Total Duration – 26 Nights / 27 Days
Style Of Trip – Climbing
Maximum Altitude – 7075 m./ 23200 ft.
Grade – Difficult
Best Season – June to October
Accommodation – Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
Food – On trek – All meals included
Satopanth in local dialect literally means “path of the truth”. Mount Satopanth is located in Garhwal Himalaya region of Uttarakhand. Mt. Satopanth gets respected position among the passionate trekkers for technically moderate trail and a complex glacial approach. It is the second highest mountain in the Gangotri group in Uttarakhand and is found in the remote India Garhwal Himalayan Range. It makes a convincing plan to the passionate mountaineers, willing to make the conversion from trekking peaks to climbing peaks and experience the high alpine environment at 7,000m. Zigzag paths passing over the sharp edges lead to an incredibly beautiful and remote area where you will be blessed with the close views of Bhagirathi II and Gangotri Glacier. The en-route is a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes before the final section to the summit. At just over 7,000m, the effect of high altitude is a significant factor, as is the remote location and possibility of extreme weather. Mt. Satopanth serves as a good introduction to technical climbing, with climbers being familier to the use of crampons, fixed ropes and jumar climbing. The jaw dropping views of Thalay Sagar, Shivling and the terrifying granite pillars of Bhagirathi III are the delights of this expedition. En-route you see the views which you will love to relish in later years. Your Base Camp at Vasuki Tal will let you stretch your arms on the cozy lap of Nature, while your further walk to the next Base Camp will be challenging and will give you gusto to carry on. Prior to the summit bid we will camp at three more sites and spending around three weeks of time we will be back home carrying exceptional trekking memories.
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Day 1: ARRIVAL DELHI:
Day to visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for briefing and to full fill all formalities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Rishikesh.
Today morning after breakfast visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for briefing and to complete all formalities. Once you are done drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. Enroute get down at Haridwar to explore Har-ki-Pauri Ghat & temples. Keep driving to Rishikesh. Once you arrive in Rishikesh check into hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken out for sightseeing tour of Rishikesh. Explore the Ashrams and temples. In the evening enjoy Ganga Aarti. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh to Uttarkashi.
This morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check into hotel. Rest of the day you are free. Overnight stay at Resort.
Day 4: Day for full fill all formalities with Local Administration & Forest Department. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 5: Uttarkashi – Gangotri
Post breakfast drive to Gangotri (3048 mt). It is believed that Ganga first descended to earth at Gangotri. On arrival check into hotel. The day is free for acclimatizing. Spend the evening exploring the temple and surrounding sights. According to your wish an optional Ganga Puja (offering) can be organised on River Ganga. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Gangotri – Bhojbasa.
Today after breakfast trek to Bhojbasa (3769 mt). En-route we will cross Chirbasa (3600 Mt.) The trail passes through the river and a further walk will let you have the first views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. The literal meaning of Chirbasa is the home of pine. Keep walking and you will reach at Bhojbasa, home of birch. On arrival set-up camp. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 7: Bhojwbasa – Gaumukh – Nandanvan.
Today we will trek to Nandanvan (4337 mt). The day will require a slightly longer walk, but you will be rewarded with superb scenery. The trail goes up the terminal moraine before crossing the Gangotri Glacier. The trek through the Gangotri Glacier and ablation valley is comparatively challenging yet exciting. Crossing the glacier we will climb steeply up to the huge ablation valley of Nandanvan. We will set-up our camp at Nandanvan for overnight stay. Our camp will be set at Nandanvan on the left ablation valley of the Chaturangi (4-colour) Glacier which is located at the base of the Bhagirathi II peak.
Day 8: Nandanvan – Base Camp (4898m.).
The day is free for acclimatization and for exploring the surrounding area.
Day 9: Day free for acclimatization and surrounding area..
Today we will trek to the Base Camp of Vasuki Tal (4898 mt). We will trek along the ablation valley of the Chaturangi Glacier. Further our trek will let us walk past the Bhagirathi II and Satopanth along with Vasuki Parbat on our right. We will camp next to Vasuki Tal. It is a small breathtaking lake in the ablation valley. Due to high altitude this place will be lacking in availability of right proportion of what makes the day's trekking fairly demanding. On arrival setup the camp for overnight stay.
Day 10: BASE CAMP (4898 M): load ferry to the Advance Base Camp..
The day is free for acclimatisation. We will spend another night at base camp. We can also go for a short walk from Vasuki Tal towards Advance Base Camp.
Day11: BASE CAMP: load ferry to the Advance Base Camp..
Day 12: BASE CAMP – ADVANCE BASE CAMP (5130 M):
Today we will walk on a narrow ridge with Chaturangi glacier on our left and Vasuki Parbat on the right. At the edge of the ridge, we can have a glimpse of the majestic Satopanth. Now we will descend to the Sundar glacier. After a long moraine walk we will reach the advance base camp. (5130 mt).
Day 13: ADVANCE BASE CAMP: Another rest day for acclimatization, Go for a short height-gain and return to ABC for overnight stay..
Day 14: ADVANCE BASE CAMP (LOAD FERRY TO CAMP 1):.
We will go for a technical climbing next day so ropes will be fixed today and we will come back to ABC for overnight stay.
Day 15: ADVANCE BASE CAMP – CAMP 1 (5800 M):.
Our technical climbing session starts today. After a short walk on the glacier, we will negotiate a rock band and a bit later an ice gully. From here we cross a few gentle humps to arrive at camp 1 (5800 mt). We would use ropes for this part of our trekking session and ascender's as well.
Day 16: CAMP 1 – ACCLIMATISATION DAY (LOAD FERRY TO CAMP 2):
We are now completely on the lap of pristine nature. Wake up at leisure and starting the day we would go for a short walk to a certain height and come back to Camp 1 for overnight stay.
Day 17: CAMP 1 – CAMP 2 / SUMMIT CAMP (6,200 M):.
Here we will go for a short steep walk and reach the infamous "knife ridge". Pre-fixed ropes will help us on this part as well. Progress will be slow on this section. Once we cross the ridge, we will be on the sharp icy face of the mountain. We will pitch our tent just above a hanging glacier.
Day 18: CAMP 2 / SUMMIT CAMP (6,200 M) CLIMBING – SUMMIT (7075 M) – CAMP 2 / SUMMIT CAMP:.
Today our motive is to attempt the peak and coming back to Camp 2 for overnight stay.
Day 19: Reserve Day at Camp 2 for Summit.
Day 20: Descend Camp 2 – Camp 1.
Day 21: Descend Camp 1 – BC and Wind UP ABC En route.
Day 22: VASUKITAL – NANDANVAN.
This morning after breakfast come back to Nandanvan. Once we reach we will setup the camp for overnight stay.
Day 23: NANDANVAN – CHIRBASA:
Post breakfast trek back to Chirbasa (3600 mt) via Gaumukh and Bhojwassa. Once you reach Chirbasa, walk down from the main trail. We will set camp close to the river. Overnight stay at Chirbasa.
Day 24: CHIRBASA – GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI:
After breakfast trek back to Gangotri. On arrival drive down to Uttarkashi. On the way get down at hot water spring at Gangnani. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check-in to resort for overnight stay
Day 25: UTTARKASHI – DEVPRAYAG – RISHIKESH:
Today after breakfast we will drive to Rishikesh via Tehri. On arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 26: Rishikesh – Delhi.
Drive to Delhi. On arrival wait for de-briefing and later transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi
Day 27: DELHI DEPARTS:
Morning visit IMF to full fill all formalities and debriefing .Later in the afternoon group breakup.
What is included in the tour
- Local Transport Delhi to Delhi.
- Highly advanced, Professional & certified mountaineering (Instructor/guide) from Himalaya Destination.
- Skilled local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
- Vegetarian meals on the Climbing. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
- HAF/LAF/Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/and Central climbing Equipment)
- Equipments – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner.
- During Trek & Expedition we will provide you Dome/Alpine/High Altitude tents on twin sharing basis. Camping mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent, camping stool etc would be provided.
- High Altitude Porters to ferry loads, set up high camps, fix ropes etc.
- Climbing Guide’s support up to Summit.
- Butane gas bottle for high altitude cooking.
- Meals: In Hotel only breakfast will serve. While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
- High Altitude meal: We will use tin packed food in high altitude.
- Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
- Forest Permits, wild life fee and camping charges.
- State Government Fees.
- IMF Permissions, Royalty and Registration.
- Liaison Officer Cost (included for foreign expedition only)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal Porters for carrying Climber’s backpacks.
- Air fare.
- Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Group Gears for climbing e.g. rope, pitons, snow bars, crabs etc.
- Individual Climbing Gears and clothing; special individual mountain diet if any.
- Inner Line Permit.
- Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation.
- Purchases of personal natures (like Alcohol, Soft drink, mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
- Food to/from the trailhead.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Travel insurance.