Satopanth Tal Trek
Satopanth Trek Highlights
- Mesmerizing views of Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Swargarohini
- Walk over a natural rock bridge, Bheem Pul & visit Vasudhara waterfall during the trek.
- Walk through the last village of India, ‘Mana’ and visit the famous Badrinath Dham
- Explore Satopanth Tal- a crystal clear green water, the triangular lake at an elevation of 4600 meters.
Satopanth Trek Overview
An offbeat trek location that is a perfect amalgamation of spirituality, mysteriousness and a heavenly experience. Satopanth lake is located ahead of Badrinath Dham at an altitude of 4600mts. The location remains raw and untouched sustaining its naturalness and offering the best of its views.
WHAT MAKES IT A PERFECT TOURIST SPOT?
The trek goes through the lush green Bugyal, massive Vasudhara waterfall, Dhano glacier and yet another circular valley Chakra Tirth leading to one of the highest and mysterious Lakes- the Satopanth Lake. Satopanth is one kind of an experience in itself standing true to its name- Path of Truth.Trekking alongside River Alaknanda towards Mana will add to your excitement even more. Once you will begin trekking from Mana towards Laxmi Van, you will come across Bheema Pul where Draupadi is believed to have been deceased while being on their way to Swargarohini. Just after trekking around for 2-3kms from Mana, you will be enraptured by the majestic beauty of Vasudhara falls, falling from a great height just on the opposite bank of river Alaknanda. Laxmi Van at a distance of about 8-9kms will be your first campsite of the trek. It is also the base of Mt. Alkapuri.
WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT SATOPANTH TREK?
It is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Nakul and Sehdev were deceased in Laxmivan as they could not make it till the end. After a few miles, the sparkling 100-fold waterfall, Sahastradhara will catch your sight. As you keep moving ahead, the trek will be a moderate one and 60% of it comes under the boulder zone, which makes it a not-so-easy climb. Now, you will be trekking ahead for the circular valley Chakratirtha, which is believed to have been created by Narayana when he kept down his chakra on the valley. Chakratirtha will be your halt for the day and you can just chill, relax and enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Chaukhamba is located at the centre; Balakun towards the left and Neelkanth, Satopanth, Parvati peaks towards the right. It was in Chakra Tirth only where Arjuna was deceased. The next morning you can begin trekking early for the most-awaited Satopanth Lake. This last stretch leading to our final destination is a steep one full of boulders and moraines along the way at an inclination of 70degrees. As you will set your foot at the top of the ridge, you will be captivated by the first look of Satopanth Lake. Bhima also died in Satopanth Lake leaving Yudhishtar all alone to reach heaven. The lake reflects the full crown view of the splendid Mt. Chaukhamba, in all its glory. The triangular lake looks crystal clear even after all these years of existence. And just next to it the path is leading towards the heavenly Swargarohini glacier, the pathway to heaven. Dharmaraj Yuddhishtar was the only one out of all the Pandavas to survive till the Swargarohini glacier. From there, it is believed that something sort of an aeroplane had come to receive him from there along with a dog. Here, the trek comes to an end with a total trek length of about 21-22kms.
It is believed that during the Mahabharata, the Pandavas also took the same route to reach heaven via Swargarohini Glacier, which lies ahead of the Satopanth lake. The lake is not just known for its inevitable beauty but more so for the mysteriousness it carries within itself. It is triangular and people believe that the Tridevas (i.e., the Brahma, the Vishnu, the Mahesh) meditated here at the three corners of the lake. It is said that they still bathe in the lake on Ekadashi. Another surprising fact about the lake is its cleanliness, even when people dump the ashes of their loved ones into it. The reason behind this as per the beliefs is that Gandharvas disguised as the birds pick up the pollutants from the lake and help in maintaining its cleanliness.
Day 1: On your first day, drive from Haridwar to reach Badrinath it will take you about 12 hours to complete this journey of 310 km.
Day 2: On your second day, after visiting the surroundings of Badrinath, trek towards Laxmi Van which is at a distance of 9 km and it will take you about 6 hours.
Day 3: On your third day, trek towards Chakratirtha which is at a distance of 11 km and it will take you about 7 hours.
Day 4: On this day you will be covering your final trek towards Satopanth tal which is at a distance of 5 km from here and it’ll take you around 4 hours. You can spend an hour here and return to Chakratirtha. After spending the night here you can trek towards Mana from Chakratirtha and return to your original location.
The best time to cover this trek is around May-June since the lake remains laden with snow till May. Other than this, it is after the monsoon that you can plan for this trek and the trek has the most spectacular views to offer during this period.