Satopanth Lake Trek

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7 Days | 6 Nights
Starting from 15350 Per Person
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About Satopanth Lake Trek

 The Satopanth Lake is a high-altitude lake situated at a height of 4880 metres above sea level and is of triangular shape. The trek to this lake starts from Mana Village which is 3 kilometres away from the holy town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand.

Mana is the last village near the Indo Tibetan border. The people and their lifestyle have cultural influences from both India and Tibet. The trail from Mana to Satopanth is picturesque with thick oak forests, alpine meadows and streams.

The lake is considered very sacred by the Hindus. It is believed the three important Gods- Vishnu, Shiva and Bramha had meditated here by the banks of the lake at three of its corners.

The trekking route to the Satopanth Lake that has crystal clear green waters provides splendid and charming views of the Garhwal Himalayas. Beautiful places like Lakshmi Ban and Vasundhara Falls will also fall on the way.

A trek to this divine glacial lake is therefore very much recommended.

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The trek to the Satopanth lake starts from Mana village which is situated at distance of 3 kilometers from Badrinath, a holy pilgrimage spot for most Hindus.

We will start our trip from Rishikesh and arrive at Govindghat at first by road. The next day would be another round of road travel and we would reach Mana village from where the trek officially starts.

At first, we would trek to Lakshmi Ban from Mana and cover this distance of nine kilometers. The trek would then pass through Chakrateerth and we would finally arrive at Satopanth.

After witnessing this beautiful lake and the splendid views all around, we would our trek to Bandhar and then to Mana Village, thereby finishing this trek.

The whole duration of this trek would be of 6 nights and 7 days with some stops in between. We would mostly stay in tents during the full trek. The distance from Badrinath to Satopanth is approximately 22 kilometres.

This is a trek in the moderate to difficult category. This is not very difficult, but the terrains do have steep ascent at times.

This trekking route has some scenic views and the lake with its crystal clear green waters looks stunning in the backdrop of huge snowcapped mountains.

Location & How to reach:

  • The Santopanth lake is located about 22 kilometres from Badrinath. It is situated at a height of about 4880 metres above sea level. The trekking route to this lake starts from Mana village which is 3 kilometres away from Badrinath. Mana is the last village near the Indo Tibetan border.
  • Mana is easily accessible by road from Govindghat, Badrinath and other important towns. The trek starts from Mana and passes through places like Chakrateerth and Lakshmi Ban.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Rishikesh to Govindghat (1828m); 275 km, 9-10 hours

  • We will start our journey from Rishikesh. The drive from Rishikesh to Govindghat is picturesque with the river Ganga flowing by the side of it.
  • Beautiful views of the hills and the forests can also be seen on the way. We will cover this distance of around 275 kilometres in 9-10 hours. We will stay at Govindghat for the night.

Day 02 : Drive Govindghat to Mana Village & Trek to Lakshmi Ban (3840m); 1 hr drive and 9 kilometres of trek.

  • Today we will drive from Govindghat to Mana Village. The road journey here also provides stunning views. Mana is the last village near the Indo Tibet border and around three kilometres away from Badrinath, a holy pilgrimage town for Hindus.
  • The distance of Govindghat to Mana village will be covered in approximately in 1 hour.
  • Once we reach Mana, we will start our trek towards Lakshmi Ban. The beautiful Vasundhara Falls and the holy Saraswati Temple would fall on the way. The trek from here becomes a bit steep.
  • Beautiful views of the mountains and the river Alokananda flowing below can be witnessed on the way.

Day 03 : Trek Lakshmi Ban to Chakrateerth (4570m); 10 km, 6-7 hours

  • We will start our day early to witness the beautiful sunrise here, which is an extremely beautiful sight. In today’s trek, we would cover the distance from Lakshmi Ban to Chakrateerth, which is a total distance of 10 kilometres in 6-7 hours.
  • We will cross the beautiful Satopanth Valley today. The trail also has a number of small forests. Small flowers also bloom on the valley bed. The moraines of the Dhano Glacier and magnificent peaks of the Bhagirathi can be witnessed on the way. Once we reach Chakrateerth, we would stay in tents here for the night.
  • The best views of the west face of the mount Neelkanth can be seen from this point. The whole trek would take around 6-7 hours.

Day 04 : Trek Chakrateerth to Satopanth Lake (4880m); 5km, 4-5 hours

  • Once you wake up in the morning, the beautiful and splendid views of the Neelkanth, Satopanth and Parvati peaks can be seen. After having some tea and light breakfast, we would start our journey towards the Satopanth lake.
  • The stunning triangular shaped lake of Satopanth with its green waters can be seen. It is a beautiful sight. The lake even more beautiful in the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks and mountains ranges that are also present.
  • The lake is surrounded by peaks like Mount Neelkanth (21638 feet), Mount Satopanth (23,206 feet), Mount Swargarohini (20507 feet), Mount Chaukhamba I (23413 feet) and Mount Balakun (20040 feet).

Day 05 : Trek Satopanth Lake to Bandhar; 13 km, 6-7 hours

  • We will start coming back from Satopanth lake and trek to Bandhar which is situated at approximately 13 kilometres away. This will take around 4-5 hours. We will stay at Bandhar for the night.

Day 06: Trek Bandhar to Mana Village (3200m) and Drive to Govindghat; 11 km trek, 1 hour drive.

  • It is the final day of our trip. We will trek the whole distance of Bandhar to Mana village. The distance that needs to be covered today is around 11 kilometres. From Mana, we will drive all the way till Govindghat, where we will rest and stay for that night.

Day 07: Drive Govindghat to Rishikesh; 275 km, 9-10 hours

  • Today it is our turn to bid goodbye to everyone and return to our daily routines in life. We will wake up early and have some good breakfast. Post this, we will start our journey from Govindghat to Rishikesh. The memorable trip comes to end here but we go back with a lot of good memories.

Difficulty Level:

  • This trek falls under the moderate to difficulty category. There is steep gradient at some places in the trekking route.
  • Having good physical fitness and strong will-power surely helps as the trek requires some good amount of endurance. Prior trekking experience will be helpful. The tough climatic conditions and high altitude might cause difficulties for some people.

Weather: 

  • The best time to do this trek are during the months of May, June, September and October. The monsoon months (July and August) should be avoided as there are chances of landslides on the way during those rainy months.
  • The temperature ranges between 7 and 12 degrees Celsius in summers and may drop to temperatures below zero degrees Celsius in winters.
  • The lake remains frozen from October to May.

Accommodation: 

  • The trekkers would be spending the nights in the tents and enjoy the camping time.

Meal:

  • Simple and healthy tasty meal would be provided to the trekkers. The package includes all breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • During the trekking expedition, packed food will be given which will be of good quality. There would be no compromise on the quality of the food.

Inclusions:

  • Transport required in the trek.
  • Highly advanced and certified mountaineering guide.
  • Meals on the trek which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Rent for camping equipment like tent, sleeping mats and gears.
  • Forest permit and camping trip charges.
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek

Exclusions: 

  • Personal trekking equipment like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners.
  • Personal insurance and cost if emergency evacuation. Also exclude other expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Purchase for personal use like mineral water, beverage, chocolates and other stuff.
  • Anything else not specified in the inclusions and itinerary.

ATM Points and Connectivity:

  • There are no ATMs on the trekking route and ATMs are available only at Badrinath and Joshimath. People should withdraw substantial cash from ATMs here before proceeding towards Mana village and Satopanth lake.
  • Mobile connectivity is limited, and it is recommended that you to make all the important calls while you are here before going to trek the Himalayas.

Permissions/Passes/Permit:

  • Inner line permits are required for this trek. The Forest department office at Joshimath provides this permit.

Things to carry:

  • Backpack with all your necessities
  • A rain cover and umbrella
  • Water bottles and all your refreshments
  • Snacks like the dry fruits and the protein bars which would give you instant energy
  • Personal Medical Kit with all the necessary first aid items and medicines which you feel you will need. It is always advisable to take medicines for dizziness, upset stomach, headache, and cold and cough while being in Himalayan camps or anywhere.
  • Pack your outfits with all the relatable clothing items like wind and waterproof jackets, t-shirts, track pants, thermal inners, trekking shoes and fleece jackets. All the necessary winter outfits for the winter treks.
  • All the toiletries products in a bag
  • Also, do not forget to take your extra accessories like the sunglasses, caps, gloves, walking stick, torch, and similar other items.
  • A good pair of trekking shoes

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the our service partner will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity.
  • For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard earned money.

Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's togedr wallet.

COVID 19 additional measures

  • Members travelling should practice social distancing.
  • If the trek/trip gets cancelled due to any pandemic or government’s order, there would be no refund instead the plan will get postponed.
  • Everyone travelling should have the ‘Arogya Setu App’ installed on their phones.

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Duh, yes! Atmanirbhar Indians do it all. Hence, it is necessary.

We suggest you to be safe at this time and use your own vehicle to reach the destination. If necessary, we can also arrange for a fully sanitised taxi from the pickup point to the property and back.

Umm, unfortunately no! This is only for yours and traveller’s safety. Get back to us when things are normal.

Not a lot but, hard copies of ICMR approved COVID RT-PCR negative test report, the E-permit pass for the state you’re travelling to, original address proof and govt. issued ID proof are the only ones.

In that case, these are the two choices you have for yourself.
  • You can simply cancel the bookings for staying in the property and get back to your home. We would give full refund in this case.
  • You can undergo the quarantine period as said by the local authorities and resume the stay at the property. You would be charged only for the amount you are going to stay there.

Things are really uncertain at this point of time and it will not be a surprise if this happens. So, we will refund your entire amount and you will have to go back to your home.

In this case, we would suggest you to get checked at the nearest COVID centre labs around you. If you are found positive, you’ll have to undergo institutional quarantine and have to follow all the government regulations and guidelines. If you are found negative, you can resume staying in the booked property.

Our recommendation would be more than 7 nights. This is to minimise the overall influx of people entering and exiting state borders in short intervals.

Just draft an email and send it to your stay coordinator. You can write in the mail the later dates for which you want to book your stay and your stays will be postponed.

  • To begin with, we are checking all the mandatory health reports and making a file of it
  • We are checking the travel history of the travellers
  • We are not taking anyone who shows even the slightest possibility of cough, cold, or any other symptom
  • The properties are well sanitised
  • We are involving minimal human interaction
  • We are taking extra care of sanitisation

It might happen in this uncertain time so you can transfer that voucher to your family members or friends to not let them get wasted.

Don’t get in TOUCH with anyone, just drop us a mail. Cool!

Nothing much, basically what you have been doing all these while.
  • Social distancing
  • Not touching anyone
  • Wearing masks
  • Washing hands and face frequently
  • Using gloves
  • Using hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid coming in contact with someone who shows even the slightest signs of cough, cold, or fever.

Of course, but not all the time. Not when you are safe in the sanitised area. Not when you are alone. Not when you are with your closed ones who you know are safe.

Just practise social distancing, use sanitiser on hands, wear a mask, wear gloves, do not come in contact with anyone closely, take bath with soap as you end your journey, drink warm water, and wash your hands with soap.

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