Satopanth Lake Trek begins from Mana Town, which is 3 km away from Badrinath. Located in the overwhelming ranges of the Garhwal region, this green three-sided lake offers a feeling of tranquility and peace. The lake is having a deep connection with Hindu mythology as the three corners of the lake are believed to be part of the blessed trinity, which is known as, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh who have meditated here on three corners of the lake.

Satopanth Lake Trek
Satopanth Glacier

Many people or devotees visited this place only to take bath in this lake on Amavasya as it is considered auspicious. The trip flaunts rich dreamlike views. During the trip, one has the opportunity to observe a 400ft waterfall; Vasudhara Falls, go through India’s last town, Mana, and get amazing views of Himalayan peaks like Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, and Swargarohini.

History of Satopanth Lake Trek

This lake lies over 14000 ft, concealed inside the ridge known as  “the way to truth” (Satya Ki Pantha). The Panch Pandavas of Mahabharata took this path to heaven. At many places on the path, the legends live, and the names look similar to the myth.Many people said that the Trimoortis, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, take bath in the lake. Devotees and Sadhus visit this lake during the Sacred season.

Key Points of Satopanth Lake Trek

AREAGarhwal Himalayas
BEST SEASON May – October
ALTITUDE15,092 ft / 4600mts
Keypoints of Satopanth Lake Trek

Highlights of Satopanth Lake Trek

  • Witness the green lake of Satopanth.
  • Stroll over a Bheem Pul of rock bridge.
  • Watch the beautiful waterfall of Vasudhara.
  • Get a chance to climb one of the magnificent glaciers, Dhano.
  • Stroll through the last town of India, ‘Mana’.
  • Spend a great time seeing the tremendous views of Himalayan pinnacles like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, and Swargarohini

Best Time to Visit Satopanth Lake Trek

In Summer:

The climate of Satopanth Lake’s journey stays wonderful during the summers. Since the sky stays clear, one has the chance to see the Himalayas

In Monsoon:

During the monsoon season, the region around Satopanth Lake becomes great green as though it is welcoming tourists to get lost in the wild of nature. 

Location of Satopanth Lake Trek

Satopanth Lake is situated amidst snow-covered tops at an elevation of 16,000 feet over the ocean level. The lake is found 22 km away from Badrinath. Balakun Pinnacle, Kuber Top, Mt. Neelkanth, and Mt. Swargarohini are the peaks on the way to Satopanth.

How to Reach Satopanth Lake Trek?

By Train:

The closest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh railway station at a total distance of 250 km. Joshimath is well connected by roads with Rishikesh.

By Air:

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest air terminal. It is 273 km away from Joshimath. This airport is nearer to Rishikesh (approx. 16 km) and requires approximately 20-30 minutes to arrive at Rishikesh.

By Road:

You can reach Joshimath from Haridwar or Rishikesh by Bus or by taxi also. The drive is extremely picturesque and runs along the Ganga and its feeders. 

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Itinerary for Satopanth Lake Trek

Arrival in Joshimath

Reach Joshimath then check into the hotel. In the Evening explore the Joshimath region. 

Joshimath – Badrinath – Jhamtoli

Drive from Joshimath to Badrinath 45 km, the trek is around 8 km. Upon reaching, visit Badrinath temple and also Mana Town and from there, Trek starts towards Jhamtoli.

Jhamtoli to Chakratirtha

We start to travel up to Laxmi Van and thereon to Sahastra Dhara. After taking some rest, continue your trek toward Chakratirtha.

Chakratirtha – Satopanth lake – Chakratirtha

Chakratirtha to Satopanth Lake is around 5 km. Satopanth lake is a three-cornered lake with frosty cold, crystal clear, emerald waters with a boundary of around 1-2 km, it is located at a rise of 4465 mts above ocean level. Complete a Trek of 10 km.  Then trek back to Chakratirtha

Chakratirtha – Jhamtoli

In the morning after breakfast trekking up to Chakartirtha, there is a heavy formation of glaciers that ahead to the Gaumukh of the Bhagirathi.

Jamtoli – Badrinath – Joshimath

Journey down to Mana Town. Visit Ganesh and Vyas Gufa. Drive to Badrinath and visit the temple. After lunch drive to Joshimath.

Takeoff from Joshimath

This is the elastic day of the trek. On reaching Joshimath, give a tight hug to your fellow trekkers and collect all the beautiful memories from this trek and leave for your destinations.

!!Happy Memories!!

Frequently Asked Questions for Satopanth Lake Trek

What are the things that one should remember at Satopanth Trek?

The things you want to keep to yourself at Satopanth Trip are:
– The travelers are recommended to have at least 2 Moderate trek experiences.
– Ensure that you listen cautiously to the directions given by the guide.

What is the beginning point of Satopanth?

The beginning point of Satopanth’s Trip is Mana Town. During your trekking to Satopanth, you will visit Mana town on the second day of your excursion.

How much distance will this trek cover?

The distance that you will cover in the Satopanth is around 50 km. The 50 km trail takes you through the paths of Laxmivan, Chakratirtha, Satopanth Tal, and Bandar.

Is Satopanth Trek safe?

The Satopanth Trek could be a little risky but in the end, the whole trek is worth it. If you’re accompanied by a guide then, no risk.