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Mt. Satopanth

Available Mt. Satopanth Expedition

Group Size
8-12 persons

Difficulty
Difficult

Highest Point
7,075 M

Duration
12 Days

Cost
195,000.00

Mountaineering Experience

Mountaineering Certification Needed

Mt. Satopanth

Is a Very Popular Difficult Mountain Peak for Climbing

‘Mount Satopanth (7075m) is one of the prominent peaks of the Garhwal range of Himalayas , the second highest peak in Gangotri National Park. The nomenclature of the peak is derived by an amalgamation of two Sanskrit words “Sato” meaning ‘Truth’ and “Panth” meaning “A Figure of veneration or Devotion” when combined means {The True Figure of Devotion and Veneration}. The mountain was first climbed successfully by a Swiss expedition in 1947, 15 days prior to the Indian independence, the team was led by Andre Roch. Lately the mountain has become quite famous for its pre-Everest expeditions, because of her majestic altitude, the daunting ‘knife ridge’ at 6500m and the technical ice and rock glacial negotiations at 5900 m. Satopanth is a mountain in the Gangotri region of the Garhwal Himalaya, in the Indian Himalayas. It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand’.

Expedition Highlights

  • Delhi: Briefing and De-Briefing at Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
  • Rishikesh: Evening Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh (Ram Jhula).
  • Uttarkashi: Nehru Institute of mountaineering Uttarkashi (NIM).
  • During Expedition: Gangotri Glacier, Gaumukh, Trekking, Climbing & Photography.
  • One of the most technically difficult mountains, which could not see any summits in several climbing seasons

Expedition Itinerary

After breakfast drive to Gangotri via Uttarkashi (1150 m). Gangotri is the starting points for this trek. Here you will meet your trekking crew and porters. In the evening, you will witness the puja and aarti at Gangotri temple – one of the four sacred dhams for Hindu in the Himalayas. Overnight stay & Dinner at Hotel/Guest House.

Our first day in Gangotri will be spent checking our equipment for Mount Satopanth, and the guides will demonstrate the workings of the equipment and how to use them.

The walk begins with gradual ascent through pine trees, alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on your left hand side. This trail keeps following the river and just short of Cheerbasa, Beyond Cheerbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic tundra by some trekkers. We continue our walk and reach the campsite of Bhojbasa, home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area) and setup camp. Take an evening stroll to one of the high points close-by for better acclimatization of the body to the surroundings. We may get a chance to see a group of ibexes or capture a beautiful sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks and take a glimpse of the majestic Shivling peak. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

Today we gradually walk up to the Gaumukh – “The source of River Ganges” a beautiful walk with views of Mt. Shivling (6543 mt) and the Mt Bhagirathi (6856). Further proceed to little high towards to Nandanvan. Across the Gangotri glacier, cutting across the glacial moraine, you shall reach the spacious alpine meadow of Nandan Van, at the juncture of Chatrungi Glacier and Gangotri Glacier and the base of Baghirathi I (6856 Mts.), II (6512 Mts.) and III (6454 Mts.). You should also have views of Mt. Kedar Dome (6831 Mts.), Karcha Kund (6617 Mts.), Kedarnath (6940 Mts.) & Mt. Meru (6672 Mts.) across the Gangotri Glacier. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

This day it will take 3-4 hours to reach Vasukital which will be our Base Camp for the expedition. The 11 km trail goes along Chaturangi Glacier and is a steady upward trail. Our base camp is located in a scenic place near a lake. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

To aid acclimatization, we spend a day in the serene surroundings of Vasukital. After a relaxed morning, we go for a short walk to gain some height and then return for a hot lunch. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

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 camp1. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

Another rest day today, as the HAPs go ahead to fix the ropes while we go for a short height-gain before returning to the camp for lunch. Overnight in tents & Dinner.

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.

Another rest day today, as the HAPs go ahead to fix the ropes while we go for a short height-gain before returning to the camp for lunch.

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.

We normally start the summit attempt around midnight so we are up on the summit early enough. It depends a lot on the weather conditions on that day. All climbers will need to be well protected for the cold conditions on the summit night. We normally have fixed ropes only on certain sections on the summit day as the gradient is not very steep on the south face leading to the summit. The summit offers great views of the Garhwal Himalaya on the south and the Tibetan plateau on the north. Sometimes, the summit attempt is also made from C2.

Tarring today we retrace our steps back to Gangotri. But we have to be very careful while descending and not get carried away by the euphoria accompanied by summit success. It is a proven fact that majority of the accidents on mountains happen during descents.Overnight in tents & Dinner.

Return to Gangotri. Drive back to Uttarkashi. Overnight in Hotel/Guest house & Dinner.

Back drive to Dehradun & Board to your destination as per your plan. SERVICE END HERE.

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