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

We are taking bookings for expeditions in 2019 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
2019 Dates: Sept 2019 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.


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)

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 rock scree. 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.

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  • Experienced and certified local Mountaineering Guide and Sherpas who have summited Nun multiple times
  • Experienced guide for monasteries
  • 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
  • Camping accommodation (Tents) while acclimatising and climbing Nun
  • 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
  • Service of horses or mules and their drivers
  • Liaison officer’s fee to the IMF, accommodation and transportation
  • Porters for all the equipment, gear and food
  • All monastery entrance fees and camping fees
  • Pick up from Delhi and Dehradun Airport
  • 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$5040 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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