Kareri Lake trek Dharamshala is a prepossessing weekend trek. The trek starts from the Kareri village which is approx. 27 km away from Dharamshala.
Kareri Lake is a shallow, high altitude, fresh water lake situated at the south of Dhauladhar ranges. It is a must do trek for passionate trekkers and all nature lovers. There are many reasons which make this trek a unique one.
1. Less Explored :
Explorers seek for new destinations and nothing turns out to be more blissful than reaching a paradise filled with breathtaking views after a long arduous journey.
While most of the tourists in Dharamshala or Mcleod-Ganj prefer Triund Trek as it is a commercialized spot, Kareri Lake is a hidden trek which few people know. It is less crowded and least explored but its breathtaking horizons and rejuvenating vista makes it a perfect trekking destination.
2. Less commercialized:
Apart from 2-3 shops which are usually open for 3-4 months and sells eatables like chips, biscuits, Cold Drinks or tea, eatables are not available on the trail beyond Kareri village. Camping is the only option available at the lake which allows you to step out of your comfort zone.
There are a few caves along the way used by local Gaddis for shelter. These caves can also be used in case camps are not available. Apart from this, there is no mobile coverage after village Nioli which provides us a 3-day break from the technology to which we are addicted. This makes the expedition more adventurous and one gets more close to nature.
3. Picturesque Trek:
Trail ascends from Kareri village, a quaint beautiful village, has a quite picturesque and a perfect blend of nature. You can get a perfect view of Dhauladhar Range, Indhira Pass and Moon peak from there.
So photographers should be ready for clicking one of the best views that they will experience on the trek. The trail is steep at some points filled with many diversities. One has to pass through dense forests, cross the river and climb the Rocky Mountains which make this trek exasperating some time.
On reaching the alluring Kareri Lake, one gets the view of mighty Dhauladhar Range. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva situated near the Lake. If you want to witness a vast green meadow, then get ready for a short hike to Gajj. As adulteration is not there, one can experience constellations in the clear night sky. If you’re lucky, Moving space stations can also be seen with your naked eyes.
4. Companion in form of river Nyund:
Eminent part about this trek is the river Nyund which flows along the trail and provides fresh drinking water during the whole trek. Kareri Lake is the source of this river. Gushing sound of the flowing water is so soothing that it looks like nature is playing a musical harmony which makes the trekkers stress free.
5. Accessibility: Easy to reach Dharamshala from major cities
Kareri Lake trek starts from Kareri Village, which is 27 Km from Dharamshala. Dharamshala has a good accessibility to major cities like Chandigarh and Delhi. Multiple Direct Volvo buses and roadways buses are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to Dharamshala.
Dharamshala can also be reached from Pathankot, which is a major railway junction. After reaching Dharamshala, you can hire a cab to Kareri Village or take a bus till Ghera village and then trek for 4 km to reach Kareri Village.