Mount Satopanth Expedition (7075 M)

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.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi
Day to visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for briefing and to full fill all formalities. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Morning after Breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. Stop enroute at Haridwar to visIt Har-ki-pauri Ghat & temples. Continue your drive to Rishikesh. Arrive Rishikesh and check into hotel. In the afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Rishikesh. Visit Ashrams and temples. In the evening witness enjoy Ganga Aarti where people pray to The Ganges with lighted lamps and chanting of Mantras. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 04: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast return drive to reach Uttarkashi On arrival check into hotel Shikhar Nature Resort. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Resort.

Day 05: Uttarkashi
Day for full fill all formalities with Local Administration & Forest Department. Overnight stay at Resort.

Day 06: Uttarkashi - Gangotri
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (3048 mt). Gangotri lies in the northwest Himalayas of Garhwal, and is one of the four Holy Dhams (pilgrim sites) of the North India. The Ganga is believed to have first descended to earth at Gangotri. Upon arrival check in to at hotel. The rest of the day will be spent acclimatizing, visiting temple and surrounding sights. An optional Ganga Puja (offering) can be done on the banks of the River. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Gangotri - Chirbasa - Bhojbasa (3769 M)
Morning after breakfast start trek to Bhojbasa (3769 mt).On the way we cross Chirbasa (3600 Mt.) The trail keeps following the river and and just short of Chirbasa one gets the first views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. Chirbasa literally meaning the home of pine. Continue you trek and reach Bhojbasa, home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area) . On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.

Day 08: Bhojbasa - Gaumukh - Nandanvan (4337 M)
Trek to Nandanvan (4337 mt). Today is a slightly longer and more demanding day, but we are rewarded with magnificent scenery. The trail climbs up the terminal moraine briefly before before crossing the Gangotri Glacier and camping at Nandanvan on the left ablation valley of the Chaturangi (4-colour) Glacier, at the base of the Bhagirathi II peak. The crossing of the Gangotri Glacier and then the ablation valley provides for some exciting and challenging trekking. Crossing the glacier and then climbs steeply up to the vast ablation valley of Nanadanvan. On arrival set-up camp for overnight stay.

Day 09: Nandanvan
Day free for acclimatization and surrounding area.

Day 10: Nandanvan - Base Camp
Trek to Base Camp - Vasuki Tal (4898 mt). We trek along the true left ablation valley of the Chaturangi Glacier with the Bhagirathi II, Satopanth and Vasuki Parbat on our right. We get a glimpse of these giants while crossing the valleys draining them into the Chaturangi. We camp next to Vasuki Tal, a beautiful small lake in this ablation valley. The higher altitude and consequent lack of oxygen makes the day's trekking fairly demanding. Arrive and setup the camp for overnight stay.

Day 11: Base Camp (4898 M)
While HAPs do a load ferry to the Advance Base Camp, and members adapt well to the altitude so we spend another night at base camp. We will have the opportunity to do some side walks from Vasuki Tal towards to ABC.

Day 12: Base Camp - Advance Base Camp (5130 M)
We walk on a narrow ridge, with the curiously named Chaturangi glacier on the left and Vasuki Parbat on the right. Just at the edge of the ridge, we get a glimpse of the majestic Satopanth. From here we descend to the Sundar glacier, and after a long moraine walk we reach the advance base camp - ABC (5130 mt).

Day 13: Advance Base Camp
Another rest day today 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)
Due to technical climbing for camp 1, we will fix the rope for next day climbing and return to ABC for overnight stay.

Day 15: Advance Base Camp - Camp 1 (5800 M)
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 (5800 mt). We would be using ropes for this section and ascenders as well.

Day 16: Camp 1 - Acclimatisation Day (Load Ferry to Camp 2)
After an easy start to the day we would go for a short height-gain, returning to Camp 1 for overnight stay.

Day 17: Camp 1 - Camp 2 / Summit Camp (6,200 M)
After a short steep walk, we reach the infamous "knife ridge". We would have ropes fixed on this part as well. Progress is slow on this section, so work on your calves while you still can. Once we are through with the ridge, we are on the steep icy face of the mountain. We set up camp just above a hanging glacier.

Day 18: Camp 2 / Summit Camp (6,200 M) Climbing - Summit (7,135 M) - Camp 2 / Summit Camp
Attempt the peak and return to Camp 2 for overnight stay.

Day 19-20: Reserve Day
Reserve Day at Camp 2 for Summit.

Day 21: Camp 2 - Camp 1
Descend Camp 2 - Camp 1.

Day 22: Camp 1 - Base Camp
Descend Camp 1 - BC and Wind UP ABC Enroute.

Day 23: Vasukital - Nandanvan
Morning after breakfast trek back to Nandanvan. Upon arrival setup the camp for overnight stay.

Day 24: Nandanvan - Chirbasa
Morning after breakfast trek back to reach Chirbasa (3600 mt) via Gaumukh & Bhojbasa. At Chirbasa walk down from the main trail and setup camp close to the river. Overnight stay at Chirbasa.

Day 25: Chirbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast trek back to Gangotri. On arrival at Gangotri drive down to Uttarkashi. En route visit to hot water spring at Gangnani. Arrive Uttarkashi and check-in at Resort for overnight stay.

Day 26: Uttarkashi - Devprayag - Rishikesh
Morning after early breakfast, drive to Rishikesh via Devprayag .Take a short photo stop at Devprayag. The place is famous due to being the confluence point of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, where river Ganga is formed. Continue you r drive to Rishikesh. Arrive & check in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 27: Rishikesh - Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive back to reach Delhi. On arrival check in at your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 28: Delhi Depart
Morning visit IMF to full fill all formalities and de - briefing .Later in the afternoon we will take you for your "Farewell Dinner". After dinner, our representatives will escort the group to the International Airport to board flight for onward destination.

Duration: 28 Days / 27 Nights
Activities: Mountain Climbing
Best Time: May, June, September, October
Validity date:

03 May - 30 May 2018
03 Sep - 30 Sep 2018

Price: USD 3450
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Chirbasa - Bhojbasa - Gaumukh (3892M) - Nandanvan (4340 M) Base Camp - Summit Satopant (7075 M) - Base Camp (4750 M) - Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Rishikesh - Delhi
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