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Satopanth Tal: Route to Heaven

DURATION : 10 Night / 11 Days

According to Hindu mythology, Satopanth Tal is on the route taken by the Panch Pandavas on their Swarga Yatra. At various places their name remains as a memorial of this sacred journey. At the starting point at Mana, 3 km away from Badrinath, is the natural rock bridge, Bhima Pul. Here, Bhima is believed to have made the bridge over the river Saraswati so Draupadi could cross. At Lakshmi Ban, Draupadi is believed to have breathed her last.

In the austere barren landscape at an altitude of 12600 feet, strewn with huge boulders, bhuj plants grow in the small patch of Lakshmi Ban. At Bandhar, it is said that Yudhishthir?s thirst was quenched by the baan or arrow shot by Arjun which caused a stream of water to gush forth from the very Earth. At Bhimbar, the rock pillar commemorates Bhima?s release from earthly life. At Chakratirtha the great yogi and warrior, Arjun gave up his body. Ahead, only Yudhishthir with his dog, who was indeed Dharma Raja himself, went in his mortal form, negotiating dangerous glaciers and hidden crevasses. At Satopanth Tal, the celestial rath received him.

Day 1:Delhi- Haridwar, 215kms/6hrs

Day 2: Haridwar-Joshimath, 278kms/9hrs

Day 3: Joshimath-Badrinath, 44kms/2hrs overnight stay.

Day 4: Badrinath, Mana to Chamtoli (12000 feet) 8 Km.

Day 5: Chamtoli to Lakshmi Ban (12600 feet) 1 Km, lakshmi Ban to Bandhar (13000 feet) 2 Km, Bandhar to Shahasra Dhara (14000 feet) 4 Km.

Day 6: Sahasra Dhara to Chakratirtha (15000 feet) 5 Km.

Day 7: Chakratirtha to Satopanth Tal (16000 feet) 5 Km.

Day 8: Satopanth Tal to Bandhar (13000 feet) 14 Km.

Day 9: Bandhar- Badrinath- Joshimath, Mana (10500 feet) 11 Km. & drive Johimath(44kms/2hrs)

Day 10: Joshimath- Rishikesh-, 254kms/8hrs

Day 11: Rishikesh- Delhi, 245kms/7hrs

Package include: Per head- 29000/-
Accommodation with all meals
(Adventure Camping with Professional Trained staff)

Permission Required:
S.D.M Joshimath, Gram Pradham Mana Village, Army officer
Id required: Voter ID, Passport, Pan Card (Only NRI or Indian Nationality)
Note- Transport supplements extra cost.

Tour Detail:-

Day 1: Delhi- Haridwar (215 Kms/5-6hrs)
You will depart for Haridwar by road. (215 Kms/6 hrs). Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Haridwar, check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own. Evening Ganga Arti at Har Ki Pauri. Overnight at Hotel Godwin at Haridwar. (D)

Day 2: Haridwar- Joshimath ( 276 Kms/ 9 Hrs )
After early breakfast, we will proceed to Joshimath (276 Kms) Lunch en route. . On arrival in check in to your Chardham camp. Evening is free for you to explore Joshimath on your own. Overnight at The Tattva, Joshimath. (B.D)

Day 3: Joshimath - Badrinath ( 44 Kms drive one way/ 2 Hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Badrinath. On arrival take holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana Village. Overnight stay Badrinath adventure camp for acclimatization. (B.L.D)

Day 4 - Badrinath, Mana to Chamtoli (12000 feet) 8 Km.
On left of the raging waters of the Alkananda, we need to climb a loose boulder wall of some 500 feet having a tough gradient. Ahead, the path till Chamtoli is reasonable. Though we had planned on a night halt further on at Bandhar, the mornings delay saw us pitching tent at Chamtoli at 3 p.m. This is a beautiful green flat valley just opposite the well-known waterfall Vasudhara, in memory of Rishi Vyasa Dev. Looking back towards Mana Pass, the snow-capped peak of Mt. Kuber is visible among other peaks. (D)

Day 5- Chamtoli to Lakshmi Ban (12600 feet) 1 Km.
Lakshmi Ban to Bandhar (13000 feet) 2 Km. Bandhar to Shahasra Dhara (14000 feet) 4 Km.

Start your walk along trackless paths and over large boulders. On approaching Lakshmi Ban, just opposite the Banglung Glacier snout point at Alkapuri from where the river Alkananda originates. At Lakshmi Ban one would come across Bhuj Plants that grow in the Himalayan region at altitudes over 10000 feet. In ancient days, the leaves of the bark of these plants were used for manuscripts.

At Bandhar, one gets the first view of the Bhagirathi Kharak Glacier emerging from Mt. Bhagirathi I, II & III and continues to meet the Banglung Glacier at Alkapuri. Mt. Bhagirathi I (22488 feet), II (21359 feet) & III (21169 feet) are visible from here. From Bandhar, up to Sahashradhara the path is entirely over boulders strewn over a narrow ridge. The west face of Mt. Neelkanth (21638 feet) is visible from here.

Wake up to spell-binding views of the snow capped peaks of Mt. Neelkanth (21638 feet), Mt. Chaukhamba (23413 feet) and Mt. Balakun (20040 feet).

Day 6 - Sahasra Dhara to Chakratirtha (15000 feet) 5 Km.
On approaching Chakratirtha, the wide view of the snow capped peaks opens, one by one to offer first view of Mt. Parvati & Mt. Satopanth (23206 feet) along with the others, previously seen. The sacred lake, Satopanth Tal, lies below Mt. Satopanth (23206 feet). The valley at 15,000 feet has a large grassland.

Day 7 - Chakratirtha to Satopanth Tal (16000 feet) 5 Km.
We reach Satopanth Tal On Ekadasi, when it is believed that Lord Narayana Himself bathes in these sacred waters. Climbing diagonally up a rocky sharply inclined wall face, it takes about an hour to reach the top of a ridge. One needs to be extremely cautious climbing down the precipice-like slope. From here the entire region of sheer glacier is visible. On reaching get a magnificent view of the Lake: Satopanth Tal. It's a triangular shaped lake with each side about 1 Km. long. The crystal clear water had a greenish colour and all around the lake stands mighty Himalayan snow peaks. From left to right, they are

Mt. Neelkanth (21638 feet), Mt. Satopanth (23,206 feet), Mt. Swargarohini (20507 feet), Mt. Chaukhamba I (23413 feet) and Mt. Balakun (20040 feet). As one comes at the bank of the lake, there is beautiful reflection of Mt. Chaukhamba on the water. Offer your prayers and puja to Lord Brahma, Vishnu & Maheshwar. At Satopanth Tal there is a room which had been constructed by a pilgrim from the South. This room is still used by visiting sadhus and trekkers alike. From here, one gets glorious view of Swargarohini. We trek up to Surya Kund, 1 km ahead.

Day 8 - Satopanth Tal to Bandhar (13000 feet) 14 Km.
Leave Satopanth Tal, Stopping for lunch at Chakratirtha reach Bandhar.

Day 9 - Bandhar- Badrinath- Mana (10500 feet) 11 Km- Joshimath, 44kms/2hrs
The next morning began your last days trek to Mana at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is set up opposite the Vasudhara, continue there on to reach Mana at 2 p.m. From here take a jeep to arrive at Joshimath. Overnight stay The Tattva or similar.

Day 10: Joshimath - Haridwar (276 Kms/ 9 hrs)
After breakfast, we proceed to Haridwar (276 Kms/ 9 hrs). Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight at Haridwar (B.D)

Day 11: Haridwar - Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi

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