Welcome to Indian Mountaineering Foundation

Apex National Body

Origin and Objective

IMF was formed in 1957 as the 'Sponsoring Committee' of the Cho Oyu Expedition, the success of which on May 15, 1958, encouraged the Committee to sponsor more expeditions. In 1959, it changed its name to the 'Sponsoring Committee of Everest Expedition' and in the following year 'Sponsoring Committee' for Mountaineering Expeditions. Finally, on January 15, 1961 a permanent organization was set up, in its role as the national body, with headquarters in New Delhi and was registered as such on November 3, 1961. Its building was inaugurated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1980.

The main objectives are to organize, support and provide a base for expeditions for mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking at high altitudes and to promote, encourage, support and execute schemes for related adventure activities and environmental protection work in the Himalaya.


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NEWS

Current News and Updates
IMF President, Col. (Retd.) H.S. Chauhan
Col. (Retd.) H.S. Chauhan
President, IMF
2016 has been an exciting year for climbing, trekking, and skiing in Indian Himalaya. Over 100 expeditions - 59 Indian and 44 foreign - attempted a broad spectrum of peaks ranging from 5,000m to the 8000m. Some were first attempts on new routes and other on virgin peaks. There were two first ascents in Zanskar's little - known Korlomshe Tokpo region - Kusyabla (5,916m) and Temple (5,947m); and first ascent of Northwest ridge of Gangstang (6,162m) in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh. IMF Women's Team scaled a virgin peak (6400m) in Gorichin region of Arunachal Pradesh, while the IMF-ITBP Expedition reached the Base Camp of Kangto Peak in Arunachal - also a first. An Indian expedition team from Pune climbed the sixth and the seventh highest peaks in the world - Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Ankur Bahl, who was at Camp II on Everest at the time of the 2015 earthquake, returned to successfully summit the great mountain. Arjun Vajpayee became the youngest Indian climber to summit five peaks above 8000 metres. Mahmood Ahmad Shah, an avid trekker in Kashmir Himalaya, trekked to the 100th high altitude lake in Kashmir valley. The state of Jammu & Kashmir has over 2,000 high altitude lakes hidden amongst its challenging mountain ranges - and none in the Kashmir valley are accessible by road. Two members of the Austrian Mountain Rescue skied down Kedar Dome - the 6,832-metre peak in the Gangotri group of Garhwal Himalaya. Along with the success stories there were few disappointments too - unleashed by severe and harsh weather conditions. West Bengal lost three mountaineers on Everest. One story of disappointment, however, had nothing to do with weather. It was about the true spirit of mountaineering. British climber Leslie Binns was about 500m short of the Everest summit when he found Sunita Hazra, an Indian climber on her way back from the summit, near the "Balcony". She was sliding down, totally exhausted, with no oxygen. Binns abandoned his summit bid, provided the severely frostbitten Sunita oxygen, and guided her to his tent at Camp IV. He later said, "No summit is worth a life." The mountaineering fraternity upholds such ethics and is proud of true mountaineers who sacrifice their ambition to save lives of fellow climbers. Recently TCS has approved IMF's proposal to digitise IMF expedition planning, management, application, expedition reports and data, including a dedicated web server. I am sure this will improve the overall experience of expedition planning and execution, in future. I wish you all health and happiness in the coming year.

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