One of the oldest mountaineering institutes of the country, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is located in the most beautiful town of West Bengal, Darjeeling. The institute was established on 4th November 1954. It was set up after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary conquered the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest in the year 1953. The main aim of setting up the institute was encouraging mountaineering as a sport in India. The institute was also set up to commemorate Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary’s conquest of the Everest. It was an initiative of Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute regularly organizes a number of mountaineering courses on different levels like adventure, basic and advanced. The institute has played a key role in training mountaineers across the country.
There is a mountaineering museum inside the institute where one can find a great collection of photographs and films on mountaineering.