Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023











Balakun is the Himalayan peak situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. The Balakun peak has the summit at an altitude of 6,471 m (21,230 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas.





Balakun Peak is located at the distance of 16 km from Badrinath.  The beauty of this snowy peak lies in its location. It is surrounded by various other beautiful peaks. Balakun is situated in the northwest direction of Badrinath between the Bhagirath Kharak and Satopanth glaciers. In its northeast direction is situated Nilkanth peak. The Alaknanda River starts off from below this peak by the merging of the above mentioned two glaciers at an altitude of 3,641 m. Owing to the origin of Alaknanda River from below this peak, it is considered sacred by the Hindus. The two glaciers rise from the eastern slopes of Chaukhamba peak which is located at a height of 7140 meters above mean sea level. The glaciers beautifully wrap around the Balakun peak. Balakun is situated north to the Kunaling and south to the Arwa Group of Himalayan Peaks.