Kareri Lake Dam


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.

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).

With the trek altitude of 3,300m above the sea level, the Kareri Lake Dharamshala or the Kumarwah Lake is one of the most stunning lakes in Himachal Pradesh. With the melting snow of the Dhauladhar Range as the source of water, this quaint lake and the terrains that leads to it, entices trekkers from different corners of the world. While the Dhauladhar Range adds to the mesmeric appeal of this lake, the fact that it remains frozen during early December to March/April, serves as the main attraction of this trek. The Kareri Lake trekking originates from the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh and takes the participants through lush forests, narrow terrains, whirly passes, scenic meadows and much more. Adding more, while on this trek, the trekkers can also participate in local tours and adventure activities like Tyrolean Traversing.

History


Kareri 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.

If there are 2 nights at disposal, then the second relatively lesser know, easy and lovely route is along the Khauli river from Salli Village, which flows from the glaciers under the Baleni Pass. From Salli village, one can trek for 7-8 kms/ 4hours appx and reach the camp at Daled. With a two nights stay at Daled one can climb to Kareri Lake over the ridge on the right flank. The entire route is scenic with dense forest, river, meadows and then the highlands of Daled and Chagroutu.

The other traditional route is accessed through a 9 km dirt road linking Kareri village from Ghera. Ghera is accessed either by shared jeep from Dharamsala or on foot from Naddi . The schedule of jeeps from Dharamsala to Ghera is irregular, and jeeps from Ghera to Kareri even more so. A taxi from Ghera to Dharamsala costs 800 Rupees as of early 2016. The trail is not well marked and a guide may be required. It is a long, near about 6km trek and moderate trail. It is steep and more adventurous in the last portion of about 1km up to the lake from this side of the route wherein you have to climb a mountain via a steep route alongside a stream which flows from the very same mountain.The lake surrounded by mountain tops on all sides is situated just on the other side of the top.


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