Kakeri Lake- A Hidden Jewel in the Meadows
The serene calmness of Kakeri Lake, a high altitude, shallow and fresh water lake in the Dhauladhar ranges is overwhelming. The lake is located at an altitude of 2934 meters above mean sea level and is a must visit destination for any adventure seeker. The lake is named after a small village by the name of Kakeri which is a predominately a gaddi village. Those with interest in exploring the cultural richness of gaddi clan should plan a visit to this village prior to their hike to the lake.
This lake also serves as a base for trekkers who wish to trek further to Bharmour or Chamba through the Baleni Pass and Minkiani Pass located at an altitude of 4250 meters.
Things to do
You can trek from Ghera to Kakeri Lake which is 17 Km trail. Admire the nature as you will be in the lap of Dhauladhar ranges. Relax by lake side or invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva by visiting the temple located on an adjacent hillock. Adventure seekers can also head to Bleni Pass at a distance of 20 Km from Kakeri Lake at an altitude of 12,300 feet. Optionally, you can also trek to Minkiani Pass at a distance of 4.5 Km from Kakeri Lake.
What to Eat
Kakeri is located in Kangra District which offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional cuisine of the region. Kangri Dham is recommended for visitors before they head to Kakeri Lake. Since Kakeri Lake is a mild trek, it is recommended that you carry sufficient eatables alongside.
What to carry
Since Kakeri is a high altitude lake carrying sufficient woolen clothes is recommended. Heavy wollens are specially recommended if you are visiting Kakeri lake in the month of September or October.
How to reach
The lake is not accessible through road. The nearest road head is at Kakeri village which is further linked to the hamlet of Ghera. This hamlet is connected to the town of Dharamsala which is located at a distance of 17 Km.
You can hire a taxi from Dharamsala to Ghera which is likely to cost Rs Eight Hundred only. A 17 Km trail from Ghera will take you to Kakeri Lake. The ascend is not very steep and the trail is very well marked and a seasoned traveler can head to the lake on their own.
Where to Stay
Kakeri Lake has numerous options for staying though all of these can be considered as basic. You can carry your own tents or can consider staying in the temple complex which is on a hill overlooking the lake.
If you are traveling with a local gaddi guide, staying in local gaddi kothis on the other side of lake can also be considered. In case you wish to stay at Kakeri Village, the Forest Rest House can be a good option. Home stay at Kakeri Village is also a viable option and you can try local cuisine too.
Best Time to Visit
May to June and September to October is considered to be the best time to plan a visit to Kakeri Lake.