Satopanth Tal (Lake) is a hidden treasure of Uttarakhand, Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. The Satopanth tal has the summit at an altitude of 4600 meters (15,100 ft). The trek to this unique place begins at Mana Village (last village of India) near Badrinath. Many people believe that hindu holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva take bath here on auspicious day.
Satopanth Lake is roughly in between 3 giant peaks Mt. Chaoukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, and Mt Balakun. This same route that the pandavas took during their journey to heaven at the end of Mahabharata.Throughout your journey, green mountains, deep blue sky and innumerable glaciers will accompany you. During night weather is good, if the sky is clear and moonlight on peaks made them more beautiful. Ths unique leke remains under snow from the end of September to end of June.
1] Two photos with ID proof is required for Inner Line Permit.
2] Itinerary can be changed, in case of snow, rainfall and landslides.
3] There is a different permission charge for Foreigner & the difference amount should be paid by the participant on spot.
4] We advice you keep a extra day and plan your travel because the weather in the himalaya is unpredictable.
What is included in the tour
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Tented accommodation (3 people in each tent)
- Local route guide
- All necessary climbing gears
- All transfers from base camp to base camp
- Basic First Aid
- Forest Permission Charges
- Coordinator throughout the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc
- Any air/train to reach Delhi and return from Delhi.
- Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam.
- Food During travelling (Day-1 kathgodam to Kharkiya and camp to Kathgodam on day- 8)
- Any hotel accommodation
- Horses with horsemen to carry your loads on the route.
- Your Accommodation or any other expenses before or after the trek schedule.
- Extra food apart from mentioned above
- Anything not mentioned above.
- Small day pack 20 Liters (you can use this on the trail to carry your trail food, camera, water and trail layers. Ideal to carry only if you are - Sending bigger bag on horse/porter)
Things to Carry List :
Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
Daypack (20-25 L) – optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
3 cotton t-shirt with collar.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
A full sleeve thick Jacket.
4 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Hand Gloves (waterproof).
Sunglasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown. Blue coloured Sunglass cannot block UV rays.
Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
Trekking Pole is mandatory.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chapstick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
LED torch with extra set of cells/ Headlamps (preferred).
Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars, dry fruits, etc
Camera, writing or recording material to log your experience.
Day 1- Haridwar to Pandukeshwar 320 kms ( 6050 ft)(10 hrs. drive)
Reporting at Haridwar near railway station at 06:00 AM & proceed to Pandukeshwar (Your expected to reach at Haridwar on previous night) .Our cab driver will meet up at Haridwar Railway Station by 6:00 am in the morning. We will hire a cab to drive to Pandukeshwar. ( The cost of the vehicle will be shared among all the participants at actual). Over night stay at hotel in Pandukeshwar.
Day 2- Pandukeshwar to Mana by drive and trek to Laxmi ban( 28 kms drive and 10 kms trek 12500 ft)
Start early in the morning from Pandukeshwar and drive to Mana Village - India’s Last village. Once we take permission we will start walking towards Vasudhara Falls. The foot trek starts from Mana village. On the way you will be passing via Bhim Pool and Saraswati River. A pebble trail and a gentle incline, the walk is surrounded by meadows and towering snow peaks. After 3/4 hrs of walk from Mana Village you will be reaching to Vasudhara Falls. The height oh the falls is over 400 feet and the waters flow into the Alakananda River. From here another 2 hrs walk to our camp Laxmi Van. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 3- Laxmi ban to Chakrateeratha via Sahastradhara ( 8.5 kms 13650 ft)
Today after breakfast we will start our trek Chakrateertha via Sahashradhara. Initially first 3km trek is fairly easy.We walk up on glacial moraine as we make our way to the meadows of Sahashradhara.The journey to or camp Chakrateertha also offers some exceptional & scenic beauty.Once you reach campsite you can see beautiful view of Mt. Neelkanth. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4- Chakrateeratha to Satopanth tal ( 5 kms 14750 ft)
Trek starts with steep climbs and continue along a well-defined uphill path to Satopanth Tal.The climb begins on the hill behind the lake to traverse the moraine,scree, stoned paved path.After reaching the to the Lake you will realize that all the pain was worth taking to be where you are ! Nature is at its best form here, Tranquility for those who love loneliness.
Throughout your journey, green mountains, deep blue sky and innumerable glaciers will accompany you. During night weather is good, if the sky is clear and moonlight on peaks made them more beautiful.Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5- Satopanth tal to Laxmi ban via Chakrateeratha ( 11 kms)
The view of the snow covered peaks early in the morning, the sunrise reflection of Mt. Chaukhamba massif on the Satopanth Tal is mesmerising. Beautiful reflections of snow clad mountain ranges can be witnessed in the lake. After breakfast we will start trekking back towards Laxmi ban. Its take 5/6 hrs to reach the camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6- Laxmi Ban to Pandukeshwar by Mana and Badrinath (12 kms trek and 28 kms drive)
After breakfast we start trekking down towards Mana Village. It will take 5/6 hrs time to reach Mana Village. Our vehicles will be waiting for us at mana village . start back to Pandukeshwar by cab , Check in to the hotel and retire for a day .
Day 7- Pandukeshwar to Haridwar ( 320 kms drive) (10 hrs. drive)
You can start early in the morning from Pandukeshwar and reach Haridwar by 6:00 pm. (We will hire a cab at Pandukeshwar drive to Haridwar and the costing will be shared among all the participants) The drive will take around 9/10 hours.
Thanks for a great teamwork! Trip ends here with Lifetime memories !!!