Satopanth Lake Trek

Trek LocationArea: Garhwal Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 08 Days (4 days traveling and 4 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: May - October (Except July and August)

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 4600 mts

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 50 K.M

About Satopanth Lake

At a short distance from the sacred town of Badrinath, The glacial lake of Satopanth allures adventurists to add the accomplishment of one more impressive trek in their biography. Sequestering amidst the imposing ranges of the Garhwal region, this green triangular lake offers an ambiance of serenity. The lake is said to have a deep set connection with the Hindu mythology as the three corners of the lake are believed to be the sacred part of the holy trinity, namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Lord Shiva) who are reckoned to have meditated at three of the respective corners. Many devout pilgrims also trek to this lake for bathing here on solar and lunar fortnights as it is considered most auspicious.


Satopanth Lake commences from Mana Village, which is 3 km away from Badrinath and houses a natural rock bridge called Bhim Pul. The Satopanth Lake Trek is a bit hazardous but the risk is well rewarded with unparalleled scenic views. The trek boasts rich surreal views and requires glacial and boulder walks as well. During the trek, one has the opportunity to witness 400ft waterfall; Vasudhara Falls, pass through India's last village, Mana and get incredible views of Himalayan peaks like Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and Swargarohini. .

Satopanth Lake Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Witness the surreal green lake Satopanth
  • Walk over a natural rock bridge, Bheem Pul
  • Watch the beautifully cascading waterfall of Vasudhara
  • Get an opportunity to hike to one of the majestic glaciers, Dhano Glacier
  • Walk through the last village of India, 'Mana'
  • Delight in the spectacular views of some of the Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Swargarohini
  • Camping by the Satopanth Lake, under the open sky that is studded with stars during the night

Best Time to Visit Satopanth Lake

Best time to travel to Satopanth Lake Trek is in summers (Mid May – June) and Post monsoon (September - October), when the weather remains pleasant and the sky clear for some magical views of far-flung high mountain peaks.

In summers: The weather of Satopanth Lake trek remains pleasant during summers. Since the sky remains clear, one has the opportunity to view the Himalayas distinctly. Carry woolens with you.

In monsoon: During the monsoon, the area around Satopanth Lake becomes lush green as if it is inviting tourists to get lost into the wilderness of nature. However, there are chances of roads blocks for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Satopanth Lake trek during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is advised.

After post monsoon: Post monsoon is an ideal time to do the Satopanth Lake trek. One can see the best of Satopanth Lake trek post monsoon as it blossoms with flowers and vegetation making it look heaven on earth. Carrying heavy woolens is advised.

Where is the Satopanth Lake?

Satopanth Lake is situated in the midst of snow-capped peaks at an altitude of 16,000 feet above the sea level. The lake is located 22 km ahead of the sacred town of Badrinath. Balakun Peak, Kuber Top, Mt. Neelkanth, and Mt. Swargarohini are the peaks visible en route to Satopanth.

How to Reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant of Dehradun is the nearest airport to Badrinath. The airport is well connected to Delhi with regular flights, whereas Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Haridwar/Rishikesh. The Rishikesh railway station is situated 295kms before Badrinath on NH58 and is well connected by with major cities of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent and Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh/Haridwar to Badrinath.

By Road: Badrinath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and taxis to Badrinath are easily available from major cities of Uttarakhand state like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Srinagar and Chamoli.

Satopanth Lake Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh

In the morning take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, you will be met by our guide who will help you transfer to Rishikesh and in checking into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh – Joshimath (250 kms/8-9 hrs)

Today, we shall drive to Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag. One can see Devprayag (confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi.) on the way. Arrival at Joshimath by evening. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Joshimath – Badrinath (45 kms/ 2 hrs)

In the morning today, we shall drive from Joshimath to Badrinath. Sightseeing and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 04: Badrinath - Laxmi van (8 kms/4-5 hrs)

Today, after the breakfast, we shall drive e to the village of Mana. From here the trek starts towards Laxmi van along the falls of Vasudhara. Laxmi van is a beautiful campsite with an impressive Alkapuri glacier on the opposite side. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Laxmi van - Chakrateerth (10 kms/7 hrs approx)

Our trek today will be towards Chakrateerth. We will ascend and continue along the beautiful waterfalls called Sahasradhara meaning Thousand Waterfalls. We shall be also be required to walk over the boulders. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 06: Chakrateerth - Satopanth Lake - Chakrateerth (12 kms/8 hrs approx)

Early in the morning today, we shall ascend to the top of the ridge. From here walk along the glacier to reach Satopanth Lake. After spending sometime near the lake, we shall trek back to Chakrateerth. Further trek down to Laxmivan, which is comparatively easy descend with cautious approach. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 07: Laxmivan - Badrinath – Rudraprayag

Today, we will descend to Mana Village in approximately 3 hrs. At Mana, we will take the vehicle and start driving towards Rudraprayag. Arrive and check into the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 08: Rudraprayag – Haridwar – Delhi

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Haridwar via Devprayag and Rishikesh. On arrival at Haridwar, transfer to railway station and from here catch an AC train for Delhi.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Shivling Base Camp Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Satopanth Lake Trek?

You should book Satopanth Lake Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Satopanth Lake Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar, our guide will meet you and assist you further.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Satopanth Lake Trek?

Satopanth Lake trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 4600m, so the minimum age required is 15 years.

How long we trek during Satopanth Lake Trek?

We plan our treks in a way that after 6 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 8-12kms per day of trekking is required.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek due to reasons that are beyond our control then additional charge may apply, which includes hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua, Hi-Tec, Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies and local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2019

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31 May 2019 07 Jun 2019 14 Jun 2019
21 Jun 2019 13 Sep 2019 20 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019 04 Oct 2019 11 Oct 2019
18 Oct 2019 25 Oct 2019

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