Satopanth Trek

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Overview

Satopanth Trek

Satopanth trek is another attempt to uncover the treasures that nature has bestowed upon the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. Trudge along this invigorating trekking trail which rewards the enthusiastic wanderers with trophies as priceless as the emerald Satopanth Lake, stunning Chaukhamba and Neekantha Peaks and Swargarohini – the stairway to the heavens.

Highlights

Visit Badrinath Temple

Stay in imported highest quality Dome Tents during trekking.

Satopanth Tal Trekking Guides (qualified from Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering).

Sumptuous and wholesome organic vegetarian freshly cooked meals.Juices and organic soups. Fruits and dry fruits. Organic Green tea and speciality herbal tea during the trekking.

Dry-cleaned hygienic sleeping bags.

Trekking Poles shall be provided. 

Detailed overview

Satopanth trek reinstates one’s beliefs that the tales can be mythical but the trails are for real. On this invigorating panth (path) of satya (truth), you would be following the footsteps of the legends of Mahabharata, the valiant Pandavas, who chose the same route to ascend to Swarg (heaven).


As you leave behind the dwindling signs of human habitats, you get closer to the overwhelming serenity and spirituality in the laps of never-seen-before nature with unique vistas revealing themselves at every inch.


Satopanth Tal is a pea-green wonder balancing exquisiteness with thrill and mysticism. It is believed that the supreme trinity in the Hindu Mythology, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), bath in the lake’s holy water on the auspicious occasions like Ekadashi (eleventh lunar day).


Accompanying the emotion of being so close to the divinity is the ecstasy of marching to the core of the Himalayas with crevasses, boulders, moraines, glaciers, meadows and pastures, waterfalls and snow-shrouded peaks adding value to the switching landscapes. Experience the greatest sense of euphoria on accomplishing Satopanth Lake trek and return back revived and cleaned of sins and sorrows.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Haridwar to Badrinath

    Early morning, by about 6 am, leave Haridwar for Badrinath. The distance between Haridwar and Badrinath is about 320 kms which would take about 12 hours in fair road and traffic conditions.

    Overnight stay at hotel in Badrinath.


    (Please note that the tour cost does not include transport cost between Haridwar and Badrinath. Also note that no hotel cost is included for this day. Travel arrangements can be done and hotels can be booked as per the specifications of the trekkers at extra cost. For more details you may call +918527255991)


  • Day 2: Badrinath Sightseeing and Acclimatisation

    In order to adapt to the attitude and weather on the following days of Satopanth Tal trek, you would be spending another day in the town. During the day, you may visit the Badrinath shrine (opens at 04:00 a.m.) and seek blessings from the lord. Located adjacent to the temple are the hot sulphur springs that form a pool called Tapt Kund. It is considered auspicious to bathe in the relaxing therapeutic water of the pool before visiting the temple. Another pool called Narad Kund is located nearby and is believed to be the place where the swayambhu idol of Lord Badrinath was discovered.

    Next, you would find Panch Shila, a group of five sacred rocks named Narad Shila, Garud Shila, Narsimha Shila, Varahi Shila and Markandeya Shila. You may also visit Brahma Kapal, where the Hindus perform rituals seeking salvation for their dead relatives. After this exciting day of sightseeing, retire to your accommodation for the night.


    (Please note that no hotel cost is included for this day. Local sightseeing at Badrinath is included in cost. Hotels can be booked as per the specifications of the trekkers at extra cost. For more details you may call +918527255991)

  • Day 03: Badrinath – Laxmivan via Mana Village and Vasudhara Falls (3 km. drive + 7 km. trek)

    Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

    After breakfast, we drive you to Mana Village from where the actual Satopanth trek would begin.

    The village is the last inhabited settlement on the way to the Indo-Tibetan border, as testified by the ‘India’s Last Tea Shop’ in it. Located on the bank of River Saraswati, the village has well-known attractions that include Bheem Pul, an unusual bridge formed with a huge boulder on the river. It is believed that it was built by the second Pandava named Bheem to help Draupadi (Pandavas’ consort) cross the river on the way to Swarg. As the myth goes, Draupadi couldn’t accompany them further and gave up her life here.

    Another attraction is the set of two caves, Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa, where it is believed that Sage Ved Vyas dictated the story of Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha.

    As you move further on the Satopanth Swargarohini route, you would come across a couple of other attractions like Saraswati Temple, Keshav Prayag (confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Saraswati) and Mata Murti Temple (dedicated to the mother of the twin-brothers Nar and Narayan who are believed to be the avatar of Lord Vishnu). Admire the roaring Alaknanda flowing along the route which begins to get steeper and navigate the gigantic Dhano Glacier which acts as a bridge to cross the gushing river below (please note that the glacier becomes weak after July due to melting and an alternate route must be followed to continue the trek).

    You would be delighted with the melodies of Vasudhara Falls and the milky white wonder would soon come into your sight. About 400 ft. high, the waterfall is believed to contain curative properties and is usually taken by the pilgrims and stored at homes. Another popular belief about the fall is that its water doesn’t fall on sinners.

    Continue with the trek to reach Chamtoli where you would find patches of lush green grazing grass and sheep flocks. A short trek further and you would reach Laxmivan which is named after Goddess Laxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that when Vishnu settled in the region as Lord Badrinath, Laxmi took the form of Bhojpatra trees that are found in abundance at Laxmivan. It is considered that worshipping one of these trees can bring one good fortune and prosperity.

    Just in front of Laxmivan is the glacial region of Alkapuri which is believed as the abode of God Kuber (the God of wealth) and Gandharvas (the mythical heavenly beings known to possess great music and singing skills). It is also believed that the fifth Pandava named Sahadeva gave up his life at Laxmivan.

    Enjoy your stay in tents at Laxmivan.

    (Your stay and meals are included this day)


  • Day 04: Laxmivan – Chakrateerth (9 km. trek)

    Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate

    Have breakfast after which we continue Satopanth trek to make our way to Chakrateertha.

    Look in awe at the conflicting faces of Mount Kuber (appearing black and brown) and Balakun Peak flaunting its snow-capped summit. Balakun acts as a wall between Gangotri Glacier and Satopanth Glacier. Enjoy the visual treat of rhododendrons and other wild flowers appearing in patches and the streams glittering as the silver lines on the mountain face.

    Hold your breath as you walk in front of the lofty Neekanth Peak which with its unparalleled splendour greets the trekkers. It would be followed by the equally marvellous Satopanth Peak, Parvati Peak, Chaukhamba Peak and more.

    The next attraction of the trek is Sahastradhara (sahastra means thousands and dhara means waterfalls or springs). The awe-inspiring ridge has hundreds of small streams tumbling down as waterfalls from the barren mountain slopes.

    It is believed that Nakula, the fourth Pandava quit the journey here and gave up his life. Enjoy the spectacular views and head towards Chakrateerth, feasting your eyes on the visual treat of the soaring Bhagirathi Peaks. Chakrateerth gets its name from Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) after he places the chakra at this place and flattened the surface. It is also believed that the third Pandava Arjuna gave up his life here.

    On reaching the place, get amazed by the beauty of grasslands and the towering Chaukhamba Peak and spend the night inside the tents.

    (Your stay & meals are included this day)

  • Day 05: Chakrateerth – Satopanth Lake (5 km. trek) – Chakrateertha

    Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to a Bit Difficult

    On this most exciting day of Satopanth trek, we would be finally trekking to Satopanth Tal – the triangular green lake with crystal clear water at the foot of Chaukhamba Peak.

    The residents of Mana Village immerse the ashes of their dead relatives in the holy water of the lake. It is also believed that Gandharvas take the form of divine birds to remove pollutants from the lake to keep it clean. Another popular legend about the lake is that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva meditated at the three corners of the lake.

    The second Pandava Bheema is believed to leave his body near the lake.

    On reaching Satopanth Lake, admire its hypnotic beauty and undisturbed nature stretching its magnificence all around. One of the greatest highlights would be discovering Swargarohini Peak and the ‘swarg ki seedhi’ (the mythical footsteps leading to the heavens). According to mythology, the eldest of the Pandavas Yudhishtra was the only one to climb the stairs to reach the heavens in the human body. You may also get the opportunity to meet Mauni Baba, a well-known sage who resides by the lake and stays maun (silent).

    Finally, trek back to Chakrateerth campsite for the night stay.

    (Your stay & meals are included this day)

  • Day 06: Chakrateerth – Chamtoli Khark (10 km. trek)

    Start descending the Satopanth trek route as we start from Chakrateerth towards Chamtoli Khark via Sahastradhara and Laxmivan.

    On reaching the campsite, spend the evening at leisure by continuing admiring nature’s enticing panorama.

    Stay overnight at Chamtoli Khark.


    (Your stay & meals are included this day)

  • Day 07: Chamtoli Khark – Badrinath (6 km. trek) – Joshimath (about 48 km. drive in 1.5 hr.)

    After breakfast, we continue the Satopanth trek to reach Badrinath rather than Mana Village.

    Enjoy the final views of the beautiful vistas coming your way.

    On reaching Badrinath, start your drive to the city of Joshimath (also known as Jyotirmath). It is revered as the winter abode of Lord Badrinath and has numerous temples and one of Asia’s highest and longest Gondolas, connecting it with the picturesque hill station of Auli which is also a world-famous skiing destination.

    On reaching Joshimath, we transfer you to the booked accommodation where you can relax. If you are willing, we can guide you to a couple of sites like Narsingh Temple which is dedicated to Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu. When Badrinath Temple becomes inaccessible due to heavy snowfall, an idol of Lord Badrinath is brought to this temple for worship.

    Spend a comfortable night at Joshimath.


    (Please note that Hotel/Guide/Transport cost from Badrinath onwards is not included in the package cost and the same can be arranged on extra cost basis.)

  • Day 08: Joshimath – Haridwar (about 275 km. in 11 hr.)

    After breakfast drive back to Haridwar on this eighth day of Satopanth Lake trek.

    On arrival, check in at hotel booked by you.

    If you wish, you may visit Har-ki-Pauri (the sacred ghat on River Ganga where a few drops of Amrit fell during the struggle between Devas and Asuras) where you can be a witness to the mesmerising Ganga aarti.

    Finally, retire to your accommodation for a night stay.

    (No transport, stay or meals are included in tour cost for this day. The same can be booked on extra cost basis. Call +918527255991 for more details.)

Hotel stay is not included in this package.

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  • Advance amount of INR 5000 needs to be paid at the time of booking.Balance amount shall be payable latest by one month in advance to travel date or immediately where booking is done less than 30 days before travel date.

Cancellation

  • Upto 15 days before travel date, a cancellation cost of INR 5000/- per person shall be charged.
  • Less than 15 days before travel date, no refunds shall be provided.

Inclusions

  • 04 nights accommodation - in exceptionally good quality imported dome tents during the trek from Badrinath onwards.
  • Neat, clean and hygienic sleeping bags shall be provided
  • Trekking poles shall provided.
  • Good quality fresh vegetarian meals shall be provided.
  • Fresh fruits and dry fruits shall be provided.

Exclusions

  • Air/Rail Tickets up to Delhi/Dehradun are not included in the package cost.
  • Transport from Delhi/Dehradun to Badrinath and back is not included in package cost.Transport services can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • Hotels in Haridwar, Badrinath and Joshimath are not included and can be booked as per the requirements of the Guests on extra payment basis.

Important information


  • Word Satopanth is derived from two words - SAT which means Truth & PANTH which means Way. Thus Satopanth etymologically means THE PATH OF TRUTH.
  • Balkun Peak divides Satopanth Glacier towards left from Bhagirath Kharak Glacier in the right.
  • Scientists have been observing Satopanth Glacier for quote some time now and think that SAtopanth Glacier is receding.

Reporting Point/Meet-up Information


Trekkers are required to reach Badrinath at least two nights in advance to the date when trekking starts. This is to ensure that they are properly acclimatised with the high altitude weather.

Tour Departure Dates

  • Friday, 19 Jun 2020
  • Monday, 07 Sep 2020
  • Monday, 21 Sep 2020

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