The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavour for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.
HMI regularly conducts Adventure, Basic and Advanced Mountaineering courses. These are very comprehensive courses. They are also highly subsidised to encourage mountaineering as a sport.
Which are located on Birch Hill are the major attractions for the tourists some exotic breeds of high altitude fauna such as Siberian tigers, black bear, red pandas, and the elusive Snow Leopards and many colourful Himalayan birds grace the location which is must in the itinerary of all tourists. In addition to the rich learning experience at HMI, a visit to Darjeeling provides life long memories to be taken home by students of HMI.