Best Mountaineering Institutes In India
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Few people are aware of mountaineering institutes and career in mountaineering in India. This is because people consider it a risky and less lucrative career. But over the years, mountaineering and trekking have grown highly in India. Due to which more career opportunities developed in this field.

As a result, today many youngsters want to pursue a career in mountaineering or trekking. But still, there is a huge shortage of information on institutes and careers in mountaineering.

So, this article lists the best mountaineering institutes in India where one can begin their adventurous journey.

Nehru Institute of mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

NIM campus.

This institute is set up in the foothills of Gharwal Himalayas and is one of the best mountaineering institutes in India. The institute is also the most prestigious mountaineering institute in Asia.

At this institute, candidates train in Basic, Advance Mountaineering course, and adventure course. During these courses, young mountainers equip themselves with various skills like rock climbing, rappelling, ice craft, etc. Apart from these courses, the institute also conducts the skiing course, Search and Rescue course.

For various courses, visit NIM.

Himalayan mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Candidates training at HMI base camp in West Sikkim.

Setup in 1954, HMI is the first mountaineering institute in India. It is located in the picturesque hills of Darjeeling and offers a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world.

This Institute offers courses like adventure course, Basic, Advance Mountaineering course and Method Of Instruction course. During these courses, the candidate also trains in the Kanchenjunga National Park and Rathong Glacier in West Sikkim. They also train candidates in special courses, like sports climbing, rock climbing, etc.

For course, details visit HMI.

Jawahar Institute of mountaineering And Winter Sports(JIM &WS), Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

This institute came into existence in 1983, as the third mountaineering institute in India. It is set up on the lines of HMI and NIM to provide training in different adventure sports in one place.

Courses offered at this institute are adventure course, mountaineering course and Basic, Intermediate, Advance skiing course. The Institute also conducts special courses in adventure, river rafting, and paragliding.

To know more, details visit JIM.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), Manali, Himachal Pradesh

ABVIMAS is the largest adventure sports training centre in India. It is set up in the beautiful town of Manali in Kullu valley and has nine sub-centres all over Himachal. 

This institute train in adventure sports like Mountaineering, Skiing, Water and Aero Sports. And has trained over 40,000 people till now.

For more information, visit ABVIMAS.

National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh

This institute is first of its kind that offers courses across all adventure sports. It is also the youngest mountaineering institutes in India set up in the year 2013.

NIMAS campus is spread over an area of 52 acres, which provides enough area to train in different sports. Apart from the general mountaineering course other courses offered at this institute are Paragliding course, Mountain Terrain Biking course, Scuba Diving course, Water Rafting course, and Para Motor course.

To know more visit NIMAS.

Hanifel Centre – Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Mussoorie, Hanifel is the only institute in India accredited by the Association for Experiential Education(AEE). 

This institute offers courses in wilderness medicine and outdoor. Among outdoor courses offered are Outdoor Leadership Course (OLC) and Trek Leader Course (TLC). The instructors and the facilities at this institute are world-class. So, if you are looking for a trek leader course, Hanifel Center is the best.

To know more, visit Hanifel.

These are the various institutes in India where one can enrol to certify as a mountaineer. But before enrolling, ensure one thing. Admission to these institutes is on the first-cum-first-serve basis due to limited seats. So, you need to apply for the course at least 1 year to 1.5 years before the course date to ensure your seat.

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About Author

Arjun Singh Rawat
An entrepreneur by profession and an adventurer by passion. Arjun is a trained mountaineer from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and certified WFA( wilderness first aid) responder from Hanifl Center. He along with his partner started Hike Brothers for their love for mountains and with a vision of creating employment and promoting adventure activities in mountains.


Manisha vadher
July 17, 2020
Hello sir, My name is Manisha Vadher. I m from Vadodara Gujarat.My daughter is 10 years old she interested in trekking so give some information about it.
Arjun Rawat
July 18, 2020
Hello Manisha Vadher, I am glad to know that your daughter is interested in trekking. For your daughter, I would first suggest you take her on some treks. So that she gets the exposure of trekking. Then if she continues to show interest in trekking, you can enrol here for adventure course in any of the above institutes. After completing the course, she will get the taste of this field and will have clarity about it. Then she can do a Basic Mountaineering Course and join any trekking agency as a trek leader. She can also directly join any trekking agency as an assistant trek leader to get the exposure of the trekking industry. Once she spends some time in outdoors, she has a lot of options in this field. She can start her own agency, can work with other agencies as trek leader or base camp manager or trek coordinator, content writer, photographer etc. She can also develop her own blogging website.

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