Learn How to Mountaineer at India’s Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

by DIWYY · 2 comments


Mountaineering is an international sport that attracts some of the greatest endurance athletes in the world.  No one can deny the challenge of summiting Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, without oxygen, yet you too can learn the skills necessary to accomplish your mountaineering dreams.

If you’ve ever thought about mountaineering, trekking in the Himalayas, visiting India, or challenging yourself than the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is for you.  I know it sounds intense but mountaineering is a sport that most relatively fit people can enjoy.  It’s a challenging sport that can take you to some of the most beautiful and unique places on the planet but easy to get involved in.

I’ve always been interested in visiting the Himalayas and this this past year I enrolled as a student at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, India.  I enrolled because I was interested in doing more than just trekking through the mountains, I wanted to learn.  So when I discovered HMI I thought it would be a great way to trek the Himalayas and learn a new skill.

HMI’s basic mountaineering course is offered several times a year for both men and women.  For a month long mountaineering course with highly trained military personnel as instructors the $650 USD price is unbeatable.

The Himalayan Mountaineering institute itself was established by Tenzing Norgay, the first person to summit Everest alongside Edmund Hilary.  It was opened in 1945 and has been running basic and advanced mountaineering courses and expeditions ever since.  Most of the instructors are highly skilled mountaineers with experiences including summiting Everest, K2, and Makalu.

The course itself is broken down into two phases; the on campus lessons and physical training followed by basecamp training which takes place on the boarder of India and Nepal, deep in the mountains of West Siikim.  The course itself is intense and challenging to say the least.  I was certainly taken out of my comfort zone more than once and the physicality of the program is daunting.

However, after a month of intensive training you will be more fit, technically skilled, and optimistic about future challenges you might face.  The technical mountaineering skills that you learn include rock climbing, ice climbing, glacier rescue, high and very high altitude training, a high altitude ascent of more that 16, 000ft, as well as a myriad of theoretical knowledge.


In the end I had an eye opening experience in the Himalayas.  Not only was I able to spend a month learning about Indian culture and mountaineering. I also got to trek in the Himalaya’s, make some great friends, and learned some of the challenges that mountaineers face.

HMI’s basic course is a great opportunity to experience the Himalayas, learn new skills, and meet great people.  It’s a chance to broaden your horizons and become one of the few foreigners to experience the joys of mountaineering with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.  Best of all, its open to anyone who’s up for the challenge!

Happy Travels,

To read more about HMI and Ian’s adventures around the world click here.

Teaching in Tokyo, mountaineering the Himalayas, surfing in Indonesia or traveling the Trans-Siberian Ian is always looking for adventure.  He has been to over 30 countries around the world to work, study, volunteer, and travel.  Join him at www.borderlesstravels.com were he shares his experiences, inspires, and teaches you how to start your own borderless travels.
Raj 1

You have a very informative article in your page , i like it , also the page about tips to volunteering is nice.
have you ever been to Nepal also ? Greetings and hello from Nepal !

Ian of Borderless Travels 2

Hi Raj,

Glad you liked the info. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to Nepal yet but would like to go sometime in the future 🙂 If you’re interested in more information about HMI and mountaineering check me out @ http://borderlesstravels.com/category/adventure-travels/mountaineering/



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