Bandarpunch or Bandarpoonch is a major peak of the Garhwal
division of the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
It exactly means "Tail of the monkey" or "Tail of Hanuman" in
Hindi. It's a twin peak: Bandarpunch-I (6316m) & Bandarpunch-II
(6102m) Bandarpunch-II is also known as white peak. There is
another peak called Kalanag (6387 m) or Black Peak.
Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the western most
shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas which is located on a flank of
the Bandarpunch peak .Bandarpunch Glacier is about 12 km long.
The Bandarpoonch glacier feeds water to the Yamuna (Feeds Tons
river - largest tributary of Yamuna) as well as the Ganges, a
uniqueness among other glaciers.
Maj Gen Williams led the first successful climbing expedition
in 1950. The first team to summit Bandar punch comprised
legendary Mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, Sergeant Roy Greenwood
and Sherpa Kin Chok Tshering.
Bandarpunch (6,315 m.) lies in the Uttarkashi District of
Uttar Pradesh, it is located about 29 km. north of Uttarkashi
town. The mountain gives an amazing view from Mussoorie. This
mountain was first attempted in 1946, when it was approached
from the Hanuman Ganga, a tributary of the Yamuna on the
south-west of the mountain. The valley led to the main ridge
coming south-east from the mountain and forming the divide
between the Bhagirathi (Ganga) and the Yamuna. The summit was
attempted along this ridge, but the attempt proved
unsuccessful. The expedition, led by Mr. J. T. M. Gibson, went
back and a second attempt was made in 1950, when three
climbers including Tenzing Norgay reached the summit.