Mount Satopanth Expedition (7,075 M)

Package Description

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.

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
2017:
23 May - 19 Jun
11 Sep - 08 Oct


Duration 31 Days
Maximum Altitude 7,075 M
Trek Grade Difficult
Activities Trekking, climbing and summit Mt Satopanth
Best Time June

Day 1: DELHI
Day to visit Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for briefing and to full fill all formalities.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: UTTARKASHI
Day for full fill all formalities with Local Administration & Forest Department. Overnight stay at Resort.

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: NANDANVAN
Day free for acclimatization and surrounding area.

Day 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: ADVANCE BASE CAMP
Another rest day today for acclimatization, Go for a short height-gain and return to ABC for overnight stay.

Day 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: RESERVE DAY AT CAMP 2 FOR SUMMIT


Day 19: DESCEND CAMP 2 - CAMP 1


Day 20: DESCEND CAMP 1 - BC AND WIND UP ABC EN ROUTE


Day 21: VASUKITAL - NANDANVAN
Morning after breakfast trek back to Nandanvan. Upon arrival setup the camp for overnight stay.

Day 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 your drive to Rishikesh. Arrive & check in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 25: RISHIKESH - DELHI
Drive to Delhi and after de-briefing travel to your destination

INR 165,000/- Per Person (Uttarkashi - Uttarkashi)

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on Dbl / Twin Sharing Rooms in the following hotels or Similar as per meal plan in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation on Dbl / Twin Sharing in Tents during Approach March and at Base Camp.
  • Transportation by Non-AC Jeeps in Mountain areas as per the program.
  • One English Speaking Escort to remain with the team and also escort them up to Base Camp.
  • One High Altitude Guide to help during the climb.
  • Complete kitchen and camp equipments including camp staff.
  • Transportation of Members' luggage maximum 25Kgs per person up-to Advance Base Camp.

Note : Please ensure that your members are covered under Insurance as per your Government Rules.


Price doesn't Includes:

  • Personal clothing and gears required for climbing by the clients
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, rooms services items, laundry, telephone calls at hotels or tips etc.
  • High altitude food ( Above base camp).
  • High altitude porter.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to or circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Camera Fees.
  • Any Cargo and Shipment Charges (Import and Custom Clearance)
  • Personal Belongings such as Sleeping Bags, walking sticks etc.

Please ensure your insurance covers you for the heights you are likely to attain, and for helicopter rescue and when you have chosen and booked your insurance, please provide SHIKHAR TRAVELS with your Insurers name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your Policy number with them.Remember, your insurance is not worth the paper it's written on if we don't know the details and you need their assistance.

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