The Satopanth and Bhagirathi-Khark are important glaciers in upper Alaknanda basin and are a source of river Alaknanda. These glaciers are located 17 km from the famous temple of Badrinath, in Chamoli district. The Satopanth glacier is possibly derived from two words; Sato meaning heaven and Panth stands for path or way. These glaciers originate from Chaukhamba (7068 m) and Badrinath (6974 m) range of peaks, which separate them from the Gangotri group of glaciers. These glaciers are 13 and 18 km long respectively and terminate at an elevation of 3810 m and 3820 m, respectively. These glaciers are approachable from Joshimath in the Chamoli sub-division, by following the Badrinath and Mana (3128 m) motor able road. From Mana the route follows along the course of the Alaknanda river. A waterfall (145 km), named Vasudhara, lies on the right bank of the Alaknanda at an elevation of 3250 m. From Vasudhara, 5 km upward the snout of the glaciers open. 2 km down the valley, the left bank of the river is suitable for camping. The glaciers can be approached only in summer.
Tourist Office, Bus Station, Gopeshwar.
Tel.: 52488 (pp).
Base Camp Badrinath Mana Village