5 Reasons to choose Kareri Lake as your next Trek

Frozen Kareri Lake

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.

View of Mighty Dhauladhar ranges as we approach kareri Lake

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.

Kareri Lake

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.

River Nyund  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.

Trail to kareri Lake


About Author

Nitin always love being outdoors. Trekking and exploring Himalayas brought new spark in his life. He loves activities which are physically demanding and keep him closer to nature.He has done various treks in Himachal Pradesh, UttraKhand and Western Ghats. Apart from this he is a certified Crossfit trainer and an avid runner.


December 7, 2018
Nice Information !, Can i pitch my own tent near the lake ? Also is it safe at night ( i am planning a solo trek)? Regards.
December 12, 2018
Thanks Mihir. You can pitch your own tent near the lake, but we will not advise to do so during winters as weather can change suddenly and it is not very safe. It will be better if you can pitch your tent at Rioti, which is around mid way between Kareri village and lake. It is generally safe at night but we always advise to take a local person along.
Sarthak Saini
October 8, 2018
Thanks for the information but could you please tell me how much time would it take to reach Kareri Lake from Kareri village for first time trekkers. Also, are there any prior booking needed for camps if we don't have any with us and is yes from where and how can we get food up there?
October 26, 2018
Dear Sarthak, It all depends on your fitness. If you are regular with physical activities regularly, it would take around 6-7 hours to reach lake from the village. Also, you need to get in touch with locals in Kareri village for camping as tents might not be readily available at the top.
Sonika Gahlot
August 17, 2018
Is November a good time to plan kareri lake trek
August 17, 2018
Yes it is fine but water level in the lake is lower in November and December compared to other months. During January to March, lake remains frozen.
November 4, 2017
Great write up. Could you please tell me if stargazing / milky way is visible from Kareri lake in April? If so, which week of April should be best?Also, could you please let me know how to reach Gajj from Kareri lake, in case if I want to camp up there ?Your help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
November 23, 2017
Hello Somanth, Thanks! Yes stargazing is possible from Kareri lake campsite which offers a open view of sky but not from Rioti campsite which is moreover closed. We would recommend to choose the time of Dark moon so it would be easier to spot the stars. Gajj is 30-40 mins trek from Kareri lake but we would not advice to camp there sue to scarcity of water at Gajj

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