Kareri Lake is popular for its transparent crystalline water and is located 9km northwest of the Dharamsala region in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. It is basically a high elevated lake that rests in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas and supplies natural freshwater as it receives water from the Dhauladhar ranges. Although the climate over there is quite pleasant the lake remains frozen from early December to March-April.
Apart from the ethereal beauty, Kareri Lake is famous for its dense rhododendron forest which gives you immense peace, also the place is surrounded by so many shops that make you feel lively. The most important attraction around the lake is a temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. If you want to stay there, then the temple has open rooms for visitors which are free of cost. Camping and bonfire is the major part while traveling or trekking, so there are some camping spots to the east and west end of the lake by which you can fulfill this wish as well. The shopkeepers over there provide you with snacks, biscuits, candies for your kids, noodles, and of course some other junk food. You can also get a proper meal and tea cooked over a wood-fired stove which is made by the localities. Kareri Lake is generally known for being a trekking destination in the Dhauladhars which is further moved to Chamba and Bharmour through the Miankiani Pass(4250m) and Baleni Paas(3710m).
Apart from all these bright sides, you should also be aware of wild animals which roam here in a trail during the trekking season. On top of it, you will get to see the leopard sightings here, and also this place is known as the Bear Valley. The animals will only be encountered in off-peak months and move to lower altitudes due to lack of food.
There are two main routes to reach Kareri Lake, in the first route you have to undergo the Dharamshala-Ghera-Kareri road. Even though the path is a little dusty and steep you can reach the Kareri village which is nearby the lake. Route two is for the people of Pathankot, they have to take the Salli-Kareri link road path.
The climate of Kareri Lake is enchanting but due to the Dhauladhar Mountains and Kangra Valley it is slightly unexpected and somehow you can face the rainfall. To save yourself, I would suggest you bring your raingear with you because above all safety is the first thing that matters the most. Visiting Kareri Lake would be one of the best decisions of your life because you will get to see the scenic beauty of the place and gigantic mountains which gives your eyes a view that is worth to be captured for a lifetime. If you are a photographer and a travel freak, then the Kareri trek is best to experience the fun and a lot of adventure as well.
This area is so scenic, less populated, and pollution-free which makes it more captivating. You can visit this lake during both summer and winter, but, if you want to see the beautiful lush green scenery, then visit in summer, or else to admire the thick sheet of snow, go in winter.