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Travel musings – Kareri Lake Trek

Just as this lonesome tree 🌲 is perfect in its imperfections, we too are.

So who are we to judge the imperfections of others?

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Travel photography – Kareri Lake Trek

It is a dangerous business Frodo, going out your door, you step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off.

– Bilbo Baggins, #lotr

Well trekking for the Kareri Lake was definitely dangerous. 

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Travel musings – Kareri Lake Trek

Our campsite 🏕 during the Kareri Lake Trek. It was a small even site and one had to traverse a steep snow laden ascent to reach it. Could not have been more adventurous.

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Travel musings – Kareri Lake Trek

Kareri Lake Trek is one of the toughest treks of my life. Not because of the fact that I didn’t complete it. But because the live snowfall made it taxing. Not to forget that I slipped quite a few times and got myself stuck in 4-5 feet deep snow.

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The peak that could not be scaled – Kareri Lake trek.

Himachal, the abode of numerous mountainous treks and meadowish landscapes is finally back on my travel list.
And the trek I chose this time was a tough one – the Kareri Lake.

I wanted to challenge myself this time so decided to go for a three day trek with patches of snow here and there.

What I did not anticipate was that the cold had been harsh this time and the snowfall might very well extend to March. And what the travelling sites fail to mention now and again that Kareri lake is not an easy trek.

A comfortable ride in the semi sleeper Volvo to Dharmshala was the most comfortable part of the journey. The raging mountain winds and a light drizzle greeted us at Dharmshala, the starting point of many exciting treks.

We started for the Kareri village from Dharmshala at 9:00 am – the trek leaders Sonu and Sushil Bhaiya from TrektheHimalayas picked us up. It took1.5 hours to reach the beautiful Kareri village in the lap of the Dhauladhars.

After a soul filling lunch of rajma curry, we started for the trek towards the base camp. A group of 15 with two trek leaders, three mountain dogs, four mules and 4 assistants traversed the rhododendron laden trail of 5-6km. There are cemented roads as well which will relieve your body of the tiredness of the ascent.

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Then there are some small water bodies surrounded by rocks which will seduce you to get clicked now and then.

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And in the last few metres towards the base camp, the trail becomes steeper interspersed with snow. I had the support of the trek leaders while trekking on snow so was able to dig my feet into hard snow and traverse easily.

It started raining the minute we reached our base camp. Thankfully, TrektheHimalayas had erected the base camp near two huge boulders which provided shade to the people sitting beneath them.

The rain gave way to snow in the night and we were greeted with a winter wonderland of white sheet in the morning. The sun rose thankfully and after much hesitation we decided to trek till Reoti.

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The whole path was of course narrow because of heavy and fresh snowfall and if you are not careful, your legs could dive deep into the snow.

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The weather soon gave away to unpredictability and a heavy storm was approaching. We were 2km short of Reoti and had to decide to return back otherwise we would have been stuck in an unforgiving snow storm.

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By the time we returned to our base camp, it was raining and snowing again. The day moved with revelling in the marvellous view and hogging on to the delicious food items prepared by the TrektheHimalayas team.

The bright sunny morning of the next day encouraged us for a relaxing down trek to the Kareri village. The snow had melted giving way to bright greenery and soothing, slightly less dense air. The rhythm of moving waters pacified our weary souls.

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After a quick lunch at the Kareri village, we decided to travel to Mc Leodgunj and explore the Tibetan markets there. I got a Pashmina and a stole from a local shop and our group enjoyed binging on to freshly steamed chicken and paneer momos.

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Travelogue – Tirthan valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Nestled amongst the mighty Dhauladhars and the fierce Tirthan river, this enticing valley should be on your wish list if you adore mountains.

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I was fortunate enough to visit this beautiful place on a team outing and our stay was at the Camp Chrysalid, Tirthan, which is at the edge of the Great Himalayan National Park.
The rage of the Tirthan can be heard from a far off distance. It originates from the Tirthan glacier (I had no idea about this one) and flows through the treacherous landscape of the Himachal before
The journey from Delhi is an arduous one – 14 long hours and the last one hour is on a very narrow stretch of road. Forget your luxurious Volvo, a 30 seater has a better chance here.

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The twittering of mountain birds welcome you as you step into the property of Camp Chrysalid. About 15-20 camps stand tall on a railed edge near the Tirthan river with damp Himalayan grass guiding your way. The camps/tents are well equipped with charging points, warm beds and blankets, inside pockets for keeping essentials, a shoe rack (wow!) and double layered mattresses. They are built on a raised platform, so no worries about water spoiling your luggage and beds during the monsoons or sporadic rain spell.

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Washrooms are situated a few metres from the camps and are gender differentiated. The staff here is very energetic and loves to initiate all the team building activities with innovative energizers.
On day 1, after a back breaking journey of 15 hours and resting/refreshing for two hours, we decided to trek to a famous waterfall here. The trek is a short one but steep as hell. The crystal clear cold waters soothe your tired feet, so why not have a dip in them?

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The meals are heavenly delicious and the variety in the dishes is exemplary.

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On day 2, we proceeded for the adventurous activities – rappelling and valley crossing on a ropeway in the middle of the jungle on the mountains.
We visited this camp during the onset of monsoon and the river was in full flow. We were advised not to wade near the Tirthan so we restricted ourselves to a three step staircase while revelling in the songs that Tirthan played.