Satopanth Lake Trek
Uttarakhand | 6D/5N | 14,260 Ft.
May to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure))
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
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.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Meals during Transit
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses from Rishikesh/Dehradun to Mana and Badrinath to Rishikesh/Dehradun
- Travel expenses from Home city to Dehradun/Rishikesh and vice versa
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
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
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.
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.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, sitting about 311 km away. Take a shared cab or bus from Dehradun to Badrinath.
The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Haridwar, at a distance of about 320 km. Board a bus, or hire a cab to Badrinath.
Badrinath is well connected via road to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Regular buses ply daily.
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.
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