Banderpunch glacier, also spelled as Bandarpoonch or Bandarpunch, lies in Uttarkashi district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand state. 6316 meters above the sea level, Banderpunch glacier feeds river Yamuna through Tons river and river Ganga through river Bhagirathi. River Yamuna originates from Yamunotri glacier which is almost attached to Bandarpunch glacier and river Ganga originates from Gangotri glacier. Banderpunch glacier is 12Km long and sits widely on the slopes of Banderpunch I, Banderpunch II and Khatling peak. Yamunotri glacier, Sworgarohini peak and Kalanag peak are around Bahnderpunch peak and glacier.
In Hindi, Bandar means monkey and punch means tail making the name of Banderpunch glacier the tail of monkey glacier. The legendary story connected to Hanuman, the incarnation of lord Shiva in the form of Monkey to support lord Vishnu to fight with Ravana when he was born as lord Rama, the son of King Dashrath of Ayodhya state in Treta Yuga, during Ramayana age. There is a story of second Pandava Bheema connected to Hanuman in the Hindu holy epic Mahabharata created during Dwapar Yuga. Lord Shiva came on earth in form of Hanuman to test the strength of Bheema and sat leisurely spreading his tail from Hanuman Chatti to Banderpunch. Bheema proud of his strength tried to remove the long spread tail out of his way but was not able to do so. Thus he realized the monkey was not a normal monkey and he surrendered to lord Shiva.
Trek to Bandarpunch from Taluka, you will be enchanted with the mesmerizing beauty of lush green forest and the breathtaking view of high altitude Himalayan peaks. The trekking enthusiasts will find Bandarpunch glacier vast and relaxing filling the adventure sports lovers with desire to play with snow.
Like Milam glacier, Pindari glacier, Namik glacier, Khatling glacier, Ralam glacier, Doonagiri glacier and many other glaciers in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, Banderpunch glacier is widely trekked and loved by tourists.
Banderpunch Glacier | Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Banderpunch Glacier is from the month March to October escaping the monsoon months to avoid rain, landslide and roadblocks. You will need to be well equipped with heavy woolen clothes and necessary items to walk through snow. Don’t forget the medicines and other accessories that you might need on the trek.
Weather in Banderpunch Glacier
- Summer: Summer months March to mid-June are considered to be the best time to visit Banderpunch glacier. Trekking through the himalayan region in pleasing sun and calm weather is fun added with spectacular view of the zone.
- Monsoon: Monsoon destructs the trekking route to Banderpunch glacier. It is better to avoid mid-June to mid-September to escape heavy rainfall, slippery and muddy roads and unwelcome landslide on the route.
- Spring: Spring months mid-September to late October are another best time to visit Banderpunch glacier. You will be enchanted by the greenery, magnificent view and all the natural wonders. Pleasing sun and favorable climatic condition are bonus to the trek.
- Winter: It is recommended that you avoid winter months as the temperature falls down and the region becomes unapproachable. Winter season is a huge NO NO for the trekkers in Banderpunch glacier.
Banderpunch Glacier | How to Reach?
- Tourists on the way to Banderpunch glacier should first get to Dehradun, please see how to reach Dehradun here.
- From Dehradun, 164Km drive on Vikashnagar-Barkot road leads to Mori passing through Mussoorie – Lakha Mandal – Matiyali – Bingadhera Malla – Kharsari and finally reach Mori.
- From Mori to Saud through Mori-Sankari road, you will cover 22.1Km.
- You will be trekking from Soud to Taluka.
- You will reach Banderpunch from Seema on Taluka-Har ki Dun road. Seema is 15Km from Taluka and Banderpunch glacier is 14Km from Seema.
Banderpunch Glacier | Places Nearby
Yamunotri | Gangotri