3,100 m
3 Days
Dharamshala, Himachal
Trek Grade

Kareri Lake is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. Its surface is 2934 metres above the sea level. The snow melting from the Dhauladhar range serves as the water source for this high altitude lake, and the pristine water from the Kareri Lake then outflows in the form of a stream known as Nyund. Since the water supply to the lake is provided by melting snow, and the lake is quite shallow; the water visibility is very high, and in most of the places, the lake bed is visible.

While a majority of the backpackers who visit Himachal Pradesh are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, a short trek to the Kareri Lake makes for a more luxurious and quieter experience. The lake appears to be especially appealing during the winter months of December to March when the lake is frozen and an air of tranquillity envelopes it. A trip to the Kareri Lake is thus definitely not worth a miss, especially for nature lovers.

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1st day: 20 km drive from Mcleodganj to Ghera village and 5 Kms Trek from Ghera Village to Harnala

We will start our journey for kareri lake trek early in the morning from Mcleodganj at approx. 10 AM in the morning. The journey from Mcleodganj to the first base village of our kareri lake trekking .i.e. Harnala village itself takes approx. 1 hours driving and 3 hours of trekking. The distance is 30 km and the  car journey is very scenic. We will have a stroll around the small, beautiful, Himachali village of Harnala.
During the whole trek we will hike alongside the river Nyund which serves as the primary source of water for all Kareri lake trek trips.
After initial hike of 2 hours, forest trails starts which is a steep climb. After taking lunch break (Will carry packed lunch) enroute, we will reach Harnala village, one of the best camping place in Kangra Valley and en-route kangra Valley. It is ideal place to camp due to flat area and availability of water. Snacks will be served at around 6 PM and dinner at 8. If weather permits, we would have bonfire.

Day 2: 10 Km Trek (Harnala – Kareri Lake)

After breakfast at 8AM in the morning we start our trek to Kareri lake at 9AM. Today it is 10 km trek and will take approx. 5 – 6 hours to reach the Kareri lake. Kareri lake serves as the base campsite for Minkiani pass trek and Baleni pass trek. After reaching to the campsite we set up our camp and explore the lord Shiva Temple there.
Evening snacks would be served at 6 PM & dinner at 8 PM. We would camp overnight at Kareri Lake and have bonfire if weather permits.

Day 3: Trek  back from Kareri Lake to Kareri Village / Harnala and the trek back to Ghera from where drive down to Mcleodganj

Day 3 will be a long day but not tough on trekkers as we will be descending mostly. After early morning wake up have  breakfast, then start your return trek from kareri lake to Kareri village or Harnala. We shall reach Harnala by 12 AM, reach Ghera by 1 PM and reach back to mcleodganj by 2 PM. You can reach Dharamshala bus stand by 1 more hour.


  • Veg Meals on Trekking days
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue.
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Transportation from Dharamshala to Kareri and return.


  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal rucksack

Meals during Hotel Stay, if any 

Bare Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.


  1. Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
  2. Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, preferably quick-dry, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.


  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
  2. Suncap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
  4. Balaclava: You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  5. Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.


  1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each or 2 litre water bladder.
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

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