Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 17 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 21,260 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 265 Kms.

Description

  • Best Time:-April, May, June, September and October

Bandarpunch Expedition in the Uttarakhand Himalayas

Bandarpunch Expedition is very famous due to its size. It’s located Himalaya’s range of Uttarakhand.

Its look like tail of Monkey that is why it is called Bandarpunch .Bandarpunch captivates everyone. People also come from abroad for the summit of Bandarpunch . Bandarpunch is situated at a height of around 6312m above sea level.

To summit the Bandarpunch peak you must have knowledge and experience. People worship of this mountain in form of God Hanuman.

This Mountain is situated between Swargarohini and Kalanag Mountain range. Remote view it looks like a monkey is sitting. Major general Harold Williams summited of Bandarpunch in 1950 with group.

Bandarpunch Expedition Trail and starting point

The trek starts from Sukhi top which is en route to Gangotri, you can reach the base camp after two days hike and above base camp you will be camping at two alpine camps before traversing summit. Climbing gets tough between camp 1 and summit because of crevasses.

Bandarpunch Expedition lies in Uttarkashi of Garhwal Himalayas. This group of mountains has three peaks which rise higher than 6000 meters (Bandarpunch I) (6312 m), (Bandarpunch II) (6102 m), (Black Peak) (6387 m). This towering peak is visible from many other Treks in Uttarakhand.

It becomes first group to summit Bandarpunch with the help of famous Sherpa Mr. Tenjing, Norg Sargent, and Greenwood. It becomes also history. And even today people go for summit the Bandarpunch .To reach this Mountain you go through Uttarkashi, and Sukhitop

On the way you see meadows, forest. On the way of Bandarpunch You stay many camps than finally you will reach.

Bandarpunch Expedition Summit Views in the Himalayas

Summit welcomes you with phenomenal views of Kinnaur, Jogin peaks, Thelu, Sudarshan Parbat, Chandra Parbat, Satopanth, Matri, Swetvaran, Gangotri group of peaks and Jaonli with many more Garhwal Mountains. Summit offers unparalleled views which cannot be easily found anywhere else.

Highlights of Bandarpunch Expedition

Level: – Technical, Difficult, or Challenging.

During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body is required.

In addition, need of proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature.

Furthermore, shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

In addition, the backpack should not exceed 15 kg.

Alcohol and smoking is not allowed in during the Expedition

need to proper knowledge of technical claiming equipment

Key Points of Bandarpunch Expedition

Duration: – 16 Nights 17 Days – from Dehradun to Dehradun

Base camp: Uttarkashi, Via Sukhi Top

Temperature: Day (5°C to 8 °C) Night (-2° C to 6° C) Night (-2° C to -10° C, Above

Bandarpunch Peak Expedition – Altitude: 6,312 Meter

Best Time: After 2nd week of May, June, September, and October

Expedition Level: Technical, Difficult, or Challenging

Group Size: Need to Minimum Group sized 4 people maximum 10 people

Fitness Tips for the Mountains:

The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. Persistence consists of 50% Mind & 50% Body. If you get your mind to do it, you’ve already run half the race!

We, at Discovery Hike, believe in following the SSS Mantra – A 4 week routine of Stretches, Stamina, and Strength before you start with any trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro, an adult or a teenager, you must follow this regime for the 30 days leading up to your Trek – this will ensure that your body is trained for the exercise of the trek and will help prevent cramps, pulls, and strains.

StretchesStretching is probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of your fitness preparation. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact &amp ; be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake, decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joint movements. Overall, stretching will enable your muscles to work at their best.

Tips you need to follow

Shoulder stretches: follow the link for proper shoulder stretches

Wrist stretches: Follow the link for proper wrist stretches

Hamstring stretches: Follow the link for proper hamstring stretches

Calf stretches: Follow the link for proper calf Stretch

StaminaThe Bandapunch Expedition difficulty level demands good stamina.
Spare 30 – 45 min daily for cardio in order to build stamina and persistence over time.
You will need to start with walking 4 km & gradually increase the distance and decrease the time taken to cover it. Effectively, your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day in half hour. From just walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance till you feel comfortable covering long distances in short time.

Strength – Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Carrying your backpack and climbing uphill can be tedious. A lot of muscle is required to endure the Bandapunch Expedition, especially in areas of the Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, and Arms.

Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after cardio. Try 5 – 10 push-ups a day and repeat the same in sets of 3, daily.Your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.

Lower Back – Do a Plank, starting with 30 seconds a day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to do the Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.

Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & amp ; move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively, your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.

Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.

Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more everyday. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & enhance your stamina too. By the end of it, you will need to do 30 – 50 squats in a day.

Mental Health The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that one can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for Mental Rest & Relaxation.

Exercises You Must Follow

Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation

Soak in a warm bath

Listen to soothing music

Practice mindful meditation

Practice mindful meditation

Mental Health The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.

Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation

Soak in a warm bath

Listen to soothing music

Practice mindful meditation

Sleep early and Rise Early

We hope the above suggestions prove to be useful. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state before any trek. If you are already following a regime that suits your body type, we suggest that you continue it. This is for Beginners and a Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Bandapunch Expedition with us.

BMI CUTOFF

BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone is above the cutoff, they will be considered overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.

BP CUT OFF

BP cut off is different for different altitudes. If BP is above our cut-off, the trekker needs to descend as soon as possible to the core base as high BP values can be dangerous

Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dehradun – Uttarkashi

Board the waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Uttarkashi (7hrs). Breakfast enroute. Check out personal climbing kit at the Guest House. Overnight Guest House.

  • Day 2: Uttarkashi – Sukhi – Forest Camp (3000 M)

We start early in the morning & drive 2.5 hrs to the starting point of our trek at Sukhi. Sukhi is a small village at an altitude of 2500m and has few houses and many apple orchards. Sep/ Oct is apple harvest time in this area, so you might find many villagers offering apples for free. It is a steep trek up to a Khagi pass at 3420m from where we descend steeply down to the forest camp. The pass offers a good view of our route to the summit on the west and views of Gangotri I, II, III, Jaonli & Srikanth peaks in the south. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 3: Forest Camp – Base Camp (3780 M)

It is a long walk to the base camp. We descend to the confluence of Son Gad & Chaiyaan Gad rivers and follow Chaiyyan Gad all the way up to the Base Camp. The walk is very beautiful as it goes through dense forests, some beautiful meadows and finally goes above the tree line to get to the base camp at the foot of the Chaiyyan glacier. We might come across some shepherds camping in the meadows with their flock. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 4: Base Camp (3780 M)

We use this day at Base Camp to sort our climbing gear and to acclimatise. We go for a hike to a high point on a trail and return to Base Camp by late afternoon. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 5: Base Camp – Camp 1 – Base Camp (3780 M)

Today we make a load ferry to Camp 1. Essentially, we take some of the expedition’s gear and hike up to Camp 1, leave the gear there and return to Base Camp. This serves a logistic purpose as well as helps you acclimatise.

  • Day 6: Base Camp

A day to rest and acclimatise at Base Camp.

  • Day 7: Base Camp – Camp 1 (4450 M)

We move to Camp 1.

  • Day 8: Camp 1

Rest and Acclimatise at Camp 1.

  • Day 9: Acclimatisation At Camp 1 (4450 M)

We hike up to 5000m and return to Camp 1 for the night.

  • Day 10: Camp 1 – Summit Camp (5180 M)

Today we move to the Summit Camp.

  • Day 11: Rest Day

We use this day at Summit Camp to check our gear and make sure we’re ready for the summit push.

  • Day 12: Summit Camp – Summit – Summit Camp (5180m)

We start at 2am for the summit push and climb to the top of Bandarpunch (6316m) and descend back to summit camp.

  • Day 13: Contingency Day

The last day of the trip is a descent all the way down to Tapovan. It’s about a 3 hour drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.

  • Day 14: Summit Camp – Base Camp

We start our descend from Summit Camp to Base camp and retrace our steps.

  • Day 15: Base Camp – Forest Camp

Long day today hiking down to the forest camp from base camp.

  • Day 16: Forest Camp – Sukhi – Uttarkashi

In the morning, leave for Sukhi where our vehicles await us. We drive to Uttarkashi.

  • Day 17: Uttarkashi – Dehradun 

Drive Uttarkashi to Dehradun and take the evening Shatabdi to Delhi. you can reach there in 6-7 hours.

 

What Is Included In This Expedition?

  • Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Forest Permit and entrance fee including camping charges
  • Accommodation in Hotel; Gangotri
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
  • All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
  • Expertise Trek Leader, fluent in English and Hindi certified in basic and advance, Search & Rescue , Method of Instructions  mountaineering courses from NIM, IMF or Hanifl Centre outdoor Education
  • Experienced local guide and Sherpa, permanent technical guide
  • Kitchen team
  • Porters
  • Helpers
  • High quality camping tents, sleeping bags, mattress liner etc
  • Dining Tent
  • Helmet,
  • Gaiters, Koflach Climbing shoes
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe, Screw gate
  • Carabineers, rock pitons, ice pitons, snow stakes
  • Rescue Ropes, Climbing Ropes, Snow bar
  • Harness, Descended, Ascender, figure of 8, Ice Screw
  • Radio Willkie Talkie for Communication
  • Medical Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinders

What Is Not Included In This Expedition?

Items that is not included in the cost of tour price.

  • 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)