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
Base Camp Badrinath Mana Village
Mana to Satopanth Bhagirathi Khark Glacier 10 km.
Badrinath to Mana 3 km.
Badrinath to Srinagar 191 km,
Srinagar to Rishikesh 109 km.