Close to the hustle-bustle of the holy town of Badrinath lies an secluded, untouched glacial lake called Satopanth. Hidden amidst the most impressive ranges of the Garhwal region, this bright green lake exudes grace and serenity. It makes for a perfect detour from a pilgrimage to Badrinath.
Although located just 22 km from the popular Badrinath, the trail has several hidden treasures. The short distance of Satopanth Lake Trek is well-compensated with a frequent change in sceneries.one passes the last Indian village, Mana, and enters the green valley of Vasundhara. This is essentially where the trek starts. On this day, trekkers can feast their eyes on the 400-feet waterfall of Vasundhara, the beautiful birch forests of Laxmiban and the view of Balakun, where two massive glaciers converge.the green forested surroundings transform into formidable ridge walks over glacial moraines of Dhano Glacier. The landscape is a beautiful mash-up of glacial ice and green patches of grassland. Some of the best varieties of alpine flowers can be seen here. The campsite of Chakratirtha has a beautiful view of the upper Satopanth glacier, with the Swaragrohini and Chaukhamba ranges towering in the background.
|Best time to visit||May to june and sept to oct|
Day 01): Rishikesh to Joshimath
Day 02): Joshimath – Badrinath
Day 03): Explore Badrinath ji – Mana
Day 04): Badrinath – Jhamtoli 3640m
Day 05): Jhamtoli to Chakratirtha (4240m) (7km trek)
Day 06): Chakratirtha to Satopanth lake (4465m) (3km trek)
Day 07): Satopanth lake to Laxmivan (3650m)
Day 8): Laxmi van to Badrinath (9km trek)} – Joshimath
Day 9): Joshimath to Rishikesh