The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini

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19th Sep 2014

Climbing up towards Swargarohini

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Swargarohini covered with clouds

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

snow covered mountains

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

snow covered Swargarohini

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

rare flower at 14,500feet

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

deep ridge

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

walking on rock filled road

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

sathopanth-tal

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

rare blue flower

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Sathopant-tal in love shape

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

rare white flower

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

fully covered by clouds

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

some break during trek

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

walkind down hill back

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

walking back down

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

porters

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

frozen ice early morning

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

tent in the open field

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

alaknanda river

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

water fall

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Vasudhara

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

sub zero temperature

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

water fall at sachdhara

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar
Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

2 river meeting to form Alaknanda

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

star view in the night

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Bodhi vruksha

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

vasudhara

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

down the mountain

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

valley at Maana village

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

houses of Mana village

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Alaknanda

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Alaknanda joining Ganges

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Nilkant hill

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Baba's house

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Yoga badri

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Latvian people who speak language close to sa

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

nilkant covered with snow

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

last tea stall at Maana village

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

river saraswathi

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

porters enroute

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

our tent

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

at Lakshmi ban

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

trek up

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

ridge

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

boulders every where

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Alaknanda

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar
Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

valley of uttarkand

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

greenery

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

upside view from badarinath

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar
Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

temple of badarinath

Photo of The Trek To Heaven: Swargarohini by Ravi Shankar

Trek to Swargarohini is considered to be only way to reach heaven in human form. It is this route believed that the Pandavas took to reach heaven

Day1:

Flight from Bangalore to Chandigarh. Chandigarh to Haridwar by cab.

Day2;

16 hours road journey from Haridwar to Badrinath

Day3:

Local trek to See Nilakant hills and visit to Badrinath temple

Day4:

Trek from Mana village ( 1.5 km from Badrinath) to Lakshmiban

Day5:

Trek from Lakshmiban to Chakrathirth

Day6:

Trek from Chakrathirth to Sathopanth-tal

Day 7:

Trek to Suryakund and view of Swargarohini. Trek back to Chakrathirth

Day8:

Trek from Chakrathirth to Lakshmiban

Day9:

Trek from Chakrathirth to Mana village (Badarinath)

Day 10:

Road trip from Badarinath to Haridwar ( Visit to Yoga badri , Dyanabadri and Joshimat on the way)

Day 11:

Haridwar to Chandigarh by road and Chandigarh to Bangalore by flight.

The trek from Mana village to Sathopanth-tal is tough and requires local guide. The ideal time to trek is from May to October. This route is trekked by very few people and requires porter to carry tent and food. One has to reach Mana village by road from Badarinath by passing Indian Army camp which is about 3km far. At Mana village you can find India’s last tea shop. You can only see River Saraswathi flowing for very small length here.

Trek from Mana village to Laxmiban is picturesque. One can see Vasudhara falls on the other side.

When you trek you will follow Alaknanda river (tributaries of Ganga river). At one place one can see the birth place of Alaknanda emerging from a glacier.

Trek from lakshmiban to Chakrathirth is little tough and one will pass by couple of water falls at Sahesradhara.  Enroute one can see Bhodhi vruksha which are found nowhere else. One has to get steep down to go near the Alaknanda River.

Trek from Chakrathirth to Sathopanth –tal is even tougher. But the beautiful view of the mountains alongside is breath taking. One can see snow avalanche happening some times.

Night view at Sathopath-tal is breath taking. There are no street lights and the view of stars are amazing.

Once can see Milkyway and can spot few meteorite too.

The view of Sathopanth-tal is mesmerizing which is in the shape of love. One can take chilly dip in the ice cold water.

One can trek to Swargarohini mountain . But climbing Swaragrohini requires mountaineering gear. One has to pass by Suryakund and Chandra kund.

If one gets up early in the morning, one can see golden glow of himilayas when the first rays of Sun kisses the mountains.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLCuJketTOU&feature=youtu.be

Things to carry:

Sleeping bag : Capable to withstand upto  -10 degree Centigrade

Gloves

Thermals

Rain coat / jackets which can withstand up to -5 degree centigrade.

Day time temperature may be around 15-20 degree so a small jacket should be good.

Goggles / Cooling glass.

Muffler / cap to cover head and ears.

Good hiking shoes with ankle protection is recommended .

Hiking poles

High calorie food

Water bottle

GPS map. (Magnetic compass will not work since magnet gets attracted to magnetic hills )

Water proof trousher / rain coat

Sleeping tent

Gatarode / Energy drink

Glacier water is available every where. So no need to carry lot of water.

Torch light or lamp light is recommended as there are no electricity through the route.

Mobile network doesn’t work. So please switch of your phone to conserve battery.

A good camera to take lots of photos and please keep at least 3-4 spare batteries.

A good trekking bag with water proof cover is recommended.

Carry weight not more than 5-7kg else it is difficult to trek. ( Do not carry more number of clothes as you cannot take bath anywhere using freezing cold water). However handsfree sanitizer can help, since water is freezing cold.

The total trek from Mana village to Sathopanth tal is around 30km and one can go little further.

Oxygen mask / Diamox table is recommended but not necessary.

One can carry medicine and personal first aid kit since nothing else is available on the way. 

11 Comment(s)
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fantastic write up. I'm planning to do it at end of this month
Tue 09 19 17, 10:24 · Reply · Report
Wow
Fri 05 26 17, 03:16 · Reply · Report
Great work ravi ji this is rahul from badrinath im also orginizer for satopanth 8979848033
Thu 12 22 16, 00:06 · Reply · Report
Thank you all for the comments. The trek is breath taking. It is tough but worth it. You could contact Mannu Rawat +91-9412966171( mana village) and he could arrange for porters and guide from Mana village to swargarohini foot hills.
Fri 10 30 15, 05:52 · Reply · Report
Mesmerising and truly a very spiritual, adventurous and excellent write up. Cheers Ravi.
Wed 09 09 15, 04:38 · Reply · Report
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