Kareri Lake, an apt alternative to Triund Trek
Kareri Lake near Dharamshala and Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh is at an altitude of 2950 metres above sea level. It is a shallow fresh water lake, which lies within Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas. Dhauladhars act as a water source for this lake owing to melting of snow. Trail until Kareri Lake is through forest of Silver Oak, Pines and Rhododendron trees. Kareri Lake trek is a paradise for a first time trekker. It is a nice alternative to Triund trek, which on weekends remain overcrowded due to to huge inflow of tourists and trekkers. Click here to check 5 reasons why you can opt for Kareri Lake trek.
Area around lake also serves as base camp for Minkiani Pass and Lam Dal, which is a huge lake on other side of Minkiani Pass. Kareri Lake remains frozen from January to February, whereas it experiences heavy rainfall during July and August.
Trek starts from Kareri village, which is 27 kms from Dharamshala. It is a quaint beautiful village. A motorable road connects Kareri village with Dharamshala. Road condition of last 9 kms from Ghera until Kareri is poor and prone to landslides. Groh and Chadi are other villages on the way from Dharamshala to Kareri village.
A clear day at Kareri village provides vivid views of Indrahara/Indrahar Pass and Mun Peak, which is highest peak of region.
|Pickup/Drop Point||Dharamshala Bus Stand|
|Departure Time||6:30 AM|
|Return Time||7 PM (Take a buffer time of an hour)|
|Trek Distance||Difficulty||Camp Location||Terrain Type||Max altitude|
|Day 1||8.5 kms||Moderate||Rioti||Initially muddy trail, then Rocky steps, and finally through forest||2550 metres|
|Day 2||4.5 kms||Easy||Kareri Lake||Rocky steps||2950 metres|
|Day 3||13 kms||Easy||–||Initially Rocky steps, then forest and finally muddy trail||2950 metres|
|Please note that this itinerary is for summer months i.e. April to June and September to October. For winters, we put a fixed camp at Rioti on Day 1 as well as Day 2. In that case, we go to Kareri Lake on Day 2 and come back to Rioti campsite by evening.|
27 kms drive from Dharamshala to Kareri village and 8.5 kms trek from Kareri Village to Rioti
We arrange pickup from Dharamshala Bus Stand at 6:30 AM. Dharamshala is around 10 kms from McLeodganj and there are regular shared cab services available between two cities. 27 kms of journey from Dharamshala to Kareri village takes about 1.5 hours. We provide breakfast at a local home in Kareri village.
Trek starts by 10 AM after our trek lead gives a brief round of introduction and instructions. As we start the trek, we pass through beautiful farms and slate roof houses. Initial trek of 2 kms is through under construction road. The forest trail starts after taking right turn from bridge on this road.
Trail moves alongside Nyund River. This river serves as source of drinking water during whole trek. River acts as our companion during the entire trek and the soothing sound of water gushing through the forest and over the rocks provides a meditating effect. Forest trail is through rocky terrain. Entire trail is in the form of steps, which locals have laid for ease of walking.
After taking lunch break on the route, we proceed towards Rioti, camping site for first day. Rioti is located at an altitude of 2550 metres above sea level. There are many small cafes too along the way. An old iron bridge welcomes us to Rioti. Rioti is an ideal place to camp due to flat area and availability of water.
|Please note that if you reach late at Dharamshala on Day 1, i.e. beyond buffer time of 1 hour, you will have to reach Kareri village on your own expenses. However, we will assist you fully in booking of cabs.|
4.5 kms trek (Rioti-Kareri Lake)
Day starts with morning tea at 7. We start trek towards Kareri Lake by 10 AM.
We plan to Reach Kareri Lake by 2 PM. Terrain is similar as on first day with lesser trees. 4.5 kms trek from Rioti until Kareri Lake takes around 3-4 hours. This day’s trek is through beautiful surroundings and besides many small waterfalls.
Kareri Lake is located at an altitude of 2950 metres. Interested people can go to Gajj or visit Lord Shiva Temple. Gajj is a local term, which means a flat area. It is at 20 minutes hike from the lake and is located towards east of Kareri Lake.
Kareri Lake also serves as the base camp for Minkiani Pass and Lam Dal.
13 kms trek (Kareri Lake – Kareri Village) and 27 kms drive from Kareri village to Dharamshala
This is a comparatively longer day but easiest of all as we descend through entire 13 kms.
Day starts at 7 AM. Post that, if time and weather permits, we try to have brief yoga and meditation sessions. Trek starts by 9 AM from Kareri Lake towards Kareri Village using same route that we used while ascending. We plan to reach Kareri village by 4:30 PM. From Kareri village, we move in pre-arranged cabs towards Dharamshala. We plan to reach Dharamshala Bus Stand by 7 PM
|Please Note that this itinerary is for summer months i.e. April to June and September to October. For winters, we put a fixed camp at Rioti on Day 1 as well as Day 2. In that case, we go to Kareri Lake on Day 2 and come back to Rioti campsite by evening.|
- Rucksack (40-50 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket (for winter season)
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair for winter season)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava(1 for winter season)
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays)
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues)
- Headlamp/LED torch
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
High Altitude Dome Tents
• We provide high altitude dome tents, which we have tested successfully in different weather conditions and varying terrains
• We have different tents according to occupancy from single person to 5 people. (Please inform us in advance in case you wish to opt for a more than 3-person tent)
• After each trek, we clean our tents thoroughly and dry them under sun
Sleeping Bags and Mattresses
• Our Sleeping bags are specially customized by our team to handle different kind of weather conditions
• Inner material of our sleeping bags in down feather which can help to sustain temperatures as low as -15 to -20 degrees Celsius
• All the sleeping bags have detachable inner fleece liners, which can be removed especially for summer months
• Length of sleeping bags is such that a person of up to 6 feet and 5 inches can comfortably sleep
• We have different kinds of insulated mattresses according to weather conditions. For summer months, we use mattresses of 3 to 5 mm in thickness whereas for winters, we use 8 mm ones
• We dry our sleeping bags under sun from time to time
• We understand that after a tough day of trekking, our body is in dire need of nutrients. Keeping that in mind, we design our food menu in such a way that all the nutrients are replenished
• For Kareri Lake trek, our kitchen staff prepares fresh food at each of campsites (As we trek through major part of the day, we provide packed lunch. Though lunch is freshly prepared). For this trek, we provide meals from Day 1 Breakfast until Day 3 evening snacks
• Following is usual schedule/menu of meals provided:
o Morning Tea
Porridge & Bread with Jam & Butter, or,
Porridge & Plain Ajwain Parantha with Dry vegetable, or,
Porridge & Poori Chana, or, Porridge & Poha with tomato ketchup
o Packed Lunch
Plain Ajwain Parantha with Dry vegetable and Pickle, or,
Vegetable Pulav, or,
Poori with Dry vegetable
o Dry rations
Juice and Cream Biscuits, or,
Frooti/Maaza and Chocolate, or,
Fresh Fruit and Biscuits
o Evening snacks
Maggi/Pasta/Mix vegetable Pakore with Tea
Soup (Tomatao/Vegetable/Sweet Corn/Veg Manchow) with popcorn
Rice & Chapati with 2 vegetables (1 dry and 1 with curry),
Papad and Pickle,
Professional Trek Leads and Local Guides
• We have a team of professional Trek leads and guides who are well versed with the region and keep safety of everyone as primary focus
• All of our trek leads and guides are fairly experienced in leading treks across various terrains and in different weather conditions
• All our trek leads and guides are equipped with basic first aid kit to react and respond in case of emergencies. If you face any medical issue at any time on the trek or at the campsite, please do not hesitate to get in touch with respective trek lead/guide
• For Kareri Lake Trek, we provide back and forth transportation from Dharamshala to Kareri village, which is starting point of the trek
• Since condition of roads in mountains can be very uncertain, we use only those vehicles with good ground clearance. They might not be very luxurious, but yes certainly can take us out of tricky situations
• Vehicles are either Sumo/Bolero/Traveller
• On our comparatively shorter trekking days, we organize meditation/stretching or Taichi sessions
• We believe that meditation helps in re-energizing an individual both mentally and physically. Sometimes, we also use Tibetan meditation bowls to get relaxed and restore the energy after a tough day of trek
• In addition, stretching helps in reducing the stress and relaxing the muscles post the trek.
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Camping permissions and charges
In addition to included services as mentioned under “Inclusions” tab, we do have some extra services available as below.
|Rs 500 per rucksack per day||Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 kgs|
Raincoat on rent
|Rs 200 for entire trek||Fine of Rs 500 in case it is lost|
Trek Pole on rent
|Rs 100 per day||Fine of Rs 800 if lost|
Single Occupancy Tent
|Rs 500 per night|
You can avail these services at time of booking the trek.
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For a moderate trek like Kareri, a basic level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
We would suggest a daily jog of 3-4 kms on flat surface like in your nearby playground or street.
For beginners, do a daily 3 sets of10 bodyweight pushups, 3 sets 20 bodyweight squats, 3*30 seconds Plank Hold and 5*100 meter sprints (full power)
Take good amount of rest between sets
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂
How to reach Dharamshala?
Dharamshala, second capital of Himachal Pradesh is located at around 10 kms from Mcleodganj, which is known for home of Dalai Lama. Lying in eastern part of Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is also known as “Little Lhasa” (Lhasa being the capital of Tibet) because of presence of large number of Tibetans.
Both the cities are well connected by road from nearby major cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh. Dharamshala is located at distance of 243 kms from Chandigarh and 493 kms from New Delhi. It usually takes 6-7 hours to reach Dharamshala from Chandigarh and 10-11 hours from New Delhi. Road condition between New Delhi and Dharamshala is good with proper metalled roads between 2 cities. Chandigarh is located at mid point between New Delhi and Dharamshala.
There are regular government buses of Himachal roadways, Haryana roadways and Punjab roadways between New Delhi and Dharamshala. Government bus options include both Semi sleeper AC Volvo and non AC buses. Apart from government operated buses, many private bus operators too ply their Volvo buses on this route. However, private buses usually depart during evening and night time only from Delhi and Chandigarh.
You can take a look at bus timings in these links
Apart from bus, one can opt for train, or air options too to reach Dharamshala. However these services are not directly available until Dharamshala.
Pathankot is nearest railway station to Dharamshala. It is located at 80 kms from Dharamshala. There are regular bus and taxi services available from Patahankot towards Dharamshala.
Gaggal airpot near Kangra is nearest airport to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. It is located at 17 kms from Dharamshala and 27 kms from Mcleodganj. There are taxi services available from airport for Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.
We never cancel a trek/trip from our side unless it is because of some uncontrollable natural conditions like landslides or extreme weather conditions under which it is not safe to operate a trek/ trip. If that is the case, and we got to know it before starting date of the trek, we either refund your amount in full or would suggest an alternative trek/trip within same dates.
However, if you cancel a trek/trip, there are some cancellation charges as below:
• For any cancellations 1 week prior to starting of trek/trip, 70% of booking amount is refunded
• For any cancellations 3-6 days prior to starting of trek/trip, 50% of booking amount is refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek/trip, no amount is refunded
Example, for a trek/trip starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 25th July, 70% of booking amount is refunded
• Any cancellations between 26th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking is refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount is refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek/trip, only 50% of booking amount is refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek/trip, no amount is refunded