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” 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.


Course aspirants should check HMI website for seat availability before applying for courses.  In case vacancies are filled up by the time application is received, the applicant would be considered for other courses as per option given in the application form.  Vacancies to Private candidates are allotted on “First Come First Served Basis”.  Application form along with Medical Certificate, course fee & proof of date of birth is to be forwarded to Principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling, West Bengal, PIN-734101,India. Documents sent through email would not be accepted (except foreigners). Seats will not be blocked over phone.


Foreigners with valid travel/tourist VISA may undergo all courses.  Foreigners / Indians willing to pay same Course fee as Foreigner may avail walk in admission in the desire course irrespective of seat availability status shown on the website.  Application & medical form along with following details may be forwarded by email & original ones submitted at the time of joining the course.

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 / Bachelor
j)  Visa validity (Date & region/Part of India/ All India Validity) k)  Permanent address including Mobile/Tele Contact Nos & Email Address l)  Local address including Mobile / Tele contact  (if any) & Email Address


Application Form is to be sent in original along with a photograph & Medical certificates. Fresh medical certificate (not more than 6 months old) duly signed by a Doctor with proper seal and registration number  to be submitted in the Training Office of the Institute at the time of reporting. Application & Medical Form can be downloaded from below.

Admission Form  Medical Form


(a)    Course fee should be remitted through NEFT or through online payment / direct payment into State Bank of India, Darjeeling branch A/c No. 10833276127 (NEFT IFS Code: SBIN0000063, MICR Code  No 734002101, SWIFT code: SBININBB336).  PART PAYMENT / CHEQUES /  MONEY ORDERS / POSTAL ORDERS AND DEMAND DRAFT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Foreigners may exercise the option of direct/online payment or cash payment at USD to Indian rupee exchange rate of the day.

(b)   Course fee is all inclusive, no separate payment is to be made for food, accommodation, equipment, transportation, medicines and other training expenses during the course. The courses conducted at HMI are highly subsidised and the vacancies are limited. Repeating a course by an individual leads to denial of opportunity to someone else. One cannot repeat the same course at subsidised fee. In case it is found that a course participant repeats the same course, certificate will be treated null and void. There is no restriction on repetition of course  for foreigners and individuals undergoing special courses which are conducted on actual cost basis.


A test of Fitness will be conducted for Basic Course participants to assess the mental & physical fitness for training at high altitude areas/ mountains.  Minimum one month regular exercise and running of one hour every day 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.



This Institute provides Mountaineering Clothing and Technical equipment during courses.  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, WHILE COMING TO ATTEND A COURSE: ~

(a) Light Hat for Trekking – One
(b) Scarf Woolen – One
(c) Underwear – As required
(d) Light Weight Rain Coat, Poncho / Umbrella – One
(e) Woolen and Cotton socks – Two pairs each
(f) Cotton shirts and trousers – Two each
(g) Jungle Boots/ Trekking Boots (Avoid PVC soles) – One pair
(h) Running Shoes for morning PT – One pair
(j) Torch/ Head lamp with Battery cells – One
(k) Writing Material (Ball Point Pen & Diary) – As required
(l) Toilet Requisites – As required
(m) Sun Glasses with Side Cover – At least 02
(n) Waterproof Cover for Turbans (for Sikhs only) – As required
(o) Swimming Trunks (essential for Adventure course trainees) – One set
(p) Nail and Tin Cutter – One each
(q) Anti Chap Cream / Sun Block Cream – As required
(r) Small Lock – One
(s) Track Suit – One set (at least)
(t) Repair kit i.e. Needle, Thread & Buttons, etc – As required
(u) Cap Balaclava (Woolen) – One
(v) Gloves (Woolen) – Two pairs minimum
(w) Thermocot/ Thermal inner – As required
(x) Passport size photograph – Four


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 & from journey. Candidates reporting before the given reporting date will have to make their own arrangement for accommodation and food as the hostel will be functional from the reporting date.



Mountaineering & trekking equipment are available on hire from Jayal Memorial Fund Store which is maintained by HMI. Individuals / groups desirous of hiring such equipment may do so at nominal charges and security deposit.


Illustrated and Informative Brochure is available at souvenir shop at cost price. This gives an insight into the history and growth of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI).


Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi grants scholarship for undergoing Basic and Advance Mountaineering Courses to individuals whose own or guardians’ income is less than Rs.5000/- per month.  Application should be submitted to the IMF directly at least four months in advance. Please contact IMF for further details.


Following charges would be levied for cancellation / transfer to another course:-


  • More than 31 days –  Rs 2500/-
  • 11 days to 30 days – Rs 4000/-
  • 10 days or less – No refund


  • More than 31 days –  Rs 1000/-
  • 11 days to 30 days – Rs 2000/-
  • 10 days or less – No refund

Note:   Cancellation/transfer form is available on HMI website. The same is to be filled up and scanned copy sent by email followed by original one by post. Processing of the application will be done only after receipt of hard copy along with proof of course transfer fee. However date of email would be considered for calculating number of days. Course commencement day would not be counted, e.g. for course commencing on 04 Apr 2018, cancellation/ transfer application received on 25 Mar 2018 would be considered 10 days prior. Request for course cancellation/transfer received over phone will not be entertained.

Cancellation and Transfer Form


All queries/ correspondence to the Institute must be addressed to the Principal and not by name of any Officer / Staff of the Institute.

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