Satopanth Lake Trek
Uttarakhand | 6D/5N | 14,260 Ft.
May to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure))
- Reviews 1 Review4.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Satopanth Lake Trek.
The glacial lake of Satopanth lies adjacent to Badrinath, shaded amidst the stunning Garhwal ranges of Uttarakhand, and reigning atop 4,600 meters. Relatively unexplored, Satopanth Lake is an ideal contrast to the maddening hustle and bustle of Badrinath. This 4-day trek brings you a medley of stunning terrains, including misty valleys, stunning glacial trails, quaint villages, and beautiful dense forests, while carrying a backdrop of towering Himalayan neighbors! The holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are believed to have bathed in the crystal green waters of the lake, which adds a sacred touch to the trek. The lofty peaks of Swargarohini, Nilkantha, Balakun, and Narayan Parbat chaperone your journey. The trail originates from Mana, the last Indian village before the India – Tibet border, and runs through thick forests and alpine meadows that greet you with surreal Himalayan beauty.
Max Altitude: 4,600 m
Level: Moderately difficult
Duration: 4 days
- Visit the famous Satopanth Lake, whose waters are believed to hold the power of cleansing the sins of those who wander there.
- Lose yourself amidst the majesty of the neighboring Himalayan peaks like Satopanth, Nilkantha, and Chaukhamba.
- Let the melodious roar of Vasundhara Falls sing you a beautiful lullaby. Its waters are scientifically proven to possess unrivaled medicinal properties.
Day 1 Drive from Rishiesh/ Dehradun to Mana
Time : 9 – 10 hours
Day 2 Trek from Mana to Laxmiban
Arrive early in the morning at the village of Mana, and start trekking towards the famous Vasundhara Falls once your trekking permits have been checked. Once you’ve passed the Saraswati temple, the trail becomes considerably steeper, while the gushing Alaknanda river accompanies you. Soon, the roaring sound of Vasundhara Falls greets you before it looms into sight! Past this point, we trek through Laxmiban, the stunning birch forest. Soon, the valley branches into two, while the mighty Balakun towers your trail. Another 3-4 km of trekking through moraines will land you at the Lacmiban campsite.
Day 3 Trek from Laxmiban to Chakratirtha
Lined with scattered sections of greenery, the expansive path of Dhano glacier invites you. The trek to Chakratirtha is relatively shorter, but picturesque. You will spot a vast variety of alpine floral species today, and the first glimpse of the Bhagirathi peaks will receive you. Maintain your pace, as the weather may take a drastic turn after noon. The steep climb to Sahashradhara opens up to the Chakratirtha campsite which is overlooked by the majestic Mt. Neelkantha.
Day 4 Trek from Chakratirtha to Satopanth Lake and back
Begin the slightly challenging trek to Satopanth Lake early in the morning, with views that surpass even the previous day’s glory! Flanked by the peaks of Neelkantha, Chaukhamba, Balakun, Satopanth and Parvati, the sprawling Himalayan canvas is enough to put you in a daze! While the trail is steep, snaking through rocks and moraines, the bordering splendour pales your physical exertion, and refills your spirit. The haunting rumble of avalanches echoes through the valley, and reflects in the racing of your heart! Traverse this treacherous route with caution, for the route is blanketed in loose soil and moraine. A steep climb will bring you to the most awaited destination- Satopanth Lake. It is a window to Chaukhambha peak, Satopanth Col, and Panpatia glacier. Start descending back to Chakratirtha.
Day 5 Reach Badrinath via Mana
Retrace the same trail back to Mana, and depart for Badrinath. Overnight stay in Badrinath.
Day 6 Depart for Rishikesh/ Dehradun
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Rishikesh/Dehradun: Food and stay in Rishikesh/Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Rishikesh/Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Rishikesh/Dehradun and vice versa and Transportation from Rishikesh/Dehradun to Mana and Badrinath to Rishikesh/Dehradun is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Whom is the trek for?
This trek falls into the moderate - difficult category of Himalayan treks, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Prepare yourself by engaging in a fitness regime before embarking on this trek.
What is the best season to attempt this trek?
The months of May, June, and September are ideal for the trek, as the surrounding greenery is in full bloom, along with vibrant floral species that line the trail. Avoid trekking here in monsoons, however, as the area is highly prone to landslides.
How to reach Badrinath?
By Air The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, sitting about 311 km away. Take a shared cab or bus from Dehradun to Badrinath. By Train The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Haridwar, at a distance of about 320 km. Board a bus, or hire a cab to Badrinath. By Road Badrinath is well connected via road to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Regular buses ply daily.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.