Trekking in the Dhauladhar is indeed a very different experience than trekking in the Himalaya. The close proximately of the Range to the plains means a very short drive to approach the trekking regions, which is indeed welcome for many who don't like long mountain drives on winding roads. But the close proximity also results in the region having its own unique weather pattern as weather can change in no time. The walk up to Kareri Lake can be done leisurely in three days. The walk up to Minkiani Pass from the Kareri Lake and back is demanding and care has to be taken to negotiate loose rock. From the Minkiani Pass you get views of the Chamba and Brahmour side.
May, June, September and October
Cross over into Chamba
1. Mclordganj is a great place to start and end a trek
2. Closely observe life of the Gaddi’s
3. Stunning campsites at Kareri Lake
4. Scramble through technical sections on the way to the pass
5. Imposing views from the Minkiani Pass of peaks in Kashmir
Minkiani Pass Trek Gallery
Camp 1 is next to a large meadow next to Kareri village
Kareri Village is nearly a kilometre long and on a flat stretch of land
Various residents looking at passers by at Kareri Village
Forested trail climbing towards Kareri lake.
Trail to Kareri Lake progresses besides a running stream coming down from the lake.
Kareri Lake with Minkiani Pass in the background.
Trek to the top of Minkiani Pass requires one to negotiate some boulder sections.
At the Minkiani Pass with Chamba and Brahamour mountains towards the background.
Kareri Lake in the distance with the temple complex towards the left of the lake
Gaddi's keep a gun to protect themselves from Bear attacks.