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. Adventure Peaks has it’s permit for 2020.
Photo: Gilles Privat
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