Mount Satopanth Expedition

Mount Satopanth Expedition


From £7,850
Altitude 7,075m Grade: 4C

Our expedition to Satopanth combines the ascent of a magnificent, remote 7000m peak with a genuine cultural experience. Satopanth is situated deep in the Indian Garhwal Himalaya – the home to India’s most spectacular peaks, on a par with, or even better than, the best the likes of Nepal has to offer.

The approach to Mount Satopanth is overland from Delhi, a ‘traditional’ journey rather than the whistle-stop helicopter approach used so often in other countries. This approach is shared with pilgrims to one of India’s holiest sites, Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges which we pass on trek in to the mountain.

Above Gaumukh a long glacial approach leads up to the north east ridge of Satopanth, which is ascended via steep mixed climbing, broad and narrow ridges and an exposed traverse across a 50 degree ice slope. Usually we place three camps between base camp and the summit, from where you can feast your eyes on nearby Shivling and beyond to Nanda Devi, Kashmir and Tibet.

Please note, India operates a very formal system for climbing. Satopanth has to be booked well in advance to guarantee a permit.

Photo: Gilles Privat

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2nd Sep 2023 - 1st Oct 2023 Spaces30 £7,850£8,600 Book Now
17th Sep 2023 - 15th Oct 2023 Spaces29 £7,850£8,600 Book Now

* A deposit of £400 will be required at checkout.

Extras

Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date

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Taj Mahal extension from £325

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader. 
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition. 
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel and other valley/town accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • 90-120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchases from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified
  • Personal medical supplies 
  • Personal use of communication equipment
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2

Depart UK, Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel.Free time for sightseeing in Delhi while the leader attends an expedition briefing at the Indian Mountaineering Federation.

Day 3

Train to Haridwar.(4-5hrs) drive to Rishikesh (1hr) Hotel (B, D) light snack box lunch on train.

Day 4

Drive Drive to toUltarkashi 7-8hrs (1110m)

Day 5

Drive UltarkashitoGangotri (3048m). A spectacular drive to the road head at Gangotri.Gangotri.is a sacred place for Hindus, as it is the source of the River Ganges.

Day 6

Acclimatisation Day at Gangotri (3048m). Having gained significant altitude over the past two days we spend the day around Gangotri undertaking an acclimatisation walk (500m height gain) up a gorge overlooking a spectacular waterfall.

Day 7

Trek to Bhojbasa (3784m). Before leaving we visit the temple to take a blessing from the local priest in line with tradition! The morning takes us towards Gamukh and the snout of the Gangotri glacier. We get out first views of the very impressive Bhagirathi Peaks. A further 3-4 hours takes us to our camp at Bhojbasa, meaning home of the Birch tree.14 kms, 7-8hours walking.

Day 8

Trek Bhojbasa to Nandanvan (4420m). We continue our trek along the Bhagirathi river to finally reach Gamukh and the snout of the Gangotri glacier. Following the moraine we eventually reach the glacier which we follow before a final steep ascenttakes us onto the meadows of Nandanvan below the magnificent Bhagirathi Peaks. Nandanvan provides outstanding views of the majestic and beautiful Shivling Peak, the Matterhorn of the Indian Himalaya 6-7 hours walking.

Day 9

Acclimatisation. We stay at Nandanvan and take a trek out to gain spectacular views of Shivling, Meru and Kedarnath Peak.

Day 10

Trek Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal/Base Camp (4850m). A fairly rugged day of Trekking as we cross the Vasuki glacier and a final steep rock step to reach the col that drops down to our base camp Vasuki Tal at the foot of Vasuki Parbat 5-6 hours walking

Day 11

Acclimatisation Day and time to sort equipment into loads for the High altitude Porters (HAPs)

Day 12

Trek BC to Advanced Base Camp (5130m). Today’s trekgives you your first glimpse of Satopanth (2-3hrs)

Day 13

ABC to Camp 1 (5500m). As we start the technical climbing our slow approach trek and well-earned acclimatisation will now be fully appreciated as we go directly up to Camp 1.

Day 14

Acclimatisation Day. We take a short excursion to the base of the rock band that leads to Camp 2. If fixed lines are already in place we will be able to ascend the rock band to gain a feel for the ascent prior to completing our move up, otherwise we allow time for lines to be fixed.

Day 15

Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5500m-6000m). The ascent to Camp 2 is a combines the ascent of a steep rock band on fixed lines with glacial travel and some mixed climbing up a shallow gully.

Days 16 - 17

(6000m). Camp 2 is a very spectacular setting to have two acclimatisation days whilst the narrow snow ridge that leads to camp 3 is fixed. It is possible to take short acclimatisation walks up to the base of the fixed lines

Day 18

Camp 2 to Camp 3 (6400m). Camp 3 is at 6400m and the ascent involves fairly steep slopes and a high degree of exposure on the traverse to camp at the bottom of the summit snow field. The crossing to camp 3 will be made just prior to the summit bid and camp 3 will be used more as a resting place prior to an early morning departure.

Day 19

Summit Day (7075m).Roped up we make our final ascent to this magnificent summit from where you can see Tibet, Kashmir and even Pakistan on a very clear day.

Days 20 - 22

Reserve Summit Days. These will be taken at camp 2 until a summit bid day has been decided.

Day 23

Descent to Base Camp

Days 24 - 25

Return Trek

Days 26 - 27

Drive to Rishikesh and then on to Delhi.

Day 28

In Delhi. Debriefing for the leader with the Indian Mountaineering Federation

Days 29 - 30

Return flights can be booked for the evening of day 29 allowing time for transport delays.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

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