Climb Satopanth (7,075m / 23,212ft) with  རི Ri Guides

We are taking bookings for expeditions in 2020 and following years.

Is this a mountaineering expedition for you?

This climb is suitable for people with good mountaineering skills with a very good fitness level, wanting a high altitude mountaineering adventure. This mountain is also an absolute introduction to cross the 7000m+ mark for anyone with some mountaineering knowledge, having good physical ability and who have experience of climbing at least one 6000m+ mountain or any other previous mountaineering experiences would be an added bonus.

Satopanth (7,075m / 23,212ft) is a stunning pyramid featuring a 'knife-edge' sharp south western ridge to the summit.

Satopanth is the second highest mountain in the Gangotri National Park in the Western Gharwal region of the Uttarakhand state. 'Satopanth' is derived from the word 'sato' meaning truth and 'Panth' meaning path or way.

First Ascent: 1947 by a Swiss team  of  André Roch, René Ditterit, Alexander Graven and Alfred Sutter
2020 Dates: Sept 2020 Contact us

The best climbing time is September and October.

Duration: 26 days
  • 9 pre-climbing days
  • 13 climbing days (including rest days and contingency days)
  • 4 post-climbing days
Grade: AD+

Strenuous climb, Good mountaineering skills and a very good fitness level required. Previous experience of climbing a 6000m+ mountain is prerequisite or a few previous mountaineering experience would be an added bonus.

Accommodation:

Twin share hotel and camping while on trek.

Snapshot Itinerary:

Day 1: Delhi - briefing at Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF)
Day 2: Delhi - Dehradun (flight or overnight train)  - Mussoorie
Day 3: Mussoorie - Uttarkashi
Day 4: Uttarkashi - Gangotri
Day 5: Gangotri
Day 6: Acclimatisation trek: Gangotri - Chirbasa
Day 7: Acclimatisation trek: Chirbasa - Bhojbasa
Day 8: Acclimatisation trek: Bhojbasa - Nandanvan
Day 9: Trek Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (Satopanth Base Camp)
Day 10: Satopanth Base Camp
Day 11-22: Climbing period
Day 23: Satopanth Base Camp – Bhojbasa
Day 24: Bhojbasa – Gangotri - Uttarkashi
Day 25: Uttarkashi - Dehradun - Delhi (flight)
Day 26: Delhi - Debrief at IMF

Detailed itinerary:
Day 1: Delhi - briefing at IMF

We will greet you at Delhi international airport and drive you to your hotel. After lunch, we will have a briefing session at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation where we will get our climbing permit and meet our Liaison Officer. We can also visit the mountaineering museum in the same building.

Day 2: Delhi - Dehradun (flight), Dehradun - Mussoorie (1,880m / 6,168 ft)

A 30 minute flight or an overnight train will take us from Delhi to Dehradun. From Dehradun, we will drive to Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a beautiful area situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range.

Day 3: Drive Mussoorie - Uttarkashi (1,150m/3,773ft, 5-6 hours)

We will drive to Uttarkashi through the mountain hills. When we arrive, we will sort out equipment.

Day 4: Drive Uttarkashi to Gangotri (3,410m/11,188ft, 4-5 hours)

We will follow the Bhagirathi river on a narrow exposed mountain road to reach Gangotri. Gangotri is a sacred place for the Hindus as it is the source of the River Ganga and so it is visited by many pilgrims.

Day 5: Acclimatisation day in Gangotri

We will make final equipment preparations and acclimatise to Gangotri’s altitude by going on a short acclimatisation walk.

Day 6: Acclimatisation trek: Gangotri - Chirbasa (3,548m/11,640ft, 4 hours)

Before starting our trek, we will visit the temple and take the blessings. We will trek towards Gaumukh (the beginning of the Gangotri glacier) and will be able to see the impressive Bhagirathi group of peaks. We will camp at Chirbasa, next to the Bhagirathi river.

Day 7: Acclimatisation trek: Chirbasa - Bhojbasa (3,784m/12,415ft, 2 hours)

We will continue trekking to reach Bhojbasa and become acclimatised to this altitude.

Day 8: Acclimatisation trek: Bhojbasa - Nandanvan (4,420m/14,501ft, 6 hours)

We will follow the pilgrim’s path to reach Gaumukh, the beginning of the Gangotri glacier. We will trek on glacial moraine to make our way to the meadows of Nandanvan, at the base of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will see a magnificent view of Shivling peak, Meru and Kedar Dome.

Day 9: Acclimatisation trek: Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (Satopanth Base Camp, 4,920m/16,142ft, 3-4 hours)

With views of the Shivling and Meru upon starting out, we will trek into the Vasuki glacial moraine. We will see today’s destination, the Vasuki Tal (Satopanth Base Camp), as we climb up a short fixed line at the foot of the north-west ridge of the Vasuki Parbat.

Day 10: Satopanth Base Camp

We will rest and acclimatise at Base Camp. We will prepare the equipment, gear and food for the climb and have the opportunity to explore around Vasuki Tal.

Day 11 - 22: Climbing days (including rest days and contingency days)
  • Base camp (4,920m/16,142ft) to Camp 1 (5,400m/17,717ft, approx. 5 hours)

We will trek on grass covered moraine between the Chaturangi glacier and Vasuki Parbat and descend on to scree moraine of the Sundar glacier to reach our camp.

  • Camp 1 (5400m/17,717ft) to Camp 2 (6,100m/20,013ft, approx. 6 hours)

To reach Camp 2 we will use fixed ropes to firstly cross the glacier to reach the base of a steep rock climb. If it snows, this becomes a mixed snow and rock climb. There are good holds and the gradient declines slightly after the steep start. Fixed ropes will ensure safety and an easier passage. Afterwards, we will climb through a snow gully to a small col, which would be our Camp 2.

  • Camp 2 (6100m/20,013ft) to Camp 3 (6,340m/20,801ft,  approx.5 hours/optional)

This camp will be optional, the camp is situated on a steep slope with objective dangers and too much work to put up a camp. So most probably we will be going for the summit from Camp 2.

We will cross some crevasses to reach the narrow sharp northeastern ridge. The ridge has steep drop on both sides so we will have fixed line on the ridge for your safety. We will be at our camp after the exposed ridge.

  • Summit day (7,075m/ 23,212ft,  approx. 6-7 hours or more)

The climb towards the summit is on a gentle slope of ice, snow and some possible rock band. It is a steep climb near the summit. The summit view is magnificent.

Day 23: Satopanth Base Camp - Bhojbasa

Today we will trek from Satopanth Base Camp to Bhojbasa.

Day 24: Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi

We will trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi.

Day 25: Uttarkashi - Dehradun - Delhi (flight)

We will drive from Uttarkashi to Dehradun and fly to Delhi.

Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 26: Delhi - debrief at IMF

Upon arrival in Delhi, we will go to the IMF for the expedition’s debriefing.

Here, the expedition officially ends.

Please note: This itinerary is approximate. Clients are embarking on adventure travel in a remote mountain region and the itinerary is subject to weather, road conditions, vehicles and local availability of horses or mules. Ri Guides will make every effort to see that clients acclimatize completely, and complete and enjoy their trip.

Please read RiGuidesTermsandConditionsandLegal. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change.

Inclusions:
  • Experienced and certified local Mountain and Climbing Guides
  • InReach satellite messaging system (when allowed)
  • PAC(Portable Altitude Chamber) bag
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring system
  • Oxygen cylinder at the Base Camp
  • Boiled water
  • Safe sanitary, delicious and plentiful food and drinks
  • Full medical kit
  • Fixed ropes and equipment for fixing the route
  • All accommodation in Delhi and Leh with breakfast(2 nights/Delhi, 1 night/Mussoorie, 2 nights/ Uttarkashi)
  • Camping accommodation (Tents) while acclimatising and climbing
  • Butane gas and burners for high camps
  • Camping equipment which includes sleeping tent, mess tent, dining tent and toilet tent
  • All meals and drinks while trekking and climbing
  • Good quality food serviced by experienced cook and attendants
  • All transportations
  • Liaison officer’s fee to the IMF, accommodation and transportation
  • Porters for all the equipment, gear and food till Base Camp
  • Pick up/Drop from Delhi and Dehradun Airport
Exclusions:
  • Personal clothes, personal climbing gear and sleeping bag
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Laundry services
  • Flight - please ask us if you need help with arranging your domestic flights
  • Other services not mentioned in the package
  • Extra cost if the expedition finishes early and the cost arising from early departures
  • Tipping our crew.
Price: US$ 5340 p/p

Hotel Single Supplement: Additional $200.

Tips and Extra Cash: Allow approximately minimum $500 for meals (while not on trek), extra drinks (on trek) and cash for tips

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Experience Required

Members of the team must have several years of regular mountaineering experience, including previous ascents on snow and ice to 6000m+ and recent experience of alpine mountaineering to level Moderate/Difficile

Preparations and Travel

BOOKING DEADLINE: Bookings must be received at least before June 2020 in order to make staff and accommodation arrangements. Later bookings will be considered with possible surcharge to cover the extra costs of these services when booked at short notice.

TRAVEL: International and Domestic Flight schedules: You will be responsible for your international and domestic flight bookings. We will be there to assist you if you need help with the domestic flight bookings.

TRAINING: All members must be in the best possible state of physical training before the trip. Plenty of mountain walking with a pack weight of 12-16kg and daily distances of 16-20km is recommended together with local training running, cycling, gym training or whatever you prefer. Those who have had a lay-off from the mountains must make special efforts to get back to good fitness. Short trips to the mountains will be highly useful if time/finances allow. There is no substitute for getting out on the hills and mountains in your place in preceding months. There is only limited time to acclimatise and get fit on the expedition. At high altitude any lack in physical preparation is quickly exposed.

INSURANCE: All team members must have Rescue, Medical and Repatriation Insurance cover. In addition, cover for Cancellation/Curtailment, Personal Baggage, 3rd party Liability and Personal Accident is strongly recommended.

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INOCULATIONS: Tetanus, TB (BCG inoculation), Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diptheria – essential.

Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B – recommended but optional.

Anti-malarials – not recommended.

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MONEY IN INDIA: You should take $500 in cash to cover Drinks, Tips, Evening Meals in hotels and Personal Laundries plus a credit card for use in Delhi/Mussoorie.

PERMITS: Satopanth is an open peak on the Indian Mountaineering Foundation listings; permits are required and each member must submit bio-data and photos after booking for this purpose. We will send you a pre-form application.

INDIAN VISA: A Tourist Visa is required for entry to India and the eTourist Visa offers a simple option for this short-duration trip, with on-line application and approval.

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EQUIPMENT: Boots must be warm enough to sustain extreme conditions at 7000m. Millet 8000m boots, Scarpa Phantom 8000 fabric boots, La Sportiva Olympus Mons, La Sportiva Spantiks, La Sportiva G2SM or Scarpa Phantom 6000 are recommended. Light trekking shoes or trainers can be worn for all travel and trekking. One or Two axes, technical Crampons, Helmet, Jumar and lightweight Harness are required for the climbs. A 4 season sleeping bag, and a down jacket, are essential for warmth. Clothing must withstand a big temperature range from -25degC at night to +25degC by day. Take a 60-80 litre Rucksack.

MAPS: Google Earth software provides the best current topographic information on the area.

ACCLIMATISATION AND ALTITUDE PROFILE: The schedule allows 4 nights on trek before the climb at altitudes between 3000 and 5000m and a further 2 nights at base camp at 4900m before ascending higher. The acclimatisation climb gives at least two nights at 5400m before the big ascent to higher altitudes. And 2 nights Camp 2 and progress along the knife ridge. This will provide a strong acclimatisation base for the summit push

WEATHER AND CLIMBING CONDITIONS: The Gangotri National Park offers generally settled weather in the month of Sept/ Oct with relatively mild temperatures at high levels. After mid October there is likely to be instability as cold winter air is slowly displaced with snowfall and storms in afternoons. Night temperatures on the mountain can be down to minus 20degC at 6000m+ and on the summit.

Life During Expedition

Accommodation: We provide good hotels in Delhi and Leh. There is a $200 single room supplement.

Load-carrying: During the trek to base camp members should carry personal effects and clothing, enough to get fit and acclimatized (12-14kg.). On the climb above base camp members must carry personal kit and some communal kit. A load of 15 - 16kg will be typical for the ascent to Summit Camp. Our Climbing Guides(Sherpas), will carry the bulk of communal equipment, food and fuel till the last camp (6500m).

Provisions for medical treatment: We carry a full field medical kit and advertise for a doctor or paramedic to join the team. All Guides have mountain first aid certificates, and long experience of expedition ailments.

Food: The food on the trip will be largely vegetarian. Our cook will provide a wholesome largely vegetarian diet of fresh-cooked Indian, Chinese and Continental food. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements prior to leaving.

Drinks: Soup, Fruit Drinks, Drinking Chocolate, Tea, Coffee, Herbal Tea.

Mountain Food: Soups, Indian ready meals, freeze-dried meals, noodles, cous-cous, tuna fish and cheese.

Indian staff: We will have a Cook and his assistants, Sherpas. All the staff are regulars on our trips and have achieved a very high reputation for service, support and team spirit.

Tents: We will provide all tents for the mountain and the trek.

 

If you have any further questions about our Expedition then please get in touch!
Namaste!