Mt. Satopanth Peak Expedition
Satopanth, which mean 'True Path' in local dialect, is a second highest mountain of the Gangotri group of peaks in Garhwal, Uttarakhand. A formidable undertaking, this mountain has an elevation of 7075m. Reckoned to be a compelling proposition even for the veteran mountain junkies as the trek becomes difficult in its final stages and converts in to peak climbing adventure. Mt. Satopanth expedition is also believed to be the preparatory excursion for Mt. Everest climb. The trekking trail for Mt. Satopanth crosses through winding path, knife sharp edges and remote villages of Garhwal. One can expect to get awestruck with the views of Thalay Sagar, Shivling and granite pillars of Bhagirathi III. Camping in Vasuki Tal and few other equally gorgeous places adds to the charm of the Mt. Satopanth Peak Expedition. Here is the detailed itinerary for you.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi, you shall be met by our representative who will help you transfer to the pre booked hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Today, after the breakfast, we shall be paying visit to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for briefing and to complete all the formalities. Later, we shall head out for
Rishikesh via Haridwar. Enroute, we will visit Har-ki-Pauri Ghat and temples in Haridwar. On arriving in Rishikesh, we shall check into the hotel. Later in the afternoon, we shall be going for a sightseeing tour of Rishikesh in which one has the opportunity to explore the Ashrams and temples. In the evening, we shall be witnessing the famed Ganga Aarti. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
After breakfast today, we shall be driving to Uttarkashi. On arrival in Uttarkashi check into hotel. Rest of the day you are free. Overnight stay at Resort.
Day 4: Uttarkashi
Today, we shall be visiting Local Administration & Forest Department office to meet all the formalities. Overnight stay in the resort.
Day 5: Uttarkashi - Gangotri
After the breakfast, we shall drive to Gangotri (3048 mt) today. On arrival, check in to the hotel. The day will be kept free for acclimatization. Spend the evening exploring the temple and other sites in Gangotri. One can also opt for sighting Ganga Puja (offering) on River Ganga. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Gangotri - Chirbasa - Bhojwassa (3769m)
Today shall be the first day of the trek and we will head out for Bhojwassa (3769 mt) from Gangotri. Crossing Chirbasa (3600 Mt.), the trail passes through the river and further leads to get the first view of the Bhagirathi Peaks. On arrival at Bhojwassa, we shall set-up the camp. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 7: Bhojwassa - Gaumukh - Nandanvan (4337 M).
Today we will trek to Nandanvan (4337 mt), this will require a slightly longer walk, however, the incredible scenery makes it all worth. The trail goes up the terminal moraine and crosses the Gangotri Glacier. The trek through the Gangotri Glacier and ablation valley of Nandanvan is a challenging one. We shall set-up our camp at Nandanvan for an overnight stay on the left ablation valley of the Chaturangi (4-colour) Glacier, which is located at the base of the Bhagirathi II peak.
Day 8: Nandanvan
The day will be kept free for acclimatization and for exploring the surrounding area.
Day 9: Nandanvan - Base Camp
Today we shall trek to the Base Camp of Vasuki Tal (4898 mt). We will be trekking along the ablation valley of the Chaturangi Glacier. Further, we will traverse through the Bhagirathi II and Satopanth along with Vasuki Parbat on our right. We will set our camp next to Vasuki Tal. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 10: Base Camp (4898 M)
The day will be kept free for acclimatization. We will spend another night at the base camp. We can arrange for a short walk from Vasuki Tal towards the Advance Base Camp.
Day 11: Base Camp - Advance Base Camp (5130 M)
Today, we will walk on a narrow ridge towards the Chaturangi glacier. On our right will be Vasuki Parbat. From the edge of the ridge, we can have a glimpse of the majestic Satopanth Peak. We shall then descend towards Sundar glacier and will reach the advance base camp. (5130 m).
Day 12: Advance Base Camp (ABC)
The day will be left for acclimatization. We might do a short trek towards up the hill and then come back to ABC for an overnight stay.
Day 13: Advance Base Camp (Load Ferry to Camp 1)
Today will be the day for the first technical climb and shall fix the ropes for the next day. After accomplishing the task we will come back to ABC for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Advance Base Camp - Camp 1 (5800 M)
Our technical climbing session shall officially start today. After a short walk on the glacier, we will negotiate a rock band and a bit later an ice gully. From here we shall be crossing a few gentle humps to arrive at camp 1 (5800 mt). Ropes will be needed for this part of our trekking session.
Day 15: Camp 1 (Load ferry to camp 2)
We shall be going on a short walk to a certain height and will return to Camp 1 for overnight stay.
Day 16: Camp 1 - Camp 2/Summit Camp (6200m)
Today, we shall set for a short steep walk to reach the infamous "knife ridge". Pre-fixed ropes shall help us on this part. Once the ridge is crossed, we will be on the sharp icy face of the mountain. We will pitch our tent just above a hanging glacier.
Day 17: Camp 2/Summit Camp (6200 M) - Climbing - Summit (7,135 M) - Camp 2/Summit camp
Today we shall attempt the peak and then will come back to Camp 2 for overnight stay.
Day 18: Reserve Day at Camp 2 for Summit
Day 19: Descend Camp 2 - Camp 1
Day 20: Descend Camp 1 - Base Camp and down to ABC
Day 21: Vasukital - Nandanvan
After the breakfast, we shall return to Nandanvan. On arrival in Nandanvan, we will setup the camp for overnight stay.
Day 22: Nandanvan - Chirbasa
Today after the breakfast, we shall trek back to Chirbasa (3600 mt) via Gaumukh and Bhojwassa. On arriving in Chirbasa, we will walk down from the main trail and will set a camp close to the river. Overnight stay at Chirbasa.
Day 23: Chirbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
After breakfast today, we will trek back to Gangotri. On arrival, we will drive to Uttarkashi. En route, we will witness the hot water spring at Gangnani. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi, we will check-in to resort for an overnight stay.
Day 24: Uttarkashi - Rishikesh
Today after the breakfast, we will drive to Rishikesh via Tehri. On arrival at Rishikesh, we shall check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 25: Rishikesh - Delhi
Drive back to Delhi. On arrival, wait for de-briefing and later transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 26: Delhi Departure
Transfer to international airport according to the flight schedule.
End of tour and services.