You can train at the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.), located in Gangtok, Sikkim, to be a mountaineer. The institute, set up in 1963, organizes different adventure courses, including Basic Mountaineering Course (B.M.C.). The institute has trained several noted mountaineers, such as Sonam Gyatso, Phu Dorjee and Yangdi Sherpa. The institute does not have online presence, but you can write to the principal at the following address for more details:
Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute
(Ministry of Home Affairs) Govt of India,
On December 29, 2009, the institute inaugurated its new complex.
Updated on 6/08/2013
S.G.M.I. (Telephone: 03592-202044) conducts mountaineering courses for staff of the government offices. The courses are not open for individuals. Individuals can, however, join the courses at H.M.I. (Darjeeling), NIM (Uttarakashi), ABVIMAS (Manali), or JIM & WS (Jammu and Kashmir).