Sapt Kund is a group of mysterious lakes nestled in the foothills of the gigantic Nanda-Ghunghti peak. The lakes are located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 4600 meters. The trek to the lakes is an arduous one, but amassing with flora & fauna, pristine landscapes, and unpredictable Himalayan weather.
Saat Taal also known as Sapt Kund Trek is the most challenging one in the area because of this, it is still not on the bucket lists of many people. As the name denotes, Saat Taal is a group of seven lakes situated in the inner regions of the Himalayas at an elevation of 4600m and at a stretch of 53 km in the Chamoli district. This trek is also a sacred pilgrimage for locals as it is believed that Lord Shiva resides here and an annual fair is conducted to worship the almighty. Surrounded by vast grasslands (Bugyal) and flower beds make the journey more picturesque and majestic and simultaneously we walk with the views of Nanda Ghunti and Trishuli Peak. The trail is full of adventure and thrill as we climb steep mountains and experience the best of nature.
The Root Map of Sapt Kund Trek
Pipalkoti → Pagna Village → Jhinjhi Village → Gochal Gufa → Saat Taal → Gochal Gufa → Pagna Village → Pipalkoti
Board an early bus from Rishikesh to Joshimath and get a ticket up till Pipalkoti. If you are driving by your own vehicle it is suggested to leave early and reach the base point before sunset. The drive from Rishikesh to Pipalkoti is a beautiful one with Alakhnanda flowing beside throughout the journey, have lunch at a local restaurant to experience the local flavors and cuisines. On reaching Pipalkoti, our team member will escort you to the stay for the night. Your stay will be arranged in Biotourism Park Cottages. Take proper rest as the journey for next 5 days is not going to be as easy as imagined.
Day 2 will be an exciting one for which we will leave early in the morning and drive 29kms up to Pagna Village, a small hamlet in the nature’s lap. After grabbing our breakfast from the village, we will begin our trek towards Jhinjhi Village which is 6km from the previous one. Passing through the forests and vegetation and keeping a rhythmic speed we will reach the camp before the sunset. This would be last point to have shops and civilization to the closest. Buy your last minute purchases and sleep early because tomorrow is a challenging day.
Wake up early and wrap up your camps and bags and prepare yourself for a steep hike towards Gochal Gufa. Today we will walk about 10kms and witness nature in it’s various forms. Bugyals, fresh flower beds, lush green pastures and water sources making the loudest sound you could hear in the entire valley. Camp at Gochal Gufa and keep your spirits high. Keep up with the guide and follow his footsteps as mid way a trail diverts towards Lord Curson Pass as well and you may follow the wrong path.
Today we will reach our destination Saat Taal. Surrounded by huge mountains and at the base of Nanda Ghunti Peak rests a beautiful lake devoted to Lord Shiva. We can consider today to be an easy day, as we will camp back at Gochal Gufa and there will be no need to carry our camps and bags up till Saat Taal. Today we will have enough time on ourselves to relax and breathe at the final destination, take pictures, meditate, make memories, and maybe stretch a little while you see the mesmerizing view of Nanda Ghunti Peak. After spending enough time at the lake we will head back to Gochal Gufa and camp there after walking a total distance of 12kms.
Walking down is easier than climbing uphill, so today we will head back to Pagna village and from there to Pipalkoti. Don’t forget to bring your trash back along with you as nature has a lot to give to us and we should respect it by not littering around and increasing the carbon footprint. Please, be responsible. Rest at Biotourism Park at Pipalkoti and cherish the days spent in the lap of the nature away from the hustle and bustle of regular days.
Today is the day when we say Goobyes to the team and leave for Rishikesh to head back to our lives but if you got some time in your hands and want to explore a little more then do visit Chopta, another beautiful hamlet.
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