Bandarpunch I & II Peaks

Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Bandarpoonch is a major peak of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas. The peak’s name literally means "Tail of the monkey" or "Tail of Hanuman" in Hindi. Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna is located on a flank of the Bandarpoonch peak. The 12 km long Bandarpoonch glacier feeds water to the Yamuna. 

Yamunotri glacier, Sworgarohini peak and Kalanag peak are around Banderpunch peak and its glacier.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva came on earth in form of Hanuman to test the strength of Bheema and sat leisurely spreading his tail from Hanuman Chatti to Banderpunch. Bheema, proud of his strength, tried to remove the long spread tail out of his way but was not able to do so. Thus he realized the monkey was not a normal monkey and he surrendered to lord Shiva.Major General Harold Williams led the first successful climbing expedition in 1950. The first team to summit Bandarpoonch comprised legendary mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, Sergeant Roy Greenwood and Sherpa Kin Chok Tshering. 


The tourists first get to Dehradun.  From Dehradun, 164km drive on Vikashnagar-Barkot road leads to Mori passing through Mussoorie - Lakha Mandal – Matiyali – Bingadhera Malla – Kharsari and finally reach Mori and then to Saud. After trekking to Taluka, one reaches Seema.  Seema is 15km from Taluka and Banderpunch glacier is 14km from Seema.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
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