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Kareri Lake Trek with Minkiani Pass


Kareri Lake Trek with Minkiani Pass

Kareri Lake Trek with Minkiani Pass (7 Days)

Trek Type: Easy to moderate

Kareri Lake surfacing at 3034 meters is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake fed by melting snow from Dhauladhar range. Clarity of water is so good that the lake bed is visible in most of its area. The lake remains frozen from early December to March-April. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess on a hilltop overlooking the lake. A few Gaddi kothis (Shepherd’s temporary dwelling place) are present on the other side of the lake, an area which is used by the gaddis as a grazing ground for their livestock. The Dhauladhar is not a high range as compared to the Greater Himalayas but it still offers amazing opportunities for trekkers and climbers alike. The highest peaks are all in the 5000 meters range and there are several peaks with interesting names like Two Gun, Mon, Riflehorn and Arthur’s Seat, reminiscent of Dhauladhar exploration during British rule. Minkiani Pass at 4250 metres offers an opportunity to gain views towards the north, where peaks like Sickle Moon (6574 mts) and Brammah (6515m) falling in Kishtwar region of Kashmir are most prominent.


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Day 1

Arrival in Dharamsala, Transfer to Hotel in Mcleodgunj. Spend few hours walking around the town to acclimatize yourself to the surroundings. Walk to famous Buddhist monastery and Bhagsunag waterfalls. O/n Hotel.

Day 2. Mcleodgunj (2082 mts) - Satobari drive (9 Kms) and Trek to Kareri village (2000 mts), 3 hours

Drive beyond Dal Lake above Mcloedgunj to Satobari. An easy walk down to cross an old foot bridge before Ghera village followed by easy climb of about three hours to lovely village of Kareri. Set on the top of a ridge, with Dhauladhar in the background, amidst green wheat fields, stacks of drying hay all around, the village is beautiful. Camp overnight in the meadow just above the village.

Day 3. Kareri Village to Kareri Lake (3034 mts), 13 Kms, 5 hours

Trail goes through mixed forests of oak, rhododendron and pine. First two kms is a level walk and then there is steep ascent along Kareri stream which has to be crossed over a number of times over improvised wooden bridges. Reach Kareri Lake by early evening where nature brings together the beauty of snowcapped mountains, of crystal clear water, of sloping grasslands and of blue skies. Stunning and serene at the same time. Camp by Kareri Lake for overnight stay.

Day 4. Kareri Lake to Minkiani Pass (4250 mts) and back to Kareri Lake, 9 Kms, 7 hours

Across the lake, the facing wall of Dhauladhar is the route taken to reach Minkiani Pass. The pass is a 4 hour steep climb over boulders, moraine and snow. Once standing atop, Lovely views of the gigantic greater Himalayas beyond the shepherd land of Bharmour greet you from highlands of Minkiani. Return by the evening to the campsite by Kareri Lake. If nature permits, the lake and snowcapped mountains under the clear starry night can be the bounty for anyone’s eyes. O/n Camp.

Day 5. Kareri Lake – Bagga (2800 mts) – Rawa village (1800 mts), 18 Kms, 8 hours

Leave very early in the morning for a long day trek. A gradual climb through rock strewn field to a ridge followed by a steep descent through the forest to Bagga. Enjoy the lunch in the serene and green surroundings and follow the trail going downhill through the forest. Rawa village is situated on the bank of a small river. Camp near the stream just outside the village. O/n Camp.

Day 6. Rawa – Guna Devi Temple (2320 mts) – Galu – Dharamkot village (2190 mts), 16 Kms, 8 hours

It is a gradual ascent through the forest leading to a Hindu temple of Guna Devi overlooking the eastern Kangra valley. One side faces the snow mountain range, and the other side is thick forest. The views are amazing and the walk is great. It is a bit steep in places but not long enough to make it hard. Walk with the view of Western Dhauladhars and villages of self-sustaining farmers. Listen to the sounds of tin bells ringing in the corn fields to keep intruding animals away, walk through Bal village with traditional mud-and-slate houses. Reaching Galu temple situated right above Dharamkot village signals the end of the exciting trek. Overnight stay at a hotel in Dharamkot village.

Day 7

First half of the day at leisure, relax in the quiet environs of Dharamkot. Board the Volvo bus for overnight journey to Delhi or hire the cab for onward/ return journey.