Kareri Lake is a shallow high altitude fresh water lake located on the southern spur of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km northwest of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, India.[1]

Kareri Lake
Kumarwah Lake
View of Kareri lake
Kareri Lake
Location of Kareri lake within Himachal Pradesh
Location of Kareri lake within Himachal Pradesh
Kareri Lake
Location of Kareri lake within Himachal Pradesh
Location of Kareri lake within Himachal Pradesh
Kareri Lake
LocationKangra district
Coordinates32°19′32″N 76°16′25″E / 32.32556°N 76.27361°E / 32.32556; 76.27361Coordinates: 32°19′32″N 76°16′25″E / 32.32556°N 76.27361°E / 32.32556; 76.27361
Lake typeHigh altitude lake
Primary inflowsMankiani Peak
Primary outflowsNyund Stream
Basin countriesIndia
Surface elevation2,934 m (9,626 ft)
ReferencesHimachal Pradesh Tourism Dep.

GeographyEdit

Kareri Lake is at elevation 2,934 metres (9,626 ft) 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. The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April.

TourismEdit

Kareri lake is best known for being a trekking destination in the Dhauladhars. 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).

EtymologyEdit

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

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