Saptarishi Kund Trek

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Saptarishi Kund Trek 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 of Saptarishi Kund Trek 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.

River in Saptrishi Kund Trek

Pristine Surroundings in Saptarishi Kund Trek

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.

Mythology of Saptarishi Kund Trek

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’.

River in Saptrishik Kund Trek

Key Points of Saptarishi Kund Trek

Level– Moderate

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.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

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Duration:5 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Best Time:May, June, Sep and Oct

Level: Moderate

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)


Day 1: Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti (2400 m)(175 km) (5/6 hours)

Vehicles will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station and the departure time is 6:30 am. The drive is towards Hanuman Chatti which is situated on the confluence of Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga rivers.

It is 13 km away from Yamunotri and has accommodation facilities. Reach there in 5 to 6 hours and the arrangements will be made in a hotel.


Day 2 : Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri (3293 m) (13 km) (5/6 hours)

Post breakfast start the trek to Yamunotri through Banas, Phool Chatti and Jan Ki Chatti. Yamunotri at an altitude of 3293 m is one of the Char Dhams which is of great significance to Hindus.

It is the source of River Yamuna and the temple lies in a steep valley offering majestic views of Bandarpoonch peak. Before entering this temple are hot water kunds, there devotees cook rice and a rinse of the sins.

After a 13 km long trek, rest in a guest house and retire for the night.


Day 3 : Yamunotri to Saptrishi Kund (4421 m) and back(7 km) (6/7 hours)

Post breakfast leave for the destination, Saptrishi Kund. It is a glacial lake which is River Yamuna’s main source, lying high above the temple on Kalinda Parvat.

The trek is a steep one and the gradient is difficult. Cross the difficult sections and from the top of high ridges get fascinating views of the unnamed long stretched alpine meadows.

Holy Saptrishi Lake lies amid rocky glaciers and is dark bluish in colors. It is fed by the melting water of glaciers around. The beautiful thing about the surroundings of this lake are Brahma Kamal’s and natural slate stones found on the banks.

It is considered sacred because in ancient times 7 sages named Rishi Kashyap, Atri, Gautama, Viswamitra, Bharadwaj, Vasistha and Jamadagni performed penance here.

After spending some time in peace and successfully exploring the area, get back to Yamunotri and retire for the night.


Day 4 : Yamunotri to Hanuman Chatti (13 km) (4 hours)

Post breakfast descent to Hanuman Chatti, en route at Kharsali is a temple of Someshwar Devta lying near the river from Jan Ki Chatti. Visit it because it’s the oldest temple dedicated to Surya ‘Father of Yamuna’.

After 13 km of descending, rest in a hotel at Hanuman Chatti. The arrangements will be made there.


Day 5 : Hanuman Chatti to Dehradun (175 km) (5/6 hours)

After having breakfast leave for Dehradun and have lunch en route.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Dehradun To Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Reviews (1)

1 review for Saptarishi Kund Trek

  1. Vikas Bhatt

    One can also lodge at Janki Chatti closest to trek and cut out 7km trek from.Hsnuman Chatti.

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