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Satopanth Lake Trek

Satopanth Lake Trek

  • 7 Days
  • Group : 12 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Moderate
  • Start: Dehradun
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4,600 m

Satopanth Tal is a high-altitude lake located at a height of 4,600 meters above sea level, within close proximity to the Badrinath Shrine. This lake holds both religious and natural significance, but it’s most famous for its breathtakingly clear, emerald-green water surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

The best time to embark on the Satopanth Trek is during the months of May and June when the weather is mild and stable. During these months, trekkers can expect clear skies and cool weather, which enhances the experience of this trek.

The trek to Satopanth Lake starts from the holy town of Badrinath and heads towards Mana village, the last village located near the India-China border. From here, the trek takes you to Vasudhara Falls, a breathtaking waterfall that drops from a height of 122 meters.

The trail further leads to Laxmivan, where you can witness the beauty of the Bhagirathi Peaks and the Vasuki peak. The trek then heads towards Chakratirtha, the base camp for Satopanth Lake. The campsite offers a spectacular view of the surrounding peaks and a serene environment to relax.

From Chakratirtha, the trek moves towards Satopanth Lake, passing through the rugged terrains and the rocky glacier. The lake offers a magnificent view of the Nilkantha Peak and adjacent Parvati Peaks, making it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.

After spending some peaceful time near the lake, the trek takes a circular route and descends down to Chakratirtha. The trail further leads to Mana village, where you can explore the unique culture and lifestyle of the inhabitants.

The Satopanth Lake Trek is a perfect blend of natural beauty and adventure, making it an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. The trek offers a unique perspective on the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, with its snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and unique culture.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun I.S.B.T (Google Map)

Departure Time

7 A.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg): Morning bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner, Hot Bournvita at night, and Yummy Desserts
  • All season Camping tents on twin/triple sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • Scenic TrailThe trek to Satopanth Tal is considered to be one of the most beautiful trails in the Garhwal Himalayas. The trail passes through lush forests, glistening streams, and beautiful meadows, offering breathtaking views of surrounding peaks.
  • High Altitude LakeSatopanth Tal, also known as the "mystery lake," is located at an altitude of 4600 meters above sea level. This crystal-clear emerald lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and is considered a sacred place by the locals.
  • Challenging TerrainThe trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Uttarakhand. The trail includes walking on moraines, rock slabs, and glaciers. The trek is recommended for experienced trekkers.
  • Religious SignificanceApart from the natural beauty, Satopanth Tal is also significant from a religious point of view. It is considered to be a holy place by the Hindus and is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Shiva took a bath.
  • Isolated & Offbeat TrailThe Satopanth Trek is an isolated and less crowded trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, allowing trekkers to experience the serene and tranquil beauty of the Himalayas.
Satopanth Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun to Joshimath

Distance: 300 km
Time Taken: 12 hours (Drive)
Altitude: 1,875 m (6,150 ft)

Satopanth Lake Trek starts from the quaint little town of Joshimath. The drive from Dehradun to Joshimath is a 300 km road journey through winding mountain roads. If you book transport with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Dehradun I.S.B.T at 6 am. You can expect to reach Joshimath by late evening.

We’ll be having breakfast on the road. We’ll drive through the picturesque valleys of Rishikesh, Devprayag, and Rudrapryag. Be sure to keep your camera handy, as the views will catch you by surprise.

The drive is a long one, so the last stretch can be quite tiring. On reaching Joshimath in the evening, you can explore the local bazaar and take in the vibe of the quaint town. The beautiful skiing slopes of Auli are a stone’s throw away from Joshimath and provide a majestic view of the Himalayas.

After reaching your destination, the trek leader will welcome you and give you a comprehensive briefing on the trek ahead. Savor the delicious dinner before retiring for a good night’s rest. Tomorrow, we’ll begin the journey to Satopanth Lake!

Day 2Joshimath to Badrinath

Distance: 45 km
Time Taken: 2 hours (Drive)
Badrinath Altitude: 3,300 m (10,830 ft)

On the second day of the Satopanth Lake Trek, we will drive from Joshimath to Badrinath. Badrinath, located in the Northern state of Uttarakhand, is a popular and ancient Hindu pilgrimage site.  The drive will take us through the majestic mountains and valleys of Chamoli district.

The road initially descends to the valley floor, before climbing along a steep gorge to the pilgrimage site of Badrinath. On reaching Badrinath, you can pay a visit to the Badrinath Temple, one of the four Char Dham sites in India. You can get a feel of the local culture here and experience some spiritual vibes.

We will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing at Badrinath. Mana, the last village of India towards the Indo-China border at Mana Pass, is just 4 km away from Badrinath. After a long journey, enjoy the delicious dinner and get a good night’s rest before starting for Satopanth Lake tomorrow!

Day 3Badrinath to Mana & Mana to Laxmivan

Distance: 5 km (Drive) & 7 km (Trek)
Time Taken: 20 min (Drive) & 5 hours (Trek)
Mana Altitude: 3,200 m (10,500 ft)
Laxmivan Altitude: 3,650 m (11,975 ft)

We will start our day early with a drive from Badrinath to Mana. Here, you can get an up-close view of the Indo-China border at Mana Pass. After paying your respects to the local deities in the village temple, it’s time to begin trekking toward Laxmivan.

The trail starts off with an easy walk on the road for about 2 km. We will cross a few streams in between, so be sure to put on your waterproof shoes. After crossing the streams, we will start climbing gradually and reach the Somtoli meadows after a while.

The trail climbs gradually till Somtoli, passing through a landslide section. You might find few shepherds here or their vacant caves along the way. From Somtoli, take a small walk through a boulder section to reach our campsite marked by a cluster of Bhojpatra trees atop the ridge. The campsite has grand views of Alkapuri, the snout and starting point of the Alaknanda River, and the Balakun peak.

Enjoy the stunning views from your camp before getting some much-needed rest for the trek ahead.

Day 4Laxmivan to Chakrateerth

Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Chakrateerth Altitude: 4,150 m (13,615 ft)

Day four is the most challenging day of the trek. We will start early in the morning, crossing a few streams and a boulder field before climbing up to the Sahastra Dhara. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of Nilkanth and Balakun peaks.

We will then traverse across a picturesque landscape comprising dozens of streams merging into each other. After that, we’ll start climbing up the left lateral moraine of the glacier coming down from Chaukhamba at the head of the valley. This part is steep, so you’ll need all your energy to get up!

We will reach Chakrateerth after a few hours. Here, you can enjoy excellent views of Swargarohini and Bandar Punch peaks. Relax for some time in this tranquil environment before exploring the area around you or just taking in the beauty of the majestic peaks around you.

Once you’re done, it’s time to settle down and prepare for tomorrow’s summit. Get a good night’s rest, as you will need all your energy and strength for the final push to Satopanth Lake!

Day 5Chakrateerth to Satopanth Lake

Distance: 7 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Satopanth Lake Altitude: 4,600 m (15,090 m)

Today is the day for which you’ve been preparing – we will finally reach the beautiful Satopanth Lake!

The trail begins with a climb through tricky boulder sections along the left lateral moraine of the glacier. We will cross two spurs coming down from the slopes of Nilkanth to our left.

As we climb higher, you will start to see a number of small glacial lakes and the imposing views of Chaukhamba and Nilkantha. Keep trekking until you reach Satopanth Lake – a stunning blue triangular lake surrounded by the raw natural beauty of the mountains.

Take your time to enjoy the views and have lunch at the lake before beginning our descent. We will return to Chakrateerth for the night, where you can relax and reflect on this beautiful trek.

Day 6Chakrateerth to Mana & Mana to Badrinath

Distance: 15 km (Trek) & 5 km (Drive)
Time Taken: 8 hours (Trek) & 20 min (Drive)
Mana Altitude: 3,200 m (10,500 ft)
Badrinath Altitude: 3,300 m (10,830 ft)

Today is the last day of your trek. We will retrace our steps from Chakrateerth to reach Mana and end our journey with a drive from Mana to Badrinath. The trek back down is fairly easy, as you’ll be descending all the way. Make sure to take lots of breaks during this part of the trek as it can be quite tiring.

As you leave the majestic peaks of Swargarohini and Nilkanth behind, take with you the memories of this wonderful trekking experience.

After a 5 km drive downhill, we will reach the holy town of Badrinath. Take some time to explore this ancient pilgrimage site and its many temples. You can also take a dip in the hot springs here to relax your tired muscles before heading back home.

Day 7Badrinath to Dehradun

Distance: 330 km
Time: 12 hours
Dehradun Altitude: 640 m (3,000 ft)

Today, we will drive back to Dehradun and bid farewell to the Garhwal Himalayas. On the way, enjoy the spectacular views of the valley and its winding rivers.

The journey to Dehradun will take us through picturesque landscapes, winding roads, and quaint villages. After a 12-hour drive, we will finally arrive in Dehradun – the last stop on our Satopanth Lake Trek journey.

Satopanth Lake Trek Route Map

Peaks Visible From Satopanth Lake

Best Time To Visit Satopanth Lake

Satoapanth Lake Trek Temperature & Weather

One of the most important factors to consider when planning a trek to Satopanth Lake is the weather. As the trek is situated at a high altitude, the weather can be quite unpredictable and extreme. Hence, it is important to plan the trek during the right season so that you can enjoy the best possible weather conditions and have an unforgettable experience.

The best time to visit Satopanth Lake is during the summer months from mid-May to June and post-monsoon from September to October. During these months, the weather remains pleasant, and the skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. The temperature during these periods ranges from 5°C to 15°C during the day and drops to around 0°C at night.

Summer Months: Mid-May to June

During the summer months, the weather is ideal for trekking, and the snow on the trail melts away, making it easier to walk. The days are longer, and the skies are clear, offering incredible views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. The temperature during the day remains comfortable, ranging from 10°C to 15°C, making it the perfect time to visit Satopanth Lake.

Post-monsoon: September to October

Post the monsoon, the weather clears up, and the skies remain clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. The temperature during this season remains comfortable, ranging from 5°C to 10°C during the day, and it drops to around 0°C at night. This season is perfect for anyone who wants to escape the summer heat and experience the natural beauty of the region.

Satopanth Lake Trek Photos
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is the Satopanth Lake Trek?

The Satopanth Lake Trek is considered a challenging trek. It is a high-altitude trek, reaching up to 4,600 m above sea level, and involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and river crossings. The trek is approximately 20 kilometers long and typically takes 6-7 days.

It is recommended for experienced trekkers who are physically fit and can trek for long hours in high-altitude conditions. Proper preparation and acclimatization are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

What are the requirements for participation?

To participate in the Satopanth Lake Trek, you must meet specific requirements:

  • You must have prior trekking experience, especially in high-altitude conditions.
  • You must be physically fit and able to hike for 6-7 hours daily in high-altitude conditions.
  • You must have a medical certificate verifying that you are fit for high-altitude trekking.
  • You must have proper trekking gear, clothing, and trekking shoes.
  • You must respect the environment and local cultures.

What kind of food will be available on this trek?

On the Satopanth Lake Trek, the participants will be provided with nutritious vegetarian meals cooked by the trekking crew. The menu includes a variety of dishes such as rice, lentils, vegetables, chapatis, soup, and snacks. Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are not allowed on the trek. 

Participants are advised to bring high-energy snacks such as nuts, chocolate, and granola bars to supplement their diet during the trek. It is also recommended to inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions or allergies.

 

What kind of accommodation will I get on Satopanth Lake Trek?

During the trek, participants will spend nights in campsites at beautiful locations and receive tents for sleeping and dining. The tents are waterproof and sleep two people. The trekking crew will set up the tents and provide sleeping bags and sleeping mats.

Are there any medical facilities available on this trek?

Advenchar’s trek leaders are wildness first-aid course certified. They are equipped with a first-aid kit along with an oxygen cylinder at campsites. You can be sure that you’re in safe hands on the trek.

However, if you have any ongoing medications or pre-existing conditions, it’s important to carry the medications and to communicate the same with the trek leader before starting the trek. 

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trek?

Here’s a list of recommended clothing for the Satopanth Lake Trek:

  • Warm, waterproof, and windproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Thermal innerwear
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts (preferably quick-drying)
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Woolen hat or beanie
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Woolen socks (at least 3 pairs)
  • Waterproof and sturdy trekking shoes
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp or torch with extra batteries
  • Trekking pole(s)

It is recommended to bring layered clothing to adjust to different temperatures and weather conditions. Additionally, it is advisable to keep all clothing in a waterproof bag to prevent them from getting wet during rain or river crossings.

How to prepare for Satopanth Lake Trek?

Here are some tips on how to prepare for the Kedarkantha Trek:

  1. Build your Stamina: The trek requires a good level of fitness as it involves steep ascents and descents. Start exercising regularly a few months before the trek. Cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling, and swimming are recommended to build endurance.

  2. Trekking Gear: Invest in good quality trekking gear, especially trekking shoes, which have good grip, are waterproof, and are designed for high-altitude trekking.

  3. Layering Clothing: Carry layers of clothing to adjust for changing temperatures on the trek. It’s important to have a warm jacket, hat, gloves, and thermal innerwear.

  4. Acclimatization: It is important to acclimatize to the high altitude before beginning the trek. It is recommended to reach the base camp a day before starting the trek to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

  5. Nutrition and Hydration: Carry enough high-energy snacks and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated on the trek. Carbohydrates and protein-rich food are recommended for meals.

  6. Personal Medical kit: Carry a personal medical kit containing basic medicines for headaches, fever, and altitude sickness. Carry blister plasters and pain relievers.

  7. Positive Attitude: This is the most important aspect of any trek. Be open to new experiences, embrace the beauty of nature, and enjoy every moment of the trek.

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We were a group of 9 to trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with Advenchar in the first week of August, 2023. Swena was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute since our trek to Tarsar Marsar was cancelled at the last minute with another company. Being a small group, we were able to start early in the morning, cover the hard sections before the sun came up & reach the campsite well before the evening rains. We were guided by Neil from Advenchar through the trek who is as well versed with the mountains as one can possibly get. The local Kashmiri team fed us to our hearts content. Bajjis, gulab jamoons, soup, kawa, sooji ka halwa was what I relished the most during the evening snacks. Mountain stories from Neil, crystal clear weather during the trek, the camaraderie among the co-trekkers & the ever helpful team made the pretty pretty KGL trek all the more memorable. Only disappointment was the trash at Vishnusar & Ganagabal campsites. Wished we had camped further away at these 2 sites. But the remaining 4 campsites were clean & beautiful. I would definitely do my next trek with Advenchar! Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful experience!
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August 6, 2023.
It is my first time trekking in India & I chose Advenchar for their positive reviews & small batch sizes. The team also patiently answered the many, many questions I had & were always available. True enough, I had a great & smooth experience with the KGL trek. The guides & helpers were experienced, knowledgeable & helpful. The trek timings were well planned; we often set off earlier & managed to avoid the rain. The food was delicious, varied & planned according to the trek. The tents were of high quality, withstanding the evening rain. Overall, I would recommend Advenchar, a huge thanks to them for everything. 🙂
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August 5, 2023.
This is my 1st trek with Advenchar. I really enjoyed the KGL Trek . Team Advenchar is focused on their small groups to deliver good experience for the trek enthusiasts. Kudos to team Advenchar.
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KIran SHarma
August 5, 2023.
Like always Advenchar is the best. Srinagar to Srinagar it was a great experience to be a part of KGL trek. Hospitality is up to the mark. Overall we had a great time. Looking forward for more treks with Advenchar. Thank you for this memorable trek team Advenchar 😍.
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NILESH ABHANG
June 8, 2023.
Excellent experience Amazing team. Keep the hardwork going. 👌🎊
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Sukriti Dilwaria
June 7, 2023.
It was my first trek, and I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The team was extremely professional and particular in their conduct and the trek was properly organised and executed.
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Husain Nasir
June 7, 2023.
The staff is amazing right from the owner to the cook and other helpers. Would highly advise to let the client have an option of changing their trek in case the intended trekking destination is experiencing harsh weather.
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