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About Bandarpunch

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.



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