Satopanth Lake Trek
The Satopant Lake has significant holy and ancient importance as it is said that on the holy day of Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu took bath in this lake and is the only place where all Hindu Gods assemble to embark their divine presence. The Satopant Lake trek is all about visiting this crystal clear green water which is in a triangular shape with a perimeter of one kilometer. Interestingly, the three corners of the lake believed to be the sacred part of the holy trinity, namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Lord Shiva) who meditated at three of the respective corners and so the lake has the greatest spiritual importance. Bathing in this on the 11 days of the solar and lunar fortnights is considered most auspicious. Many devout pilgrims visit this lake on this every day.
During the trek, at the starting point at Mana, 3 km away from Badrinath, is the natural rock bridge, Bhima Pul. The Satopant Lake Trek is although a bit hazardous but is full of dramatic scenery. There is no place to rest between, except caves. Cooked food, stove etc. have to be carried from Badrinath itself. It is a glacial lake surrounded by high snow capped peaks, 25 km from Badrinath.