Satopanth Lake Trek

Nestled amidst the snow capped mountains and enchanted meadows, the Satopanth lake is a hidden jewel in the Garhwal Himalayas. Located at an elevation of 4,400 mts above the mean sea level the lake has a triangular shape with a perimeter of one kilometer. Besides offering a truly mesmerizing view, the lake also has vast religious significance.

It is widely believed by the locals that the holy trio of dieties in Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh) meditated at the corners of the lake.Some ancient articles mention that at the end of the Mahabharata, Pandavas took the route from Santopath lake to reach the steps to heaven which is on the Swargarohini glacier. The lake also is home to some rare types of birds which pick up the pollutants, thus keeping the lake clean.

The Satopanth lake is a proglacial mountain lake (tarn) formed by the Alkapuri glacier and is approx. 22kms ahead to Badrinath. The trek starts at the altitude of 3300 mts and goes on alongside the Alaknanda river until we reach the Alkapuri glacier. The key attraction is the junction of two glacier which is absolutely mesmerizing. The trek trail consists of boulders and loose rocks and hence is not recommended for the beginners. Its is advised that the trekkers should have previous experience of high altitude trek.

The lake is encompassed by Mount Balakun, Mount Chaukhamba, Mount Neelkantha & Mount Swargarohini thus offering a spectacular company throughout the trek route. There are many small waterfalls along the route which are a treat to the eyes. The camping locations at the meadows offer an amazing experience.

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