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Mount Satopanth

Overview

Mt. Satopanth (7075m) is one of the most well-known 7000 mtr peaks in the Indian Subcontinent. It is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayan range and is the second-highest peak in the Gangotri National Park, in the state of Uttarakhand.  The origin of the name comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit.  The name, Satopanth is literally translated as ‘The True’ (Sato) ‘Figure of Devotion’ (Panth).  This mountain was first climbed in 1947, by a Swiss Expedition, in the same year as the Independence of India.

 

CLIMBING MT. SATOPANTH

Mt. Satopanth(7075m), has become increasingly popular as a pre-Everest climbing peak.  This peak is often used as the final team selection, especially for teams from the ‘Military’ & Allied Forces.  The variety of features available on the approach route to the summit, make it technical and physically challenging, unsuited for the amateur trekker.  The challenges of extremely high altitude while climbing Satopanth (not available in Europe), along with features like the knife ridge and ice wall, truly make attaining the summit, a great achievement. 

 

YOUR MT. SATOPANTH EXPEDITION

If you have been climbing mountains and have your heart set on graduating to 7000 mtr peaks, Mt. Satopanth standing at 7075mtrs above sea level, is the peak for you.  We strongly recommend prior Mountain climbing experience, or an ‘Advance’ certification from any of the mountain climbing institutes in India, before setting forth on your Satopanth Expedition.  To climb Satopanth, you will have to embark on a long trek to the Base Camp, negotiate a complex glacier, steep snow slopes, a long knife ridge, all before the final summit approach.  For your Satopanth Expedition, you will also have to ensure dedicated time, with buffer days for a sudden change in weather.  However, this entire experience will truly be rewarding with stellar views of the entire Garhwal Himalayas from the summit.  Your Mt. Satopanth climb, will be led by our Expedition Leader with climbing experience not just around the world, but even on Mt. Everest.

Quick Facts

Best Time : August, September and October

Duration : 22 Days

Max. Altitude : 7,075 m

Commences At : Rishikesh/ Haridwar

Ends At : Rishikesh/ Haridwar

  • Arrive in Rishikesh and Drive to Uttarkashi
  • Rest day in Uttarkashi
  • Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3,048m)
  • Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3,800m)
  • Bhojbasa- Gaumukh - Nandanvan
  • Nandanvan – Vasukital (Base Camp) (4,200m)
  • Acclimatization at Base Camp (4,200m)
  • Route Opening and fixing till Camp 1 (5,400m)
  • Acclimatization day at Camp 1 and descend to Base Camp
  • Base Camp (4,200m) – Camp 1 (5,400m)
  • Rest day at Camp 1
  • Camp 1 (5,400m) – Camp 2 (6,000m)
  • Rest at Camp 2
  • Acclimatization at Camp 2 (6,000m)
  • Camp 2 (6,000m) – Camp 3 (6,400m)
  • Summit Attempt for Mt. Satopnath (7,075m)
  • Extra day reserved for summit Attempt
  • Wind up higher Camps and move to Base Camp
  • Wind up Camp 1 and move to Base Camp
  • Base Camp - Gaumukh
  • Gaumukh- Gangotri
  • Gangotri- Uttarkashi
  • Uttarkashi – Rishikesh – New Delhi

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The starting point of our Mount Satopanth expedition is Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of India. After freshening up and breakfast in the morning, we will start our journey by driving towards Uttarkashi. The night will be spent in Uttarakashi in a comfortable hotel.

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

After spending the night at the hotel and having breakfast, we will drive 95 kms to reach Gangotri in 4-5 hours. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and the origin of Ganga. Gangotri is also a famous pilgrimage site. Upon arrival, we will check-in at the Guest House. The rest of the afternoon can be spent to roam around the town and visit the famous Gangotri Temple.

Our first trekking day as part of the mount Satopanth expedition. We start the day after breakfast and make our way along the mighty Bhagirathi and head towards the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier. After about 4 hours we will reach Chirbasa which will serve as our lunch stop. After lunch, we will make our way to our destination of the day; Bhojbasa. You will also get a chance to witness your first sunset over the Bhagirathi group of mountains. The night will be spent in tents.

After breakfast, we will start our trek toward Gaumukh (The source of river Ganges) where will take a short break and witness the source of the Holy Ganga. We then will start our journey to Tapovan, which is a steep trek from Gaumukh. Tapovan is known for its beautiful meadows that serve as the base camp for Shivling. From there we make our way close to the Meru glacier and turn to head to Nandanvan. The trail runs through moraine and the glacier.

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.

This day is for acclimatization and preparation for the climb the next day. As mount Satopanth is a difficult peak, it is imperative that we acclimatize properly to the altitude.

Our first day on Mount Satopanth. This day our Sherpa will open and fix the route till Camp 1. The route follows the Chaturangi glacier and from the edge of the glacier, we will have an excellent view of Mount Satopanth. From there, we will descend to the Sundar Glacier. We will also join the Sherpa and will do some load ferrying.

After spending the night at Camp 1 of Mount Satopnath, we will head back to Base Camp following the maxim of ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’.

This day we will move up and establish Camp 1.

Today we will spend a day at Camp 1 resting and recharging for the days ahead.

Today, our Sherpa will open the route and will establish Camp 2. The route from Camp 1 to Camp 2 consists of steep snow gully and mixed climbing on ropes which are fixed by our Sherpas. Rest of the part is easy angled snow slope and glacier till camp 2.

Having established the second camp of Mount Satopanth, we will spend this day recuperating and preparing ourselves for the push to the summit camp the next day. We will also be able to witness majestic vistas over the mesmerizing Himalayas.

This day team members will acclimatize at camp 2 of Mt. Satopnath.

We will begin opening the route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 of Mt. Satopanth. The route to camp 3 starts with a snow slope then to a broad ridge also known as the ‘knife ridge’ which becomes narrow for about 700 m. The slopes are of 40 -55 degrees. At the end of this ridge Camp, 3 will be established. This will be our last camp before the summit attempt.

We will start at 1 am in the night for the summit attempt. We will rope up and push for the summit. This day, the route will not be fixed unless condition requires us to do so. Once you reach the summit you can marvel at the amazing accomplishment of climbing Mt. Satopnath. From the summit, you can see Nanda Devi and other famous peaks. Kashmir and Tibet are also visible from the summit.

This is an extra day is reserved for a secondary summit attempt.

This day we will wind up all the higher camp and move to Base Camp.

Today we will trek back to the start of the Gangotri Glacier- Gaumukh. We will spend the night in our camps and it’ll be our last night in the valley.

Today we will head back to civilization and head back to Gangotri. Our first night in the guesthouse after our Mount Satopnath expedition

We will Drive towards Uttarkashi and spend the night in a Hotel.

Our last day of the Mt. Satopnath expedition, we will drive towards Rishikesh. After reaching Rishikesh we will have some rest then board the overnight Volvo bus to New Delhi.

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

  • All ground transportation from Rishikesh Onwards.
  • Guesthouse accommodation in Uttarkashi.
  • The best available Guesthouse accommodation in Gangotri.
  • All road transport by private vehicles.
  • All camping facilities and meals (High altitude meals) during the expedition.
  • All Porterage costs.
  • Climbing permit, Permit Charges & IMF Charges.
  • One Team leader, 3 High Altitude Porters.
  • Cook and kitchen helpers.
  • All group climbing equipment (Tents, Ropes, Technical equipment required for fixing rope, Kitchen and Dining tent, Fuel)

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

  • Personnel High Altitude Clothing, equipment and shoes,
  • Anything explicitly which is not mentioned in the inclusion list.
  • Any kind of insurance of the clients.
  • Expenditures of personnel nature.
  • Cost due to Rescue or Helicopter Rescue
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers, Visa fees.
  • Indian airport taxes.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Delhi.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Tips

1. What are the entry & exit points for Mt Satopanth?

Mt Satopanth is located in Uttarakhand and is the second-highest peak in the Gangotri group of mountains. The Holy town of Gangotri is located about 22 km’s from the city of Dehradun. One has to reach Dehradun / Haridwar first and then can hire a taxi to come to Gangotri, it about an 8-hour drive depending on the road conditions. Adventure Pulse usually organizes Cabs for its clients from the Dehradun airport or the Haridwar railway station.

2. How long is the walk to Base camp of Satopanth?

The walk to the Satopanth base camp follows the beautiful route of trekking up to Tapovan. From Gangotri, it’s a 3-day trek passing through Bhojwasa, Tapovan & Nandanvan. On day 4 by afternoon, we reach Vasuki Tal, which is also the base camp of Mt. Satopanth.

3. How Fit do I need to be to do Satopanth?

Any climb over 7000 mts can be very demanding. This would require excellent fitness levels and the climbers should've done at least one climbing expedition above the altitude of 6000 mts to be able to qualify for Satopanth. The climb would require at least 6-8 months of physical fitness preparation. Please refer to our “ Physical fitness preparation “ section for more details on this.

4. What about the camping arrangements on Satopanth?

Adventure Pulse organizes all the logistics for the Satopanth climb. You would be given a personal tent at the base camp and all higher camps on double sharing basis. In addition, there is also a full-fledged kitchen and dining at the base camp with a satellite kitchen on higher camps. There are cooks & camp helpers to help you with all the logistic arrangements.

5. Is there phone connectivity on the expedition?

You will get phone connectivity in up to Gangotri, but ahead of that, there is no phone connectivity for the duration of the expedition.

6. Do I have to carry my own bags / equipment?

Up to base camp, there are porters/horses to carry your bags & equipment. However, we encourage that all climbers carry some of their equipment during the load ferry days when we are setting up higher camps. The equipment & ration is usually distributed between climbers & porters in a 30: 70 ratio. However, if you don’t want to carry any weight ahead of the base camp, Adventure Pulse can organize a high altitude porter for you at an extra cost.

Climbing Satopanth will require good quality trekking gear and various technical climbing equipment. In case you are not able to procure any such equipment, we at Adventure-Pulse would be happy to help you procure them.

Apparels

Apparel for trekking and climbing

  1. Trekking Boots / Shoes (preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of cotton and woolen socks (at least 8-9 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 3-4)
  4. Thermal inners and sweater / warm sweat shirt (3 each)
  5. Cotton T-shirts (7 to 8 minimum)
  6. Water proof jacket/windcheater and lower
  7. Warm thermal jacket
  8. Down insulated jacket
  9. Thick Thermals (2 Pairs)
  10. 01 Peak Cap + at least 01 Woolen Cap
  11. 02 pair of warm gloves (Liners and outer)
  12. One pair floaters
  13. 6 pairs of thick mountaineering socks

Climbing equipment (Will be used on Mt. Satopanth)

  1. Mountaineering Boots
  2. Thick Mountaineering mittens or gloves
  3. Gaters
  4. Climbing Helmet
  5. Ice Axe
  6. Crampons
  7. Ski goggles
  8. Mountaineering Harness
  9. Jumar or Ascender
  10. 4 Locking Carabineers
  11. Dynema Sling / Daisy Chain/ 6 metres of cord 8mm
  12. Belay Device such as figure-8, ATC or Gri-Gri
  13. 2 Non-locking carabineers
  14. 5mm cord for Prusik Knot
  15. Pee bottle

Accessories

  1. Air bag / Duffel bag / Rucksack (No Suitcases during the trek)
  2. Day Back Pack + Drinking Water Bottle 1 Litre
  3. Torch + Batteries
  4. Head torch with extra batteries
  5. Sleeping Bag
  6. Knee / Ankle / Wrist Guards (if required)
  7. Nail Cutter / Pocket / Pen Knife
  8. Cold cream
  9. Light weight towel
  10. Hand sanitizer
  11. Chap-stick / Vaseline
  12. Chemical hand and feet warmers (Optional)
  13. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste / Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  14. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band aids, painkillers & Moov/ Iodex, Vics Vaporub, D-Cold etc.)
  15. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  16. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, glucose etc.
  17. Good quality Sun shades
  18. Sun block (SPF40+)
We recommend the following schedule to the participants

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION & FITNESS

Guidelines specified by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for an Expedition team of 10 Members:

  • 5 Climbers must possess a certificate in an Advance Mountaineering Course
  • 3 are reserved for climbers with a Basic Mountaineering Course certification and/or have experience in high altitude trekking, rock climbing and related experience.
  • 2 are reserved for climbers with high altitude trekking, rock climbing and related experience.

Foreign Nationals: Due to the additional set of guidelines imposed by the Indian Mountaineering Federation, Foreign Climbers are requested to contact us for the additional documentation needed at info@adventure-pulse.com.

Mt Satopanth is not an easy peak and is only for climbers with sufficient climbing and mountaineering experience. You should not attempt this peak if you have not climbed above 6000mtrs (such as Island Peak), have prior altitude-related acclimatization problems or have not completed a basic mountaineering course. Mt. Satopnath is a technical peak for climbers who wish to challenge themselves. A climber must also be familiar with the use of technical equipment such as a jumar, ice axe and crampons among others. Climbers should be proficient with Ascending and Rappelling techniques.  Climbing a mountain such as Satopanth requires mental and physical discipline as we are going to stay for nearly 20 days above 4000m and would be required to ferry loads between camps.

You would be required to have a very high fitness level and have the necessary skills to climb. We recommend training for Mt. Satopanth 6 months in advance. The two verticals of training required are:

PHYSICAL FITNESS:

As the climb is technical and would require you to climb at altitudes as high as 7000m, it is imperative that you possess a high fitness level. High levels of cardiovascular training is required and you would be required to spend at least 10 hours per week working on the physical fitness. Long distance running, swimming and/or cycling would be suitable. You should also be comfortable carrying close to 20 kgs on your back for sustained periods of time. We would be happy to assist you in drafting a fitness schedule for preparing your body.

Our recommended tips for training for the climber, especially on Satopanth are as follows:-

Focus on overall training rather than aesthetics.

There isn’t just one specific body part or muscle group you have to exercise to successfully train for climbing. Climbing takes a lot of overall strength and uses several muscle groups.

  • Cardio Vascular Training – Running, cycling and swimming form excellent cardio exercises.  These are important, as you’ll be climbing over an extended period of time in rarified atmosphere. Your heart and lungs have to be already conditioned for extensive cardio exercise.
  • Legs – The Legs are the most used aspect of the body while climbing.  Exercises can include squats, calf, and leg raises or lunges.
  • Core Muscle Development – Carrying large weight, and prolonged climbing at an inclined gradient puts tremendous strain on the body.  It’s also important to work the core muscle groups in the body. When your mountain climbing, you’ll be using all of your muscle groups to facilitate the complex movements across varying terrain.
  • Train Outdoors - Its critically important to incorporate varied terrains rather than just the controlled environment of the Gym.  Trekking and Hiking along trails are excellent in bridging this gap. Walking on uneven surfaces, steep gradients and varied terrain, help build muscle memory.  Long treks, with exposure to the elements, help condition the body to adapt to changing environments. Ideally train with a heavy backpack, allowing you to try simulating the conditions as close as possible thus facilitating the development of endurance.

We recommend outdoor activities such as road or trail running, mountain bike riding, swimming or skiing. All of these activities are fun and help break the monotony of the gym routine.

CLIMBING AND NECESSARY SKILLS:

You would need to have previous climbing experience to be a part of the Mt Satopnath climb. These would be in the form of previous high altitude treks, mountaineering courses and previous rock climbing experience. Climbs such as Labuche or Island Peak are also recommended. These can obviously be accrued over a period of time. We would also recommend practicing climbing and using the technical equipment regularly at your local crag or rock climbing wall.

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