Bandarpunch Peak (20722 FT) Expedition
Bandarpunch is a mountain massif located in the Garhwal region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is part of the Western Garhwal Himalayas and is known for its impressive peaks and challenging trekking routes. The name “Bandarpunch” is derived from two Hindi words: “Bandar,” which means monkey, and “punch,” which means tail. The name is thought to be inspired by the shape of the mountain, which is said to resemble a monkey’s tail. The name is inspired by the mythological tale in which Hanuman, the monkey god, extinguishes his tail, after it catches fire during the battle between King Rama and Ravana in Lanka, by going to the summit of the mountain.
The Bandarpunch massif includes several peaks, with Bandarpunch I (also known as Bandarpunch West) being the highest at an elevation of around 6,316 meters (20,719 feet).
The massif has 3 peaks: White Peak (6102 m), also called Banderpunch II, to the west above Yamunotri; almost 5 km east is Bandarpunch main peak or Banderpunch I (6316 m); and about 4 km to the north-east is Kalanag (6387 m).
Trekking enthusiasts and mountaineers are drawn to the Bandarpunch region for its stunning landscapes, alpine meadows, and challenging routes. The trek to Bandarpunch Base Camp offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. It’s important to note that trekking and mountaineering in this region require proper preparation, physical fitness, and an understanding of high-altitude challenges.