Satopanth Lake Trek

Trek to the meditating place for Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswara

Trek Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

15,100 ft

Base Camp

Mana, Badrinath

Best Time

May to Mid Oct

Satopanth Lake Trek

Satopanth Lake Trek is a trek that takes the trekker through the Satopanth Tal (Lake) in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. The landscape is beautiful, with a crystal-clear emerald lake and snow-clad mountains. This lake also holds great religious significance for the local people; they believed that it was a meditating place for Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswara. The trekker would see Mount Chaukhamba, Swargarohini, Neelkantha, and Balakun surrounding the lake. On this trek, the trekker would be walking through two beautiful waterfalls, Shahastradhara & Vasundhara, along with Lakshmi Van & Khakrateertha, along with lush green meadows. This trek is enchanting because of ancient temples, lovely fields, beautiful forests, quaint villages and breathtaking mountains. The trekker would be mesmerized by the natural beauty like gushing streams, snow-covered mountains, forests of Oak & pine, and rivulets.

Satopanth Tal is an unblemished glacier lake at an altitude of 15100 ft. With the shape of a triangular, it is hidden amidst the magnificent Garhwal area.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Satopanth Lake Trek

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath by Road

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 225 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Rishikesh (1120 ft / 340 meters), Joshimath (6150 ft / 1875 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 5030 ft / 1535 meter
  • Trek Grade – By road

This day marks the first day of the trekker’s journey, and they would meet the Trekup India representative at Natraj Chowk, Rishikesh. From there, they would begin their driving journey; it would be a beautiful road journey through the mountains. The first place they would reach is Devprayag, where they will witness the incredible confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. Then, the trekker would pass through Srinagar, near the Alaknanda River. 

The next place on this route is Rudrapryag, where the Alaknanda River meets the Mandakani River. After enjoying the scenic views at Rudrapryag, the trekkers would return on the road, and they would pass by Karanaprayag, where the trekkers would see the Pinder River allying with the Alaknanda River. After a long drive, the trekkers would finally reach Garudganga, where they would be dropped off at the guest house or hotel to rest for the night.

Day 2: Joshimath to Badrinath by Road, Badrinath to Lakshmi Van by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Garudganga to Badrinath by Road (65 km), Badrinath to Lakshmi Van by Trek (9 km)
  • Time Taken – Garudganga to Badrinath by Road (approx. 2 hrs), Badrinath to Lakshmi Van by Trek (approx. 5 hrs)
  • Altitude – Garudganga (6150 ft / 1875 meters), Badrinath (10,830 ft / 3300 meters), Lakshmi Van (11,900 ft / 3627 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Garudganga to Badrinath (4680 ft / 1425 meters), Badrinath to Lakshmi Van (1070 ft / 327 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

The trekkers would begin their first day of the trek with a delicious breakfast, and Trekup India team members would prepare the trekkers for the walk ahead. The trekkers would be driving for a short while from Garudganga to Badrinath. Upon reaching Badrinath, they would be met by a Trekup India representative, after which they would begin their trek. After walking for a while, the trekker would finally reach Mana, which is the last place in India and is located on the Indo-China border. 

Laxmi Van campsite is just a few hours away from Garudganga, but to proceed further, the trekker would need an official permit. From Mana, the trail is well paved with the Alaknanda River flowing at the side; three kilometres away from Mana is Vasundhara Falls, which is a beautiful waterfall. 

The locals believe that the waterfall has medicinal value; the trekker can fill their water bottles from the waterfall. After they have enjoyed the scenic vistas of the waterfall, it’s just a few hours towards Laxmi Van. As the trekkers close to Laxmi Van, they start seeing Bhoj Patra trees along with the glacier below Balakun Peak. Spend the night at the Laxmi Van campsite.

Day 3: Lakshmi Van to Chakrateertha by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 7 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 4 hrs
  • Altitude – Lakshmi Van (11,900 ft / 3627 mtr), Chakrateertha (13,658 ft / 4163 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1758 ft / 536 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Morning would begin with hot tea in hand and scenic views around, and the trekker would then be preparing for the day’s trek. The trek today will be more difficult than the previous day, and the trail is along the bank of the Alaknanda River. As the trekkers start walking ahead, they see grasslands and the terminal moraine of Dhano Glacier. 

From the trail ahead, they would begin to see Bhagirathi peaks when the sky is clear. After walking for a few kilometres, the trekkers would be welcomed by gorgeous Shastradhara, the culmination of 100 small waterfalls. As they are near the waterfall, they will be seeing Mount Neelkanth. From there, they would reach the campsite within half an hour, and the camp is between greenery and massive peaks.

Day 4: Chakrateertha to Satopanth Tal and Back to Chakrateertha

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the Campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 5 km (one side)
  • Time Taken – approx. 4 hrs (one side)
  • Altitude – Chakrateertha (13,658 ft / 4163 mtr), Satopanth Tal (15,100 ft / 4600 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1442 ft / 437 meter
  • Trek Grade – Moderate to Difficult

Today’s trek is going to be very exciting, as they are going to trek towards the mystical Satopanth Lake. When the trekkers wake up in the morning, they are spellbound by beautiful views of Mount Chaukhamba, Mount Neelkanth, and Mount Balakun. As they walked ahead, the trail would pass through grasslands, and the trail would be filled with twists and turns along with boulders & moraines. The trekker should trek with caution while on this section of the trail. The trail further on is up the ridge, and upon reaching the top, the trekker could see the Satopanth Tal. 

The lake is triangular, and there is also a legend connected to the place where three devas, also known as the trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, meditate on the three corners of the lake. Also, there is a cave made on the stone structure near the lake where local sage Mauni Baba is believed to live here. The lake is crystal-clear blue, and the water remains the same throughout the year. Also, if the sky is very clear, they could see three out of the seven steps of the Swargarohini Glacier. 

Locals believe that Pandvas walked past these stairs to reach heaven. Once the trekkers have enjoyed the picturesque scenery Satopanth Lake has to offer, they would then begin their return journey towards Chakrateertha campsite and sleep in the night.

Day 5: Chakrateertha to Badrinath by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 15 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Chakrateertha (13,658 ft / 4163 mtr), Badrinath (10,830 ft / 3300 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 2828 ft / 863 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

This day marks the last trek in the mountains, and today’s trek will be downhill. The trek would start from Chakrateertha, and then we would reach Laxmi Van after a few hours, followed by Mana. From Mana, it’s a gentle walk towards Badrinath. At Badrinath, they could either roam in the market, visit the temple or take a dip in the hot water spring. After that, they would sleep in the comfort of a guest house or hotel.

Day 6: Badrinath to Rishikesh by Road

  • Stay – No stay.
  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Distance – 290 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 9 hrs
  • Altitude – Badrinath (10,830 ft / 3300 meter), Rishikesh (1120 ft / 340 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 9710 ft / 2960 meter
  • Trek Grade – By road

On the last day of your journey, the trekker will be driving from Badrinath to Rishikesh. The trekker would begin the travel with a healthy breakfast, and the route would be through the same scenic vistas that they viewed at the beginning of the trek. It will be a long journey to Rishikesh; when they arrive there, the Trekup India team will bid them farewell. The trekkers would be on their own; they could return home, or they could explore Rishikesh or nearby areas.

Satopanth Lake Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Satopanth Lake Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Satopanth Lake Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Satopanth Lake Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay 3 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and two days in the guest house or hotel.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on day 6 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  3. Transport: Rishikesh to Garudganga, Garudganga to Badrinath and Badrinath to Rishikesh on sharing jeeps 
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Satopanth Lake Trek

Satopanth Lake Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.