Bandarpunch Peak

Bandarpunch Peak

180000

Uttarkashi to Uttarkashi

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Brief Description

Bandarpunch (Bandarpoonch), literally meaning "Monkey's Tail" or "Hanuman's Tail" is a beautiful massif located in the Western Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The massif has three peaks namely Bandarpunch I (6316 M), Bandarpunch 2 (6102 M) and Kalanag (Black Peak - 6387 M). Bandarpunch 1 peak is ideal for those looking to prepare for expeditions of peaks climbing to 7000M+. However, not be too technical the Bandarpoonch peak expedition must be attempted by only those who have previous trekking experience and ample knowledge on mountaineering techniques along with the use of technical equipment like rope-up procedures, jumar and crampons. The expedition has its fair share of challenges such as a heavily crevasse infested route to the summit and unpredictable weather conditions. Acclimatization to the high altitudes of the peak is imperative. The summit offers magnificent views of the surrounding peaks like Kalanag, Swargarohini, Satopanth, Sudarshan Parvat, Jogin, Gangotri range and many more. The trail takes you across the Bandarpunch glacier which is the source of Yamuna river. The standard route for the summit is the south-eastern route and we will follow the same. Bandarpoonch Peak expedition is for those looking to push their limits and conquer one of the most beautiful peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas. Stay on this page for more information on the Bandarpunch Peak Expedition.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on just reaching the summit, but also help you develop technical mountaineering skills like :
    • Ascending and Descending on technical terrain
    • Using technical mountaineering equipment like mountaineering boots, ice axes, crampons, harnesses, ascenders and descenders.
    • Acclimatisation process for extremely high altitudes.
    • Camping and staying warm at extreme altitudes.
  • Safety :
    • We have mapped the region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocol.
    • We carry an extensive first aid kit including oxygen cylinders, HAPO/gamow bags and high altitude medicines.
    • We carry UIAA certified rescue equipment including ropes, axes, harnesses, carabiners, jumars, pulleys and descenders.
    • We have a dedicated rescue team at Base Camp for all mountaineering expeditions.
    • We provide comprehensive adventure insurance with air evacuation and AMS coverage.
  • IMF Regulations:
    • We are an IMF registered adventure tour operator.
    • Our mountaineering expeditions are led by IMF certified mountaineering leaders and technical guides.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival at Uttarkashi
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Uttarkashi to Sukhi (8202 FT) - 2.5 hours Drive. Sukhi to Forest Camp (9843 FT) via Khagi Pass (10,630 FT)
3 Day 3
Day 3 - Forest Camp (9843 FT) to Base Camp (12,402 FT)
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Rest Day at Base Camp
5 Day 5
Day 5 - Base Camp to Camp 1 and back to Base Camp
6 Day 6
Day 6 - Rest Day at Base Camp
7 Day 7
Day 7 - Base Camp to Camp 1 (14,600 FT)
8 Day 8
Day 8 - Camp 1 to Summit Camp and back to Camp 1
9 Day 9
Day 9 - Camp 1 to Summit Camp (16,995 FT)
10 Day 10
Day 10 - Rest day at Summit Camp
11 Day 11
Day 11 - Summit Camp to Summit (20,722 FT) and back to Summit Camp
12 Day 12
Day 12 - Summit Camp to Base Camp
13 Day 13
Day 13 - Base Camp to Forest Camp
14 Day 14
Day 14 - Forest Camp to Sukhi - Trek. Sukhi to Uttarkashi - Drive
15 Day 15
Day 15 - Uttarkashi to Dehradun - 7 hours Drive
16 Day 16
Day 16 - Reserve Day
17 Day 17
Day 17 - Reserve Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

In accordance with the rules and regulation set forth by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for mountaineering expeditions, out of 12 seats per batch:

- 6 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC)

- 4 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

- The remaining 2 seats are reserved for aspirants with previous trekking experience of expeditions above 5500 - 6000 meters

Foreign Nationals - Due to a specific set of guidelines for Foreign Nationals it is recommended to call our support team to gain information on the list of documents and procedure involved in booking a mountaineering expedition with us.

Bandarpunch (Bandarpoonch) Peak is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done treks that climb to 4700-5500 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Bandarpunch Peak Expedition

Bandarpunch (Bandarpoonch) Peak at 6316M is meant for avid mountaineers looking to summit one of the less frequented but stunning mountains in the Western Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The chance to summit Bandapunch 1 Peak will give you the ultimate thrill as you make your way across crevassed glaciers and a steep challenging route to the summit but with fewer technical difficulties. The summit offers you astounding views of some of the most prominent and mighty peaks of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand that will give you a significant sense of achievement and joy.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June and September to mid-October are the best months to undertake the Bandarpunch (Bandarpoonch) Peak expedition.

Packing List: What to pack

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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start point of the Bandarpunch Peak Expedition is from Uttarkashi. You can catch a bus to Uttarkashi from the Pahadi bus stand in Dehradun, near the railway station. In order to get a taxi, you must reach the Rispana Pull (Bridge) by bus. You can get a regular taxi for Uttarkashi from here. If you opt for transport from us the nwe will pick you up from Dehradun ISBT and drop you at the same location.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL and Airtel have good connectivity in Uttarkashi. No network beyond this point on during trekking days.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

The holy town of Uttarkashi is of great religious importance to Hindus. One can explore this holy town before embarking on the trail. There are a number of places to visit in Dehradun and Mussoorie. Sahastradhara, a ‘thousand-fold water spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. The waters of the spring are believed to have medicinal properties. Robber’s Cave or Guchhi Pani is a famous picnic spot for fun-loving enthusiasts. Visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple on the bank of Asan River which is believed to have one of the oldest Shivling. Enjoy the splash at much touted Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. The highest place in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. Admire the Kumaon and Garhwal Art & Culture at SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Uttarkashi, your stay will be made at local guest house.The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email few days prior the trek. On trekking days you will be accommodated in tents on a twin sharing basis.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Since this is a technical climb at extremely high altitudes on snow and ice, all required technical equipment such as Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Jumar, Descender, Harness will be provided. You can refer to the inclusions section for more details.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

You can expect temperatures to drop to as low as -10°C to -20°C at higher camps on the climb. The more altitude we gain the colder it gets. However, the weather is always unpredictable so be prepared with all the essential layers required to keep yourself warm and dry.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Since this is a technical climb at 6300 M, you can expect snow and ice on the expedition.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior to the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participants will be led by an IMF certified mountaineering guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, the trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Yes, there are stores/shops in Uttarkashi from where you can buy necessary stuff. Though it is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

If you opt for the transport with us then the pick-up point will be ISBT Dehradun. The Drop-off location is the same.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Dehradun by late afternoon or latest by early-evening. So plan your further travel and accommodation accordingly.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) and Photocopy of ID Proof and passport size photos are the mandatory documents required for the trek.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • 4 season Dome Tents, Thermal rated Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Expedition guide, cook, helpers, HAP and LAP for carrying common supplies
  • Course certified & experienced Expedition Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • Technical Equipment - PP Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Snow Stake, Dead Man/Boy
  • Peak Booking Fee Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the expedition
  • Meals during road journeys from Dehradun to Uttarkashi
  • Meals during hotel stay in Uttarkashi
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • IMF Peak Booking Fee for foreign nationals US$ 500 for a team of two members and US$ 225 for every additional participants
  • Forest Permit / Camping Fee for foreign nationals (USD 880-1000 upto group of 10)
  • Mandatory Liaison Officer Fee for foreign expeditions ( ~USD 500 for group of 10)

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