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Satopanth Lake trek - Glacial Lake of Divinity

  • Region : Chamoli, Uttarakhand
  • Duration : 8 Days
  • Distance : 9 Km
  • Altitude : 15092 ft.
  • Grade : Easy - Moderate

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Overview

Satopanth Lake Trek is a trek to a holy lake located at a height of 14,258 ft. above the sea level near the base of Chaukhamba Massif. The trek starts from a village famous as the last Indian village on the Indo-China border called Mana village. The village is located in the state of Uttarakhand near the holy pilgrim town of Badrinath

The lake is a triangular shape with a perimeter of 1 Km filled with crystal clear water. According to legends Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh meditated at the three corners of the lake. The route to the lake offers a picturesque view of the nearby Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Balakun and other prominent peaks. The best time to visit Satopanth Lake Trek is before and after monsoons in the months of May-June & September-October.

The first day of the trek begins with a long drive from Dehradun to Joshimath and therefore we will leave early in the morning. The drive is about 290 Km and would take about 9 to 10 hours. You are expected to arrive at Joshimath by evening and you have a choice to rest yourself or visit the local bazaar at Joshimath.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 290 Km
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours
  • Network - Available
  • Max Altitude - 6,696 ft.
  • Night stay at a guest house

Today we will be driving to one of the most famous pilgrim sites in India, also famous as one of the Char Dhams - Badrinath. The 46 Km drive will take 2 hours to complete. We will be spending the rest of the day at Badrinath so you can go visit the temple and the local market. 

The starting point of the Satopanth Lake trek Mana Village is at a distance of mere 4 Km. from Badrinath. Night stay will be at a guest house.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 46 Km.
  • Driving Time - 2 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 10,429 ft.
  • Network - BSNL
  • Overnight stay at a guest house

Today we will leave Badrinath and start walking towards Laxmiban. The trail starts with an easy ascend towards the Somtoli meadows along the Alaknanda river. As we walk forward, you will be able to spot 400 ft. tall Vasundhra Falls on the opposite bank of the river. On the way we will be crossing a landslide section up to the Somtoli meadows.

By the end of the trek, we will cross a boulder section into the cluster of Bhojpatra trees which will be our campsite for today. You will be able to catch the glimpse of Alakpuri, the starting point of Alaknanda river from the campsite.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 8.5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 12,000 ft.
  • Overnight stay at camps

We will start walking on a challenging trail with a sharp ascent over the boulders towards our first destination for today at Sahastra Dhar. As we climb up the valley, you will be able to view the magnificent Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and Balakun mountains. As we cross Sahastra Dhar, the trail will get a bit flat with a number of small streams crossing each other. Watch your step as the trail might be slippery. At the end of the trek, the trail will once again enter a steep ascent to be followed by a level walk towards our campsite for today at Chakratirth.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 9.5 Km
  • Trekking time - 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 13,658 ft.
  • Night stay at camps

The most awaited day of the trek has arrived and today we will be pushing towards Satopanth Lake. The trail is an easy and short ascent but it is a bit tricky as we will have to cross various boulder sections on the way. Crossing the two streams coming down from the slope of Neelkanth we will finally reach the magnificent triangular lake - Satopanth. From the lake you will be able to view the tall Chaukhambha and Neelkanth mountains along with some small glacial lakes. 

After spending some time at Satopanth Lake located at a high altitude of 14,258 ft. above sea level, we will be making our way back to Chakratirth which will be our campsite for today.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 7.5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 14,258 ft.
  • Night stay at Chakratirth campsite

On the sixth day, we will retrace our steps back to Somtoli meadow. Starting early in the morning we will trek 11 Km for about 7 hours and camp at the Somtoli meadow.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 11 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 7 Hours
  • Overnight stay in tents

We will finish the remaining part of the terk and return back to Mana Village from Somtoli and then we will drive back to Joshimath. Overnight stay will be at a guest house.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 8 Km
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Driving Distance - 46 Km
  • Driving Time - 2 Hours

The final day of the Satopanth trek has arrived and we will be driving 290 Km. back to Dehradun. The ride will take 9 hours and you are expected to arrive at Dehradun by evening so make your reservations accordingly.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 290 Km.
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours
  • Dropoff at Dehradun Railway Station

By Air :-

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

By Train :-

Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

  • Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
  • Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

By Bus:-

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi?s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun 

Railway Station

  • Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
  • You will reach Sankri by 5:00 pm
  • Food from Dehradun to Joshimath is not included in the trek cost

Inclusions :-

  1. Accommodation. (Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Mules to carry the central luggage

Exclusions :-

  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porters to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  6. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading backpack:-

INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance

INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at the Satopanth Lake Trek 
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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