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Satopanth Lake is a holy lake near the base of the 7138 m Chaukhamba massif. The trek to Satopanth lake starts from Mana - the last village near the Indo-China border in Uttarakhand, near the pilgrimage town of Badrinath. From Mana, you follow the Alaknanda river to its snout at Alkapuri and walk next to the glacier to reach the undulating meadows and Laxmiban and Chakrateerth before reaching the lake. The maximum altitude you gain during Satopanth lake trek is 4350 m. With its crystal clear green water, the triangular lake has a perimeter of one kilometer. On its three corners meditated the holy trio - Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh and still do, it is believed - the creator, the preserver and the destroyer charting out the course of the world. Satopanth Tal Lake Trek in Uttarakhand is an isolated trek in Garhwal Himalayas nestled on the base of legendary Nilkantha peak and several other prominent peaks in proximity. The route offers splendid views of Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Balakun, Kamet and Abi Gamin. The best time to do Satopanth lake trek is May - June, and September - October. On this page, you will find all essential information lake Satopanth Lake Trek route map, Temperature and Weather details, Photos, Videos, and Blog Posts.
Arrival at Joshimath (6696 ft)
Joshimath is almost 300 kms. away from Dehradun. It takes about 10-11 hours to get to Joshimath via taxi. So, make sure you get to Dehradun the night before so you can leave for Joshimath early morning the next day, and get a few hours of rest. Taxi’s usually leave for Joshimath early morning. Once you reach Joshimath in the evening, you can explore the local bazaar. The popular skiing slopes of Auli are also very close to Joshimath town.
Joshimath to Badrinath (10,429 ft) - 46 km [Drive]
Today, we will drive from Joshimath to Badrinath. Badrinath is a Hindu pilgrimage site famous for being one of the Char Dhams. The road initially descends to the valley floor, before climbing along a steep gorge to the pilgrimage site of Badrinath. We will spend the rest of the day acclimatising at Badrinath. Mana, the last village of India towards the Indo-China border at Mana Pass, is just 4 km away from Badrinath. Overnight in hotel/guest house at Badrinath.
Badrinath to Laxmiban (12,000 ft) - 8.5 km
We start our day with an easy walk up the Alakananda river towards the Somtoli meadows. You will see the mighty 400 ft Vasudhara falls on the opposite banks after a while. The trail climbs gradually till Somtoli, crossing a landslide section. You might find few shepherds here or their vacant caves. From here, a small walk through a boulder section takes us to our campsite marked by a cluster of Bhojpatra trees on the slopes. The campsite has great views of Alkapuri, the snout and starting point of Alaknanda river and the Balakun peak.
Laxmiban to Chakrateerth (13658 ft) - 9.5 km
The trail gets more challenging today. We will start with a sharp ascent through boulders and scree to Sahastra Dhar. As we climb up the valley, views of NIlkanth, Balakun and Chaukhamba open up. Once we reach Sahastra Dhar, we will cross a little stream and walk across a flat area with dozens of streams flowing and merging with each other. Then, we start traversing the left (true right) lateral moraine of the glacier coming down from Chaukhamba at the head of the valley. The trail climbs steeply again after Sahastra Dhar, followed by a short level walk across the upper snow slopes to reach our campsite at Chakrateerth. We will camp in Chakrateerth for the night.
Chakrateerth to Satopanth Lake (14258 ft) to Chakrateerth - 7.5 km
Although today's trail is short with an easy ascent, the trail goes through tricky boulder sections along the left (true right) lateral moraine. We will cross two spurs coming down from the slopes of Nilkanth to our left (true right) to reach Satopanth Lake - a beautiful blue triangular lake. Throughout the day, we will have imposing views of Chaukhamba and Nilkantha, and a bunch of small glacial lakes to our right. After spending some time at the lake, we will return to Chakrateerth for the night.
Chakrateerth to Somtoli (11745 ft) - 11 km
We retrace our track today and reach Somtoli, where we will camp for the night.
Somtoli to Mana - 6.5 km. Drive to Joshimath.
We will finish the remaining descent today and then drive from Mana to Joshimath. Overnight stay in hotel/guest house
Joshimath to Dehradun
Today, you will leave from Joshimath for Dehradun and onward.
Satopanth Lake Trek is a moderate plus level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy and moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5,029 metres. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3000 metres, and then move up a notch with Satopanth Lake Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Best time to do Satopanth Lake trek is in September and October
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Badrinath has coverage for all major networks.
The base for Satopanth Lake Trek is Badrinath. To reach Badrinath -
By Air: The nearest airport from Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 317 km from Badrinath.
By Train: The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh (297 kms), Haridwar (324 kms) and Kotadwar (327 kms). Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and Kotadwar has very less number of trains. Thus Haridwar serves as the best railway station if you are visiting Badrinath by train. Haridwar is connected by many trains from all part of India.
By Bus: Badrinath is easily accessible by road. It is located at a distance of 525 Km from Delhi & 296 Km from Rishikesh. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Badrinath and start very early before dawn. The last bus from Rishikesh leaves for Badrinath before dawn. The road is narrow after Joshimath and travel is not permitted on the road after sunset. Therefore if one misses the bus for Badrinath at Rishikesh bus station, one has to go only up to Rudraprayag, Chamoli or Joshimath and spent the night there to take the early morning bus for Badrinath from that town.
Badrinath Temple: Located atop 3133m, the Badrinath temple is a 15m black structure claiming a date back to the Vedic Ages. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who is idolized as Badrinath, and is a sanctified shrines for Indians. The temple is located in Garhwal hill in Chamoli district on the banks of Alaknanda River. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers of India. The image of the reigning deity worshipped in the temple is a black stone sculpture of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. The statue is considered by many Hindus to be self-manifestation of Vishnu.
Vasudhara Falls: 4 km of Badrinath at Mana, the Vasudhara Falls at 400 ft is believed to have been the resting place of the Pandavas. People also believe that the water falls turn away from visitors impure in thoughts and heart.
Tapta Kund: Believed to be the home of Lord Agni, Tapt Kund is a natural hot water spring at 45 degrees Celsius above the Alaknanda river bank where visitors take therapeutic baths. The water of the kund is believed to have medicinal properties.
CharanpadukaWith imprints of what is believed to be Vishnu's footprints, Charanpaduka is a rock atop 3380 ft which can be reached after an arduous trek
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
Guesthouse accommodation will be provided in Joshimath and Mana.
We use four-season tents and the sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable.
There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper and menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
The temperatures can drop close to 0°C during the night. You can refer the temperature chart in the itinerary section for more information.
There will be snow near the lake in the pre monsoon months. There may be some fresh snowfall in case of overcast weather.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack.
In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Joshimath has a reasonable size market. However, it might be difficult to get trekking items. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are a single woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
The pickup and drop point for transport will be Dehradun ISBT.
You will reach Dehradun late in the evening.
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For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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