Complete Guide for Kareri Lake Trek

Dharamshala has two of the most famous treks in Dhauladhars range Triund and Kareri Lake. Kareri Lake is a high-altitude freshwater lake that is 2,934 m above sea level. We have explained complete Guide for Kareri Lake Trek in this blog.

Proximity to Delhi, ease to do and very short time requirement are the few reasons which make these destinations weekend treks. In the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Kareri is a small hilltop for which the trekking base is in Kareri Village. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on a hilltop alongside the lake.

Brief Introduction of the Trek

Maximum Altitude 2,934 m (9,625 ft)
Difficulty Level Moderate
Total Trek Distance 20 km
Trek Duration Nolli Bridge – Kareri Lake : 7-8 Hours
Distance from Delhi (To the base point – Nolli Bridge) 510 km
Best time to visit Summers (Mar-Jun), Winters (Sep-Nov)
Most crowded time May-Jun
Trek close time
Snowfall time (High Probability) End of Dec – End of Jan
Must to do things Trekking, Camping, Photography, Exploring Flora

How to Reach?

Mode Route Way Forward
By Air Nearest Airport : Kangra Airport Kangra Airport to Dharamshala needs to be covered by Road
By Rail Nearest Railway Station : Pathankot Railway Station Pathankot to Dharamshala needs to be covered by Road
By Road Delhi to Dharamshala :
Option 1) Public & Private buses available at ISBT Kashmiri Gate
Option 2) Self-owned vehicle or Rented Cabs
Trek starts from Nolli Bridge

Important Note :

  1. Trek base point (Nolli Bridge) is around 32 Km from Dharamshala and one can cover it in 2 hours.
  2. To reach Nolli Bridge, one can take the HRTC bus to Ghera and then the remaining 15 km to be covered by walk. Alternatively, one can also book a cab to Nolli bridge to save some time and energy. Considering the trek length from Nolli Bridge, which is 10 km, the cab option should be taken.

Where to Stay?

Head Places to Stay Type of accommodation available Price Range
Enroute Dharamshala, Una Hotels, Homestay 1000-3000 per person
Base Point McLeod Ganj Homestay, Tents, Hotels 1000-3000 per person
Trek top Triund Top Temple premise, Dhaba Stay, Tent 400-800 per person

Detailed Itineary

(Delhi – Dharamshala – Kareri Lake – Dharamshala – Delhi)


1st Day: Reach Dharamshala

The distance from Delhi to Dharamshala is around 480 km and it will take 9-10 hours to reach Dharamshala. If reached early, explore the market of Dharamshala. For stay, you can choose between Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj. You will have plenty of other options to explore in McLeod Ganj like Bhagsu waterfall, Tsug La Khang (Dalai Lama’s Temple), Namgyal Monastery, etc. You can also explore the local market and try some local food.

Complete Guide for Kareri Lake Trek

2nd Day: Dharamshala – Kareri Lake

After having breakfast, take a cab to Nolli Bridge from Dharamshala/ McLeod Ganj. At the starting point of the trek (Nolli Bridge), you will find a couple of shops for water and snacks.
Start your trek early in the morning to reach the top before noon. Remember, “slow and steady” is the key strategy for steep treks and taking frequent breaks is not advisable.

Complete Guide for Kareri Lake Trek

After covering around 1.5 trek length, you will come across the cafe JHEEL. The midpoint of the trek is known as the “Reyoti”. This point comes just after the metal bridge. You will find many cafes on your way to the top. As the trek trail is alongside the river, you will not feel any difficulty in finding the drinking water.

Optional : Triund trek further extends to Lamdal lake. We recommend it only for experienced trekkers. As the trail is stony and not defined very well, take a trekking guide along with you.


After taking a rest at Reyoti, start your trek to Kareri lake. This stretch is well defined and steep with boulders at some places.
One can easily cover this portion of the trek in 4 hours. Once reached the top, enjoy the beautiful view of Kareri Lake.

One can plan to stay at the Kareri Lake either in the tent or in the Dhabas accommodation. For food, you will mostly get paranthas, dal, rice, and tea here.


3rd Day: Kareri Lake – Dharamshala

Complete Guide for Kareri Lake Trek

After having breakfast, start descending from Kareri Lake towards Nolli Bridge.

With a slow and steady pace, one can cover the return trek in 4-5 hours.

4th Day: Dharamshala – Delhi

Plan your journey back to Delhi on the next day of the trek. The same route to be followed for the return journey as well.

Important Things to Consider

Things to carry for Trek

  • Proper trekking shoes along with 2 pairs of socks
  • Trekking paints & few full sleeve t-shirts
  • Full sleeve jacket, raincoat & thermal clothes
  • Woollen cap/scarf, Gloves & Windproof jackets (In winters)
  • Sunglasses, Cap, Water bottle & LED Torch
  • Basic medicines like Crocin, Combiflam, Disprin, Band Aid, ORS, Cotton, Betadine etc.

Facts related to road blockage

  • Snow covers trek trail from the end of Dec to Feb and Dhabas will not be available at this time of the year. One should plan trek considering these points.
  • Trekking in these months to be preferred with some trek operators.

I hope this blog helped you in planning the Kareri Lake trek. Send your opinion and feedback in the comment section.


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