Mountaineering in India


Mountaineering is quite popular in India, since the entire northern and north-eastern borders are the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. The apex body in India is the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, which is affiliated to the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

Governing bodyIndian Mountaineering Foundation
National team(s)-
Rock climbing practice on artificial rock wall at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Delhi

India has several premier mountaineering institutes. The four National Institutes are :

The other institutes are :

Indian mountaineersEdit

Role of The Doon SchoolEdit

The faculty and students of The Doon School, a boys-only boarding school in Dehradun founded in 1935, are credited to be among the early pioneers of mountaineering in a newly independent India. The founding headmaster and teachers, including A.E. Foot, R.L. Holdsworth, J.A.K. Martyn and Jack Gibson, were all Alpinists. Along with Gurdial Singh, who joined as faculty, and Narendra Dhar Jayal, then a student at Doon, they were among the first to go on major Himalayan expeditions 1940s onwards.[3] Jayal later went on to pioneer Indian mountaineering and, at Jawaharlal Nehru's behest, became the founder principal of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.[4][5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ecelluiet". Ecelluiet. 2015. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Army officer Ranveer Jamwal scales Mt Everest for a third time". the times of india. the times of india. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ Kohli, M.S. (2002). Mountains of India: Tourism, Adventure and Pilgrimage. Indus. p. 209. ISBN 9788173871351. p.290, Much of the credit for early interest in mountaineering among Indians goes to the Doon School, largely because of some distinguished British mountaineers on its staff like J.A.K. Martyn, J.T.M. Gibson, R.L. Holdsworth...In 1951, Gurdial Singh of the Doon School climbed the 7,120 metres high Trisul. This was the first Indian summit.
  4. ^ Rudraneil Sengupta. "Vertical limit". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ Katherine Indermaur (13 September 2018). "An interview with Suman Dubey about his memories of the 1961 Indian expedition to Nanda Devi". Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  6. ^ vdt15 (24 February 2002). "Climb every mountain". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 September 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2019.

External linksEdit

  • Institute of Mountaineering