Kareri Lake known as Kumarwah Lake , HP - watsupptoday.com
Kareri Lake known as Kumarwah Lake , HP
Posted 02 Dec 2016 05:06 PM

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.
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).
Kareri Lake is named after the nearby gaddi village of Kareri, situated 9 km south east of the lake.

Accessibility
Kareri Lake is not connected by a road. The closest roadhead is at Kareri (also known as Kareri Village), a village near Dharamshala. A 9km dirt road links Kareri to the nearest town, Ghera. Footpaths also connect Kareri to Ghera and are a bit shorter (5km). Ghera is accessed either by shared jeep from Dharamsala (17km, about one hour) or on foot from Naddi (about 2km by forest trails). As such, Kareri can be reached on foot from Mcleodganj, but its a bit too long for a return day hike. Most people who visit Kareri stay overnight in preparation for the hike to Kareri lake.
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.
From Kareri, a 13km trail from Kareri leads to the lake. Most of this trail is along the Nyund stream right up to the lake. The trail is mostly well marked, but a guide may be required. It is a long but easy to moderate trail, steep in certain portions, up to the lake.

An untouched glacial lake
Located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar is the perfect elliptical glacial lake – Kareri Dal. While majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, this short trek to Kareri Lake makes for a richer and quieter experience.
During summer, the pasture lands are rich, with green nutritious grass and an array of wild flowers. The local village of Kareri sits snug below, against the backdrop of the mighty Dhauladhar ridge.

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