Satopanth trek

  • Satopanth Tal trek

Satopanth Tal trek itinerary

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.


Day 1 : Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station and Drive to Joshmath by Taxi

Total distance – 257 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude – Joshimath– 6152 feet

Night stay – Hotel – on twin share basis

we organizes transport for trekkers from Haridwar Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Sankri around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Today start your journey with team Himalayan Hikers from Haridwar,
The drive to Joshimath is 10/11 hours long, along the sacred rivers – Alaknanda, Mandakini and Ganga. Devprayag is en route at the confluence of river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. This is beautiful place
The journey won’t get boring because there are sudden changes in the scenery as you go further.

Reach Joshimath base camp , relax in a hotel, in the evening you can explore nearby areas. Get back, have dinner and enjoy comfortable stay in the hotel.


Day 2 : Drive from Joshimath to Badrinath by taxi

Total distance – 48 km – 2/3 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude Badrinath– 10,170 feet

Night Stay – Hotel – on twin share basis

After breakfast drive to Badrinath – check –in hotel explore day at Badrinath join evening arti darshan – dinner overnight stay hotel.


Day 3 :Trek from Badrinath to Laxmivan

Trek Distance – 08 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Laxmivan – 12,510 feet

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

Post breakfast the drive is towards the last village Mana, trek starts from there. After a short trek you will get the sight of Vasudhara falls which lies opposite Alaknanda River’s bank. Ascent gradually till Somtoli meadows and cross landslide prone area, now shepherd huts are visible.

Go through boulder zone to reach the campsite, there are Bhojpatra trees in abundance. The surroundings are beautiful with sight of Alkapuri glacier which lies on the opposite side. Setup your camps and retire for the night.


Day 4 : Trek from Laxmivan to Chakratirth

Trek Distance – 10 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Chakratirth – 13,655 feet

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

The trek is challenging today, head from Laxmi Van towards Chakrateerth. The ascent is sheer through scree and boulders to “Sahastradhara” which means “Thousand waterfalls”. After you climb up the valley this place offer views of Chaukhamba peaks, Balakun and Neelkanth.

Ahead cross a narrow stream and walk on the levelled ground. Now, start the steep climb, now a short trek will lead you to Chakrateerth campsite. Setup your camps and retire for the night.


Day 5 :Trek from Chakratirth to Satopanth Tal

Trek Distance – 05 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – ON foot

Altitude – Satopanth Tal – 14,755 feet

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

Start the trek early today because you will be crossing some tricky sections on the trail. Ascent to the ridge’s high point and trek along the glacier to reach serene triangular “Satopanth Lake”. Get impressive views of Chaukhamba peaks and Neelkanth Mahadev.

The surroundings are beautiful, explore and relax there for some time. Setup your tents there and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Trek from Chakratirth to Laxmivan

Trek Distance –10 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – on foot

Night Stay – Camp – on twin share basis

Get back to Laxmivan, descending takes less time but be careful while the descent because some sections are tricky.

Reach Laxmivan, setup your camps, have sumptuous food after this tiring trek and retire for the night.


Day 7 : Trek from Laxmivan to Badrinath via mana village

Trek Distance –10 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi – 15 km – On foot – 13 km

Altitude – Swargarohini base camp – 17,987 feet

Night Stay – Hotel – on twin share basis

Descent towards Mana village and you can reach there in 3 hours. From Mana the drive is towards Badrinath, arrangements will be made in a hotel there. Evening going to badrinath ji darshan


Day 8: Drive from Badrinath to Dehradun by taxi

Distance – 380 km – 11/12 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By Taxi

Post breakfast leave for Dehradun, have your lunch en route and reach there in the evening. 8 pm


What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)