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.
|Route||Rishikesh – Joshimath – Badrinath – Chamtoli Bugyal – Chakratirth – Satopanth lake – Chamtoli Bugyal – Badrinath|
|Trek Grade||Mild Trek|
|Seasons||May & June, September & October|
|No of Days||8 Days|
|Transportation||Transportation by 2x2 non ac Bus. Twin sharing attached bath accommodation in TRH/tent, veg.meals, 08 kg portage of personal belongings, camping equipment, first aid rs. One lac personal insurance high risk policy and services of mountaineering trained tour escorts & experienced camp followers.|
Rishikesh to Joshimath – After Break fast hot lunch enroute from Rishikesh 260 km drive to Joshimath. Joshimath the winter seat of sri Badrinath is a rapidly developing into hill resort and base for mountaineering expeditions. Overnight stay in trh Joshimath.
After Breakfast hot lunch in Badrinath 44 km picturesque drive to sri Badrinath. The place is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots of the country. At Badrinath group transfer to the GMVN travellers lodge. A visit to the temple for Darshan & Pooja. After darshan acclimatization trek to Mana, the last Indian Village, Vyas gupha & Bhimpul overnight stay in Trh Badrinath.
After Breakfast with pack lunch 11 km trek to Chamtoli Bugyal (3,500 m). The route is gradual uphill through barren and bare land .On route one is pleasantly surprised by a dense forest of Bhojpatra. The campsite is in the midst of rocky heights. Overnight stay in camp.
After Breakfast with pack lunch 10 km trek to Chakratirth (4,100m) via Sahadhara. The trek route is gradual steep, moraine walk and river Sahadhara and other streams crossing. At Chakratirth the mountains of Nar and Narayan meet and form a lovely circular valley. At the place there are 4-5 caves and the campsite is close to the caves. Overnight stay in tent .On the other side of Chakratirth, there is a large formation of glaciers which continue on to the Gaumukh snout of Bhagirathi. The Swarga Rohini (Ist 6252m & IInd 6248m) peak is clearly visible here.
After Breakfast with pack lunch 4 km steep climbing trek through moraine and glaciers to Satopanth lake (4,402m). It is triangular in the shape and has a perimeter of 1 km. The camp site is along with the boulders and close to the lake. As per the mythology on the day of Ekadashi, lord Vishnu take a holy bath in the lake and visits to Satopanth on these days are felt to be most auspicious and rewarding. Overnight stay in camp.(Please note one day excursion to & fro trek(4+4)km leads to base of the Swargarohini mountain base (Ist 6252m &IInd 6248m)-The stairway to Heaven . the route is on ice and snow traversing and group must be equipped with good quality trekking gears)
After bath, Pooja & Breakfast 14km gradual down trek to Chamtoli Bugyal (3,500m). After 4-5 hrs trek arrival at campsite.Overnight stay in tents.
After Breakfast 11 km trek to Sri Badrinath. On arrival group transfers in Trh, Gmvn travellers lodge Badrinath. At Badrinath hot water spring bath is rejuvenating. Overnight stay in Trh Travellers lodge Badrinath.
After Breakfast hot lunch enroute 301 km drive to Rishikesh. Evening tea, dinner and Overnight stay in Trh Rishikesh. Tour Concludes.
|Itinerary is subject to change due to any natural calamities and weather conditions.|
|Nigam shall not be held responsible for any loss delay and cancellation due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances beyond its control.|
|In case of any reason in the days in trek increase participant will have to pay extra for each day on per day cost breakup basic.|
|Participants will have to carry their personal belongings and equipment provided for the trek.|
|Entrance fee for National Park, sanctuaries reserve forest panchayat forest shooting and filming, that will directly be paid by the individual participant to the concerning as per the Govt. norms.|
Continental Treks / Tours
|01 to 05 PAX||5860/-||Per Day Per Pax (Min. 4 pax required)|
|06 to 10 PAX||4920/-||Per Day Per Pax (Min. 8 pax required)|
|11 to 14 PAX||4670/ -||Per Day Per Pax|
|15 to 20 PAX||4560/||Per Day Per Pax|
Transportation by 2x2 non AC Tempo traveller, double bedded attached bath accommodation in TRH/tent, veg./non veg. All meals, 08 kg portage of personal belongings, camping equipment, first aid. Rs. one lac Personal insurance high risk policy and services of mountaineering trained tour escorts & experienced camp followers.
Economy Treks / Tours
High Altitude Treks / Tours
Student Special Treks / Tours
Note : In above mentioned economy treks and student special treks the participants will carry their baggage themselves and rates are quoted only for bonafied Indian students only.
|Tour Escort||2200/- per day (incl. of equipment|
GMVN Ltd. Also organizes 7 an 14 days Snow Skiing courses at Auli, 5 days Water Skiing courses at Asan Barrage and 3 and 5 days Rafting courses at Kaudiyala, with special packages and day rafting trips. For further details please contact any of the GMVN offices, its PRO's or
Terms & Conditions
Confirmation will be given on 75% advance of total booking by bank draft in favor of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. In case of any difference of opinion between party and Nigam, the decision of MD, GMVN shall be final and binding on both the sides. The Nigam shall not be held responsible for any loss, delay and cancellation due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances beyond its control.
On booking of a group comprising of 15 pax or more, the group leader will be treated on complimentary basis as per international norms. In case the entire group is unable to continue the trek due to natural calamities/ unforeseen circumstances the trek may be diverted by the consent of GNVN escort and group leader. In case of any accident or injury during trekking GMVN or any of its employees shall not be wholly or partially responsible. The adventure enthusiasts will undertake the trek on their own risk.
CANCELLATION / REFUND RULES
The money shall be refunded to the trekkers on seeking cancellation as follows :
|15 days or earlier 80% refund of booking amount.|
|9 to 14 days 60% refund of booking amount.|
|6 to 8 days 40% refund of booking amount.|
|5 days before no refund of booking amount.|
|2 % Bank Charges will be deducted at the time of cancellation.|
|Cancellation will be accepted till 5.00 p.m. Request sent after 5.00 p.m. will be considered the next day.|
|For refund of accommodation booking, 18% of GST shall be debited on cancellation amount and GST charged on booking amount shall be credited for refundable amount accordingly.|
|Well fitting strong shoes with a couple of woolen socks. The shoes should be used before treks to avoid blisters.|
|First aid set for minor accidents and sickness.|
|A raincoat is necessary to meet uncertainties of weather.|
|Chocolates, lozenges, candies, glucose and dry fruits provide extra pep and energy.|
|It is advisable not to exhaust energy by walking fast, as otherwise the trek will be not enjoyable.|
The Mountaineering And Trekking Division of GMVN has well maintained stock of equipment, alpine tents, hollow filled sleeping bags, hollow filled jackets, wind-proof jactets, wind-proof trousers, ground sheets / mattresses, Snow goggles and rucksacks.
Trekking is very often confused with mountaineering, whilst mountaineering is a preplanned affair, trekking does not require as much preparation. Mountaineering is more technical in nature and is quite hazardous and this is not so in the case of trekking.