Satopanth Tal Trek

duration Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 14,650 ft
visit Best time to visit May - Jun, Sept - Oct
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Badrinath
Camp Accommodation type Alpine Tents
About the Satopanth Tal Trek

Satopanth Tal Trek - A journey to the legendary Himalayan Lake, while walking on the mythical path once traversed by the Pandavas to reach heaven. The Satopanth or the path of truth trails to the triangular Satopanth Lake with soothing evergreen color. Trekking away from the human settlements, the Satopanth Trek takes you into the realm of high mountains silence, gigantic massifs, mystic glaciers, mammoth waterfalls, and sequestered stony caves.

The Satopnath Trek starts with a driveway to Badrinath passing through all of the five major confluences or Prayags (Devparyag, Rudraprayag, Karnaparyag, Nandparyag, and Vishnuprayag) from the Hindu mythology. Further, the trek continues to reach Laxmiban via Mana Village, the last village of the country, crossing the mythological Bhim Pul over the gushing Saraswati River. Journeying to the sounds of the Alaknanda River, the Satopath trail continues passing the Vasudhara waterfall and Sehestradhara falls.

Satopanth Tal is a high-altitude lake near Badrinath Shrine in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. This triangular lake is situated at an elevation of 4600 meters above sea level, adorned with snow-shrouded peaks and several mythological legends as well. Two legends, in particular, are well-known. Two legends, in particular, are well-known.

The words 'Sat-o' and 'Panth' imply 'truth' and 'path' and 'way,' respectively. Legend has it that the Mahabharata's Pandavas traversed this same 'road to paradise.' As a result, Satopanth Lake was named. The 'celestial chariot' to heaven is claimed to have been discovered near this lake by Yudhishtira. As a result, the lake is also known as 'Satyapanth.'

Another legend talks about Satopanth Lake's triangular shape. On the day of Ekadashi, locals believe that the Trinities - Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara - visit Sathopanth Tal. Each of them takes a holy dip in this lake from a different corner. This is the reason why locals believe, the shape of Satopanth Tal is triangular.

Trekking through the Lakshmi van forest and open camping at the Chakratirtha meadow, the Satopanth trek witnesses the views of Chaukhamba, Swargarohini & Satopanth peaks. Feel the thrill, while hiking to the naturally created glacial bridge to Satopanth Lake. Enjoy unique flora and fauna with a spectacular view of Mt. Neelkanth and the views of Alkapuri (the source of Alaknanda) from the spot.

The entire trek passes through several massive mountains, small stones, and water streams that brush your feet throughout the trail. Abundant with mythological as well as breathtaking natural sites, the Satopanth Trek marks its end with your arrival at Rishikesh back from Badrinath.

 

Satopanth Tal Trek Best Time

The best months to go on the Satopanth lake hike are May to mid-July and September to October. You can view lush green meadows, gorgeous wildflowers, and crystal clear Satopanth lake from May through mid-July.

You can view the Alaknanda river at its best and the elegant Vasundhara waterfalls aggressively merging the Alaknanda river if you travel after the monsoon. Because this walk ascends to a height of 15100 feet, you should expect a lot of snow in the winter. As a result, trekking is not possible during the winter months.

The trail becomes exceedingly treacherous during the rainy season, making access to the lake difficult.

 

Satopanth Tal Trek Difficulty

The Satopanth lake hike is only suitable for experienced trekkers. The walk to Satopanth Tal Trek height is moderate to challenging in difficulty. This hike requires a high level of stamina and endurance.

There is also a significant amount of elevation gain in Satopanth Tal Trek altitude. As a result, you must have prior Himalayan trekking expertise as well as knowledge of higher-altitude trekking. Without correct education, Acute Mountain Sickness can be fatal.

 

Emergency Helplines for Satopanth Tal Trek

In the event of any emergency, the nearest Government Hospital is situated 4 kilometers from the Mana village and 4 kilometers from Badrinath.

Police Station: The nearest police station from Mana village is the Badrinath police station. The community is 4.6 kilometers away.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF): During any emergency, you can either call the police or call the NDRF. They'll dispatch a rescue squad to assist you.

ERSS: For any type of emergency assistance, dial 112 for the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).

Satopanth Trek - 7D/6N

Day 1: Rishikesh to Badrinath


Drive: 305 km (9-10 hours)

Meal: Dinner

Stay: Stay in a hotel/guest house on a sharing basis.

  • Report at a scheduled spot at 8 am, meet our representative and start your drive to Joshimath.
  • Pass through all 5 confluence points (Devparyag, Rudraprayag, Karnaparyag, Nandparyag + 1)
  • Reach Badrinath and check in to the hotel/guest house. In the evening head out for a Badrinath market visit.


Day 2: Badrinath to Laxmiban


Altitude: 12,396 ft

Trek: 8 km (4-5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a fresh morning, have your breakfast, and start your trek to Laxmiban.
  • The trek will pass through Bhim Pul and Saraswati River. You hike with the sound of the Alaknanda River.
  • You pass through the view of Vasundhara falls while walking in the meadow section,
  • Reach Laxmiban, pitch tents, and enjoy an open sky camping experience.


Day 3: Laxmiban to Chakratirth


Altitude: 13,911 ft

Trek: 10 km (6-7 hours)

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast, start your trek to Chakratirth. The route will pass through huge mountains and small stones and water streams touching your feet.
  • Enjoy View of Alkapuri (the origin place of Alaknanda) and the view of Sehestradhara falls.
  • Spot the magnificent view of Mt. Neelkanth with rare flora and fauna.
  • Reach Chakratirth, pitch your tents, and rest for the day with hot meals.


Day 4: Chakratirth to Satopanth Lake


Altitude: 14,650 ft

Trek: 6 km (4-5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast, start your trek to Satopanth Lake.
  • Hike over the thrilling & toughest trail while enjoying the views of Chaukhamba, Swargarohini & Satopanth peaks.
  • Cross the naturally created glacier bridge, reach Satopanth Lake. Pitch your tents near the moraine section and retire for the day.


Day 5: Satopanth Lake to Chakratirth


Altitude: 13,911 ft

Trek: 6 km (4-5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up have your breakfast, Take a small meditation around the lake and start to head back.
  • Hike down with the views of Chaukhamba, Swargarohini & Satopanth peaks.
  • Reach Chakratirth campsite, pitch your tents and with hot meals retire for the day.

 

Day 6: Chakratirth to Badrinath


Altitude: 10,170 ft., via 12,396 ft

Trek: 18 km (7-8 hours)

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner

Stay: Stay in a hotel/guest house on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a great morning, have your breakfast and start your challenging hike back to Badrinath.
  • The route is same as you stop at Laxmiban for Lunch and start the hike down to Badrinath.
  • Reach Badrinath and check in to your hotel/guest house and take rest after a heavy day.


Day 7: Badrinath to Rishikesh


Drive: 305 km (9-10 hours)

Meal: Breakfast

  • Wake up to a fresh morning, have your breakfast and bid bye to the adventures of Satopanth Trek.
  • Take the shared cab back to Rishikesh

The Trek ends here.

Air: You can book your flights for Dehradun (Jolly Grant airport) and from there take a shared or private cab to Rishikesh.

Road: You can take a bus to reach the Rishikesh bus stand and from there take the local transport to reach the pickup point.

Rail: Book a train to Rishikesh railway station and from take a private / shared cab to reach the pickup point.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -1

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small light weight towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri Bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses, Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Backpack 60L

Inclusions:

1. All stays included from Badrinath to Badtrinath on a sharing basis:

- Hotel/Lodge/Guest House on day 1 & 6.

- Dome tents from Day 2 to day 5

2. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 7 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

- Meal include - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, and Dinner.

3. Experienced and qualified local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

4. Hot water for drinking purposes is available at the respective campsites.

5. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

6. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

7. The transportation from Rishikesh to Badrinath & back on day 1 & 7.

8. All trek essentials included –

Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.

Safety - a basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges do not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, liners etc.

Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

4. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

5. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

6. Separate tents can be provided on request at an additional cost

1. If cancellations are made 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.

3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Q1. Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Answer: Joshimath has a reasonable size market, but we suggest not to leave anything for last minute buying.


Q2. Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Answer: Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women will be sharing tents with each other. In case if there is only one woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.


Q3. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Answer: ID Proof i.e adhaar card, driving license (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.


Q4. What are the inclusions of the Satopanth Trek package?

Answer: Hotel/Lodge/Guest House, meals, Kitchen, dining and toilet tents, Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipments.


Q5. What is the height of Satopanth lake trek?

Answer: It is at an altitude of 14,650 ft. from sea level.


Q6. What things I need to keep in mind at Satopanth Trek?

Answer: The Satopanth trek requires prior high-altitude trekking experiences of at least 2 Moderate grade treks and You must ensure that you listen carefully to the instructions provided by the tour guide.


Q7. What is the best time to do Satopanth Tal Trek?

Answer: May - Jun, Sept – Oct.


Q8. What is the difficulty level of Satopanth Tal Trek?

Answer: Moderate to difficult.


Q9. What things I need to carry for Satopanth Trek?

Answer: Shirts, T-shirts, Trekking Pants, Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes, Cap / Hat, Water bottle, Personal toiletries.

 

Q10. Why should I go for this trek?    

Answer: Satopanth ( Tal ) Lake Trek is an isolated trek in Garhwal Himalayas nestled on the base of legendary Nilkantha peak and several other prominent peaks. The Swargarohini peak Base Camp, views of Balakun Peak and Narayan Parbat peak will attract you to be a part of the trek.


Q11. How should I select my trekking shoe?

Answer: Trekking shoes with thick soles and most importantly, it should be comfortable; Flip-flops must be lightweight.


Q12. How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

Answer: Air: You can book your flights for Dehradun and from there take a shared or private cab to Rishikesh.

Road: You can take a bus to reach the Rishikesh bus stand and from there take the local transport to reach the pickup point.

Rail: You can Book a train to Rishikesh railway station and then take a private / shared cab to reach the pickup point.


Q13. What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Answer: Vasundhara Fall, Laxmivan, Dhano Glacier.


Q14. What is the starting point of Satopanth Trek?

Answer: The starting point of Satopanth Trek activity is a small village known as Mana Village.


Q15. How much distance will we cover in Satopanth Trek?

Answer: 50 km.


Q16. Experience required?

Answer: Should have trekked for at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas.


Q17. How long does Satopanth Tal Trek last?

Answer: 7 Days / 6 Nights.


Q18. Is Satopanth Trek safe?

Answer: Satopanth Tal trek  is a safe trek if you are going with a good trekking team which you must know before booking yourself


Q19. How much does Satopanth Tal trek cost?

Answer: 15,999 + 5.00 % GST


Q20. What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

Answer: No upper age limit but the person must have trekking experience of at least 8 years.


Q21. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Answer: You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes, ropes and ice axe depending upon the snow.


Q22. What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Answer: Vegetarian meals


Q23. What equipment can I rent from you?

Answer: Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.


Q24. What will the temperature be like during this trek?

Answer: The normal summer temperature is around 12 °C in the day and 7 °C to -5 °C at night, while in winters the temperature may drop to even -25 °C in the day and -36 °C in the night.


Q25. When will there be snow on this trek?

Answer: The Satopanth trek is covered by dense snow from September end to mid-May.


Q26. What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

Answer: Alpine Tents


Q27. What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

Answer: Alpine Tents


Q28. Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Answer: Yes.


Q29. Is the trekking pole necessary?

Answer: Yes.

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