Satopanth Glacier

Situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Alaknanda River

Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

River Alaknanda near Badrikashram
Rudraprayag - confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini
Alaknanda river near the town of Srinagar in Uttarakhand
Alaknanda joins Bhagirathi at Devprayag to form the Ganges

The Alaknanda rises at the confluence and foot of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand.

View of Mt. Nilkantha from Badrinath

Nilkantha (mountain)

Major peak of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Major peak of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

View of Mt. Nilkantha from Badrinath
Neelkanth mountain as seen from a valley while trekking from Badrinath to Neelkanth.

The Satopanth Glacier lies on the northwest side of Nilkantha, below a 2500 m face of the peak.

Vasudhara Fall, Sep 2012

Vasudhara Falls

Waterfall situated near Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, India.

Waterfall situated near Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, India.

Vasudhara Fall, Sep 2012
Vasudhara Falls, Uttarakhand
Valley to Vasudhara

Satopanth glacier sits near the bottom of Vasudhara.

Confluence of Alaknanda River and the Bhagirathi and the beginning of the main stem of the Ganges river, or Ganga

Devprayag

Town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal District in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is the final one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi river and both rivers thereafter flow on as the Ganges river or Ganga.

Town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal District in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is the final one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi river and both rivers thereafter flow on as the Ganges river or Ganga.

Confluence of Alaknanda River and the Bhagirathi and the beginning of the main stem of the Ganges river, or Ganga
Confluence of the Alaknanda (left) and Bhagirathi (right) Rivers to form the Ganga at Devprayag
Devprayag after the monsoons in October 2019
The Bhagirathi (left) joins the Alaknanda (right) at Devprayag
The sediment-laden Alaknanda river flowing into Devprayag.
Devprayag the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. The river gets the name "Ganges" (or Ganga) beyond Devprayag
Alaknanda and Bhagirathi sangam at Devprayag. Now the river is known as Ganga

The Alaknanda rises at the confluence and feet of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glacier in Uttarakhand near the border with Tibet.

Nun Kun Massif

List of glaciers of India

Home to some of the most notable glaciers in the world including Siachen Glacier, second largest glacier on earth and the largest in India.

Home to some of the most notable glaciers in the world including Siachen Glacier, second largest glacier on earth and the largest in India.

Nun Kun Massif
Parkachik
Drang-Drung-Glacier
Goumukh, terminus of the Gangotri glacier. The Bhagirathi peaks rise in the background.
Parkachik Glacier, Nun Kun Massif

Satopanth Glacier

Survey of India map of Badrinath, 1882. (Nanda Devi middle right).

Shipton–Tilman Nanda Devi expeditions

The Shipton–Tilman Nanda Devi expeditions took place in the 1930s.

The Shipton–Tilman Nanda Devi expeditions took place in the 1930s.

Survey of India map of Badrinath, 1882. (Nanda Devi middle right).
Nanda Devi and Sanctuary (1955 map)
Sketch map of expeditions' routes in 1934 & 1936
Bhagirath Kharak: enclosing wall and head of glacier tributary
Sketch map of Badrinath – Gaukukh, and Badrinath – Kedernath routes
Headwaters of the Ganges
Hauling loads below the "Pisgah" buttress in the Rishi Ganga gorge
Nanda Devi from the south (1934)
Nanda Devi from the east, showing the ridge, left, ascended (1939 photo)

Wanting to explore this crossing, the party set off up the Satopanth Glacier on 4 August, knowing it would delay their return to the Sanctuary.

Debabrata Mukherjee

Debabrata Mukherjee (mountaineer)

Indian mountaineer and explorer from West Bengal.

Indian mountaineer and explorer from West Bengal.

Debabrata Mukherjee
Giving demonstration at Tilabuni West Bengal

The first person to cross the Panpatia Glacier in 2006. In 2009 he found a new trekking route from Kedarnath to Badrinath. To find this path, he crossed the Gandharpangi forest, Panpatia and Satopanth glaciers. In 2013 On the way from Badrinath to Gangotri, he crossed the Chaukhamba col with a new route.

Swachhand

Mountain of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India.

Mountain of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India.

On the eastern side, the Bhagirathi Kharak Glacier merges with the Satopanth Glacier, from which the Alaknanda River emerges, one of the major tributaries of the Ganga.

Pauri

Town and a municipal board in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Town and a municipal board in Pauri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Pauri provides a panoramic view of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Trisul, Gangotri Group, Thalaiya-Sagar, Nilkantha, Bandar Poonch, Swargarohini, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Ghoriparvat, Haathi Parvat, Sumeru, etc. Pauri is the perfect vantage point to enjoy the breathtaking scenic view of the mountains regions of the great Himalayas.

The Himalayas, the highest mountain range on Earth, seen from space

Great Himalayas

Highest mountain range of the Himalayan Range.

Highest mountain range of the Himalayan Range.

The Himalayas, the highest mountain range on Earth, seen from space

Several glaciers are contained within the range, including Gangotri Glacier, and Satopanth Glacier.