Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling

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Basic Mountaineering Courses in India

I applied for Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling in June 2013. Since the seats are less and demand is more, there is a long waiting list in the top two mountaineering institutes of India namely:
1. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering,  Uttarkashi- when I enquired in June 13,  waiting list was for more than a year.
2. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling – when I enquired in June 13, latest batch with seat available was in March ’14. I applied for this course and have now received a call letter confirming my admission.

Other two institutes i.e. ABVIMAS, Manali and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering,  Srinagar informed that seats were available in July 2013 batches but with the reviews I read on various forums,  I preferred to wait and develop physical strength before I go for such a course. HMI and NIM were appreciated by almost everyone for serious training and I had to choose between the two.

Why HMI Darjeeling?

I chose Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling, even though I would have liked to go to NIM Uttarkashi because of the following reasons:

1. I was getting a seat in March 14, which was an ideal time, neither too early nor too late.

2. I would get sufficient time to develop physical fitness. I was never much of a sportsman, always a couch potato and lazy sort of person so this factor was very important.

3. This course would take me near the base camp of the world’s third highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga. This was a bonus.

4. I am working as a Safety Personal at a Power Plant construction site and it’s quite possible that by March, the work pressure will reduce, as major activities would be finished and it will be easy to get a month long leave from my job.

5. I do not like winters and winters also don’t like me. So, I hope March would be somewhat warm in Sikkim.

 Why to do a Mountaineering Course?

1. Well, I do not want myself to be judged, but wilderness has always appealed to me, I find it is friendly and welcoming when compared to cities.

2. I think doing this course will open me to the world of travelling and adventure. It would be a skill which may help me get a short term job in future if I chose a life of travelling. I can even opt for AMC (Advanced Mountaineering Course) at NIM Uttarkashi after successfully completing BMC at HMI.

3. I want to remain fit throughout my life.

4. I understand this requires sufficient time and money, but I believe the returns would be fun.

 Challenges in a Mountaineering Course

Well, it won’t be easy to take a different path and that too at such time when I am comfortably settled in my job which is a quite-obvious-well-trodden path. So, there are going to be many challenges I will be facing. These are as follows:

1. Physical Fitness: The most difficult of all. I never played many sports. But,  it has to be done. I don’t have any coach, but I found my way when I downloaded the US Army physical fitness training pocket book. You can also download it by clicking here http://www.goarmy.com/downloads/physical-training-guide.html.  It does not specifically prepare for mountaineering but improves general fitness, strength, stability and endurance. I am working on it and found it really effective. With this book coach, I believe I will be able to work out my way through this challenge.
2. Managing one month leave in March 14: March 14 will be the end of financial year and it will be difficult to convince my seniors here to get a month long leave. I hope my luck will support me here because I rarely try to convince anyone, I just go my way.
3. Psychological Preparation: I have never lived in mountains and higher altitudes. Many fears will engulf me and my family regarding the dangers of the course. But, the best way to deal with fears is to face them. And if I am planning to travel a lot I will have to face such things always and I can’t afford to live in a state of constant fear.

I have recently joined IndiaMike.com for getting more information about travelling, trekking and mountaineering and to allay my fears of the unknown. It is also possible that I make acquaintances that will be willing to travel with me. Equipped and ready with this I am waiting positively for March. Himalayas, here I come!

Further reading:

Transfer of Vacancy in Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling

HMI Darjeeling Basic Mountaineering Course – Part-1

 

 

24 thoughts on “Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling”

  1. Balachandra says:

    Its nice to hear you are applied for HMI. I too applied for NIM.
    By the way, may I know how you created this website on your own.
    Thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. When I applied in June’13, they informed that seat was available in post-summer courses so I selected HMI. By the way, what batch are you going for at NIM? Regarding website, initially, a friend of mine made it on wordpress. He started this web development company (http://sainfoinc.com/) after graduating from college. Later, I modified it a lot like changing theme and updating content etc. Thanks for liking it. :)

  2. Balachandra says:

    Its nice to hear you are applied for HMI. I too applied for NIM.
    By the way, may I know how you created this website on your own.
    Thanks

    1. admin says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. When I applied in June’13, they informed that seat was available in post-summer courses so I selected HMI. By the way, what batch are you going for at NIM? Regarding website, initially, a friend of mine made it on wordpress. He started this web development company (http://sainfoinc.com/) after graduating from college. Later, I modified it a lot like changing theme and updating content etc. Thanks for liking it. :)

  3. Salwat Hamrah says:

    Good info, I m going to HMI in Nov batch for Basic Mountaineering Course. Moreover the guy you mentioned Sainfoinc is my college senior. Cheers. Lets do it.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Salwat,

      Thanks for your comment and all the best for your endeavors. I would love to hear about your experience at HMI when you come back from there. Jai from Sainfoinc is my good friend and batchmate.

  4. Salwat Hamrah says:

    Good info, I m going to HMI in Nov batch for Basic Mountaineering Course. Moreover the guy you mentioned Sainfoinc is my college senior. Cheers. Lets do it.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Salwat,

      Thanks for your comment and all the best for your endeavors. I would love to hear about your experience at HMI when you come back from there. Jai from Sainfoinc is my good friend and batchmate.

  5. Jai Lakshwani says:

    Hey Manoj & Salwat. I am pleased to be here on this post. Thanks for mentioning my company domain here :-)

    I would like to read your experiences about your trip to HMI.

    All The Best.

  6. Jai Lakshwani says:

    Hey Manoj & Salwat. I am pleased to be here on this post. Thanks for mentioning my company domain here :-)

    I would like to read your experiences about your trip to HMI.

    All The Best.

  7. Mukul Yadav says:

    Can you help me with Bmc at any good mountaineering institute in june??? At Hmi iguess june batch is only women??

    1. admin says:

      As I mentioned, NIM Uttarkashi, ABVIMAS Manali, JIMWS Pahalgam and HMI Darjeeling are all good institutes. You can choose anyone you like. For more information please visit their websites. When I enquired at Manali and Pahalgam, they were ready to offer seats in just the next batch but NIM and HMI may have waitlists upto a year. For more details pl contact at their phone nos given in the websites. I hope this solves your query.

  8. Mukul Yadav says:

    Can you help me with Bmc at any good mountaineering institute in june??? At Hmi iguess june batch is only women??

    1. admin says:

      As I mentioned, NIM Uttarkashi, ABVIMAS Manali, JIMWS Pahalgam and HMI Darjeeling are all good institutes. You can choose anyone you like. For more information please visit their websites. When I enquired at Manali and Pahalgam, they were ready to offer seats in just the next batch but NIM and HMI may have waitlists upto a year. For more details pl contact at their phone nos given in the websites. I hope this solves your query.

  9. Pavan Kumar says:

    Hey manoj im gald that you have applied for BMC for march batch. I’ve also applied for the same batch @ HMI and luckly my leave has been approved….
    What abt u???t

    1. Manoj Yadav says:

      Hi Pavan, my leave was not approved at the time. So I had to write http://yadavmanoj.com/transfer-of-vacancy-in-basic-mountaineering-course-at-hmi-darjeeling . I am now ready to take on the course. How was your trip? If you have shared your experience on any blog, please share the link too.

  10. ankita says:

    Hie,
    I m planning to join a basic mountainerring course .my first pref is nim n last hmi.
    Cud u plz help me to go abt it.
    N wud tht b possible 2 get enrolled dis year 2014 .

    1. admin says:

      Hi Ankita, out of the four institutes I think NIM has upto 9-12 months and HMI upto 6-9 months of waiting list. While Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, Pahalgam and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali may have vacancies in coming batches itself. You please contact the institutes through e-mail and phone to know the current status.

      Thanks and All the Best.

  11. chetan kumar says:

    Could somebody please tell me how to contact NIM or HMI. I tried calling them but number are not in service. I am planning to join NIM for coming October course of basic mountaineering. Shall I enquire about vacancy before applying or can I apply directly?
    Thanking you

    1. Manoj Yadav says:

      Hi Chetan,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. You can contact HMI directly at this e-mail ID — hmi_darj@rediffmail.com . I have always received replies at this mail ID within a day or two. You can contact NIM Uttarkashi at — nimutk2004@gmail.com

      I would strongly recommend you to contact the Institute for the availability of vacany in earliest available course. Because, NIM and HMI have generally 12 months and 9 months waiting list respectively.

  12. chetan kumar says:

    Thank you…. I think you have suggested me in the best way u could… your suggestion would be atmost usefull for me.

  13. chetan kumar says:

    Could you please suggest me something about Search and rescue course. I read that it require grate strength and high physical fitness.

  14. vishal says:

    Hi admin manoj I applied for hmi Darjeeling nov 2015 batch

  15. anurag says:

    Hello all commentators,

    First, i congratulate to Mr. Manoj for the best experience he had done and who pull me to come here. I have a simple question about travelling profession, i mean what is professional way to make career after doing BMC (Basic Mountaineering course) or AMC (Advance Mountaineering Course) from any where. I am a nature lover and keep my mind still in mountain. I would like to make my career in travelling. How to make career through this way. Please reply me… I am still waiting for reply.. thanks all

    Happy New year to all

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