Kareri Lake Trek: Everything to Know

Kareri Lake Trek: Everything to Know


Just the thought of the paradise Himachal Pradesh will flash views with sky-reaching peaks, mixed culture of Buddhism,  traditional lifestyles, mountains, and breathtaking views. If at all you plan for a week-long trek. Then give the Kareri lake trek a shot, this offbeat destination is a must-try.

Situated in the Himalayan region. You will have a mesmerizing trekking experience with striking views of the High ranges and colorful valleys. Otherwise known as Kumarwah Lake, the karri lake is located in the minkiani pass. It is a freshwater glacial lake with crystal clear water, you can also spot the lake bed in most places. Above all the sky above, gets reflects in the crystal clear water. Which is another lovely view that this lake presents. 

Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, the lake in this region defines as a flawless beauty. You also go through many spurting waterfalls and tumbling streams all the way. The shepherd villages will greet you with great locals and the soothing chirps will please your ears. 

Quick facts

The lake rests at an elevation of 3100 meters above sea level. The Kareri lake trek is graded as one of the easiest treks making it beginner-friendly. Any novice trekker can take up this trek, covering a distance of about 35kms. It almost takes 7 days to complete. The months of April to December are considered the best time to visit this place in Kareri Lake.

About the trek 

Dharamsala is considered the “land of gods” and is the land where the Dalai Lama abides.

The karri lake trek begins from the base camp at McLeodganj and passes through the pass, balance pass, lot, and finally reaches the lake, passing through many vintage landmarks, neighboring mountains, and valleys. This trail will take you through dense forests,  narrow terrains, twirling passes, meadows, and much more that makes the ravishing Himalayan region. This Himalayan cult offers you hospitality and great people from the local villages. 


Climbing up the trail, you will get to experience unique climatic changes. You will also have the chance to hike up the balance pass located at 12,300 ft. Bikini passes located at 13,230 ft and will feel like being lost in the serenity of the beautiful karri lake. You’ll also get to meet the local people from there and witness their culture in person 

How does the trek go?

The trek starts from the base camp that is located at Mcleodganj and walks to the karri village. From there you will go through wholly densely packed pine forests and remote villages.on passing a few kilometers like this, You will start climbing on the bottom of the slope, after reaching a certain point you’ll start hiking the slope. 

A hard time awaits after that, while trekking to Lioti, located at an altitude of 8038ft it has a beautiful alpine grassland. The best experience is strolling along the river, crossing bridges, walking on the boulders, and camping under the starlit sky, even though it tests you through its rough terrain.

From there you’ll trek to Minkiani pass where the lake is located. on the way, you will pass through the shrunk trails, paths filled with huge rocks and mud, and  densely forested following crunched to the ranges on one side of the trail  and river gorge flowing on the other side 

As you hike up the elevation,  the trail gets tougher and a bit more difficult, with crossing rough paths, But on reaching the destination you’ll feel delighted on seeing the view of the lake, minkiani pass, balance pass, and the valley.

Things to Carry

  • Carrying your water resistant trekking pants / trekking shoes is the best option. 
  • Make sure to carry your warm clothes including warmers, pullovers, waterproof jackets, gloves, thermal wears, and an extra pair of socks.
  • Don’t forget to carry your torch and  personal medication and toiletries. 

Best Time to Take Up the Trek

  • The month of August to December is considered the best and  snow on the high passes would have melted during August. 
  • Monsoons in the high ranges will still be affected by the rain making it hard to climb and making it a thrilling experience. 
  • Winter’s naturally presents you with little snowfall that lets you experience paradise effect 

Muhammad Asif

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