With its emerald blue-green crystal clear waters the triangular lake, having a perimetre of 1 km is situated at an astounding height of 4,402 metres (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.
The Satopanth Lake is covered by dense snow from September end to mid-May and sometimes in the end of June. The normal summer temperature remains around 12 °C in day and 7 °C to ?5 °C at night, while the winter temperature may drop to even ?25 °C in 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 favourable 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.
How to Reach:
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 savour the gorgeous views of the cascading Vasudhara Falls, located at a distance on the other bank of Alaknanda River. After crossing the