A trainee should be able to communicate, read and understand either Hindi or English.

  1. ADVANCE MOUNTAINEERING COURSE: Trainees graded “A” in Basic Mountaineering Course from HMI Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi, JIM Pahalgawn, NIMAS Dirang, ABVIMAS Manali, HAWS C/O 56 APO, ITBP Trg Centre Auli, and SGMI Gangtok are eligible to apply for this course.
  2. SEARCH & RESCUE and METHODS OF INSTRUCTION COURSE: Trainees graded “A” in Advance Mountaineering Course can apply for both the course.  For MOI course, a trainee should have passed class-XII
  3. MOUNTAINEERING REFRESHER COURSE:  Trainee should have completed Basic Mountaineering Course with any grade. For all other courses, age limit & physical fitness are the only eligibility criteria.

Seats are allotted on “First Come First Served Basis”. Course Aspirants should check with HMI Training Office for seat availibility and apply only for courses in which seat is available. Application form along with Medical Certificate, course fee & proof of date of birth is to be sent to HMI by post/courier. Documents sent through e-mail will not be accepted (except foreigners).  Foreigners & Indian citizens willing to pay same course fee as foreigners may avail walk in admission in the desired course.  They may report to HMI training office one day in advance for direct admission into a course. Foreigners are to forward 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  & validity (g)   Permanent address (h)   email id & contact no
(j)   Educational qualification (k)   Occupation/ Profession (l)   Marital status (m)   Local address (if any)

Application & medical form can be downloaded from our website  Fresh medical certificate (not more than 6 months old) duly signed by a Doctor with proper seal and registration number  to be submitted in HMI Training Office at the time of reporting.

Admission Form  Medical Form

A test of Fitness will be conducted for Course participants to assess the mental & physical fitness for training at high altitude areas/ mountains.  Minimum three months regular exercise before reporting for the course is essential to pass the test which includes 15 km trekking up and down hill with 15-18 kg load within a given time and other tests. Trainees failing the test would be sent back from HMI without any refund of course fee. Routine Pre-Course Workout Plan is available on HMI website.

Course fee can be remitted through Demand Draft / NEFT / online payment / direct payment into State Bank of India, Darjeeling Branch. A/c Name : Principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, A/c No. 10833276127 (NEFT IFS Code: SBIN0000063, MICR Code  No 734002101, SWIFT code: SBININBB336).  PART PAYMENT / CHEQUES /  MONEY ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Demand Draft is to be in favour of “Principal HMI Darjeeling”. Foreigners may exercise the option of direct/online payment or cash payment at USD to Indian rupee exchange rate of the day at the time of joining the course. 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.

Courses conducted at HMI are highly subsidised and the vacancies are limited. Repeating a course by an individual leads to denial of opportunity to another deserving candidate. One cannot repeat the same course at subsidised fee even if the individual had been awarded ‘B/C/U’ Grade in the course. In case it is found that a trainee is repeating the course, he/she would be sent back, course fee forfeited & certificate if issued 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.

This Institute provides Mountaineering clothing and technical equipment during courses. In case trainees posses some equipment of their own, they are welcome to bring the same.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 Cutter One each
(q) Anti Chap Cream / Sun Block Cream As required
(r) Small Lock for locking cupboard in hostel 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
(y) Laptop computer (useful for AMC & MOI course to prepare expedition planning & presentation slides)
(z) Hand Sanitizer : As required
(aa) Anti Fungal Cream : One
(ab) Toilet Paper : As required
(ac) Wet Tissue Paper As required
(ad) Vaseline One
(ae) Thermos Flask (500 ml) One

All trainees must report an EVENING BEFORE commencement of the course and will leave the Institute Hostel after the course Graduation Ceremony 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. Candidates arriving before the given reporting date will have to make their own arrangement for accommodation and food as hostel will be functional from the reporting date.

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

Numbers of days from date of Commencement of Course Mountaineering Course Adventure Course
(a) More than 1 month Rs 4000/- Rs 2000/-
(b) 7 days to 1 month Rs 7000/- Rs 4000/-
(c) Less than 7 days No refund No refund

Note:Cancellation/Transfer form is available on HMI website. The same is to be filled up and sent by post / courier.  Processing will be done only after receipt of Cancellation/Transfer form along with proof of course transfer fee. Number   of days for calculation of refund would be as per date of receipt of the form by post / courier. Request for course cancellation/Transfer received over phone / e-mail will not be entertained.

In case of loss/misplace of course certificate/badge, apply to Principal, HMI mentioning Course Serial No, month & year for a duplicate one. The application has to be accompanied with proof of payment of Rs 500/- towards duplicate certificate/badge and postage charges. Send these documents only through post/courier, application received via e-mail would not be processed. Clearly mention the address on which the duplicate certificate/badge is to be sent, it would be dispatched on that address by registered post.


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

Telephone  : 91-354-2254087 (Working hrs: 0930-1700, Monday to Friday)

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Postal Address : Principal, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling – 734101, West Bengal (India)

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