Kareri Lake (also known as Kumarwah 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.
This 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).
How to Reach Kareri Lake
You can take a jeep from Dharamshala to Ghera village, which is around 20 km away. From the main bazaar, proceed towards the bridge, crossing over Bhote Khosi. After crossing the bridge, take a left and trek upwards, straight along the Kareri stream. The trail diverges here. Stick to the one that goes along the river. Around 30 minutes into the hike, the forested trail will lead you to a government school. This is Sari Village. The trek from here is another 2 kilometre-long ascent to Kareri Village.
Attractions at Kareri Lake
Kareri Lake is also the base camp to some exciting pass crossings over Dhauladhar. Bleni Pass which is 20 km from Kareri Lake to Bleni Pass and back to Kareri Lake. Minkiani Pass which is 4.5 km from Kareri Lake.