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#2 of 61 Places To Visit in Darjeeling
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Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India
entry fee
per person entry fee
All days of the week except Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about himalayan mountaineering institute

After local legend Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary conquered the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, on 28 May 1953, The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up. It is the oldest mountaineering institute in the country and it conducts a multitude of mountaineering courses every year. 

Apart from Tenzing Norgay, other legendary mountaineers like Nawang Gombu, who was the first man to climb Everest twice, and Lattoo Dorjee Sherpa have helped build the reputation of this pioneering institute. The institute is presently under the purview of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and its museum is worth a visit.

Tenzing Norgay, who lived in Darjeeling, was the director of  Himalayan Mountaineering Institute  for many years. The Mountaineering Museum here has interesting displays and records of some major expeditions. Next door is the Everest Museum, which traces the history of different attempts on Everest. The institute also organizes mountaineering courses. One-off rock climbing lessons can be taken at the Tenzing Norgay Rock, located on the northern fringes of Darjeeling.

The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is right next to the institute and known internationally for its successful breeding programmes of the endangered snow leopard and the red panda. You will also see the rare Siberian tiger and Tibetan wolves here.

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Nitin Modi
Nitin Modi
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Jun 28 2014
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute situated in darjeeling.the mighty himalayas are every mountaineers ultimate dreams if you have the courage and stamina and you want to try something diffrent you must check out himalayan mountaineering institute. th ...... read more
Shikha Gautam
Shikha Gautam
May 15 2014
A must visit for all, it's a hit with trekkers and mountaineers from all over the world. Other than an immensely informative exhibition gallery, HMI also has knick knacks from Tenzing and Hillary's ascent of Everest.