Bandarpoonch Trek – Renok Adventures
Bandarpoonch Trek or “the tail of the monkey” or “tail of Hanuman” is a major peak of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. This majestic peak stands in the western part of the High Himalayan range and is elevated at a height of 6316 metres above the sea level.
The Bandarpoonch glacier is a 12km long glacier and a unique feature about this glacier is that it feeds water to both the river Yamuna (and tons, its largest tributary) and the river Ganga.
This peak was first summited in 1950 led by Maj Gen Harold Williams and consisted of other team members such as the legendary Mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, Sergeant Roy, Greenwood and Sherpa Kin Chok Tshering.
Bandarpoonch Trek – Folklore
Sometime during the period when the Pandavas were on an exhile, an extremely fragrant flower called the Kalyana Saugandhika drifted towards their ashram and captivated Draupadi. Draupadi, enraptured by the beauty of this rare flower,asked Bhim to bring him some more of these flowers. While Bheem was on his way looking for the flower, he came across an old monkey lying on the ground with his tail blocking Bheem’s way. He asked the monkey to remove his tail from the way to which the monkey retorted to remove it himself and then proceed.
Now, we have all heard stories about the strength Bheem possesses, with all his strength Bheem tried to push the tail aside but failed making him realise that that was not an ordinary monkey but lord Hanuman himself. He sincerely apologised to Lord Hanuman for his arrogance, who then removed his tail and directed him towards the flowers, blessing him with victory for the war against the Kauravas.
Therefore the peak is named the Bandarpooch after this famous legend.
Bandarpoonch Trek – Routes
The SW ridge route: this Bandarpoonch Trek route is considered to be a moderately difficult route with some amount of technical climbing skills required.
The N or NE route: This Bandarpoonch Trek route is the most commonly used route and is easily climbed in approximately 14 days in good weather conditions.
HOW TO REACH
Rail : Closest railway station is the Dehradun station.
Air: Closest airport is the Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun.
From Dehradun a 5 hour taxi ride will lead you to Saangam Chatti through the town Of Uttarkashi. From here the trek begins leading to Agora, Bevara, Dodital lake, Darwa pass and from here Bandarpoonch Trek route follows the Hanuman Ganga River valley which will lead you to the base of Bandarpoonch Trek.