The Dhauladhar mountain ranges is a prominent range extending from Chamba District to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Although the lower ridges are covered with rich flora and fauna and have considerable geographical interest by nature and wildlife lovers, the upper ridges and expanses of Dhauladhar ranges are mostly covered by rocky mountain slate and sandstone.
The views from either side of Dhauladhars are magnificent towards Pir Panjal and Greater Himalayan Ranges as well as deep valleys and snow clad peaks. mountaineering potential as well as unspoiled, unexplored and infrequent treks. There are 7 lakes in Dhauladhar, each hiding near a pass or two and remain glaciated for most part of the year and are considered extremely sacred by the local residents, 7 of these lakes are prominent namely Lam Dal, Kali Kund, Kareri, Chanderkoop Dal, and two three other The trek of 7 lakes is not less than an expedition in itself as we have to climb high and difficult mountain passes like Minkiani Pass each averaging above 3975 Meters and not an easy pass in itself.
Camping Tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mattress.
Food Cycle starts with Day 1 Lunch, Dinner On Day 2 ends with Breakfast.
Cook and camp helpers.
Experienced mountain guide
First Aid kit during the trek.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any hotel accommodation
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Bottled water for drinking during the trek. You must bring your own or can buy from us at extra cost.
Items and services of personal nature like soft drinks, alcoholic drinks(not allowed),etc
Seven Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1Kareri Village To Kareri Lake Trek (Distance 2950m | 13kms)
Drive from Dharamshala to Kareri Village Village which is 0 kms. Trek from Kareri Village to Kareri lake which is approx. 13 kms & will take 7-8 hours.
Day 2Kareri Lake To Naghara Trek over Minkiani Pass (Distance 3900m | 11kms)
Next day starts trekking before sunrise. The Dhauladhars can be notorious for sudden changes in weather towards the beginning of the afternoon. its best to reach the pass as early as possible. Minkiani pass is used by the (Himalayan shepherds) in the summer to take their flock from the Kangra to Chamba valleys.
The pass offers spectacular panoramic views of the Kangra valley, the Chamba valley and as far as the Pir Panjal range of the Himalaya. On either side of the Minkiani pass we will have to deal with moraine and boulders. On the other side one can see the first of the Seven Lakes along the trail leading upto Lam Dal.
Day 3Explore Seven Lake - Lamdal Lake (Distance 4000m | 6kms)
Today after breakfast I hiked to Lam Dal. The lake is situated at the end of what is a series of seven interconnected lakes. As we walk upstream you will see how each lower lake is fed by the falling water from the lake above making a chain that goes all the way up to the biggest lake, the Lam Dal, a snow fed lake, is held sacred by the locals. Camping is restricted in a 200 metre perimeter around the lake.
Day 4Naghara To Kareri Lake Trek over Minkiani Pass (Distance 3900m | 11kms)
Today will be a long day as we will be climbing the Minkiani Pass over boulders and steep incline and reach the other side to the beautiful and amazing Kareri Lake. Kareri lake trek is the small mountain lake at the base of Minikani . Kareri lake has religious significance for the local people who come here on pilgrimage every year.
Our night camp is in an open meadow on the side of the lake with beautiful views of Baleni Pass, Minkani pass and the valley below.
Day 5Kareri Lake back to Kareri Village (Distance 2975m | 13kms)
We reached Kareri Village after a few hours journey from the Lake, Thus concluding our trek with beautiful memories, a really satisfying spiritual journey and tonnes of awesome pictures.