Man is a contradictory creature. Throughout his history he has assiduously sought security and ease and plenty; yet if he is provided with these blessings, he soon becomes restless and discontented. Deep in his nature there is a yearning for the hard and perilous road, for the difficulties and danger that test his skill and courage. Faced with this challenge his spirit rises, his heart beats faster and life takes on a new and fuller meaning. Confronted with the unknown, the difficult, the unattainable – on the seas, in the deserts, in Polar regions, in cosmic space-man’s response is swift and joyous. Recognizing this, it seems less strange that men climb mountains.
Sato (meaning truth) and panth (meaning path) literally translates to true path. It is the second highest mountain in the Gangotri group in Uttarakhand and is quite a formidable undertaking. The route includes a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes and knife edge ridge, before the final section to the summit. At just over 7000m, the effect of high altitude is a significant factor, as is the remote location and possibility of extreme weather.