Kareri Lake

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Kareri Lake
(Kumarwah Lake)
करेरी ङल
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Kareri Lake
Location Kangra district
Coordinates 32°19′32″N 76°16′26″E / 32.325538°N 76.273818°E / 32.325538; 76.273818Coordinates: 32°19′32″N 76°16′26″E / 32.325538°N 76.273818°E / 32.325538; 76.273818
Lake type High altitude lake
Primary inflows Mankiani Peak
Primary outflows Nyund Stream
Basin countries India
Surface elevation 2,934 m (9,626 ft)
References Himachal Pradesh Tourism Dep.

Kareri 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).

Etymology[edit]

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

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