Mt. SATOPANTH (7075 M) EXPEDITION
Mt. Satopanth, the second highest summit in the Gangotri Group is located in the remote India Garhwal Himalaya Range in a disjoined side-group separating the Gangotri and Chaturangi Glaciers. This is an incredibly beautiful and remote area with unlimited and untapped mountaineering and big wall potential. Views of Thalay Sagar, Shivling and the terrifying granite pillars of Bhagirathi III, described as “El Cap with a Droites North Face on top at 6000M”, are enough to humble even the most seasoned climber.
Satopanth is a majestic chisel-headed 7000er rising imperiously above a cluster of surrounding summits between the Gangotri and Chaturangi Glaciers in the India's Garhwal Himalaya. First climbed in 1947 by Andre Roch's Swiss expedition, the peak has been repeated on numerous occasions by its north flank and ridge. The climb is mainly on snow and ice, with a narrow section of corniced ridge and a long final climb up the north flank headwall, rating AD on the Alpine scale of difficulty.
“Sato” meaning Heaven and “panth” meaning path or way is the literal translation from the native dialect. Gaumukh, the mouth of the holy Ganges river, known as the most holy place in all of India, is a mere days walk from Gangotri make this expedition more than just a climb, it is a cultural experience unmatched anywhere in the world.
Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh (Drive 250km./7hrs.)
Day 2: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (1150mt./Drive 175km./7hrs.)
Day 3: Uttarkashi – Gangotri (3040mt./Drive 99km./ 6hrs.)
Day 4: Rest day in Gangotri
Day 5: Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3792mt./Trek14km./6hrs.)
Day 6: Bhojbasa - Gaumukh – Nandanvan (4340mt./Trek 10km./7hrs.)
Day 7: Trek Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal/Base Camp (BC) (4,850mt./Trek 9km./6hrs.)
Day 8: Acclimatization day
Day 9: Trek Base Camp - Advance Base Camp (ABC) (5,130mt.)
Day 10: Acclimatization day
Day 11: ABC - Camp 1 (5,800mt.)
Day 12: Camp 1 - Camp 2 /Summit Camp (6,300mt.)
Day 13: Summit Attempt (7075mt.)
Day 14 - 15: Wind up higher Camps and move to Base Camp.
Day 16: Base camp – Bhojbasa.
Day 17: Bhojbasa – Gangotri.
Day 18: Gangotri – Uttarkashi.
Day 19: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh
Day 20: Rishikesh – Delhi.
Day 01: DELHI – RISHIKESH (Drive 250 km./7hrs.)
Morning after breakfast drive down (225 kms) to reach Rishikesh. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel for the overnight stay. Rest of the day free for leisure activities.Overnight in hotel & dinner.
Day 02: RISHIKESH – UTTARKASHI (Drive 175 km./7hrs.)
The drive between Rishikesh and Uttarkashi is reasonably wide, very smooth and scenic. On the way the town is Dharasu, about 115 Kms from Rishikesh. This is an important junction because the route to Yamunotri bifurcates from here. One gets the first view of Bhagirathi about 10 Kms before Dharasu. We reach Uttarkashi before noon and few hours are spent for the wild life formalities concerning our climb, although our advance party that joins us at Uttarkashi would have completed major formalities. Overnight in hotel & dinner.
Day 03: UTTARKASHI – GANGOTRI (Drive 99km./6hrs.)
Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa.The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the River Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glaciers and is a 18 km trek from Gangotri.Gangotri is among the most beautiful in the Garwhal districts, with, high above, a snowline that endures year round and below a carpet of forests, superb Himalayan views and all the joys of trekking through God's country. Overnight in guest house & dinner.
Day 05: GANGOTRI – BHOJBASA (3900mt./ Trek 14km/7hrs.)
Morning after breakfast start first days trek to Bhojbasa (3800 mt.) following the river Bhagirathi on right bank by covering approx 14 kms in 6 -7hrs. Trek is full of fascinating Himalayan sights and you can have beautiful views of snow capped peaks around. Upon arrival at Bhojbasa, set up camp for overnight in tent & dinner.
Day 06: BHOJBASA – GAUMUKH – NANDANBAN (4400 mt./Trek 10km/7hrs.)
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Gaumukh; The Source of Ganges'. The river Bhagirathi emerges from the Gangotri Glacier at Gaumukh and trek continue to Base camp at Nandanvan is a beautiful meadow, lush with Alpine flowers. You find the awesome sight of Shivling and the Bhagirathi mountains from this camp at Nandanvan. Overnight in tent & dinner.
Day 07: NANDANBAN - VASUKI TAL / BASE CAMP (4850mt./Trek 9km./6hrs.)
We start the day by walking along a gentle stream with views of the Meru and Bhrigupanth. After about an hour and half, we reach a deep gorge eroded by the Vasuki glacier. We descend diagonally into the glacier and then after a short climb we can see the Vasuki tal. A short descent brings us to our base camp, at the foot of the north-west ridge of the Vasuki Parbat. Overnight in tent & dinner.
Day 08: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY.
This day our HAP’S will open and fix the route till ABC. We will also join the Sherpa and will do some load ferry. Members will have to negotiate glacier to reach ABC from where one can have a clear view of Satopanth.
Day 09: BASE CAMP – ADVACE BASE CAMP/ABC (5130mt./Trek 5hrs.)
From the base camp, we'll follow the grass-covered moraine to a scree-covered branch of the Chaturangi glacier. We'll set up ABC on its sheltered side at about 5130mt. From our tent, we’ll have a direct view of our aim: the ridge of Satopanth.
Day 10: ADVANCE BASE CAMP – CAMP I (5800mt.)
The technical climb starts today. After a short walk on the glacier for about an hour and half, we negotiate a rock band and then an ice gully. From here we traverse a couple of gentle humps to reach camp 1. We would be using ropes for this section and ascenders as well.
Day 11: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
Acclimatization and load ferry to Camp II / summit camp..
Day 12: CAMP I – CAMP II / SUMMIT CAMP (6300mt.)
Then, gain the broad ridge which becomes narrow for about 700M. 40-55 degree ice traverses with mind boggling exposure. Camp II/ Summit camp lies at 6300M on the end of this ridge at the bottom of the summit snow field up to 7075M. About.
Day 13: SUMMIT ATTEMPT (7075mt.)
We will start 1:Am in the night for summit attempt. We will rope up and push for the summit attempt. This day route will not be fixed unless condition requires. Once you reach summit you can see Nanda Devi and other famous peaks.
Day 14- 15: WIND UP HIGHER CAMPS AND MOVE TO BASE CAMP.
These days we will wind up all the higher camp and move to Base Camp.
Day 16: BASE CAMP – BHOJBASA (Trek 17km./7hrs.)
Trek down early morning to Bhojbasa via Gaumukh / Nandanvan at evening. Overnight in tent & dinner.
Day 17: BHOJBASA – GANGOTRI (trek 18 km./6hrs.)
After breakfast trek down to Gangotri. Check in hotel and dinner late evening.
Day 18: GANGOTRI – UTTARKASHI ( Drive/6hrs.)
Drive to uttarkashi en rout stop at gangnani the place very famous for hot spring water or witness of a holy dip there, continue drive to uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel & dinner.
Day 19: UTTARKASHI – RISHIKESH (Drive 175 km./7hrs.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival check-into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 20: RISHIKESH – DELHI ( Drive 250 km./ 7hrs.)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi and upon arrival check-into the hotel for overnight stay.