Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake is a hidden gem that has not yet been thoroughly explored despite its location in the Himalayas, which is encircled on all sides by the Dhauladhar Range. This unspoiled lake can be found at an elevation of 2,934 metres above sea level, making it an ideal destination for those who are enthusiastic about hiking and the great outdoors. In this article, we will have a look at the tranquillity and beauty that can be found in Kareri Lake.

The route to Kareri Lake starts with a walk from the little town of Kareri and ends at Kareri Lake. The walk is around 9 km long and can be finished in approximately 4.5 to 5 hours. The walk is sure to be one to remember as it takes you past some breathtaking landscapes, including pristine meadows, little streams, and verdant woodlands. As you climb higher, you will be rewarded with increasingly stunning panoramas of the mountains in the area.

When you finally make it to the lake, you will be unable to communicate due to the breathtaking beauty of the area. The surrounding mountains are reflected beautifully in the lake’s water, which is so clear that it creates a picture-perfect scene. 

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Kareri Lake is well-known not only for its natural beauty but also for the spiritual significance that it holds. It is widely held in Hindu mythology that Lord Shiva spent some time meditating at the Kareri Lake before continuing to the Manimahesh Kailash summit. Nearby the lake is a modest temple that is devoted to Lord Shiva. Visitors can pay their respects and ask for blessings there. Kareri serves as the starting point for several additional hiking itineraries, each of which offers a unique perspective of the surrounding landscape. One such road is the one that leads to the Kareri Village, which is a lovely village that provides breathtaking views of the mountains that are in the surrounding area. The journey from Kareri to the Guna Devi Temple is another famous hike that goes through some stunning landscapes, including forests and meadows.

In addition, numerous plant and animal species make their home in the region surrounding Kareri Lake. Visitors get the opportunity to see a variety of birds, butterflies, and animals, including the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and snow leopard, among others. The area is also well known for the medicinal plants that can be found there; the native people make use of these plants in the formulation of their traditional medicines.

In addition to being a destination for hiking and camping, Kareri Lake is an ideal location for engaging in a variety of exciting sports, including rock climbing, rappelling, and navigating rapids in rivers. Because it is so close, the Kareri River offers plenty of chances for water sports and other activities. Anglers from all over the world come to this river to fish for trout because of the river’s well-deserved reputation for producing quality trout.

The months of May through July and September through November offer the most ideal conditions for a trip to Kareri Lake because of the good weather and bright skies during those months. The region is subject to significant snowfall over the winter months, and the lake freezes over, rendering it inaccessible.

In conclusion, Kareri Lake is an undiscovered treasure that has not yet been thoroughly explored. For those who have a passion for the outdoors and hiking, this location is an absolute must-see thanks to the pristine lake, the towering mountains all around it, the verdant forests, and the wide variety of flora and wildlife. By exploring the beauty and serenity of Kareri Lake, visitors can experience the true essence of the Himalayas by staying at a resort in Himachal Pradesh like the Rakkh Resorts. 

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For anyone who has maintained a respectable level of fitness, the journey to Kareri Lake is easy to moderate in difficulty. For the most part, it provides a straightforward path; however, there are some sections of ground that need a steep upward walk and are covered with rocky outcrops.

It takes 5 to 6 hours to complete the 13 km descent to the Kareri village.

Kareri Lake, also known as Kumarwah Lake, is a high altitude lake south of the Dhauladhar range in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, 32 km from Dharamshala and 39 km from McLeod Ganj. You can stay at our Luxury Resort in Palampura and experience this beautiful trek.

The Chadar Trek or The Frozen River Expedition is one of the most unique and challenging treks in India. The 6 day chadar trek across the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh takes place during the latter part of January till end of February or sometimes even in the first week of March, depending on the weather.