek at an altitude of 9,650 ft. through the lush green forest of chirr and chilgoza pines
  • Soak in nature's bounty at Kareri Lake - a freshwater lake rugged amidst mountains with greenery all around
  • Sleep under the stars, listen to stories from local villagers, enjoy the simplicity of life, get to be one with nature
  • Embark on this offbeat Kareri trek with an experienced and friendly guide

Kareri Lake Trek Overview

About the trek:

Located at an elevation of about 2,950 meters in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Kareri Lake is a freshwater lake rugged amidst mountains with greenery all around. Situated in the majestic Dhauladhar range, this glacial Kareri lake trek will take you through a journey of the most scenic views as it is home to lush pasturelands, exotic perennial flowers, and dense conifers. Kareri trek is also a favorite among the shutterbugs and nature lovers who can spend some time close to nature while clicking their best shots.

Start/End Point- Dharamkot, Mcleodganj


  • Stay: Alpine tents on sharing basis
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Highly experienced guide
  • Activities: Trekking & Camping

Quick facts:

Maximum altitude: 9,650 ft.

Temperature: 8°C to 20°C

Kareri Lake Trek Distance: 26 KM (to and fro)

Kareri Trek Difficulty level:- Easy To Moderate

How to Reach:

The starting point of the trek is in Dharamkot which is situated at a distance of around 2 km from Mcleodganj bus station and is easily reachable by public or private transportation. The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport at Dharamshala about 20 km away from the starting point.

More Details about Kareri Lake Trek

Know Before You Go for Kareri Lake Trek

  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be cancelled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government is to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitisation and use of mask recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Permit charges are not included in the package.
  • All the activities depend upon the weather.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for this trek.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the Kareri trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • The Kareri lake trekking takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
  • Kareri Lake trek can be availed on every Weekend. Open even for Solo travelers as well. Send the inquiry for more available dates.

Things To Carry for Kareri Lake Trek

  • Warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking shoes

Tour Difficulty for Kareri Lake Trek

Top Reviews
21 Dec, 2019
Dhananjay Dhananjay
The best experience I could get could considering that it was my first Trek,the picturesque locations and the admirable hospitality was something someone can only dream of.Though due to off season in December my group was not able to complete the trek but whatever we witnessed was something neither of us can forget.The camping under a boulder is something I can never forget.The best thing of this trek is that you will always find a dog companion who will keep you motivated on this trek...
13 Mar, 2015
Geeta Marar
Lake treks are fun. It was very interesting. What is more interesting is that you get to stay in the forest rest house. This is fun if it is well planned. There is trek, the visit to lake, and the rest house stay in forest. Apart from that there is nothing fancy or anything. So, plan accordingly. Some of the positives of this trek are that it is pretty cheap, easy-moderate level difficulty, safe path to trek and travel solo, very beautiful, and mesmerising. The cons were the flight charges, not so good food, and well the climate. If you visit during season and if you have planned it well then this is a nice trek to take and enjoy with your gang of fun loving buddies.

Kareri Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Dharamkot to Kareri Village | Arrival
Kareri Khas
  • After arriving at Dharamkot and meeting the rest of the group.
  • You will start the trek to reach the Kareri Village.
  • After meeting the people of Gaddi Tribe who are native to the Kareri region, you will spend the night in the tents or in one of the village houses.
Day 2
Kareri Village | Trek to Kareri Lake
Kareri Lake
  • After breakfast this morning, you will be carrying packed lunch as you trek on your way to Kareri Lake.
  • You will be walking through forests of Oak, Rhododendron, and Pine trees.
  • The Kareri Lake trek first passes through level grounds but then comes onto a steep ascent, in which you will be trekking alongside the Kareri Nullah Stream
  • From Kareri Village, you will go to Reoti Base Camp. From Reoti Base camp, a trek to the lake will be organized.
  • Trek to the lake from Reoti depends on weather conditions.
  • You will be crossing over the rivulet a number of times using wooden bridges.
  • Trek back to the Kareri village with the memories of the beautiful lake in your mind and in your camera.
  • Overnight in Reoti Base camp with a campfire for your company.
Day 3
Kareri to Mcleodganj | Departure
  • After breakfast this morning, you will be taking the trek to Mcleodganj.
  • The Kareri Lake trekking experience will come to an end with loads of memories for a lifetime.

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Join a group every weekend to enjoy the experience of 26 kilometers long Kareri Lake Trek

Price Includes
  • Stay

    Alpine/ Dome tents on double/triple/quad sharing basis

  • Meals

    Day1:Lunch & Dinner

    Day2:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Permits

    All the necessary permits for the trek are included.

  • Guide

    Friendly and experienced guide

Kareri Lake Trek Map

Starting Point
Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India
Pickup Points
Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India
Drop Points
Dharamkot, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India