Himalayan Mountaineering Institute conducts a variety of mountaineering and adventure courses which are intensive and give trainees an opportunity to develop skill in mountain climbing. In addition to technical skills, the institute aims to develop a spirit of adventure in each student. The institute conducts 16 scheduled courses every year. One adventure course is reserved for visually handicapped persons. One course on methods of instruction (MOI) is conducted for the potential instructors who want to pursue mountaineering as a career. In addition, many special courses are run for students and adults on specific demand. All the courses are highly subsidized with the institute charging very nominal fee which includes the cost of training, equipment, boarding and lodging. Prospectus and course schedule can be bought from the Institute at any time of the year. Vacancies are given on ‘First Come First Serve’ basis. Foreign students are eligible for all courses. They should have valid travel documents and visa.
“life is an adventure or nothing”
Fifteen days’ adventure course is designed on the same pattern as outward bound courses abroad. It is primarily for teenage boys and girls. However adults are also permitted in special adventure course. The course provides a stimulating experience of physical outdoor pursuits such as trekking, camping, rock craft and water sports. The course is designed to install a sense of comradeship, discipline, selflessness and concern for environment protection.
“What is hard to endure is street to remember”
The Basic Mountaineering course is the stepping stone to the world of rock, snow and ice climbing. The modest beginning empowers an individual to participate in any expedition up to heights of 7000 Meters or there about. The entire range of skills required to climb mountains is imparted to the trainees. The duration of the course is of 28 days. Field training is carried out at Chaurikhang, the Institute’s base camp (BC) in West Sikkim at an altitude of 14600 ft. The base camp is the most beautiful place in West Sikkim. One gets a fibulas view of Kabru group of mountains along with Rathong and Kokthang Peaks. Frey and BC Roy peaks in the vicinity are attempted by trainees during this course. The schedule basic courses are conducted during March, April, May September, October and November every year.
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get..on your way”
The duration of the course is 28 days. Trainees who qualified with ‘A’ grade in basic course are eligible for advance course. The course provides advance training and experience of climbing a mountain in an expedition planned by trainees under the supervision of Instructors. They also learn the various techniques of rescue operations in varied mountainous terrain. The advance trainees spend 21 days in the mountain for learning higher skills. The advance course empowers a trainee with vast knowledge of actual climbing done in expeditions. Scheduled advance course are conducted during March, May and September every year.
“Come on lets explore beyond adventure”
Only those trainees who obtain ‘A’ grade in advance course and have an inclination to pursue mountaineering as a career are recommended for this course. Besides testing their knowledge on advance techniques, the trainees are given practical training to handle students and develop instructional ability. This course is also for 28 days. It aims to create a pool of potential guides and instructors for every part of the world who can promote mountaineering in their respective areas through various clubs and foundations.
“We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others”
HMI is the only institute which conducts special adventure courses for visually handicapped persons under privileged sections of society. In addition to teaching of basic of rock climbing, trainees are also taken for high altitude trekking. This course is generally conducted in April/October every year. The Course gives an opportunity to explore the higher dimensions of adventure and human spirit.
HMI also conducts special courses on sport climbing, rock climbing, adventure and mountaineering courses on demand. Duration of these courses can vary as per the requirements of the trainees. These courses are generally conducted for a minimum group of 20 persons from institutions, corporate houses, defence or paramilitary forces. The fee is charged on the actual cost basis. Sport climbing courses are very popular amongst young school children from 4th to 9th Standard who come on weekends during vocations to do such courses. These courses develop an all round personality in young children. The institute also conducted a special mountaineering course sponsored By government of Andhra Pradesh. In this course, a 14 year old. Miss Malvath Poorna officially became the youngest Everester in India. The Institute also conducted a selection camp cum pre-training for NCC Girls’ Everest Expedition 2016.
100 girls from various parts of India were screened and 40 were selected for Pre-Everest expedition in 2015. Two trainees among them, both of whom hailed from Darjeeling. Trishala Gurung and Sulakshana Tamang not only made it to the final team but also summited Mount Everest in May 2016.
Refresher course has been introduced for people who wish to revise/hone their mountaineering skills before any major expedition or just wish to stay in touch with mountaineering. The REFRESHER COURSE takes a trainee straight to practical training without losing time on theoretical aspect which will enable them to learn the modern techniques while refreshing their previously acquired knowledge. A person should have undergone Basic Mountaineering Course with any grade for Mountaineering refresher courses. All practical aspects of mountaineering i.e. rock climbing on natural/artificial surface, rock craft, snow craft etc. would be practiced during this course. The course deals with basic techniques of mountain climbing as taught in the Basic Mountaineering Course for participants who have undergone BMC. Similarly for course participants who have undergone AMC/MoI/S&R, Refresher Course would deals with techniques taught during AMC.
SINGALILA RANGE is a world famous high altitude trekking range spread between the states of West Bengal & Sikkim in India and share international boundary with Nepal. At 3636 m, Sandakphu is the highest point in the range which offers magnificent panoramic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga massif, the highest and third highest mountain peaks in the world. The trekking route passes through picturesque mountain villages crisscrossing India and Nepal.
If one is looking for a little tougher high altitude trek then a walk to HMI base camp is ideally suited. Located inside Kanchenjunga National Park, the trek begins from Yoksum, the road head, and passes through high altitude villages like Bakhim, Chhoka and Dzongri. Chowrikhang, the HMI Base Camp is located at 14,600 ft. One is exported from the chaos of city life to the serenity of mountains on arrival at HMI itself. The view of surrounding peaks from Dzongri is so mesmerising that one not only forgets pain and fatigue of uphill walk but also his home. It feels as if one could spend the whole life just watching these beautiful mountains.
Rock Climbing is one of the most favourite sport in the world in which one can enjoy the nature while testing the physical and mental prowess. Climbing big rocks gives self satisfaction and sense of achievement. It also brings out self confidence and ability to take risk. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is unquestionably the only tourist destination in the country which offers entertainment and adventure together. Designed for a teenager to middle aged this course can be enjoyed by the whole family.