Mountaineering

An Opportunity for Expedition Leaders to Learn and Hone Their Skills

Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) plans to conduct a high altitude medical expedition during May-June 2017 to train mountaineers and trekkers in expedition first aid, health care, leadership, life support techniques, medicine, and rescue. So that expedition leaders can protect the injured and affected parties until professional medical help reaches the ...
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Tips to Get Grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course

How to Get Grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course

One of my readers* wants to know how he can get grade A in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Here are my suggestions and insider tips for him and other aspiring mountaineers. (* I have deleted reader’s name on his request. The reader does not want unnecessary publicity.) The first prerequisites ...
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IHCAE Conducts Adventure Activity Courses in Sikkim Himalayas

I have been frequently asked about Sikkim-based government institutes offering mountaineering and other adventure activity courses.  I have earlier talked about the Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.) located in Gangtok. However, this institute does not cater to individual requests. But do not worry! The state tourism department built Indian Himalayan ...
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Types of mountaineering peaks

Types of Mountaineering Peaks

Mountaineering is not a rare holiday activity anymore because of three reasons: Faster easier access to the mountains and related information Various training options Availability of relatively cheaper gear Peaks now-a-days are therefore not out of bounds of common persons. The mountainous countries have realized commercial value of the peaks ...
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Can Physically Fit Patient of Diabetes Join Mountaineering Course?

One of our readers wants to know whether a physically fit patient of blood sugar can join a mountaineering course.  We start the answer on an optimistic note because individuals suffering from Type 1 diabetes climbed Mount Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) in 2002.  Our preliminarily review of a part of ...
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What is a peak?

According to Nepal Mountaineering Association (N.M.A.), a peak refers to a mountain that satisfies the following two conditions: The mountain has a unique route to the summit, which means the route is not shared with other peaks. The col distance between the two mountains is at least 500 meters ...
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The fastest way to Everest region is fraught with risks

If you are time-strapped or looking for the fastest way to the Everest Region in Eastern Nepal, Agni and Yeti airlines fly between Kathmandu and Lukla, the gateway to the home of the loftiest peak. This less than an hour’s flight is however quite risky or “adventurous.” Accidents happen. Adventure ...
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Save 20% on mountain peak royalty

Royalty for peaks in Sikkim The State Government of Sikkim levies substantial peak royalty for climbing within the Sikkim Himalaya. As of 2010, the royalty for foreign expeditions amounts to US$ 8,000 for peaks above 8,000 meters US$ 7,000 for 7,501-8,000-meter peaks US$ 6,000 for 7,001-7,500-meter peaks US$ 5,500 for ...
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Where can you learn mountaineering in Uttarakhand?

Gangotri Glacier, Uttarakhand Technical knowledge of mountaineering is necessary for every mountain climbing expedition. So, why not enroll for a mountaineering course? Popular and reliable  Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is one of the best options to learn ice, rock and snow climbing in India. NIM, nestled in the Garhwal ...
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Load limit for porters accompanying adventure expeditions

As per the guidelines of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), a porter shall not carry more than twenty-five (25) kilograms of load per day for a distance of up to ten (10) kilometers. However, distance covered may vary with the altitude and difficulty level of the route. The load limit ...
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3 places to hire mountaineering equipment in India

You may not have the budget as big as your climbing and mountaineering passion. But, you can still pursue your passion in the Indian Himalayas, as the following Indian mountaineering institutes offer expensive essential equipment on rent for a nominal fee.  Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) (Jayal Memorial Fund Store, Darjeeling) ...
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Your first crack at adventure sports

Learning and training amid gorgeous surroundings has a positive impact on both learners and teachers. There could be no better place thanJammu and Kashmir(J&K) to master basics of adventure sports. You can learn nuts and bolts of four adventure sports, viz mountaineering, paragliding, skiing and white water rafting at the ...
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To scale Himalayan peaks, train in Sikkim

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 ...
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Spend less on Himalayan travel

You can join a mountaineering expedition to the Indian Himalaya as a liaison officer (LO) and enjoy more in less. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) hires liaison officers for all foreign expeditions. Each liaison officer receives an honorarium to cover travel expenses. The honorarium was increased from INR 6,500.00 in ...
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2 adventure gear rental stores in Uttarakhand

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s (GMVN) Trekking and Mountaineering Division offers gear on rent for adventure activities.  A 2-person tent rent amounts to INR 65.00  per day, whereas a sleeping bag rent is INR 25.00 per day. The division also offers windproof jackets and gear for porters. The equipment is available at ...
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A Trainee Learns Crevasse Rescue during Basic Mountaineering Course, HMI

Do you want to learn mountaineering?

A trainee learns crevasse rescue during Basic Mountaineering Course, organized by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling Are you looking for a reliable climbing school in eastern India? You may join one of adventure sports courses at well-known Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The HMI, set up in ...
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Do you want to climb in Uttarakhand?

If you are planning a mountaineering expedition to the Garhwal and Kumaon  Himalaya, Uttarakhand, you have to budget for the following charges and fees payable to different authorities: Payable to Government of Uttarakhand Peak fee (PF) Camping site and trail management fee (CSTMF) Service / handling charges (SHC) Environmental levy (EL) ...
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IMF: Starting Point for Mountaineers Wishing to Climb in Indian Himalayas

IMF: Starting Point for Mountaineers Wishing to Climb in Indian Himalayas The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) organizes and supports high altitude trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing and skiing expeditions. IMF hosts National Sport Climbing Competition every year and offers equipment on rent. All mountaineering expeditions to the Indian Himalayas have ...
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Where to Hire Mountaineering Equipment in New Delhi

  The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) (http://www.indmount.org/Revised%20Rates%20for%20higher%20charges%20of%20equipment.doc) boasts an extensive mountaineering equipment inventory consisting of carabineers, climbing shoes, imported down jackets, Indian rucksacks, etc. The foundation offers equipment on rent for a reasonable price and on first come, first served basis. As of April 2011, security deposit ranges from INR 300.00 ...
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Learn mountaineering at NMIA in Nepal

Nepal Mountaineering Instructors Association (NMIA): The National Mountaineering Institute conducts various adventure activity courses ranging from two (2) to twenty (20) days. For example, the institute organizes courses in basic rescue, first-aid, hill walking, navigation, ice climbing, mountaineering and rock climbing. You can gain knowledge of cliff, crevasse and self ...
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3 main components of mountaineering fee

A foreign mountaineering team planning to climb in the Indian Himalaya shall budget for the following fees besides other expenses: 1. Handling Charge Handling charge to be paid to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) depends on the peak altitude. Based on altitude, peaks are divided into three (3) categories: below ...
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A Perfect New Year Gift for Climbers and Trekkers

A Perfect New Year Gift for Climbers and Trekkers Travelers who love enchanting, stark land of Ladakh have one more reason to rejoice: More than one hundred additional peaks are now accessible without “protected area permit.” ...
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