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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NIWS prepares you for water-based adventure activities

Adventure travel requires special skills. And, the adventure activity-specific skills are an asset. If water gets your adrenaline going, the National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS) is one of the best places to train to be a water-based adventure specialist. The institute,  a part of the Ministry of Tourism, Government…

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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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Skiing lessons from US$ 3.98 per day

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s (GMVN) Skiing & Tourist Resort in Auli, Uttarakhand announced skiing training schedule for 2011-12 season. GMVN will organize 7-day non-certificate course and 14-day certificate course from January to March 2012.

The 7-day course fee amounts to INR 8,400.00 for Indian students up to 18 years old, INR 9,240.00 for other Indian participants and INR 11,550.00 (US$ 229.72, € 168.75, £144.24) for foreigners.

The 14-day course fee aggregates INR 16,838.00 for Indian students up to 18 years old, INR 18,522.00 for other Indian participants and INR 23,153.00 (US$ 460.49, €338.27, £289.13) for foreigners. The course fee includes accommodation on sharing basis, skies, ski boots, ski poles, training fee and food. Print an enrollment form to attend the skiing course.

If you are not interested in skiing courses due to time constraints, you can pay INR 200.00 per day (US$ 3.98, €2.92, £2.50) for skiing lessons. Learn ski for as many days as you want.

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A Trainee Learns Crevasse Rescue during Basic Mountaineering Course, HMI

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 1954, imparts training in ice climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking and water sports. Eminent mountaineers, including…

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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


Website of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF)

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 to fulfill terms and conditions laid by the foundation, including a royalty fee for peak climbing. The national level apex body is located in south Delhi. You can download application forms from its website. You can choose from open, trekking, virgin and other peaks.


Where to Hire Mountaineering Equipment in New Delhi

  The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) ( 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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Where to Learn and Practice Rock Climbing in New Delhi

  You can learn and practice rock climbing on the JRD Tata Climbing Wall installed within the premises of The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi. Both locals and foreigners can climb the wall by paying a nominal fee. A 4-hour training session costs INR 150.00 per climber irrespective…

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