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 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,

Ladakhi Mansion

Gangtok (Sikkim)


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).


  1. Seat availability for basic mountaineering course(bmc) in 2018 .
    Also it’s eligibility.
    And the dates for the same .
    Also the fees .
    Thank you.

    • Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure & Eco Tourism (IHCAE) is organizing 28-days BMC during 14th Sept. -11th Oct.2018. The course fee is Rs 12,500 per person. Age Limit: 17-40 years.

  2. sir I want to do mountaineering course in 2018 plz confirm the seats availability.

  3. dear sir/mam

    please mail schedule for BMC 2013-14 at SGMI.

    • Hello Rajiv,

      Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (S.G.M.I.) conducts mountaineering courses for staff of government offices. The courses are not open for public. You may join Basic Mountaineering Course at NIM (Uttarakashi), HMI (Darjeeling), ABVIMAS (Manali), or JIM & WS (Jammu and Kashmir).


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