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Mt Satopanth Expedition

September 2023

₹223000+ 5% GST

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

Mt Satopanth Expedition

₹223000 + 5% GST

Uttarkashi to Uttarkashi

+ Rs. 4200 Dehradun - Dehradun (Innova)
+ Rs. 2294 Mandatory Insurance

Difficulty Level - 8

Badrinath - 18Days - 81 km

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Batches: September 2023

Brief Description of Satopanth Expedition

Satopanth is a mountain peak located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. The peak has an elevation of 7,075 meters (23,218 feet) and is considered one of the toughest climbs in the Indian Himalayas. Satopanth Expedition involves trekking through high-altitude terrain, steep climbs, and traversing through glaciers. It requires a high level of fitness, mountaineering skills, and experience.

The expedition typically starts from the town of Joshimath, which is well-connected by road to other major towns in Uttarakhand such as Rishikesh and Dehradun. From Joshimath, the trek continues through the scenic alpine meadows of Laxmivan and Chakratirth, before reaching the base camp at Satopanth Tal, a glacial lake located at an altitude of 4,402 meters (14,448 feet). 

The route then continues through challenging terrain, with steep ascents and descents, as well as the need to traverse across glaciers. The climbing period typically lasts for around 12 to 15 days, depending on the weather conditions and the pace of the team. 

Overall, Satopanth Expedition requires a high level of physical fitness, technical mountaineering skills, and the ability to adapt to the high-altitude environment. It is a challenging but rewarding adventure for experienced mountaineers looking to test their skills in the Himalayas.

Itinerary of Mount Satopanth Expedition

The Stok Kangri Expedition starts from the town of Joshimath. Joshimath is a popular town located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. It serves as the gateway to several famous trekking and mountaineering expeditions in the region, including Satopanth Expedition. Here are some ways to reach Joshimath:

1. By air: The nearest airport to Joshimath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is located approximately 286 km away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath.

2. By train: The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh, which is approximately 250 km away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Joshimath.

3. By road: Joshimath is well-connected to major cities of Uttarakhand by road. You can take a bus or hire a taxi from Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Dehradun to reach Joshimath. The distance from Rishikesh to Joshimath is approximately 250 km, and it takes around 8-9 hours to cover the distance by road.


Here is a detailed itinerary for Satopanth Expedition:

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Welcome to Delhi! On your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you in getting transferred to your hotel. After checking in and freshening up, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the city and experiencing its rich culture and history. Some of the places that you can visit include the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, and Lotus Temple. You can also indulge in some local street food and do some shopping at popular markets like Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, and Karol Bagh. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh (230km, 6 hours drive)

On day 2, you will travel from Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh by road. Both cities are well connected to Delhi by bus, train, and taxi. It takes around 6 hours to cover a distance of 230 km.

Check into your hotel and rest for the night.

Day 3: Rishikesh to Badrinath (295km, 10-12 hours drive)

The road distance between Rishikesh and Badrinath is around 295km and it takes around 10-12 hours to cover the distance by road. The route passes through some of the most scenic areas of Uttarakhand, including Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Joshimath.

Check into a guesthouse and rest for the night.

Day 4: Acclimatization and preparation day in Badrinath (3,133m)

On day 4 of the Satopanth expedition, you will have an acclimatization and preparation day in Badrinath. This is an important day to get used to the altitude and prepare for the trek ahead.

You can explore the town of Badrinath and visit the Badrinath Temple, one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage sites. You can also visit the nearby Tapt Kund, a natural hot spring believed to have healing properties.

It's important to take it easy on this day and drink plenty of water to help your body acclimatize to the altitude. You can also use this time to double-check your gear and make sure you have everything you need for the trek ahead.

Day 5: Trek from Badrinath to Laxmi Van (3,470m)

Trek from Badrinath to Laxmi Van. The trek is approximately 10km and takes about 6 hours. Camp overnight in Laxmi Van.

Day 6: Trek from Laxmi Van to Chakratirth (4,140m)

The trail today is steep and challenging as you gain altitude quickly. You will be trekking through rocky terrain and crossing streams. Along the way, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the mountains and valleys. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach Chakratirth, a high-altitude meadow surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Set up camp here for the night.

Day 7: Trek from Chakratirth to Satopanth Base Camp (4,570m)

After the successful summit, you will start your descent back to Badrinath. The descent can be challenging due to the steep terrain and altitude, so take your time and be careful. You will spend one night at Laxmi Van and one night at Mana Village, where you can rest and celebrate your successful climb.

Day 8-13: Acclimatization and climbing period

Spend the next few days acclimatizing and preparing for the climb. The climbing period takes about 6 days and involves ascending to the summit of Satopanth Peak (7,075m). 

Day 8: Acclimatization and training day at Satopanth Base Camp

Day 9: Move to Camp 1 (5,200m)

Day 10: Climb to Camp 2 (5,800m)

Day 11: Summit day (7,075m) and descend to Camp 2

Day 12: Descend to Base Camp

Day 13: Reserve day for summit or contingency

Day 14: Descend from Base Camp to Chakratirth (4,140m)

Descend from Base Camp to Chakratirth. The trek is approximately 5km and takes about 4 hours. Camp overnight in Chakratirth.

Day 15: Trek from Chakratirth to Laxmi Van (3,470m)

Trek from Chakratirth to Laxmi Van. The trek is approximately 10km and takes about 6 hours. Camp overnight in Laxmi Van.

Day 16: Trek from Laxmi Van to Badrinath (3,133m)

Trek from Laxmi Van to Badrinath. The trek is approximately 10km and takes about 6 hours. Check into a guesthouse and rest for the night.

Day 17: Drive from Badrinath to Rishikesh (295km, 10-12 hours drive)

Drive from Badrinath to Rishikesh. Check into your hotel and rest for the night.

Day 18: Departure from Rishikesh

Drive back to Delhi for your onward journey.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change depending on various factors such as weather, group fitness levels, etc.

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the expedition

  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)

  • 4 season Dome Tents, Thermal rated Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats

  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys

  • Expedition guide, cook, helpers, HAP and LAP for carrying common supplies

  • Course certified & experienced Expedition Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi

  • Technical Equipment - PP Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Snow Stake, Dead Man/Boy

  • Peak Booking Fee Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)

What's Not-Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the expedition

  • Meals during hotel stay in Uttarkashi & Gangotri

  • Cost of any kind of Travel / Expedition Insurance.

  • Only for foreign nationals US$ 1000 for a team of two members and US$ 450 for every additional participants

  • Forest Permit / Camping Fee for foreign nationals (USD 880-1000 upto group of 10)

  • Mandatory Liaison Officer Fee for foreign expeditions ( ~USD 500 for group of 10)

Essentials to carry

Here are some essential items to carry for a high-altitude trek and climbing expedition like Satopanth:

1. Clothing: warm clothes, thermal innerwear, waterproof and windproof jacket, trekking pants, warm gloves, woollen socks, sturdy trekking boots, sun hat, and sunglasses.
2. Climbing gear: crampons, ice axe, harness, rope, carabiners, ascender, descender, helmet, and trekking pole.
3. Camping gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, fuel, cookware, and utensils.
4. First aid kit: including essential medicines, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic cream, bandages, and iodine tablets.
5. Personal care items: sunscreen, lip balm, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and towels.
6. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
7. Water bottle or hydration system.
8. High-calorie snacks, energy bars, chocolates, and dry fruits to munch on during the trek.
9. Camera and spare batteries to capture the scenic beauty of the Himalayas.


Where is Satopanth Mountain?


Satopanth is a mountain located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. It is part of the Gangotri group of peaks and is situated at an elevation of 7,075 meters (23,218 feet).

What is the story of Satopanth?


According to Hindu mythology, Satopanth is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma, the three main gods of Hinduism, met and decided to create a new world after the end of the previous world. It is said that the lake at the base of the mountain is the place where Lord Vishnu bathed, and the peak of Satopanth is believed to be the throne of Lord Brahma.

In addition to its spiritual significance, Satopanth has a historical significance as well. It is believed that in the 8th century, the famous Indian philosopher and saint Shankaracharya meditated at Satopanth. It is also said that during the 19th century, a group of British explorers attempted to climb Satopanth, but they were unsuccessful due to the mountain's challenging terrain and harsh weather conditions.

Where is Satopanth Lake located?


Satopanth Lake is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the Chamoli district, near the Satopanth Glacier. It is situated at an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,100 feet) above sea level.

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