Swargarohini

A part of the Banderpooch range of the Garwal Himalayas, Swargarohini is a massif with four different peaks, the most prominent one being the Swargarohini I peak. It is located in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand, India. It is elevated at its highest point at a height of 6252 metres or 20,512 feet above the sea level.

The Swargarohini I has a very steep terrain with its north façade dropping my massive 2000metres in only 2kms horizontal distance and its south façade aslo drops by the same distance in 3kms. It is not the highest peak in the Banderpoonch Himalayan range.

Acting as a divider between the Yamuna and the Bhagirathi rivers, this majestic offers offer several extremely picturesque views which will surely leave you spell bound. This peak is paradise if you’re looking for solitude in the lap of Mother Nature with nothing but glistening snow clad peaks, lush-green meadows and chirping of birds as the only sounds.

HISTORY

The peak has been mentioned in the Famous Hindu epic of Mahabharata where in the Pandava king Yudhishtir reached heaven through this peak along with his dog. During the winter months when the peaks are fully covered in snow they resemble treds of a staircase which is said to be the stairway to heavens, thereby. The only way through which, we can reach heaven in the Human form.

CLIMBING HISTORY

Several attempts have been made to summit the Swargarohini I.

The first successful ascent from the western side that is Peak II  was made by Charles Clarke (England); Dilsher Singh Virk, Peter Fuhrman and Bruce MacKinnon (Canada); and Mohan Singh and Rattan Singh on October 25 1974.

The first successful ascent from the northern side that is Peak I was made in the year 1990 by a team of instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

The south side of the peak was finally successfully assented on June 7, 1993 by a Swedish team of mountaineers.

HOW TO REACH

The Swaragarohini peaks can be reached by trekking through the Satopanth Tal which is also a Holy site mentioned in the Mahabharata. It is located at a distance of 17kms from the Badrinath temple. The Badrinath Temple has motorable roads and can be reached through cars or taxis.

The trek is a difficult trek and can only be undertaken the months from May to October.

The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh and is very well conneceted to all the major cities of Uttarakhand.

The nearest airport is located in Dehradun that is the Jolly Grant airport.