The majestic Bandarpunch Glacier also known as Banderpoonch Glacier perched in the Garhwal division of the Himalayas is an important glacier of Yamuna basin. This glacier is about 12 km long situated on the northern slopes of Banderpoonch peak (6,316 m), Banderpooch West (6,102 m) and Khatling Peak (6,387 m). The Banderpoonch Glacier is formed by these three cirque glaciers and later joins the Yamuna River. The Banderpoonch Glacier is highly significant as it is the prime source of fresh water for the Yamuna basin.
The snow-clad glacier of Bandarpunch offers exhilarating trekking opportunities to the adventure enthusiasts in the summer months of May and June. One can admire the scenic vistas and breathe in the scent of the freshly bloomed flowers in this season.
How To Reach:
The glacier is accessible by bus from Dehradun to Sankri-Saur and from Sankri-Saur to Talukam (11 km) by jeep, then Osia 14 km. The Osia Ruinsara Tal, nestled below the snout of the glacier is an ideal camping site. One can access the glacier and the nearby surrounding areas from Ruinsara.