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.