Instructions before applying for the Course

Eligibility for all courses is based on meeting the age and physical fitness criteria only, as given above. ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE is for trainee graded “A” only in Basic Mountaineering course from HAWS, c/o 56 APO, HMI Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi, JIM Pahalgawn, NIMAS, Dirang, ITBP Trg Centre Auli, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, Manali and SGMI Gangtok. A trainee should be able to communicate, read and understand either Hindi or English.

Vacancies to Private candidates are allotted on “First Come First Serve Basis”. Application to be accompanied with Medical Certificate and course fee. Proof of date of birth should accompany the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

All foreigners with valid travel/Tourist VISA is not acceptable to do the Mountaineering course. They should have to make special Visa for Mountaineering courses with documents and meeting eligibility conditions as given above, are eligible. They should apply for admission in the desired courses to the Principal, HMI, Darjeeling at least three months in advance. Exclusive Special Courses can be organized for 15 or more foreigners.

A test of Fitness will be conducted in case of Basic Course to assess the mental & physical fitness for training at high altitude areas/ mountains. Minimum one month regular exercise and running of one hour everyday before reporting for the course is essential! to pass the test which includes 25 kms trekking up and down with 15 kg load within a given time and other tests.


  • Course fee should be remitted through a Bank Draft in favour of Principal, HMI payable at State Bank of India, Darjeeling Branch, or through online payment / direct payment into our HMI A/c 10833276127 (NEFT IFSC Code No. SBIN0000063, MICR Code No 734002101, SWIFT code No SBININBB336). After making the payment Applicants must send the Original/Scan copy of Payment details slip/counterfoil/Screen shot through email / by post. CASH / PART PAYMENT / CHEQUES / MONEY ORDERS / POSTAL ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

  • For Foreigners only :- Foreigners are not required to deposit the course fee in advance. Seats can be booked by sending scanned copy of Application & Medical form. Fees to be remitted in cash at the time of reporting to the Institute, at the current equivalent rates.

  • Fee includes expenses on food, accommodation, equipment, transportation, medicines and other training expenses during the course.

Serving Armed Forces, Para Military and NCC personnel can also apply through their departments. Ail Government Servants may apply without any restrictions.


(a)                Application can also be downloaded from our website at  and cost of Application form charges i.e 250/- (US$ on 10.00 for Foreign Nationals) can be paid along with course fee through SBI Demand Draft payable at SBI Darjeeling in favour of Principal HMI, Darjeeling.

(b)                ONLINE PAYMENT will be available soon.

This Institute provides Mountaineering, Clothing and Technical equipment. Incase trainees posses some equipment of their own, they are welcome to bring the same with them. All Trainees (both Male and female) must ensure that they bring the following along, while coming to attend a course ; –

Items Qty.
Light Hat for Trekking One
Scarf Woolen One
Underwear As required
Light Weight Rain Coat, Poncho / Umbrella One
Woolen and Cotton socks Two pairs each
Cotton shirts and trousers Two each
Jungle Boots/ Trekking Boots (Avoid PVC soles) One pair
Sneakers for morning PT One pair
Small Torch with Battery cells One
Writing Material (Ball Point Pen & Diary) As required
Toilet Requisites As required
Sun Glasses with Side Cover At least 02
Waterproof Cover for Turbans (for Sikhs only) As required
Swimming Trunks (essential for Adventure course trainees) One set
Nail and Tin Cutter One each
Anti Chap Cream / Sun Block Cream As required
(Small Lock) One
Track Suit One set (at least)
Repair kit i.e. Needle, Thread & Buttons, etc As required
Cap Balaclava (Woolen)    not required One
Pen Knife not required One
Gloves (Woolen) Two pairs minimum

All trainees must report an evening before commencement of the course and will leave the Institute hostel immediately after the course graduation ceremony concludes on the last day. Late arrivals even by one day will not be permitted to join the course. trainees should make their own arrangements for to & fro journey.


Forward the following details for Government clearance.
(a) Name in Block letters (b) Father’s name (c) Date of birth
(d) Nationality (e) Passport number (f) Visa Number
(g) Educational qualification (h) Occupation/Profession (i) Married I Bachelor
j) Visa validity (Date & region/Part of India/All India Validity) (k) Permanent address including Mobile/Tele Contact Nos & Email Address (I) Local address including Mobile / Tele contact  (if any) & Email Address

Jayal Memorial Fund Store is the largest store for hiring mountaineering equipment in India. These stores are maintained by HMI and made available to various Indian expedition and trekking groups on a special request made to Principal HMl on “First cum First Serve Basis”. For more details write to Principal, HMI, Darjeeling.

This gives you an insight into the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI). Illustrated and Information Brochure is available on cash payment at souvenir shop at selling price.

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi grants scholarship to the 10% of total vacancy of Basic and Advance Mountaineering Courses whose own or guardian’s income is less than Rs.5000/- per month. Application should be submitted to the IMF directly at least four months in advance along with income certificate signed by a Gazetted Officer or Government Competent Authority.

No refund of Application Fee of Rs 250/-

Application for cancellation seat :-
(a)        Upto 02 months prior – 50% deduction

(b)         Less than 02 months Prior – No Refund & no transfer to subsequent course

Note : Transfer of course acceptable on valid Medical Ground from the authorized Medical Hospitals.

Recent Blog

Translate »