Satopanth Lake Trek

  • Trip Code : TRP337
  • Location : Uttarakhand
  • Days : 6 Days
  • Level : Medium
  • Season : May-Oct
  • Trip Start : Haridwar
  • Trip End : Haridwar
  • Trip Cost : Rs. 14000/-
  • Transport Charge : 2800
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Description

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1 : HARIDWAR - JOSHIMATH - BADRINATH [ DISTANCE- 319 KM / OVERNIGHT STAY IN GUEST HOUSE ]

DAY 2 : BADRINATH - MANA - VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP [ DISTANCE- 3 KM TO MANA AND 5 KM TO VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP / TREK TIME- 3-4 HRS ]

DAY 3 : VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP - LAXMI VAN - CHAKRATEERTH MEADOW [ DISTANCE- 2 KM TO LAXMI VAN AND 5 KM TO CHAKRATEERTH MEADOW / TREK TIME- 3-4 HRS ]

DAY 4 : CHAKRATEERTH CAMP - SATOPANTH LAKE - LAXMI VAN [ DISTANCE- 18 KM TO MANA VILLAGE ]

DAY 5 : LAXMI VAN - VASUDHARA FALLS - MANA - BADRINATH

DAY 6 : BADRINATH - RISHIKESH [ DISTANCE- 319 KM / TIME- 10 HRS ]

ABOUT TREK

Satopanth Lake is at an altitude of about 4,600 meters (15,100 ft), located in the midst of snow-capped peaks in Himalayas Uttarakhand, India. The lake is a glacial lake and considered to be of religious significance to the local people of Mana village. They throw the ashes of the dead in the lake. There is a saint named Moni Baba had stopped talking from a very early time and people believed that he can live on only sun and air without food. There is a common belief that Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh bathe in the lake and some birds here pick up the pollutants of the lake and thus keep the lake clean and many people believed that they are the Gandharvas, who protect the lake from the evils.

The Satopanth Lake is about 25 km ahead of Badrinath and Kuber Top, Mt. Nilkantha, Balakun Peak and Mt. Swargarohini are the peaks in the path. The lake remains under snow from the end of September to May or June. Geologically it is a glacial corrie lake and alkapuri glacier has a lot of corrie lakes and this one is the biggest. The lake water is held by the vast boulders and moraines of the glacier. The trek of this lake starts from Badrinath at an altitude of 3300mand continues alongside the Alaknanda River until the alkapuri glacier. You can see the peaks of neelkanth, balakun, Satopanth and numerous waterfalls throughout the trek. Devoid of any trees and are beautiful alpine meadows are the camping locations of this trek.

It is believed that it is a path traversed by the Pandavas and Droupdhi when they are on their last journey to the heaven. It is also believed that goddess Lakshmi and her husband Narayan meditated in the Lakshmivan and Chakratirtha respectively around the Badrinath. The Narayan kept his famous Sudarshan Chakra on the valley while they are meditating. Finally this trek is just for hardcore trekkers indeed!

Itinerary

DAY 1 : HARIDWAR - JOSHIMATH - BADRINATH [ TOTAL DISTANCE- 319 KM / OVERNIGHT STAY IN GUEST HOUSE ]
First day early in the morning, we start drive from Haridwar to Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag. You can see Devprayag with the confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi in the path. The Holy River Ganga starts from here and we reach Badrinath by the evening. We stay there in a guest house.

DAY 2 : BADRINATH - MANA - VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP [ TOTAL DISTANCE- 3 KM TO MANA AND 5 KM TO VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP / TREK TIME- 3-4 HRS ]
Early in the morning after visit the Badrinath temple we start a short drive to Mana village. From the Mana village (Last village of India on the Indo-Tibetan border) we will trek to Vasudhara falls via Bheem Bridge with packed lunch. The Mana village with a population of 200 people of Indo-Mangolian tribes is beautiful. Bheem Bridg 3 km from Mana village a natural bridge made of a huge boulder can be seen over the river Saraswathi. It is said that one of the Pandava brothers put it there. Vasudhara falls after 5 km of Bheem Bridg is very attractive astonishingly high waterfall. The water at this place becomes vapour and vanishes into the atmosphere.

DAY 3 : VASUDHARA FALLS CAMP - LAXMI VAN - CHAKRATEERTH MEADOW [ TOTAL DISTANCE- 2 KM TO LAXMI VAN AND 5 KM TO CHAKRATEERTH MEADOW / TREK TIME- 3-4 HRS ]
Next day we start trek to Laxmi van after breakfast. Laxmi van is a meadow with pastures for goat and sheep to graze with a few caves where the gujjars stay. We trek to Chakrateerth Meadow from Laxmi van. Chakrateerth Meadow is a beautiful camping ground with green grass and towering peaks.

DAY 4 : CHAKRATEERTH CAMP - SATOPANTH LAKE - LAXMI VAN [ DISTANCE- 18 KM TO MANA VILLAGE ]
Today’s trek is very strenuous on the knees and is entirely over glacial debris. The trek can take a toll on the knees but calm and placid waters of the lake are the rewards. There are innumerable lotus flowers on bank of the lake and the water of the lake is very calm. We will trek back to Laxmi Van.

DAY 5 : LAXMI VAN - VASUDHARA FALLS - MANA - BADRINATH
We trek back to Mana and then to Badrinath with pack lunch. There is also a alternatr route to Badrinath. We check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay at Badrinath.

DAY 6 : BADRINATH - RISHIKESH
Next day, early in the morning we start drive to Rishikesh via Rudraprayag & Devprayag. This will be the end of the trip.

Price

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Professionally trained & experience guides
  • Accommodationin in guesthouse & camping tents
  • Good quality Camping arrangements
  • Equipments during the trek (Sleeping Bags, Mattress, Kitchen and Dining Tents, Utensils)
  • All necessary entry fees and permits
  • First Aid and Medical Kits
  • Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg)
  • Transport: Dehradun to Sankri and Return.

PRICE EXCLUSIONS

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Food during the transit.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above

LIST OF ESSENTIALS

  • T-shirts
  • Trekking Pants
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm Fleece
  • Thermal inner wear
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • muffler
  • Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Trekking pole
  • Torch
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