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As we know Himalayas are the homes of some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. There are around 14 mountain peaks which are above 8000 m. And out of which, 9 are in Nepal. Every year thousands of mountaineers come with a dream to scale some of the highest peaks in the world. For professionals, climbing mountains is like a drug, to make their dream come true, and to create some new record they enrolled themselves in day-night excess hardship and challenge their limit every time so that they can attain their objective by summiting to the top. For being successful in any arena of life school and teachers plays a very vital role in shaping one’s life. like that it is the same in the case of mountaineering also. There are some of the top class institutes which trained raw students into the world-class mountaineer and develop one’s personality so that they can face any situation during climbing.

Top 13 Best Mountaineering Institutes Are As Follows :-

S.NName Of Institute
1NEHRU INSTITUTE OF MOUNTAINEERING
2HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE
3ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE INSTITUTE OF MOUNTAINEERING AND ALLIED SPORTS
4JAWAHAR INSTITITE OF MOUNTAINEERING AND WINTER SPORTS
5INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SKIING AND MOUNTAINEERING
6PANDIT NAIN SING SURVEYOR MOUNTAINEERING TRAINING INSTITUTE
7NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MOUNTAINEERING AND ALLIED SPORTS
8SONAM GYATSO MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE, GANGTOK, SIKKIM
9NEPAL MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION, NEPAL
10HIMALAYAN CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING SCHOOL
11SWAMI VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE OF MOUNTAINEERING
12INDIAN HIMALAYAN CENTER FOR ADVENTURE & ECO-SYSTEM
13GUARDIAN CORPORATION & GIRIPREMI MOUNTAINEERING

1. Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering

  • It is one of the most prestigious institution for mountaineering in the Asia. It is situated at Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand in India. It was established on 14th  November, 1965 in honour of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.

  • The main aim of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is to introduce young generation (men, women and school going children) to the mountains and nature through various mountaineering courses (Basic, Adventure and advance).

  • The core values adopted by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) are:-

                    (a) Adventure

                    (b) Advocacy

                    (c) Community

                    (d)Volunteerism

  • NIM is set up by Government of India with an objective to promote Mountaineering and adventure sports among young generation with a thought of environment conservation.

  • Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is the only Indian Mountaineering Institute which is certified by International Federation For Climbing & Mountaineering.

There are two types of courses offered at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering are as follows:-

(1) Adventure Courses

In Adventure Course, the courses offered are basically of two types:-

  1. Adventure Courses for the age group 14 years to 18 years.
  2. Adventure Courses for the age group of 20 years to 50 years.

(2) Mountaineering Courses

The courses offered under Mountaineering Courses are as follows:-

  1. Basic Mountaineering Course
  2. Advance Mountaineering Course
  3. Search and Rescue Operations
  4. Methods of Instructions
  5. Sports Climbing Courses
  6. Mountain Guide Course
  7. Skiing Course

Eligibility for Admission in Nehru Institute of Mountaineering :-

For admission into Nehru Institute of Mountaineering one can apply through online as well as offline mode.
Process to apply online are as follows:-
  1. Go to the official website of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering i.e., nimindia.net
  1. Download the all the forms from the website like medical form, indemnity bond from the website.
  2. Attest both the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable) are required to be uploaded when applying through online mode.
  3. All the uploaded documents must be submitted in hardcopy at the time of reporting.
  4. Fees must be paid online without which online application won’t be accepted.

Admission Fees for 2020 :-

» For Basic/ Advance /Search & Rescue/ MOI :-

           a. For Indian Students: 15400.00 Rs

           b. For foreign Students: $800 USD

» For Adventure Course:-

            a. For Indian Students: 7500.00 Rs

            b. For foreign Students: $400 USD

» Special Course:-

             a. On Actual Cost Basis.

Process to apply through offline mode are as follows :-

(1) Go to the official website of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering i.e., www.nimindia.net

(2) Download the all the forms from the website like medical form, indemnity bond from the website. Attest both the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable)

(3) Applicants have to send the duly filled and signed application form along with indemnity bond, demand draft and other relevant documents. 

(4) Medical Forms must be submitted at the time of reporting for the course.

(5) Fees must be paid in the form of Demand draft when applying offline in the name of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi-249193, Uttrakhand.

Fees Structure & Duration For Different Course At NIM (For 2020) :-

COURSEDURATIONAVAILIBILTY
FEES (INR)
ADVENTURE COURSE (MIXED)15 DAYS20208250
ADVENTURE COURSE (BOYS)15 DAYS20208250
ADVENTURE COURSE (GIRLS)15 DAYS20208250
ADVENTURE COURSE (MIXED)15 DAYS20208250
BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE (LADIES)28 DAYS202116940
BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE (MIXED)28 DAYS202218634
ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE ( LADIES)28 DAYS202116940
ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE (MIXED)28 DAYS202116940
MOI21 DAYS202015400
SPORTS CLIMBING COURSE (MIXED)11 DAYS20208250
SEARCH & RESCUE21 DAYS202116940

Terms & Conditions :-

» Course Fee Includes:-

    Expense on food, accommodation, transportation, medicines and other training expenses during the course.

» Foreign Student Admission:-

   Foreign students have to report to the institute’s admission section one day before in advance along with their passport and visa for direct admission.

» Repetition of Course:-

    As we know, vacancies are limited in Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. So, the Repetition of course is not allowed.

» Arrival :-

    Trainees must arrive an evening before commencement of the course. Late arrivals are not allowed. 

2. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

  • The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up in the year 1954, in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up with an intention to encourage Mountaineering as organized sports in India.

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was built to give a tribute to Tenzing Norgay.

  • Tenzing Norgay was the first Field Director of HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute).

  • Tenzing Norgay was the first one who scaled Mt. Everest along with Edmund Hillary.

  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute also comprises of a residential school especially for mountaineering students, especially made Swiss Style house for Serpha trainers.

  • HMI also comprises of a beautiful mountaineering museum and the museum contains many expedition displays, etc.

Some of the Mountaineering Courses Offered at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute are as follows:-

          (a) Adventure Courses

          (b) Basic Mountaineering Courses

          (c) Advance Mountaineering Courses

Eligibility For Admission In HMI :-

  • Go to the official website of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute i.e., hmidarjeeling.com and then Download the all the forms from the website like medical form, indemnity bond from the website.
  • Attest both the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable) are required to be uploaded when applying through online mode.
  • All the uploaded documents must be submitted in hardcopy at the time of reporting.
  • Fees can be paid online without which online application won’t be accepted.
  • Fresh Medical Certificates (not more than 6 months old) signed by doctor along with proper seal and registration number should be submitted at the time of reporting to the institute.
For offline mode, fees can be paid through Demand Draft to the name of principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjelling. Beside forms different physical fitness test will be conducted for course participants to assess their mental and physical fitness training at such high altitude. Minimum 3 months of regular exercise is needed before reporting the course.

Fees Structure & Duration :-

FOR BASIC COURSE:-

 

COURSEDURATIONAGEFEESEATS
BASIC COURSE28 DAYS17-45INDIANS= 15400 RS,
FOREIGNERS= $800 USD
60
ADVANCE COURSE28 DAYS17-45INDIANS= 15400 RS,
FOREIGNERS= $800 USD
40
SEARCH & RESCUE23 DAYS17-45INDIANS= 15400 RS,
FOREIGNERS= $800 USD
30
MOI28 DAYS17-45INDIANS= 15400 RS,
FOREIGNERS= $800 USD
20
ADVENTURE COURSE15 DAYS12-17INDIANS= 8250 RS,
FOREIGNERS= $400 USD
70
SPECIAL COURSE ON ACTUAL COST———-ABOVE 177500 RS.20
MT.FREY EXPEDITION16 DAYS17-4550000 RS.10
CUSTOMISED TRAINING————12 YRS AND ABOVE1500/DAY—–

Eligibility For Different Courses In HMI :-

Trainee should be able to communicate, understand and read either Hindi or English language.

(1) For Advance Mountaineering Course:-

Trainees must possesses ‘A’ grade in Basic Mountaineering Course from HMI Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi, ABVIMAS Manali, SGMI Gangtok, ITBP Training Centre Auli.

(2) For MOI:-

Trainees must possesses ‘A’ grade in Advance Mountaineering Course can apply and trainee minimum qualification must be passed class 12th .

(3) For Search & Rescue:-

Trainees must possesses ‘A’ grade in Advance Mountaineering Course can apply and trainee minimum qualification must be passed class 12th .

(4) For Any Expedition:-

Trainees should have completed Basic Mountaineering Course with ‘A’ grade.

3. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute Of Mountaineering And Allied Sports

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports is often abbreviated  as (ABVIMAS). It is located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and was set up as the western Himalayan mountaineering institute but later on it was renamed after our former PM of India honorable Atal Bihari Vajpayee and it was established in the year 1961. ABVIMAS is one such Institution was provides core specialized training in the arena of rescue and search missions, mountaineering and in Skiing.

ABVIMAS offers various courses in Mountaineering, skiing and water sports and the courses are as follows:-

        (a) AMC (Advanced Mountaineering Course)

        (b) ASC (Advanced Skiing Course)

        (c) MOI in Skiing Course

       (d) AWSC ( Advanced Water Sports Course)

       (e) MOI in Water Sports Course

       (f) Intermediate & Advanced Water Sport Course

Educational Qualification For Applying In ABVIMAS Courses :-

(1) Matriculation ( class 10th ) or above (except armed forces personnel) for Basic & Advance Mountaineering Course.

(2) Minimum Intermediate for MOI Courses.

Basic Eligibility For Applying In Different Courses:-

(1) FOR ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC).

(2) FOR MOI (MOUNTAINEERING) COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC).

(3) INTERMEDIATE SKIING COURSE:- Must possesses Basic Skiing Course with ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade.

(4) ADVANCE SKIING COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Intermediate Skiing Course.

(5) MOI (SKIING) COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Advance Skiing Course (ASC).

(6) ADVANCE WATER SPORTS COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Basic Water Course (BWC).

(7) MOI (WATER SPORTS COURSE):- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Intermediate Kayaking & Canoeing Course.

(8) TREEKING GUIDE COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC).

(9) SEARCH & RESCUE COURSE:- Must possesses ‘A’ grade in Basic Mountaineering Course (AMC).

Selection :-

Selection is based on ‘First come first serve basis’.

Admission Process :-

Admission in all courses will be made through online mode on the basis of first come first serve basis.

   (1) Go to the official website of ABVIMAS. And then Download the all the forms from the website like medical form, indemnity bond from the website.

   (2) Attest both the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable) are required to be uploaded when applying through online mode.

   (3) All the uploaded documents must be submitted in hardcopy at the time of reporting.

4. Jawahar Institute Of Mountaineering And Winter Sports

  • Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports also  abbreviated as JIM&WS.

  • JIM&WS was established in the year 1983 at Aru in Jammu & Kashmir.

  • JIM&WS was set up with an objective to provide various adventures activities at one place.

  • JIM&WS is also known as the Trekker’s Paradise. 

  • JIM&WS offers rock crafting, ice crafting, river rafting, paragliding, steam crossing and Basic and Advance level Mountaineering courses.

  • The Defense Minister acts as the president while the Chief Minister of J&K acts as the Vice President of the Institute.

  • JIM&WS is always headed by an armed forces officer of the rank of Colonel or equivalent. And the Instructors are drawn from all three wings of armed forces and are generally of the rank of JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer) or NCO (Non Commissioned Officer).

Expeditions :-

(1) Stok Kangri:-

Mt. Stok Kangri is located in Ladakh. It is 6135 m above the sea level. In the year 2008, the expedition was launched for police personnel to give training in Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Skills.

(2) NUN:-

Mt. Nun is located in Zaskar region in Kashmir. It is 7135 m above the sea level.The first expedition on Mt. Nun from JIM&WS was made in the year 2005 and the second Expedition was made in the year 2007 by Jammu and Kashmir armed police force. And the team comprising of Jammu & Kashmir Armed Police and JIM&WS experts.

(3) Kolahoi:-

Mt. kolahoi is located in Pahalgam. It is 5427 m above the sea level. Mt. Kolahoi is considered as on of the most technical peak. And Mt. Kolahoi is very much famous for ice crafting.

Awards :-

JIM&WS is honored with Indira Gandhi Priyadasrshini Vriksh Award in the year 2002.

Eligibility To Join JIM&WS :-

Students are advised to keep themselves fit before joining the Institute for actual training. They should be mentally as well as physically fit and able to with stand the rigors of snow and high altitude.

   (1) Go to the official website of JIM&WS. And then Download the all the forms from the website like medical form, indemnity bond from the website.

   (2) Attest both the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable) are required to be uploaded when applying through online mode.

   (3) All the uploaded documents must be submitted in hardcopy at the time of reporting.

Documentation will be done immediately on the arrival of the candidate. Medical exams will be carried out immediately on the arrival of the candidate. Students are advised not to consume liquor on arrival or during the course.

5. Indian Institute Of Skiing And Mountaineering :-

  • Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IIS&M) was established in the year 1969. IIS&M is located at Gulmarg under controlled by Department of Tourism, Government of India.

  • IIS&M is specialized in training skiers and mountaineers all over the world. Trainees from all over the world visits IIS&M to seek training.

  • As IIS&M was founded in the year 1969 with an objective to promote winter sports in Gulmarg under the project name Gulmarg winter Sports Project (GWSP) and also an initiative to develop ski resorts of International standards.

Courses Provided By The Institute :-

The IIS&M provides various courses. And courses are as follows:-

   (1) Skiing,

   (2) Paragliding,

   (3) Paramotors,

   (4) Hot air blooning,

   (5) White water rafting,

   (6) Mountaineering.

  • Beside the available courses IIS&M is one of the best place for adventure as there are many adventures thing are available like snow scooters and groomers for snow-clad slopes, cable car is also available at gulmarg with an altitude of around fourteen thousand and it is placed at the highest in the world of its kind.

  • Annual snow festival is also very much famous in Gulmag every year many foreigners visits gulmarg and IIS&M attracts them .

How To Apply In Courses :-

  • There are altogether six courses offered by Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering. Interested candidates are required to apply in advance as seats are allotted on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

  (1) For admission in courses one need to visit the official website of IIS&M.

  (2) Download the application form which is already available on official website.

  (3) Attest the forms along with Age Proof, Identity proof and previous course certificates (if applicable)

   (4) Submit your application form along with full fees of Rs.6000 (below 25 years of age) and Rs.12000 (above 25 years of age). 

  • Fees should be paid in the form of demand draft, drawn in the favour of PAY and ACCOUNTS OFFICER, MINISTRY OF TOURISM, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.

Best Time For Skiing IIS&M:-

  • For Skiing (Basic/Intermediate/Advance) course starts every year in December and ends in mid march.

  • The course duration is around 14 days.    

6. Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute :-

  • Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute is abbreviated as (PNSMTI).

  • Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute is located in Musiyari, Uttarakhand.

  • Pandit nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute is a newly established Institute situated at altitude of 2200 meters above the sea level.

  • It is named after one of the great surveyor of his time Pandit Nain Singh who played a vital role during mid-nineteen century in the arena of Trigonometrical survey

  • Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute is the second premier Institute in Uttarakhand after Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM).

  • It is one of the premier Institute which provide specialized training in Mountaineering.

  • The aim of the institute is to introduce young generation (men, women, and school children) to the mountain and nature.

  • The institute provides basic courses in skiing and mountaineering.

  • PNSMTI comes under Sports Ministry of Government of Uttarakhand.

  • As PNSMTI is one of the youngest training institute but does not have a proper campus but has started work with annual skiing courses.

  • Time to time PNSMTI organizes outdoor management programs and leadership skill programs for different companies.

Acceptance Rate :-

Acceptance rate is 30 students for skiing courses. And the courses are mainely for 2 weeks and generally started in the month of February.

Fees Of The Course :-

The fees of the course is around 12000 and it is also subsidized by the states sports department. And the fee includes training cost, lodging, boarding, equipments, etc.

7. National Institute Of Mountaineering And Allied Sports :-

  • National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports also abbreviated as (NIMAS). NIMAS was established in the year 2011.

  • It is located in Dirang, west kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of around 7000m above the sea level.

  • It is an autonomous Institute which falls under the Ministry of Defense, India. NIMAS was founded by Government of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 2011.

  • The principle of NIMAS will be from Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air force).

  • The aim of NIMAS is to provide the best adventure and also being the first adventure institute in the field of land, water and air –it allows civilians to express challenges across variety of outdoor surface as well as pursue a career in adventure sports.

  • NIMAS is India’s first adventure Institute in the field of land, air and aqua.

  • NIMAS provides world class Instructors to trained their Students. The Instructors are generally drawn from Armed forces.

NIMAS offers various courses and are as follows :-

(1) Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

(2) Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC)

(3) Basic Para Motor Course

(4) Basic Paragliding Course

(5) Mountain and Trek guide Course

(6) Disaster management Course

(7) Adventure Courses for Students

(8) Home Stay and Eco Camp Development Course

(9) Basic White Water Rafting Course

Course And Fee Structure :-

 

S.NCOURSEDURATIONSEATSFEES
1ADVANCE PARAGLIDING REFRESHER COURSE10 DAYS2015000 RS
2ADVANCE MOUNTAIN TERRAIN BIKING COURSE (AMTB)15 DAYS1220000 RS
3MTB TREKKING CUM CYCLING EXPEDITION18 DAYS1225000 RS
4BASIC MOUNTAIN TERRAIN BIKING COURSE (BMTB)12 DAYS1218000 RS
5BASIC WHITE WATER RAFTING COURSE10 DAYS2012000 RS
6INTERMEDIATE WHITE WATER RAFTING COURSE12 DAYS2015000 RS
7BASIC SCUBA DIVING COURSE (DAWKI, NEAR SHILLONG)05 DAYS1218000 RS
8ADVANCE SCUBA DIVING COURSE (DAWKI, NEAR SHILLONG)04 DAYS1220000 RS
9BASIC & INTERMEDIATE PARAGLIDING COURSE (P1 & P2 LEVEL)10 DAYS2020000 RS
10ADVANCE PARAGLIDING COURSE (P3 LEVEL)08 DAYS2022000 RS
11PARAGLIDING COMBINED COURSE (P1, P2 & P3 LEVEL) 2042000 RS
12BASIC PARA MOTOR COURSE (15 DAYS)15 DAYS2025000 RS
13INTERMEDIATE PARA MOTOR COURSE (P3)12 DAYS1230000 RS
14RAFTING EXPEDITION COURSE (KAMENG RIVER IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH (NIMAS)——————-—————–——————
15EXPEDITION COURSE (ABOVE 6000M IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH) (NIMAS TRG AREA)——————-—————–——————-
16SEARCH & RESCUE COURSE (21 DAYS)21 DAYS2015000 RS
17BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE)28 DAYS8018500 RS
18ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE32 DAYS3019000 RS

Eligibility :-

(1) Basic Mountaineering Course : Must be Physically and mentally fit. The trainee should not have undergone any major surgery or suffering from seizures, high blood pressure, heart related diseases, fracture or ligaments tear of knee.

(2) Advance Mountaineering Course : Trainees who possesses ‘A’ grade in Basic Mountaineering course from NIMAS; Dirang, HAWS : GULMARG (J&K), NIM : Uttarkashi, HMI : Darjeeling, JIM : Pahalgam (J&K) and ABVIMAS

(3) Method of Instruction and Search & Rescue Course : Trainees who possesses ‘A’ grade in Advance Mountaineering Course from NIMAS, Dirang, HAWS, Gulmarg (J&K), NIM, Uttarkashi, HMI, Darjeeling, JIM, Pahalgam (J&K) and ABVIMAS Manali.

(4) Para Motor Course : The students applying for Para Motor course should be physically strong and capable of carrying Para Motor on their back weighing approx 20 kilograms.

(5) Para-gliding Course (P1 & P2 Level): This course is open to all, who doesn’t possesses acrophobia.

(6) Paragliding Course (P3 Level) : Trainees who possessed ‘R’ for P3 Level in Basic & Advance Paragliding (P1 & P2 Level) from NIMAS, Dirang or any other reputed Institute.

(7) Expedition Course : Those trainees who have obtained ‘A’ grade in Basic & Advance Mountaineering Course from any National Institute. Persons who have done mountaineering courses from NIMAS will be given preference.

(8) Mountain Terrain Biking Courses : Physically and mentally fit. MTB equipment including high end bikes will be provided to the students during the course. Advance course is for trainees who have obtained ‘A’ Grading in Basic Mountain Terrain Biking from NIMAS, Dirang or any other reputed Institute.

(9) White Water Rafting Courses : Physically and mentally fit. The trainees must know how to swim. Rafting equipments will be provided to the students during the course by the institute. Intermediate course is for trainees who have obtained ‘A’ Grading for Basic White Water Rafting from NIMAS, Dirang or any other reputed Institute.

(10) Scuba Diving Course : The trainees must know how to swim (100M). Acclimatization routine will be followed during High Altitude Scuba Diving course. Scuba diving equipment will be provided to the students during the course by the institute. To be eligible for adv course the trainee should be Basic Scuba Course qualified from NIMAS/Army/ Navy/ PADI/SSI. For High Altitude Scuba diving course adv course is manadatory.

Documents Required For Various Courses:-

» Documents required for different courses are as follows:-

   (1) Latest Medical Certificate (not more than 2 months old).

   (2) Permanent and Temporary Residence Proof.

   (3) Educational Qualification Certificate.

   (4) Latest Certificate from school/ college/ Pvt. Company/ Govt. Org. which states that your are studying/ working/ employed with them.

   (5) Aadhar card

   (6) Copy of Bank Receipt of course fee payment.

   (7) Latest Medical insurance Certificate.

» For Basic/ Advance/ Intermediate courses, the following certificates are required and are as followed:-

   (a) For AMC:- A grade in BMC

   (b) For MOI:- A grade in AMC

   (c) For AMTB:- A grade in MTB

   (d) For EXPEDITION:- A grade in AMC

   (e) For MTB Expedition:- A grade in AMTB

   (f) For Intermediate WWRC:- A grade Basic Water Rafting

   (g) For Rafting expedition:- A grade in water Rafting intermediate course.

   (h) For Para-gliding:- A grade in Para-gliding (level-1 &2)

   (i) Advance Scuba Diving Course :- A grade in Basic scuba Diving Course.

 

8. Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute, Gangtok, Sikkim :-

  • Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute also abbreviated as SGMI. SGMI is located in Gangtok, Sikkim.

  • The Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute was established in the year 1963.

  • SGMI falls under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

  • SGMI trains people to become professional mountaineers. SGMI has trained notable mountaineers also such as Phu Dorjee, Yangdi Sherpa, etc.

In SGMI, there are two types of courses offered and they are as follows:-

(1) Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC):- Those who have Completed Basic Mountaineering Course with A grade can apply for Advance Mountaineering Course.

(2) Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

9. Nepal Mountaineering Association :-

  • Nepal Mountaineering Association is also abbreviated as NMA. NMA was Established in 1973 with an Objective to Promote Mountain tourism as safe tourism.

  • NMA is a non-governmental organization which work as national alpine to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, protect mountain environment and to also promote and protect national cultural heritage of Nepal.

  • NMA is the only Mountaineering Association which is authorized to issue climbing permission to 27 peaks in Nepal.

NMA has seven major objectives :-

Nepal Mountaineering Association has seven major objectives and are as follows:-

   (1) Explore Mountain peaks and also promote mountain climbing tourism to the world.

   (2) Issue climbing permission as agreed by govt. of Nepal.

   (3) Protect and promote mountain people, culture and heritage.

   (4) Develop sports climbing tourism.

   (5) Emergency search and rescue.

   (6) Preserve natural environment.

    (7) Develop and promote skill human capital for supporting mountain climbing.

Nepal Mountaineering Association Offers Various courses and the Courses are as follows :-

   (1) Basic Mountaineering Training

   (2) Advance Mountaineering Training

   (3) Mountain leader Training

   (4) High Mountain Rescue Training

   (5) Mountain Guide Training

For Basic Mountaineering Training :-

» Mandatory requirement to enter into Basic Mountaineering Training are:-

   (1) Citizenship Xerox and Identity card.

   (2) Recommendation letter which shows 2 years minimum experience.

   (3) Clear picture of any successful ascent of any mountain or trekking pass.

   (4) Basic first aid course certificate.

   (5) Introductory Rock climbing course certificate.

For Foreign candidates, 3 days introductory rock climbing courses will be provided.

Training fees :-
  • Fees for BMT is $3000.00 USD for one participant.

  • For Nepalese Candidate: Only Rs15000 will be charged. Other cost are Insurance cost, medical and evacuation (these costs are not excluded).

  • For Foreign Candidates: $3000USD

  • Fees payment will be deposited in NMA’s Bank account.

For Advance Mountaineering Training :-

  • Candidate must possesses A grade In BMC.

  • In AMC the training duration generally comprises of 40 days training with 10 days of theoretical training. Its generally conducted in the month of December- January.

» Mandatory requirement to enter into Advance Mountaineering Training are:-

   (a) Passport size photo 1 pc

   (b) Citizenship Xerox

   (c) Recommendation letter from trekking agency registered at NMA

   (d) BMC certificate.

   (e) Insurance

» For foreign candidates:-

   (a) Certificate of last Mountaineering Training.

   (b) Passport size pictures-1pcs

   (c) Passport photocopy.

For Mountain Guide Training :-

  • For Mountain Guide Training one needs to qualify entrance exam.

» To be eligible for entrance exam:-

   (a) Above 18 years of age.

   (b) Good Physical Fitness

   (c) Possesses high moral standards

  (d) Possesses very good level of Mountaineering experience

Minimum Requirement for Entrance:-

As per NNMA guidelines, there is proficient preliminary requirement for aspirant guide course entrance examination.

» Each candidate has to accomplish climbing training and experience on alpine peaks and are as follows:

   (a) Climbing trekking experience

   (b) Basic and advance trekking certificate

   (c) Experience on 4 summits trekking

   (d) Experience on one summit over 7000m including two camps in height.

For High Mountain Rescue Training :-

Mountain Rescue Training are very expensive training. Even though they are very much in demand. At mountain region, there is always a need of rescue team.

» Maximum 10 candidates are enrolled in Rescue Training. Where they get training regarding following things:-

   (1) First aid and Casualty care

   (2) Radio Communication

   (3) Vary box uses

   (4) Rope and Knot techniques

   (5) Mountain rescue stretcher and its uses techniques

   (6) Helicopter procedures

   (7) Team search and rescue equipment

   (8) Field work and leadership skills

   (9) Map & GPS uses.

10. Himalayan Climbing And Mountaineering School :-

  • Himalayan Climbing & Mountaineering School also abbreviated as HCMS. HCMS was established in the year 2016, June. And it is promoted by Pemba Gyalge Sherpa.

  • HCMS is a professional mountaineering Institute which provides specialized training in the arena of climbing mountains.

  • Himalayan Climbing and Mountaineering School (HCMS),  is the first Private Climbing and Mountaineering School with an aim to fill the educational vacuum as a quality institution which focused on producing potential leaders who can represent Nepal.

  • At HCMS, Pemba’s dedication, knowledge and experience will transform participants with high quality training and mentoring to strengthen and enhance their career building capacity in the arena of mountaineering. 

  • HCMS offers Mountaineering Sport Professionals for recreational adventure and aspiring career professional guides.

  • Himalayan Climbing and Mountaineering School values training that incorporates education, awareness, moral values, ethics, social responsibility activities where the participants can enjoy the entire trainings programme.

Himalayan Climbing & Mountaineering School offers various types of training and these trainings are as follows :-

   (1) Rolwaling ice climbing training

   (2) Khumbu ice climbing training

   (3) Ramdurg peak training

   (4) Mera peak training

   (5) Annapurna climbing training

   (6) Langtang climbing training

   (7) Khumbu climbing training

HCMS also organizes time to time sports climbing programmes :-

   (1) Open climbing competition

   (2) Weekend Rock Climbing Trip

   (3) Corporate Climbing competition

   (4) Inter college climbing competition

   (5) Inter school climbing competition

   (6) Advance rock climbing course

   (7) Introductory rock climbing course

   (8) Pasang lhamu sport climbing center

11. Swami Vivekanand Institute Of Mountaineering :-

  • Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mountaineering also abbreviated as (SVIM). It is located in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan.

  • It lies in Aravalli ranges.

  • SVIM is operated and managed by Government of Gujarat. SVIM was established in the year 1965.

  • SVIM also conducts many certificate courses which are related to mountaineering.

  • SVIM also conducts many adventure camps.

  • Second center of SVIM is Pandit Dindayal Upadhay Mountaineering center in Gujarat.

Courses Offered :-

Swami Vivekanand Institute of Mountaineering offers courses in

  (1) Basic Mountaineering Course

  (2) Advance Mountaineering Courses.

Eligibility :-

 

S.NCOURSENUMBER OF DAYSAGEELIGIBILITY
1Adventure Course at Mt. Abu7 days8 to 13No previous experience needed
2Adventure Course at Junagadh:-7 days8 to 13No previous experience needed
3Basic Course in Rock Climbing at Mt. Abu10 days14 to 45No previous experience needed
4Basic Course in Rock Climbing at Junagadh10 days14 to 45No previous experience needed
5Advance Course in Rock Climbing15 days15 to 45Requires Basic Course in Rock Climbing / Attach Photocopy of Certificate
6Coaching Course in Rock Climbing30 days17 to 45Requires Basic
7Advance course in Rock Climbing——-——-Attach Photocopies of Certificates
8Artificial Rock Climbing Course10 days17 to 45Requires Coaching Course in Rock Climbing / Attach Photocopy of Coaching course
9Refresher Course for Instructor10 days17 to 45Requires Coaching Course in Rock Climbing / Attach Photocopy of Coaching course
10Trekking in Gujarat10 days17 to 45Coaching course trainee will get first preference
11Trekking in Himalaya15 days17 to 45Coaching course trainee will get first preference

12. Indian Himalayan Center For Adventure & Eco Tourism :-

  • Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure and Eco Tourism is also abbreviated as IHCAE.

  • It is located in the pristine mountains of the Central Himalaya on the lap of the world’s third highest peak, the Mt. Khanchenjunga.

  • IHCAE is the first institute of its kind in India to have achieved the remarkable feat of proudly unfurling the Institute flag on the “On the TOP of World” Mount Everest thrice.

  • IHCAE is located in the village of Chemchey, the IHCAE is a paradise for nature lovers and  seeking to get a taste of adventure sports in Mountaineering

  • It is one of the best institute for adventure sports in India.

  • Also, the snow fed perennial rivers of Teesta & Rangeet offer great challenges to the White-water rafting enthusiast.

  • IHCAE is basically designed to introduce and educate young generation to the exciting, unexplored possibilities of Nature. It also tries to encourage the youth of the Nation to take up adventure sports as a profession.

» IHCAE campus is extremely well laid out with good infrastructure. It offers its candidates a wide range of activities such as:-

   (a) Rock climbing

   (b) Mountaineering

   (c) White-water rafting

   (d) Skiing

   (e) Mountain Biking & Paragliding

  • IHCAE has 14 stages obstacle course.

  • And it is one of the most challenging events for students and also designed to develop for physical endurance and mental alertness.

IHCAE Courses Offered :-

» IHCAE offers various courses and the courses are as follows:-

   (1) Mountaineering

   (2) River-rafting

   (3) Para- gliding

   (4) Rescue operations

   (5) Mountain Biking

   (6) Rock Climbing

   (7) Trekking

   (8) Skiing

   (9) Eco Tourism

Admission Process :-

Basic & Advance Mountaineering Course fees.

Eligiblity :-

  • Eligibility for all courses is based on meeting the age and physical fitness Criteria as given in training programme calendar.

  • Advance Mountaineering Course is for trainees who possesses grade ‘A’ in Basic Mountaineering Course from recognized institute by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi.

Qualification :-

Minimum Educational Qualification Is Class 10th .

Physical Fitness :-

  • Trainees should be in good physical condition prior to join any course.

  • Taking long walk on uneven tracks with 10 – 15 kg load is preferable.

  • Long distance running and regular arms exercise will prove to be beneficial.

  • A test to qualify 15 kilometer trek with 15 kg load may be taken before a trainees is accepted in the Basic Mountaineering Course at high altitude areas / Mountains.

Admission :-

  • The application must be completed in all forms and submitted within 30 days prior to the commencement of course applied along with date of Birth, Medical Certificate and course fees.

  • Vacancies to private candidates are allotted on “First come first serve basis”.

  • Incomplete application will not be accepted.

Payment Of Fee :-

Training fees should be remitted through a Bank Draft payable at State Bank of India, Namchi, South Sikkim in favour of Director, IHCAE, Chemchey.

13. Guardian Corporation And Giripremi Mountaineering :-

  • Guardian Corporation and Giripremi Mountaineering is also abbreviated as GGIM. GGIM is the first and only adventure and mountaineering training institute in Southern India. GGIM is located in Pune, Maharastra.
  • GGIM aims to promote mountaineering sport with safety as main focus, and pass on adventure education across all sections of society.
  • Guardian Corporation and  Giripremi  Mountaineering is the professional mountaineering Institute which offers specialized training to young generation.
  • The Motto of GCGM is “Adventure For All’.

GGIM provides various courses:-

» Courses provided by GCGM are as follows:-

   (1) Rock Climbing Courses

   (2) Himalaya & Alpine Mountaineering Courses,

   (3) First Aid, Search & Rescue Operations,

   (4) Outdoor Adventure for kids,

   (5) Sahyadri treks for youth & senior citizens.      

  • GGIM also conducts expeditions in India, Nepal, Alps including Seven Summits.

  • GGIM also conducts corporate programmes and leadership skills training.

  • If we will see than we will find that there are mainly 5 government mountaineering institutes in India. All of them are situated in Northern region or north-eastern regions of India. So everyone can not take a break of month  from a tight  office schedule for doing mountaineering courses in north India. GGIM offers short-term adventure courses, which are affordable as well as manageable.
  • GGIM have some most experienced instructors in the world who are very rich in experience.
  • Within just five years, more than 4000 adventure enthusiasts have been trained through various courses, treks & rock climbing expeditions in Shyadhari as well as in Himalaya mountaineering.

Enrollment Procedure :-

  • Visit the Official website and download the form.

  • Fill up Online form. (The form should be filled only once.)

  • Get the Medical form signed and stamped from a reputed medical practitioner.

  • Print first page of the indemnity form on 500 Rs. stamp paper, and get it notarized by a legal practitioner. (Please note that the indemnity bond should be submitted only once)

Conclusion :-

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As we discussed the top 13 Mountaineering Institutions which imparts professional training in Mountaineering and helps one become a professional climber from a raw candidate. All 13 Mountaineering institutions are situated at beautiful locations which not only provide adequate training in the specific arena instead also plays a vital role in saving our environment as one of the common mottoes behind the establishment of all the 13 mountaineering institutes is to promote mountaineering among the youths so that they can come close to our nature and also acts as an ambassador to keep our nature clean and conserve. Because the Himalayas are not only our heritage but also the homes of many spices, herbs, etc which plays a crucial role in human existence and it also acts as a natural barrier for a country like India as it safe-guards its northern border.

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