4400 m/14430 ft
Highest Point
50 km
Trail Length

Embark on an extraordinary journey with our upcoming summer Satopanth Tal trek, commencing on May 2024, from the spiritual town of Badrinath. The mystical allure of the trek lies in its high-altitude features, where every step takes you through boulders, moraines, glaciers, and knife-edge ridges, offering unparalleled views of captivating peaks that seem almost surreal.

Trail of Legends:

This triangular glacial lake, Satopanth Tal, sits majestically above 14,000 feet, concealed within a ridge believed to be the ancient “Road to Truth” or “Satya ki Pantha.” Legend has it that the Panch Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata undertook this challenging trail in their quest for heaven. As you traverse the trail, echoes of these myths linger, with landmarks bearing names reminiscent of the epic tales.

Satopanth tal trek

A Glimpse of Divinity:

The towering Chaukhamba ridge and the majestic peaks of Neelkanth, Balakun, and Parvati create an awe-inspiring backdrop. Locals believe that on auspicious days, the Trimoortis—Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar—bathe in the lake, attracting adventurous devotees and Sadhus on pilgrimage during the monsoon season.

Challenging, Yet Rewarding:

This trek is a testament to the Himalayan spirit, demanding experience and resilience. It’s a glacier moraine walk on boulders, loose rocks, and scree zones, providing a unique window into the heart of the Himalayas. However, it’s essential to note that this trek is not for beginners; prior high-altitude, multi-day trekking experiences are a must.

Itinerary Snapshot:

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Badrinath (290 Km – 11 to 12 hours).

Day 2: Trek briefing and acclimatization at Badrinath.

Day 3: Trek from Badrinath to Laxmivan (10 km – 6 hours).

Day 4: Trek to Chakratirtha (9 km – 5 to 6 hours).

Day 5: Trek to Satopanth Tal (5 km – 3 hours) and return to Chakratirtha.

Day 6: Trek from Chakratirtha to Mana (15 km – 6 to 7 hours) and drive to Badrinath.

Day 7: Drive from Badrinath to Rishikesh (290 Km – 10 to 11 hours).

Important Notes:

  • Participants need to reach Rishikesh on their own by Day 1 morning or the previous night.
  • Return to Rishikesh on Day 7 evening.
  • The Trek fee is ₹15,950 + 5% GST per person, excluding Badrinath, and covers everything for the trek.
  • Prior acclimatization in Joshimath is recommended for further comfort.

Satopanth tal

Trail Insights: This glacial moraine trail is a delight for trek enthusiasts, spanning a 50 km round trip from Badrinath. It’s a full-camping trek, with no horses or mules, and trekkers must acclimatize properly upon reaching Chakratirtha, surrounded by low oxygen levels. For pilgrimage seekers, this is a high-altitude Himalayan trek requiring experiences like Kailash, Adi Kailash, Manimahesh, Kinnaur Kailash, or similar.

Camping Note: As per the Uttarakhand High Court order, camping at Satopanth Tal has been restricted since September 2018. The highest camp is now at Chakratirtha, and a day visit to Satopanth is included in the itinerary.

Getting There: Haridwar is the gateway, well-connected by train and bus services from Delhi and Kolkata. We can arrange a pickup from Haridwar to Badrinath on request. Alternatively, buses from Haridwar to Badrinath start early morning.

Join us on this Himalayan adventure to Satopanth Tal, where every step is a journey into legends, divinity, and the heart of the mighty Himalayas.

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Duration: 4 days of trekking from Badrinath to Satopanth Tal and return. The entire expedition spans 7 days from Haridwar to Haridwar.

Prerequisite: Prior high-altitude trekking experiences are a must. We highly recommend completing at least 2 Moderate grade treks to prepare for this adventure.

Grade: Moderate. While not overly technical, the trek involves steep ascents and descents, requiring a good level of fitness and stamina.

Physicality: 7/10. Expect challenging terrain and long hours of trekking each day. A good level of physical fitness is essential.

Trail Length: Approximately 50 Km round trip.

Highest Point: Satopanth Tal, towering at an altitude of ~4400 m/14430 ft above sea level.

Seasons: Best attempted in June or August/September when the weather is favorable and the trails are relatively clear of snow.

Access: The trek starts from Badrinath, located 310 Km from Haridwar.

Transportation Options: Reach Haridwar via train (Station Code: HW) or fly into Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED). From Haridwar, embark on a scenic journey to Badrinath to begin your trekking adventure.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey amidst the majestic Himalayas, where every step brings you closer to nature’s grandeur and spiritual serenity.

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Plan Your Satopanth Tal Trek:

  • Get ready for an unforgettable adventure to Satopanth Tal! Check out our upcoming scheduled trek dates by exploring the calendar within our Booking Form or REGISTER NOW section. Highlighted tour starting dates align perfectly with our 8-day itinerary, ensuring a seamless experience.
  • Please note that our BOOK NOW feature is temporarily disabled. However, you can easily receive all the necessary information by filling out the REGISTER NOW form. If our scheduled dates don’t match your availability, don’t worry! Simply choose the Custom Date option by clicking ‘Select your custom date’ and complete the provided form.
  • For a quick overview of all available dates, refer to our convenient TREK CALENDAR. Remember, on Day 1 of your trek, make sure to reach Haridwar by 6 am or the previous night. On Day 8, plan your return journey to Haridwar for the evening, around 8/9 pm. Be sure to arrange your tickets accordingly for a smooth travel experience.
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Getting to Badrinath (The Trek Base)

By Train: Haridwar is well-connected by train from Delhi and Kolkata. Several trains like Kumbha Express (Train No. 12369), Upasana Express (Train No. 12327), and Doon Express (Train No. 13009) offer good options to reach Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar, travelers can spend the night and start their onward journey the next morning.

By Bus: Frequent regular and Volvo bus services are available from Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT to Haridwar. From Haridwar, travelers need to arrange their transport to reach the trek base at Badrinath.

From Haridwar to Badrinath (Trek Base):

  1. Arranged Pickup: We offer pickup services from Haridwar to Badrinath and back. The cost, shared equally among team members, is approximately Rs. 7000 for a one-way journey in a comfortable Jeep (Mahindra Maxx, Sumo), suitable for 6-8 persons.
  2. Public Transport: Alternatively, travelers can opt for public transport:
    • Take an early morning bus from Haridwar to Badrinath or Joshimath. State-operated buses depart as early as 5 am from the Bus terminus opposite the Haridwar railway station. Privately operated buses are also available. During peak season, especially during Char Dham Yatra, buses may be crowded. The journey to Joshimath takes around 11-12 hours, and then travelers can look for shared Jeep services or book a car to Badrinath, which may take up to 14 hours.
    • From Badrinath, board the early morning direct bus to Haridwar/Rishikesh, which takes around 12 hours. From Rishikesh, frequent bus services are available to Haridwar, which is just 25 km away.

By Air: Travelers can also fly to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport and then take a taxi or bus to Haridwar.

Accommodation in Haridwar: For trekkers arriving in Haridwar the day before the trek, there are various accommodation options available, ranging from premium to budget:

  • Privately operated hotels/lodges
  • State-run Tourist Rest Houses (GMVN)
  • Dharamshala

One reliable option is Hotel Rahi, operated by GMVN, located beside the Bus Stand and opposite the Haridwar Railway Station. Online booking is available through the GMVN website. Trekkers can choose from standard accommodation options.

Departure from Haridwar: Normally, travelers reach Haridwar from any trek base by 7/8 pm. They can then catch a train after 9 pm or use the regular bus service mentioned above to reach Delhi or continue their journey homeward on the same night.

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Day 1

Haridwar to Badrinath | Journey to the Sacred Shrine

Departure from Haridwar early morning to embark on a spiritual expedition to Badrinath.
Traverse through the picturesque landscapes along NH 58, following the sacred river Ganga and its tributary, Alaknanda.
Pass through Rishikesh and significant confluences like Deoprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag.
Arrival at Joshimath, followed by a 45 km drive to Badrinath, culminating in a 310 km journey spanning around 12 hours.
Check-in at a lodge or rest house for an overnight stay.
Day 2

Acclimatization at Badrinath

After a rejuvenating rest, visit the revered Badrinath temple in the morning.
Post lunch, embark on an acclimatization walk to either Mana Village or Charan Paduka area.
Explore Mana Village, a quaint settlement of Tibetan/Bhutia/Bhote people, or witness the awe-inspiring Saraswati river at Bhim Pul.
Return to Badrinath for an evening of relaxation and preparation for the trek ahead.
Day 3

Trek to Laxmivan

Begin the 5-day trek to Satopanth and back, following the Alaknanda river with gentle uphill terrain.
Pass through Chamtoli Bugyal, adorned with blooming wildflowers, before reaching Laxmivan, a picturesque camping ground offering breathtaking views.
Settle into tent accommodation amidst the enchanting surroundings and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the valley.
Day 4

Trek to Chakratirtha

Trek further to Chakratirtha, traversing through glacial moraines and rocky terrains.
Witness the beauty of Bhim Gada and Sahastradhara, where legends of Nakula and Sahadeva echo through the mountains.
Arrive at the scenic camping ground of Chakratirtha, offering stunning views of Mount Neelkanth.
Camp for the night amidst nature’s grandeur and the serenity of the Himalayas.
Day 5

Explore Satopanth Tal

Embark on the trek to Satopanth Tal, ascending steep sections and crossing rugged terrains.
Reach the turquoise-hued Satopanth Tal, nestled amidst towering peaks, and immerse yourself in its pristine beauty.
Spend the afternoon exploring the surroundings, and visiting the small temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Camp near Satopanth Tal and witness the surreal sunrise over the majestic Chaukhamba peak.
Day 6

Descend to Bandhar

Begin the descent towards Bandhar, retracing your steps through the mesmerizing landscapes.
Marvel at the panoramic vistas and legendary landmarks, including Swargarohini Steps and Bhim Gada.
Arrive at Bandhar and set up camp for a well-deserved rest amidst the tranquility of the mountains.
Day 7

Return to Badrinath

Trek back to Badrinath via Laxmivan and Chamtoli, relishing the final moments amidst nature’s embrace.
Reach Badrinath and bid farewell to the serene valley, cherishing the memories of an unforgettable journey.
Check into a lodge for a comfortable night’s rest.
Day 8

Journey Back to Haridwar

Depart from Badrinath for a long journey back to Haridwar, covering a distance of 310 km.
Reflect on the awe-inspiring experiences and cherished moments of the trek.
Arrive at Haridwar by evening, concluding the memorable expedition amidst the spiritual aura of the Himalayas.

Note: Distances and altitudes are approximate, offering an overview of the journey’s highlights.

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Trek Fee: ₹ 15,950 (Excluding stay and meals in Badrinath) + 5% GST.

Twin-sharing tent accommodation throughout the trek.
All meals from Day 3 lunch to Day 6 lunch, including nutritious vegetarian food, breakfast, packed or hot lunch, light snacks, and dinner, along with morning and evening tea.
Experienced Trekking Guide with in-depth knowledge of the trails.
Skilled Cook, Support staff, and Porters for logistical support.
Camping equipment such as a Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, and Microspikes/crampons (Bring your sleeping bag for hygiene reasons if you have one).
Kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent as required.
All permit fees, camping charges, and forest levies.
Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
Medical cum Travel Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals up to 60 years of age, covering trek and return journey for a maximum of 7 days).


Transportation from Rishikesh to Badrinath and back (arrangements can be made at an additional cost, shared equally among trekkers).
Accommodation or meals in Badrinath (plenty of vegetarian food and accommodation options available).
Personal Rucksack/Backpack carrying personal belongings (Additional ₹ 4000 for porter service, weight limit: 10 Kg).
Tips or gratuities to the support staff.
Anything not mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal.

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  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place on the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before the Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from the Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.


  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reasons (s), we provide you avery flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within the next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform a minimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if know)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour 15 days before the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within the next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before the tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any requests for shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process a refund of the remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before the Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire, or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

If you need more clarifications write to info@greenvalleyhimalayas.com

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