Satopanth Tal is a A triangular glacial lake in Uttarakhand, India, at an altitude of 4,600 metres (15,100 ft) with a perimeter of one kilometer. This crystal clear green water body is perched in the midst of snow-capped peaks. The lake posses high religious significance to the local people. It is believed that the divine Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh had meditated here and each corner of the triangular lake is named after them. Also some types of birds are found here, which pick up the pollutants of the lake and thus keep the lake clean. These birds are not found anywhere. The local belief is that they are the Gandharvas disguised, who guard the lake against evils. On the holy day ekadashi, Hindus believe that lord Vishnu himself, takes a bath in the lake. Bathing in this on the 11 days of the solar and lunar fortnights is considered most auspicious. Satopanth lake trek is a hard one mainly because of the steep climb. This lake in Garhwal Himalayas nestled on the base of legendary Nilkantha peak and in midst of several other legendary Himalayan peaks. The Swargarohini peak Base Camp, Balakun Peak, Narayan Parbat peak and Mana peak are visible in this trek route. Mana peak is also visible from this location. The journey to Satopnath is a trekker’s paradise.
Day 1: Mana village to Lakshmi Ban (12600 feet) 9 Km.
Day 2: Lakshmi Ban to Shahasra Dhara (14000 feet) 6 Km. Day 3: Sahasra Dhara to Chakratirtha (15000 feet) 5 Km. Day 4: Chakratirtha to Satopanth Tal (16000 feet) 5 Km. Day 5: Satopanth Tal to Bandhar (13000 feet) 14 Km. Day 6: Bandhar to Mana (10500 feet) 11 Km.
*From Satopanth lake Swargarohini Base Camp is 10 km trek.
Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 370 km..RAIL
Nearest rail head is Rishikesh approx 320 km.ROAD
Motorable roads ends at Mana Village, 22km from the Saponth Lake.