Kareri Lake Weekend Trek

1 Nights /2 Days

Mountaineering and Trekking

Starting from

INR 3,300

+91 84484 45051

Starting from
INR 3,300
Starting from
INR 3,300

+91 84484 45051

+91 98187 03891

tours@holidaymoods.net

Overview

Kareri Lake Trek - It is often that people search for a destination or a trail that suits an average trekker, which caters to aspects of leisure, thrill, and adventure. The Kareri Lake Trek is one such trail that emerges as a premier route in all those aspects. Situated at a height of roughly 3400 meters, it is a host of chilly winds and panoramic natural beauty. The trail starts from the Base Camp of Snow Monk Camp in Salli Village, near Dharamshala. It takes trekkers through villages, showcasing local traditional facades, going up into lush green forests, all along with a river flowing right next to the trail. The stunning snow-capped Dhauladhar Himalayas are visible, putting on a great spectacle for trekkers every time they lookup. 

After navigating through canopied green forests, you emerge out in vast, extending meadows, One can easily spot shepherds with their flock of sheep, horses, mules, cows, buffaloes or even friendly mountain dogs who tend to trek alongside you, keeping you a great company amidst nature. The Chandrela temple up ahead in the meadows usually offers a resting or pit stop for trekkers to catch their breath or have lunch. The last stretch of the trail is a steep ascend to the final destination, Kareri Lake. Every ounce of energy and effort spent to arrive at this magical place is worth it. A huge, freshwater lake amidst rugged mountains with greenery and wind in your hair, nothing beats a splendor like this.

Best Time & Weather to Visit Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake lies in the Dhauladhar Himalaya, which is the closest range touching the plains of Himachal and Punjab. The lake is the source of River Nyund in the district of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Kareri Lake can be visited for many months in a year and within a short time being so close to the metro towns of Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, and cities of Punjab. Let's break this very important information down to subparts so as to understand the weather when we intend to visit the lake. Our whole experience depends on when we are visiting the Kareri lake

Monsoons - rains start from the months of July and lasts till September mid. Monsoons in the Dhauladhar Himalaya are quite infamous and notorious with high wind factors hence one should be very careful when venturing out in the monsoons to the Kareri lake. The rainfall also is very heavy hence ideally the visiting Kareri Lake should be avoided in the monsoons and these months. 

The weather is also humid throughout the day and night. Most of the time the skies are overcast and they can stretch up to 2-3 days in succession also. Expect the temperatures to be hovering around 25-30 degrees in the day time and around 10-15 degrees at night

Autumn - As the month of September proceeds ahead, the showers recede and give way to clear blue skies. The mountains are lush green post monsoons and the valley is rich with flora & fauna. The rivers are brimming to their high-end levels and the meadows are a verdant carpet with tiny flowers blossoming. However, on the cons side is that post the rains, the foliage gets very dense and overgrown. 

Expect the temperatures to be hovering around 25 degrees in the daytime and around 5-10 degrees at night. By October, the weather is spectacular and there is a crispness in the air. The cool breeze is welcomed by every traveler and the nights are chilly and experiential. It is a great time to visit Kareri lake with mild temperatures in the autumn months

Winters - As the month of November comes, it is the time for the winter to set in. The water levels in the river Khauli and River Nyund start to reduce and the weather gets cold at night, though the day temperatures are nice and cool. Expect the temperatures to be hovering around 10-20 degrees in the day time and around 0-5 degrees at night in November and December. It is a time when few trekkers like to visit Kareri lake as it starts to get a bit chilly at night. 

But as they say that it is all about the wrong clothing and the weather is always right! It starts to snow by the end of December month and the snowfall can last till March first week just before the spring sets in. Don’t forget that it just takes the weather to turn around a bit and with the low temperatures it starts to snow. Make sure that your equipment, especially the tents, insulated carry mat, and sleeping bag are of very good quality for the winter trek to Kareri Lake. 

Spring - March & April are the most brilliant months to trek to the Kareri Lake. One can expect to see a lot of snow patches all throughout the trek route. The North facing slopes and the nallahs will have an accumulation of snow patches right till the end of June month also. Kareri Lake will have snow around the lake in the spring months of March & April. This is also the month when the Rhododendron trees bloom at their best. More than 11 colors of Rhododendron trees can be found on the trek route. 

The flowers of the Rhododendron trees are also used to make medicines and local wine. The volume in the Khauli and the Nyund river also starts to increase as the snow starts melting in the glaciers of the Dhauladhar Himalaya. Expect the temperatures to be hovering around 15-20 degrees in the daytime and around 5-10 degrees at night in March and April months.

Summer - The months of May and June are the busiest when hundreds of trekkers can be seen trekking up to the Kareri lake. The day temperatures are usually around 25-35 degrees in the daytime and around 10-15 degrees at night in May and June months. It also usually rains almost every other second or third-day post-lunch as clouds swell up, hiding the views of the mighty Dhauladhar range. The volume in the rivers also swell up and as it rains, the water also starts to get muddy.  

Kareri Lake Trek Difficulty Level

The Kareri Lake trek is a moderate level trek which can be enjoyed by almost anyone and everyone who is relatively fit and a good walker. The initial sections of the walk are relatively easy and as one starts to climb up, the gradient increases making it a moderate level trek. There are not many camping sites en route. If one is attempting through the Nyund River route, then the only campsite between Nolli camp and the Kareri Lake is at Reuti camp, which is also quite rocky with a lot of boulders strewn around. If one is attempting through Khauli river route, the trek is fairly easy and more scenic than the Nyund river route. 

The enroute camp at Rehla between Salli village and Kareri Lake is very open, large, and picturesque. However, the climb from Rehla to Kareri Lake, though very short, is pretty steep and it takes around 3 Hrs to climb 3 km one way. Return trek down is fairly easy and a straight descent. The Snow Monk Camp in Salli village is a permanent camp open throughout the year which can be used as a base camp to start the Kareri Lake. Both the trek routes are equidistant from the Snow Monk Camp

Can Kareri Lake trek be organized in a Deluxe, sustainable and a more luxurious manner?

If you want to visit Kareri Lake trek as a deluxe option, where one can start from an organized base camp with all basic amenities, lovely home-cooked food, comfortable living arrangements, good reliable local guides, then there is only one good option for this at present. Snow Monk Camp is about 16 kilometers away from Kareri Lake. It is known for its superior arrangement and deluxe camping arrangements. One has 2 options to choose to visit Kareri the Lake i.e. via Nyund River or  Khauli River.

How to Reach Kareri Lake - By Air, Train, Road, and approximate fares

Kareri Lake lies in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra is very well connected by air, train, and road. Kangra has its own airport and is well connected with daily flights from New Delhi. Since the airport is a small one, hence only ATR aircraft ply. Flight tickets if bought at least a month in advance can be sourced for appx Rs 3500.00 one way from Delhi. From the airport, the base camp for Kareri lake trek Snow Monk Camp in Salli village is appx 40kms away and it takes around 1:30mins to reach. 

The nearest train station is Pathankot which is just 86kms away and it usually takes roughly 3:00hrs to reach the base camp for Kareri lake trek in Salli village. A sedan taxi dropping fare from the Pathankot railway station to Salli village will cost around Rs 3000.00. Overnight Volvo buses run daily from Delhi and Chandigarh. There is no need to go to Dharamshala or Mcleodganj to go for the Kareri Lake trek. One should get down at Gaggal chowk and then take a bus or taxi to Salli village. There are direct buses to Salli village from Gaggal Chowk and usually, it takes Rs 50 per person fare. 

One can even fly into Amritsar and Jammu airports which are barely 4:30 hrs away from Salli village base camp. There are direct flights to Amritsar and Jammu from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, and Jaipur 
 

Accommodation at the Kareri Lake

There is no accommodation at the Kareri lake and one must make prior arrangements before venturing out for this trek. There is just a temple at the bank of the lake and some open shelters which are exposed to the wind factor and cold. Proper camping gear ideally should be taken up for a comfortable night stay.

From where do the Kareri Lake treks start and how many routes are there?

There are 2 routes to attempt the Kareri  Lake trek. One route is up the Nyund River from the Kareri village side and the other route is up the Khauli river from Salli village side. The Kareri village route is an old existing route which starts from Naddi descending down to Ghera village and via the Kareri village to Kareri Lake. 

The route up Khauli river which starts from Salli village is an easier and more scenic and open valley trek route. A new road has come up now which connects both Salli, Nolli, and Kareri villages hence there is no need to start the trek from Naddi anymore. 

One should start the trek from either Snow Monk Camp at Salli village or from the Nolli village. An advantage of the Khauli Valley is that there are other trek routes also which one can attempt like Druni Tal, Baleni Pass, Lam Dal Lakes and to the Boh valley hence giving the advantage to start treks from Salli village in Khauli valley.

Highlights

Activity Facts:
Region -           Dhauladhar  Himalaya
Trek -               Kareri Lake
Trek -               Duration 2 Days
Grade -            Easy to Moderate
Max. Altitude - 3000 M

Itinerary

Day

1

Arrive At the Snow Monk Trek to Kareri Lake
Salli Village

• Transfer to Nolli village and start trekking to Kareri Lake (8kms / 5Hrs)
• Meals: Packed Lunch, Tea snacks, soup, dinner


Day

2

Trek down Kareri Lake to Snow Monk Base camp
Salli Village

• Lunch at the base camp. Transfer to Gaggal for boarding Volvo back to Delhi(12kms / 6Hrs)
Meals: Breakfast


Inclusions

  • Local transfer from camp to nolli village and return
  • All accommodation in tents on triple & Quad sharing basis (4 men tents to be provided). 
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary – 
  • The Trekking cost on full board basis (all meals included).
  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks and trekking mattress
  • All Permits.
  • Services of accompanying local guides & Trip Leader.
  • Services of cooks, porters etc
  • Trekking fees 
  • Camping fees 

Exclusions

Supplements

PARTICULARS

AMOUNT

Insurance policy for the trek

Rs 250.00

Personal Porter

Rs 1500.00

Rucksack porterage sharing basis

Rs. 500.00


  • Drinks, personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines and even expenses incurred due to reasons beyond our control such as bad weather or road blocks due to land slides etc. 
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary as above.
  • Any increase in road taxes, diesel, entrance fees or any other govt.-imposed taxes.
  • Evacuation charges, damage of any nature, entry permits, entrance fees at monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses of the clients or any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, land slides etc.
  • Anything not specified under the header ”Package price includes”.
  • 5% GST  
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Proposed Accommodation/ Similar

Salli Village - 1 Night

Additional Info

Sector Note

Tour Price
Price Per Person - In INR

PARTICULARS

02 PAX

03-04 PAX

05-07PAX

08-10 PAX

11-15 PAX

16+ PAX

 EX Snow Monk Camp

6500

5500

4000

3700

3500

3300


                                                 + 5% GST
Cancellation Policy

The package price will be deducted as per the following conditions strictly. No refund will be entertained without receiving a cancellation request effective from the date of receipt of the letter. 

  • Notice less than 60-46 days:  25% cost will be deducted
  • Notice less than 45-31 days:  50% cost will be deducted
  • Notice less than  30 days:    No Refund

Note: No refund will be given to people who are unable to complete the trip or abandon it due to any reasons.
Terms & Conditions
  • The digital copy of the Indemnity form duly filled, signed and emailed to the company along with the booking amount. 
  • It will be deemed that the booking & payment policy is accepted by the clients while making the bookings with the first deposit amount. 
  • If the client is forced to cancel the booking prior to departure, the cancellation policy will be followed.
  • In case of any delay beyond our control, the client will have to bear extra cost for the extra days as per the option chosen on per day basis.
  • Please  note  and  be  well  informed  that  there  will  be  no  refund  of  money  after the package commences and if one cannot complete activity or gets sick enroute. 
  • The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the package is not availed.


COMPANY LIABILITY

  1. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day-to-day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to conflict, international or internal flight delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, weather, war, vehicle problems, political closures and disputes.
  2. The  booking  is  accepted  on  the  understanding  that  you  realize  the  potential  risks  and hazards that can be involved in holidays of this kind. The organisor along with our leaders/guides and anyone else working in association with us cannot be held responsible for any death, accident or mishap that may occur in connection with any part of, or services connected with the holiday. 
  3. Before the guests come on a holiday, they must be covered by insurance, which has to include the cost of helicopter rescue, evacuation and cost of repatriation if they become too ill to continue. It is recommended that the travel insurance should cover adventure activities undertaken. We can help you incase required
  4. The Company would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.
Payment Policy
BOOKING & PAYMENT POLICY

  • Booking Amount:     25% of the package price (Non-Refundable)
  • 1st Installment:        25% of the package price on confirmation of all services
  • 2nd Installment:       50% Balance 15 days prior to the departure date
Indemnity Bond
Kindly download the Booking & Indemnity form this link. The digital copy of the Booking & Indemnity form duly filled, signed and scanned must be emailed to us along with the 25% booking amount of the package price.

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