The Satopanth trek should be high on any adventure seeker’s list because it has everything from snow-covered trails, thick forests and breath-taking waterfalls as well. Snow covered peaks, ancient temples and historical places will accompany you all throughout this trek. It is a perfect blend of beauty, adventure and peace. The Satopanth lake is considered to hold a very special religious significance to the local people as the local residents of the Mana village throw the ashes of their dead in this lake.
The Satopanth lake is nestled between the majestic garhwal ranges of Himalayas, offering scenic vistas. During the Satopanth trek, you will not only witness the surreal beauty of the Satopanth lake but also explore Mana village – otherwise renowned to be the last village of India. There are many waterfalls that you will find along this trek, including the 400ft waterfall named Vasudhara. If you absolutely love the Himalayas, you can bask in the incredible views of majestic Himalayan peaks like chaukhamba, neelkanth and Swargarohini. This 6 night / 7 day trek is bound to lift your spirits up, given the surreal views and the spiritual significance Satopanth trek holds in our mythology. Although you can enjoy the Satopanth trek solo as well, it would be in best interest to undertake it in a group.
Maximum altitude: 15,100 ft
Grade: Moderate difficulty
Duration: 6 nights and 7 days
Trekking distance: 50 kilometres
Trail type: Moderate
Rail head: Rishikesh is the closest railhead to Satopanth trek which is 320kms away.
Airport: Dehradun is the nearest airport to Satopanth.
Snow Season: The main lake is covered in dense snow from September end to mid-may.
Service from: Base camp: Mana village is the base camp for Satopanth glacier trek
Best season: Best season to undertake Satopanth trek is between summers (may-June) and post monsoon (September-october)
Region: Chamoli district
Who can participate: The minimum age requirement of Satopanth trek is 12 years.
Arrival at Joshimath
The first day will see you arriving at Joshimath, the starting point of this tour.
Here, you will meet and greet with the representative of the Satopanth trek who will give you crucial information about the trek.
After checking into your hotel, you’re free to roam around and explore the quaint little town that is Joshimath.
After exploring or resting, scrumptious dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay at the hotel.
It is advisable to get some good sleep as the rest of the days are bound to be a little tiring as the Satopanth glacier trek will start the next day.
Rain cover: Although the chances are that the climate will remain cold and dry during the Satopanth glacier trek, if it rains, you don’t want yourself or your belongings to get drenched in this extreme cold.
Warm clothes: Keep warm clothes in abundance because it gets super chill on the Satopanth lake trek, especially after the sun sets.
Water bottle: A 1-2 litre water bottle to keep yourself hydrated all the time.
Fleece jackets and thermals: These will save you from the bone chilling winds of the Himalayas. Others
Head torch: To find your way once it gets dark.
Toilet paper and wipes: To maintain your hygiene.
Walking stick: An essential that will definitely assist you on the trek.
Back pack: A 50-60 litre backpack will be enough to carry all your essentials.
Hiking shoes: Proper hiking / trekking shoes that can provide good grip over rough surfaces. Sports shoes and sneakers are best avoided because they tend to become slippery over rough surfaces that you will definitely encounter on Satopanth lake trek.
Rishikesh is the closest railway station which is around 250kms if you take the NH58. It is a good thing that Rishikesh is well connected to all the major cities of India. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads if you’re traveling from Rishikesh.
Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun is the closest airport to Joshimath. Jolly Grant airport is situated at the outskirts of Dehradun, around 25 kilometres away from the main city centre. In fact, the Jolly Grant airport is even closer to Rishikesh, which is only 15-20 kilometres from the airport.
Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads as one can easily board a bus or hire a taxi from Rishikesh or Haridwar. It is a good thing that the drive is going to be very scenic as the tarmac runs parallel to the Ganga and its numerous tributaries. Although it is worth noting here that the private buses that run on this course are very poorly maintained. If you still wish to board a bus, they leave as early as 4:30 AM in the morning from Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar.
It is widely believed that the Satopanth trek is of moderate difficulty. The trek starts at an altitude of 10,830 feet and at the end of the trek, the altitude reaches 15,100 feet. Ideally, you will be gaining 1000 feet in a day but it is worth noting here that the Indian Himalayas rise very quickly.
Situated 22 kilometres ahead of Badrinath, the highest altitude of Satopanth measures at 16,000 feet above sea level. Since it is so high, it is adorned with snow-capped mountain ranges all around. Given the height of Satopanth tal, the trek might be a little difficult but it is bound to bless your eyes and senses with its surreal vistas.
The best time to go for Satopanth trek is during the summer months of May and June and after that, it is advisable to do it post monsoon during the months of September and October. Avoid going for this trek during rains and winters.
The Satopanth trek costs around 15k-16k per adult, depending on the online portal you choose from.
The Satopanth trek is majorly famous for the majestic views it offers of the Himalayas and also, the spiritual significance the main lake holds in the Hindu mythology. Moreover, apart from the main highlight that is the trek, you will also explore Mana – the last village of India and Vasundhara waterfalls.