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31°01'38.1"N 78°34'19.0"E

Bandarpunch Climb

The name Bandarpunch / Banderpunch (also spelt as Bandarpoonch) literally means â??monkeyâ??s tailâ?? in Hindi and is a lovely mountain in the Western Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This massif has three mountains above 6000m, namely the twin peaks of Bandarpunch I (6316m) and Bandarpunch II (6102m) and Kalanag (Black Peak) at 6387m.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 19 Days
  • 19,685 FT
  • Ultimate Difficulty

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    May-June, Sept-Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Uttarkashi, India

  • Pickup Point

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    Delhi, India

  • Minimum Age

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    For this trek, we only allow children above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this high altitude trek.

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Highlights

  • Visit the red and green apple orchards.

  • You will climb to Khagi pass which is at a height of 11,220 ft.

  • You will have a view of Gangotri I, II, III and Jaonli and Srikanth.

  • Witness the confluence of Son Gad river and Chaiyaan Gad river.

Overview

Bandarpunch typically means "monkey's tail" in Hindi and is a beautiful mountain region in the Western Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. These belt of mountains consists of three groups of mountains namely Bandarpunch I, Bandarpunch II and Kalanag at a height of 19,685 ft. Bandarpunch II is also known as the "white peak". These groups of mountains are called a massif. This massif can be viewed from various points in Garhwal. Maj Gen Harrold Williams was the first person to successfully complete this expedition somewhere around 1950 with a group which also consisted of Tenzin Norgay. The bandarpunch trek route map passes through the Hanuman Ganga valley. Tenzin Norgay calls Bandarpunch as "Doon school mountain" in his own biography. We will be approaching this massif by the south east route that was first taken up by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) when they took their students to the advanced course of mountaineering during spring. Basecamp for this trek will be starting from Sukhi that is enroute to Gangotri.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

We will be arriving early morning to Delhi and will be visiting the IMF office (those who live in Delhi can meet us directly at the office). At the office, we will be fulfilling all the paperwork and then meet the Liaison officer. After all the formalities have been fulfilled we will be boarding the Nanda Devi Express leaving Delhi at around 11:55-12:00 am so that we will reach Dehradun at around 5:00-6:00 a.m in the morning.

On reaching Dehradun we will board our vehicles and drive to Uttarkashi. It will be a 7-hour long drive, we will be having our breakfast on our way to Uttarkashi. On reaching Uttarkashi we will be checking in into our guest houses. After having our dinner we will be staying overnight in Uttarkashi in our guest house.

Time Taken : 7

On our 3rd day, we will be starting early and will be driving to Sukhi. The drive is short and will take somewhere around 2.5 hours to 3 hours at max to reach. Sukhi will be the starting of the trek. Sukhi is basically a tiny village at a height of 8,202 ft, it has very few houses meaning very few populations and a large number of apple orchards. September to October is generally the harvest time of apples here and therefore you may see many villagers giving their apples for no cost!! Isn’t this amazing? you might not find this in cities or this may be a very rare case where you might actually find something as generous as the people of this village. From Sukhi we will be climbing very steep to the Khagi pass which is at an altitude of 11,220 ft. After reaching the Khagi pass we will begin our descent downwards to our camp. This place is sure to offer some great sight of the route towards the west and some spectacular view of Gangotri 1,2 & 3 and Jaonli and Srikanth peaks from the south. We will be retiring for the night in our forest camps only to gain more energy and start the day with the same energy.

Altitude : 11,220

On our fourth day, we will be having a long hike to the camp. You will first be descending to the meeting point of Son Gad & Chaiyaan Gad rivers and walk beside Chaiyaan gad rivers until we reach our destination-the Base camp. The trek will first begin by going into some dense forests and offering some mesmerizing views of the luscious green meadows and will finally go over the tree line to reach our base camp which is at the end of the Chaiyaan glacier. On our way, we might encounter some shepherds grazing. This is the beauty of trekking in Garhwal especially in Bandarpunch as it offers so many vivid experiences for you to witness and for you to experience on your own. We will be staying overnight at the base campsite.

Altitude : 12,401

The fifth day will be our day for acclimatization and to check our climbing tools. After breakfast, we will be going hiking to a point on the trail and will be returning back until late afternoon. We will be staying overnight in our base camps.

Altitude : 12,401

We will be climbing to Camp I and will take all our essential climbing gear with us. On our journey back we will leave our gear over there. This will serve as a good acclimatizing activity.

Altitude : 14,599

We will be resting for a day at the Base Camp to acclimatize and to rest for a little while longer before beginning with the main adventure.

On our eight-day, we will be climbing back to Camp I which is at an altitude of 14,599 ft. Will stay overnight at Camp I.

Altitude : 14,599

We will acclimatize and rest at Camp I on our ninth day before continuing with our journey.

The next morning we will be trekking up to a place at a height of 16,404 ft. and will return back to Camp I at night. Overnight stay at Camp I.

Altitude : 16,404

On our eleventh day we will be trekking to our Summit Camp which is at a height of 16,994 ft.

Altitude : 16,994

We will not trek on our twelfth day instead we will rest at our Summit Camp and will check our luggage.

The celebration day is today! We will be climbing to our main Summit, that is, the main Bandarpunch peak which is at a height of 19,685 ft and descend down to our camp.

Altitude : 19,685

A contingency day to provide you people with the best summit experience.

Finally, on the fifteenth day, we will begin our descent down to base camp from summit camp.

We will have a hearty breakfast. After the breakfast we will continue our descent from Base Camp to Forest Camp.

On our seventeenth day, we will be hiking back to Sukhi from Forest Camp. On reaching Sukhi we will be driving to Uttarkashi which will be 7 hours long.

On our way back to Delhi we will drive from Uttarkashi to Dehradun. On reaching Dehradun we will be taking our overnight train to Delhi from Dehradun.

We will be reporting again at IMF office before saying our final goodbyes and heading towards our home. (MOHIT??????)

How To Reach


Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons, Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once.

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim.


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations:

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

Reviews

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