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Highest point
Elevation 6,316 m (20,722 ft)
Listing List of mountains in India
Coordinates 30°59′57″N 78°32′30″E / 30.99917°N 78.54167°E / 30.99917; 78.54167Coordinates: 30°59′57″N 78°32′30″E / 30.99917°N 78.54167°E / 30.99917; 78.54167
Bandarpunch is located in India
Location in northern India
Location Uttarakhand, India
Parent range Garhwal Himalayas

Bandarpunch (or Bandarpoonch) is a major peak of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It literally means "Tail of the monkey" or "Tail of Hanuman" in Hindi. It's a twin peak: Bandarpunch-I (6316m) & Bandarpunch-II (also known as white peak)(6102m). There is another peak called Kalanag (6387 m) or Black Peak.

Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the western most shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, located on a flank of the Bandarpunch peak . Bandarpunch Glacier is about 12 km long. The Bandarpoonch glacier feeds water to the Yamuna (Feeds Tons river - largest tributary of Yamuna) as well as the Ganges, a uniqueness among other glaciers.

Maj Gen Harold Williams led the first successful climbing expedition in 1950.[1] The first team to summit Bandarpunch comprised legendary Mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, Sergeant Roy Greenwood and Sherpa Kin Chok Tshering.[2][3]

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  2. ^ Man of Everest - The Autobiography of Tenzing Norgay - James Ramsey Ullman - published 1955
  3. ^ Ralph Izzard (2007). An Innocent On Everest. Harrison Press. ISBN 978-1-4067-1491-3.