About Satopanth Lake
Located in the midst of snow-capped peaks at an altitude of 15,100 ft, Satopanth Lake is a glacial lake which allures adventurists to add the accomplishment of one more impressive trek in their biography. This Satopanth lake is located 25 Km from the sacred town of Badrinath amidst the imposing ranges of the Garhwal region. This lake is triangular in shape and a perfect detour from a pilgrimage to Badrinath. Although located only 25 kilometers from the famous temple of Badrinath, the path has a lot of hidden treasures. The brief space of Satopanth Trek is well-compensated using a regular change in sceneries.
The Satopanth Lake has significant holy and ancient importance as it is said that on the holy day of Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu took bath in this lake and is the only place where all Hindu Gods assemble to embark their divine presence. With the perimeter of one kilometer, this lake is of crystal green color. It is believed that the three corners of the lake are the sacred part of the holy trinity, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who meditated at three of the respective corners. Many devout pilgrims also trek for the lake for bathing on lunar and solar fortnights since it’s considered most auspicious.
The lake is regarded to be of spiritual significance to the regional people; inhabitants of Mana village throw the ashes of the deceased in the lake. There is a small home built where Mauni Baba is living and it is a common belief that he can live on only sun and air if food is unavailable.
About The Satopanth Lake Trek
Satopanth Lake Trek starts from Mana Village, which is 3 Km away from Badrinath and houses a natural rock bridge called Bhim Pul. The Satopanth Lake Trek is a bit precarious but the risk is well rewarded with breathtaking scenic views. The trek boasts abundant surreal viewpoints and contains glacial and boulder walks too. Throughout the event, one gets the chance to watch 400ft waterfall; Vasudhara Falls, near to village on India-China border, Mana and receive extraordinary views of high peaks such as Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, and Swargarohini.
Satopanth Lake trek begins at Badrinath but we will pick you up from Haridwar/Rishikesh and reach Joshimath on Day 1. On Day 2 we will drive from Joshimath to Badrinath and pay a visit to the holy temple. We will start our trek on day 3 from Mana village. The drive from Haridwar to Joshimath is along tributaries of Ganga, hugging the mountainside and you can see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you.
The trek starts from Mana Village and later crossing this village we’ll enter into the green valley of Vasundhara. This is basically where the trek begins. On this afternoon, trekkers could feast their eyes to the 400-feet waterfall of Vasundhara, the gorgeous birch woods of Laxmiban along with the Balakun, in which two enormous glaciers converge.
On Day 4, the green forested environment transforms into strong ridge walks across glacial moraines of Dhano Glacier. On Day 5, the stroll into Satopanth Lake is really a magical ridge walk. The lake stays hidden until the very last minute of touch. On Day 6, we will return to Mana village via Chakratirtha and Laxmiban. The trek to Satopanth Lake winds up at Haridwar after you reach there via Joshimath, the same route you took to reach Satopanth Lake.
Satopanth Lake Trek Highlights
- Witness the dreamlike green lake Satopanth
- Natural rock bridge, Bheem Pul
- Watch the waterfall of Vasundhara
- Experience majestic glaciers, Dhano Glacier
- Walk through the last village of India, ‘Mana’
- Spectacular views of some of the Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, and Swargarohini
- Camping by the Satopanth Lake, under the open sky
- Camping on snow drifted forest floor.
- Region: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
- Duration: 7 Days/6Nights
- Difficulty: Moderate-Tough
- Trekking Distance: 50 Km
- Highest Altitude: 15,420 ft
- Trip Starting Point: Haridwar/Rishikesh
- Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
- Nearest Airport: Dehradun
- Atm: ATMs are there in Joshimath and Badrinath
Haridwar to Joshimath (Drive 260 Km/10 hrs)
- Altitude: 6,696 ft.
- Time Taken: 10-12 hours drive from Haridwar.
By the morning, you will have to reach Haridwar railway station and from there you will be picked by us and we will leave for Joshimath. During our journey towards Joshimath, we will come across many confluences of The Ganga such as Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. At the same time, we will experience the picturesque view of the tributaries of the Ganga. This 10-12 hour of the journey will surely be long and exhausting, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. We will reach Joshimath in the evening where accommodation will be provided by us. Evening time is free for leisure activities.
Joshimath – Badrinath (45 Kms/2Hr)
- Altitude: 10,230 ft.
- Time Taken: 2 hours drive from Joshimath.
In the morning, after breakfast, we shall drive from Joshimath to Badrinath. We will visit Badrinath temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This road journey from Joshimath to Badrinath is of 2 hrs. Sightseeing and overnight stay in a hotel.
Badrinath – Mana Village ( 3Km/20 Min) – Laxmiban (8Km/4-5Hrs
After breakfast, we will drive to the Mana, the last Indian village where our trek starts. We will trek from Mana to Laxmiban which is an 8 Km trek and take 4-5 Hrs. This trek is of moderate type and we will experience the continuous ascending trail.
- Time Taken: 20 min drive from Badrinath to Mana Village; 4-5 Hrs trek from Mana Village to Laxmiban Base Camp
- Altitude: Mana Village (10,890 ft) to Laxmiban (12,395 ft)
- Trek gradient: Continuously ascending trail and moraine walk.
After crossing Mana Village, we will head in the direction of Vasundhara Falls, before that our permits will be checked. In a quick walk from Mana, you pass Saraswati temple. We’ll keep our walk together with the Alaknanda River flowing beneath us. The valley is extremely green through the monsoon. Following 2-3 hrs of hiking, we’ll see Vasundhara Falls that’s famous for its clinically recognized medicinal value.
When we Cross the waterfall, we will enter into the birch woods of Laxmiban. After about 4 kilometers of the difficult trek, you’ll see the campsite of Laxmiban In your left.
Laxmiban – Chakratirtha (10Km/7Hrs)
After having healthy breakfast, we’ll begin our trek towards Chakrateerth. Today’s trek will be small, but picturesque since you will enter the Satopanth Valley. We’ll have a view of this famous peaks of Bhagirathi in the Satopanth Valley. The weather can change radically without any warning. There’ll be trekking which will last along Sahashtradhara. We will walk the steep ridge of Sahashradhara and will do camping in Chakratirtha.
Chakratirtha – Satopanth – Chakratirtha (12Km/8Hrs)
If you think that, yesterday’s views were fantastic, then prepare yourself for magnificent views of the morning. Together with the Neelkanth, Satopanth and also Parvati peaks in your left side, the Chaukhamba summit in the Middle along with the Balakun Range in the right, it is a sight you will never forget.
It is a difficult day for trekking and we have to take the trail that meanders through a maze of boulders and moraine. The route is tricky and the last 2 Km of the trail have loose soil over glacial moraine. As we reach there, grab your very first view of this beautiful lake. Towards the other side of Chaukhamba is Satopanth Col. Cross that and you can associate with all the icefield of Panpatia and trek all the way until Kedarnath. The five kilometers return back to Chakratirtha could be accomplished quickly in a few hours. An individual can also trek down to Laximban whenever allows. Overnight stay in camps in Chakratirtha.
Chakratirtha – Mana (18Km/5-6Hrs) – Rudraprayag(160 Km/5-6 Hrs)
Rudraprayag – Haridwar (165 Km/ 5-6 Hrs)
Accommodations – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 6 (Joshimath to Rudraprayag). You will be staying in a lodge at Joshimath, Badrinath, and Rudraprayag and camping on remaining days of the trek (3-4 per tent).
Meals: All meals from dinner at Joshimath on Day 1 to breakfast at Rudraprayag on Day 7 are included. A lot of emphases is given to nutritional needs. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Activities: Trekking and Camping are included in this charge.
- All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- High-Quality Tents and Sleeping Bags will be available in all the camps. We provide ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
- First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
- All our trek leaders are qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses.
- The mountain staffs on this trek consist of well-trained guides, cooks, helpers, and
By Air – Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is 335Km from Badrinath and 268Km from Joshimath. To reach Badrinath which is base town for the trek, one has to take a taxi from Dehradun which will drive via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Joshimath.
By Railway – Haridwar Railway Station is the nearest rail-head, which is 315Km from Badrinath and 251Km from Joshimath. A Superb rail network Joins Haridwar to other Major cities Such as Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, along with Kolkata. You have to get a taxi and drive to Badrinath via Devprayag, Srinagar, Karnaprayag, and Joshimath.
By Road – There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.We would suggest you take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Pick up service are available at Haridwar railway station. Joshimath is well connected with other parts of Uttarakhand and can be reached by any other major towns and cities of India.
Summer: Finest time to go to Satopanth Lake Trek is at summer (Mid May — June) and monsoon (September – October), even once the weather stays nice and the atmosphere is clear for several to view large mountain peaks. Yet weather is unpredictable because of high altitudes.
Monsoon: Satopanth Lake is famous for the monsoons. There Might be landslides which may lead to blocked paths for hours, but nevertheless, the scenic magnificence of Satopanth will be Worth all of the trouble. Carrying raincoats is recommended.
Winter: Post Monsoon Satopanth Lake trek witness snowfall which will look like heaven on earth. This is an ideal time to do Satopanth lake trek. The trail towards Lake during winters is incomparable to anything due to snow. Winters in this region have freezing temperatures so remember to carry heavy woolen