Saptarishi Kund the Real Source of River Yamuna
Saptarishi Kund Trek at an altitude of 4421 meters above the sea level and it is considered as one of the most difficult treks inthe Himalayas. This glacial lake is half kilo meter long, dark bluish in colourand the main source of Yamuna River.
The Kund is fed by Champasar glacier and it surrounded by rocky glaciers.
Virgin Trails in the Himalayas
As the trail is challenging so they remain least crowded and very few trekkers have explored the region. It is for those enthusiasts who are looking to take up the challenges and look forward for higher Himalayan Treks and expeditions.
The trails are rarely touched so the beauty is under explored and unaffected.
The most amazing thing about the surroundings of this lake are rock strewn glaciers, Brahma Kamal’s and natural slate stones found on the banks.
Go through the dense forests, meadows and high ridges which offers fascinating views of the unnamed long stretched alpine meadows and majestic Bandarpoonch peak with other snow-capped mountains.
Saptrishi Lake is considered sacred because in ancient times, 7 sages named Rishi Kashyap, Atri, Gautama, Viswamitra, Bharadwaj, Vasisthaand Jamadagni performed penance here.
Yamunotri temple, one of Char Dham’s is the main attraction on this trek. Beside the temple are many hot water springs, the prominent one is Surya Kund. Pilgrims cook rice and potatoes in the hot water spring and keep it as ‘Prashad’.
Key Points of Saptarishi Kund Trek
Proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.
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Duration:5 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)
Best Time:May, June, Sep and Oct
Highest Point:4421 m
Weather: Nights are cold and days are pleasant during the season.
Summer temperature:(2°C to 5°C) (5°C to 8°C)
Starting point: Dehradun
Short Itinerary of Saptarishi Kund Trek
Day 1 – Drive from Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti (175 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 2 – Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri(13 km) (5/6 hours)
Day 3 – Yamunotri to Saptarishi Kund (4421 m) and back(7 km) (6/7 hours)
Day 4 – Yamunotri to Hanuman Chatti (13 km) (4 hours)
Day 5 – Hanuman Chatti to Dehradun (175 km)(5/6 hours)