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Kareri Lake, Himachal Pradesh

The Kareri Lake is one of the most popular trekking destinations for people across India. If you are one of those people who love enjoying nature in its true beauty, then this is a trek that you should definitely consider taking.

The Kareri Lake trek lies between the Dhauladhar ranges and is an amazing glacial lake that has beautiful subtropical forests and amazing Alpine grasslands that you will enjoy checking out while you are taking the trek.

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The concrete bridge by Ashish Gupta under CC BY 2.0

Scenic Beauty

If you have never been on a trek before, then it would be smart to go on a smaller and easiest trek because the Kareri Lake trek is a little difficult and is designed for people who have gone on treks before this.

While the trail of the Kareri Lake trek isn’t that difficult and it’s defined for the most part of the trek, towards the last stretch, the trek could get a little difficult and this is why it isn’t an ideal trek for beginners.

The Kareri Lake trek takes about two days to be completed and you need to stay prepared so that you enjoy the trip in the best possible way. The trek begins from the Kareri village and it ends at the lake.

When people take the trip to the Kareri Lake they usually set up their base camp in the Kareri village which is in Dharamshala.

While this Trek is open throughout the year, the best time to go for the trek is anywhere between March and July or September to December. This will help you avoid the hash rainfall and you can make the trek more comfortable and enjoyable as well.

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Dhauladhar: First view of the Dhauladhar range beyond the Kareri lake as one advances in the valley. by Ashish Gupta under CC BY 2.0

Flora And Fauna

One of the most beautiful things of the Kareri Lake trek is the amazing subtropical forests that are flooded with Pine trees. You will find different kinds of trees including the Chir and Chilgoza pine trees. You will also get to spot broadleaf trees that are a beautiful sight and are amazing to keep you cool during the trek. Since there are so many trees along the trek, there are a number of birds as well that you will be able to spot.

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While most part of the trek is comfortable and has an easy terrain to walk on, towards the end of the trek you will come across rocky grassland which will be a little difficult but it is also refreshing especially for thirsty trekkers.

If you love visiting places like the Prashar Lake or KheerGanga, this is one trek that you should not miss. If you have never gonna trekking before and you plan on doing the Kareri Lake trek it is highly recommended that you go with somebody who has some experience.

While the actual trek takes four and a half hours to be completed, most people take a two-day trek because they can always stop in between and complete the trek in their own time. It’s more fun to trek in comfort rather than doing it in a hasty manner.

Featured Image: Kareri lake and surroundings by Ashish Gupta under CC BY 2.0

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