Satopanth Tal Lake

About Satopanth Tal Lake

With its emerald blue-green crystal clear waters the triangular lake, having a perimeter of 1 km is situated at an astounding height of 4,402 meters (15,100 ft). Satopanth Lake is 25 km from Badrinath shrine and about 4 km from Chakrateerth. This pristine lake is situated on the base of legendary Nilkantha Peak. The travelers can relish the stunning views of the glorious Balakun Peak, Kuber Top, Mt. Nilkantha and Mt. Swargarohini which are visible en route.

neat Badrinath25 km trek from Badrinath and about 4 km from Chakrateerth

Satopanth Tal Lake in Chamoli

The Satopanth Lake is covered by dense snow from September end to mid-May and sometimes at the end of June. The normal summer temperature remains around 12 °C in the day and 7 °C to -5 °C at night, while the winter temperature may drop to even -25 °C in the day and -36 °C in the night. The best time to trek Satopanth Lake is from July to September.

A legend of the Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesha:

According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that the trio- Brahma “The Creator”, Shiva “The Destroyer” and Vishnu “The Preserver” meditated along the three corners of the lake. As per the Hindu calendar, it is believed that on the auspicious day of ‘Ekadashi’, the divine Vishnu himself bathe in the serene waters of the lake. Bathing in this lake on the 11 days of the solar and lunar fortnights is considered most auspicious.

Gandharvas are believed to be found here:

The people believe that some magical birds clean the pollutant from the lake, thus restoring it in its actual form. These birds are not found elsewhere. They are thought to be “Gandharvas” who are disguised as birds, guarding the lake against evils.

You can see the famous Moni Baba who keeps mum:

There is a saint known as Moni Baba, who hasn’t uttered a single word from years. There is a common belief that he can live on sun and air if food is not available.

The Marcha tribe brings the dead to this lake:

The Marcha people of the Niti-Mana Valley bring the dead ones to this lake. They believe that when the breeze is favorable the body floats upwards towards the peaks and goes to Swarga or heaven, where they get moksha. The dead body is then taken for cremation to Keshavprayag, the confluence of the Saraswati and Alaknanda just below Mana Village. After cremation, the ashes are immersed in the lake for complete salvation.

Location of Satopanth Tal Lake

Satopanth Tal Lake is located in neat Badrinath ( 25 km trek from Badrinath and about 4 km from Chakrateerth).

Location & How to Reach Satopanth Tal Lake

One can trek to Satopanth from Mana which is 3 km ahead of Badrinath. The hikers have to take a regular trekking route to Vasudhara, on the way the trekkers can savor the gorgeous views of the cascading Vasudhara Falls, located at a distance on the other bank of Alaknanda River.

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What is Satopanth Tal Lake famous for?

Satopanth Tal Lake is popular place for following activities/ interests - Lakes.

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