Kareri Lake, Kangra

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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. Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range serves as the source of the lake and a stream, Nyund is the outflow. Since the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places, the lake bed can be seen.Kareri lake is best known for being a trekking destination in the Dhauladhars. The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake.. A few gaddi kothis are present on the other side of the lake, an area which is used by the gaddis as a grazing ground for their animals. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani Pass (4250m) and Baleni Pass (3710m).EtymologyKareri Lake is named after the nearby gaddi village of Kareri, situated 9 km south east of the lake.AccessibilityKareri Lake is not connected by a road. The closest roadhead is at Nolli village, which is on the route from Salli village to Kareri Village. One can stay overnight at the Snow Monk Camp in Salli for preparations. From Salli village, there are 2 options of visiting Kareri Lake. If someone has just 1 night, then the route via Nolli village offers that option. One can drive till Nolli Village and start the trek to return the next day after camping.
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  • To start with, if one talks about Mcleodganj, the only trek people think of is - Triund. I have done that trek and the way it is commercialized, its not an ideal trek for the people who love doing tre...  more »
  • Frankly,we chose wrong month to trek . it was start of december. It 3 day trek with 2 days climbing and1 down. As we were about to complete 1 st day. It started snowing making temp almost 0 . difficul...  more »
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  • The lake is covered with snow around It is situated in the middle of the mountains and the view is just amazing
  • Beautiful trek route, friendly shepherds and gushing river leading to a serene lake. Must visit.
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