1 NIGHT 2 DAYS
Kareri is a small glacial lake at an elevation of approximately 9620 feet above sea level. The place fascinates everyone with its natural beauty, tranquil environs and clean and fresh air. The lake is surrounded by high-altitude grasslands, which are gently sloped and lures trekkers from every part of the world.
Before you start the Kareri Lake trekking tour, you will get one day to explore the small town of McLeodganj, which would be good enough to acclimatize yourself as well. Start the trip by an easy walk to the Kareri village, where you would camp at night. The next section of the excursion will take you along the water stream to the campsite of Lioti. Crossing the river via boulders and temporary bridges will give you much thrill. The excursion from Lioti to the lake is full of breathtaking scenery. After camping for a night by the lake, you will hike down to Ghera, and this phase of Kareri Lake trekking will be a beautiful one.
Arrive Kareri Village by your own and Meet at the Reporting Venue by 10:00 AM. We will start the trek for Kareri Lake . It will be a tough climb, but the journey will be highly rewarding. The path goes along a narrow mountainous river, named Liund, which will have to be crossed again and again. Some crossings consist of makeshift bridges while others will have to be negotiated by walking on river-line boulders.
The ensuing 6 to 7 hours of trekking along the mountains will take you to the base of Minkiani Pass, where the lake is situated. This is also the most scenic part of the entire trip, and once you start walking, you will know why. You will first walk on a narrow, rocky and muddy track, lined with thickly forested mountains on one side, and a river gorge on the other. As the region is not too high, you will see coniferous as well as deciduous trees along the way. High above the ground, the mountains may be obscured by clouds.
As you continue your Kareri Lake trek, you will keep gaining altitude, and the vegetation will start becoming less dense. After a while, you will be walking on quite a rough trail. You will now tread along another rocky river, and the altitude of the region will result in the disappearance of deciduous trees. Only towering spruces and firs along with lush grass will be seen. Here the clouds may be right at the surface, and you might get the opportunity to pass through them. The campsite for this night will be another enchanting meadow, and from here you will be able to see Minkiani Pass, Baleni Pass and a valley below.
Today, we will trek down to a place known as Ghera. First you will trek down along the river and coniferous forests of firs and spruce, and as you lose elevation, the vegetation will keep becoming denser. After you lose a significant amount of elevation, tall deodar trees will start appearing, and the grass will become lush. You will arrive Kareri Village in 4 hours.