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Satopanth Tal Trek

 Uttarakhand    5 Nights/6 Days 50 people interested today
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Trip Overview

The mythical lake trek route to Satopanth Tal encompasses the flavor of high altitude feature, walking on a boulder, moraine, glacier and knife-edge ridge are enthralling. Captivating peak views are hard to believe. This triangular shaped glacial lake lies above 14000 ft, hidden inside the ridge believed to be the “the road to truth” (Satya Ki Pantha). The Panch Pandavas of epic Mahabharata took this difficult trail to try to reach the heaven. At different places on the trail, the legends still live, and the names bear the resemblance of the myth. Towering Chaukhamba ridge looms over the lake along with the Neelkanth, Balakun, Parvati and other peaks. Many people believe that the Trimoortis,  Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar, take bathe in the lake in an auspicious day. Adventurous local people and Sadhus visit this lake in the monsoon for pilgrimage.
 
 
Itinerary
 
Day 1: Arrive in Badrinath and acclimatization. 
  • The guests can reach Badrinath on their own or we can also arrange transportation on a shared basis (should be intimated earlier) 
  • We cab visit Badrinath temple in the morning and post lunch, we will be taking an acclimatization walk to Mana village or Charan Paduka. 
  • Mana village is 3 km away from Badrinath and this is a small settlement of Tibet/Bhutia people. 
  • Rest for the day after the acclimatization walk.

Day 2: Trek to Laxmivan – 9 Km – 5/6 hours

  • We will start the trek to Laxmivan and we follow the Alaknanda river and walk uphill following Alaknanda. 
  • Walking around 3 hours we reach a flattened ground called Chamtoli Bugyal and may take a break.
  • From here one hour walk to reach the campsite for the day at Laxmivan. 
  • The total trek for today is 9 km and it takes about 6 hours and camp at the Laxmivan and end the day.
Day 3: Trek to Chakratirtha – 11 Km – 6/7 hours
 
  • After breakfast, we will start the trek to Chakratirtha which is 11 km towards Satopanth Tal.
  • Initially, it is 2km easy walk till Bandhar and has quite a few rhododendron bushes. From here the terrain changes to typical glacial moraine covered with boulders and rocks.
Day 4: Trek to Satopanth Tal – 5 Km – 4/5 hours – In the afternoon walk around the lake
  • After breakfast, we start our today’s trek to Satopanth Tal, we climb on a steep section to reach the shoulder of a ridge. 
  • The terrain becomes rough, full of scree, moraine and debris. We continue our climb and slowly gain altitude while crossing smaller ridges hiking up and down to reach the lake. 
  • The shape of the lake is like a “Boomerang”, two arms spreading on the opposite sides. We camp on a suitable place around the Satopanth Tal (~4400 m/14430 ft). It may take 5 hours to cover the 5 Km distance.
  • There is a small temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati is on the left arm and a small hut is constructed on the right arm, where a Sadhu resides in summer and monsoon.
Day 5: Trek from Satopanth Tal to Bandhar – 14 Km – 6/7 hours
  • Wake up early in the morning to witness the magnificent sunrise and the reflection of Chaukhamba peak on Satopanth Tal.
  • After breakfast, our descent starts and we trace back our trail to Bandhar, 14 Km via Chakratirtha and Shahastradhara.
  • The trek will be 14 km and it might take 6-7 hours to reach the camp at Bandhar and camp for the night.
Day 6: Trek back to Badrinath – 11 Km – 6 hours
  • After the breakfast, we will start the trek back to Badrinath via Laxmivan and Chatmoli. 
  • The total distance is 11 km and it takes about 5/6 hours to reach Badrinath.
  • The night accommodation will be in the lodge and end the tour here. 

Basic Details

Start Point
Badrinath
Finish Point
Badrinath
Category
Trekking and HikingOutdoor Adventures
Trip Code
O520A377

Inclusions

  •  TREK FEE is Ex Badrinath including accommodation, permits, logistics and meals during the trek.
  •  All meals during the trek (Day 3 lunch to Day 6 lunch). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek, breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), light snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has a profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Specialized Cook, Support staffs, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
  • Stay in tents (3 person dome or ridge-shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
  • Camping equipment like a Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
  • Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
  • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
  • Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
  • Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Haridwar.

Exclusions

  • Transportation from Haridwar to Badrinath and back. We can arrange the same and trekkers need to pay directly to the driver sharing equally on actual basis.
  • Any accommodation or meal in Badrinath. There are plenty of options for vegetarian food at Badrinath along with budget and standard accommodation choices.
  • We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by a Porter, then you need to pay additional ₹ 2500 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions. 
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Important Information

Rucksack/Back Pack: 1(must have)Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded!)

Rucksack cover (Waterproof): 1; Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).

Daypack/Knapsack: 1; Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.

Trekking Shoe/Boot: Pair; (must have). A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :

i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).

Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains.

T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking): 3/4; (must have). Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials.Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.

Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth): 1; (must have)Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill) Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite).

Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall): 1 (must have); A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.

Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite): 1 pair; Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.

Trek pant: 2 pair (must have) Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.

Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: (must have); Waterproofing during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.

This can be achieved by any of the following:
ii) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.

Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap: 1; (must have) for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.

Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana: 1; For protection from sun while you hike.

Under garments/Inner wear: As per need.

Hiking Socks: 3/4 pair; Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.

Woolen gloves: 1 pair; (must have).

Waterproof gloves: 1 pair; Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.

Camp sandal: 1 pair; Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.

Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles: 1 pair/Single; Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.

Knee cap: 1 pair; Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).

Water bottle/Hydration pack: 1; (must have)Good quality plastic bottle.

Sunglasses: (must have) for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.

Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries: (must have). Head torch keeps your hands free.

Accessories/Toiletries: Optional and try to share when you travel in group.

Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stick/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitiser – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.

Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.

Dry food items(Kit): 1; (must have). Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and Glucon D/Tang/Getorade.

Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.

Medicines Kit: 1; This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
a) General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer (Volini gel/spray)
b) Anti Diarrhoearal
c) Antibiotics – ( choose broad spectrum antibiotics for treating a variety of infections – carry a course of each)
d) Mild analgesics – (Aspirin/Paracetamol etc but DO NOT take Codeine based painkillers).
e) Strong analgesics (Co-Proxamol/Ponstan/Temgesic, use with care).
f) Anti-inflammatory (Nurofen or diclofenac sodium)
g) Diamox – This helps in acclimatisation (a proper dosage is must if taken. Drink lot of water as this is a diuretic drug.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 7 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 3 days
  • No refund after that

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Haridwar
  • The local person's contact detail is shared in the booking voucher which is sent via email.
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