All Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Regarding Order and direct that trekking and mountaineering on all the treks shall be banned in the entire territorial jurisdictions of district Lahaul & Spiti till further orders


Please download pdf given below




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Wilderness Advanced First Aid WAFA Course 11th NOV to 14th NOV 2021


Course Description


Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course is designed for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, preparing them to care of injuries and illness in remote, challenging environments. The course is fast-paced, challenging, hands-on and fun.


This internationally recognised Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course addresses injury and illness prevention, patient assessment, long-term patient management, improvised splint and litter construction, and environmental emergencies while stressing the thought processes unique to caring for patients in remote environments.


Course Details:

Duration: 4 Days

Dates: 11th – 14th November, 2021

Timing: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Participants: Maximum 30 people per course.

Venue: IMF, 6, Benito Juarez Marg, South Campus, South Moti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110021




Certification Details:

This course is approved by IMF & certification is accredited by Wilderness Medicine Society, USA (WMS) & American Heart Association (AHA). Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Certification requires 28 hours of instruction including passing the practical & written exam. Adult & Child Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification requires additional 4 hours including passing the practical exam. Successful participants will receive 3 distinct cards (WAFA, Epinephrine Auto-Injector & CPR).


Participation Fee: Rs.10,000/- per person






For registration and further details:

Wilderness Advanced First Aid WAFA Course

For any other information please feel free to reach us on:

Phone: 011-24111572 Or 0135-2639170

Email us at /

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Respected Members,


1.      The election of the President  & Members of the Governing Council are scheduled to take place on 20th November 2021 as per the following schedule:  Attached in PDF formate please Download .


2.      The following   Papers  are  enclosed for information and necessary action:-


          (a)     Election Order

          (b)     Polling Schedule

          (c)     Electoral Rules

          (d)      Nomination Form alongwith Conflict of Interest

                    Declaration and  Bio-Sketch of Nominee.


3.      Members desirous  of filling the nominations for the office  of President  and/ or Members of the Governing Council are requested to  strictly   follow the schedule  as mentioned in para 1(a) to 1(e) above.


Thanking you,



 Rita Gombu Marwah

Chairperson –IMF Election Committee-2021

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No. 1/IMF/LO Course/2021                                                       

11 August 2021




1.   Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is conducting two days Liaison Officer Course at IMF from 15th September 2021 to 16th  September 2021 for        40 people.  

2.       Duration of course  is 02 days. The volunteers will report at 8.00 hours on the commencement  day i.e. 15th September 2021 at the  IMF.   Departure will take place a day after completion of the training i.e. 17th September 2021.


3.       IMF will charge as Course fee Rs. 3000/- per participant including boarding and lodging for two days.  All applications duly completed in all respects should reach IMF by 30th August 2021. 


4.     You are requested to fill up online application form IMF


5. You have to create your profile and click on Courses & Workshop for booking.


6. For more detail please contact to Mr Akhil Purohit 9023774787 


( Col S P Malik )

Honorary Secretary

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, preparing them to care of injuries and illness in remote, challenging environments. The course is fast-paced, challenging, hands-on and fun.



Course Details:

Duration: 9 Days

Dates: 21st - 29th August 2021

Timing: 8:30am - 05:30pm

Participants: Maximum 30 people per course.

Venue: Hanifl Centre, Woodstock School, Tehri Road, Mussoorie.


For registration and further details:


For any other information please feel free to reach us on:

Phone: 9837038050 (WhatsApp) | 0135-2639178 (8:30am - 05:30pm Mon - Sat) Or Email us at

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The expedition was organized and conducted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation or IMF, which is the Apex National Body for Mountaineering and Allied activities in India. The expedition was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt of India. The expedition and has been path breaking in many ways as follows :-

1. Never before in the history of the Everest Massif, 04 major peaks namely Mt Nuptse (7861 M), Mt Pumori (7161 M), Mt Lhotse (8516 M) and Mt Everest (8848.86 M) have been attempted by an Indian team or even perhaps from any other country in the world.



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Mrs Sita Nawang Gombu

Mrs. Sita Nawang Gombu (81) passed away yesterday at Delhi. She was ailing for some time and was living   with her daughter Yangdu.        

As wife of the legendary Sherpa Nawang Gombu, she   welcomed many mountaineers at their home in Darjeeling. She raised a lovely family, each now well settled in their lives. She also worked for the Sherpa community and was a respected member of it. During several celebrations at Darjeeling by the I M F or the Himalayan Club, she was at the forefront with others and mingled with the international guests of the Club.


She is survived by three daughters and a son.  Rita Marwah (current V P of the IMF at Delhi) lives in Delhi having worked at senior positions at Air India. The Second daughter Yangdu is married to Motup Chewang Goba (President of the Himalayan Club). Yangdu formed the well-known outdoor agency, Rimo Expeditions,  and she actively ran the company. Younger daughter Ongmu and her family are now settled in Singapore. She is a major Corporate honcho and has ran many high-profile companies internationally.  The only son Phenjo is settled in Canada. He was a senior Journalist for 25 years and is now advisor to the Government of Canada. Sita would be proud of her family!      


Sita didi (Sita- sister as we all called her) led an active and eventful life and will be missed by our family as she knew of course me and Geeta, and also my sons Sonam and Nawang.  We will miss her.

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Shri S. Bhattacharjee

Shri S. Bhattacharjee(popularly known as Dada), Hony Treasure, IMF and Adviser, National Sport Climbing Committee breathed his last at approximately 2034 hrs on 14 May 2021 in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Dada, for his contribution to the IMF and Sport Climbing, has always been held in the highest esteem as a lover of the Himalaya and Adventure Sports. May God grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give enough strength to Mrs. Bhattacharjee, her daughter and the bereaved family to  bear the  irreparable  loss.

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1.    Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) will be launching self supportedlightweight expeditions during the 2021.  Mountaineers, desirous of participating in these expeditions are requested to convey their willingness to the Foundation as per the Form attached. 

Full Application Form


With warm regards


Col S P Malik , VSM

Honorary Secretary

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Notice for Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Course-2021


  1. Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Course will be conducted for a duration of 04 days from 18th March to 21st March 2021 at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation(IMF) Complex, New Delhi.


  1. The Course will cover very important aspects of Patients’ Assessment and Extended Care, Injury-Illness Identification and Management, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Response Procedure.


  1.  Fee for the Course will be Rs. 10000/- +3% CC Avenue Charges per person payable online to the IMF. Link for payment of the fee has been given below,49806

  1. Vacancies are limited and will be allotted on First Come First Basis. Guidelines and protocol for COVID-19 will be strictly followed during the Course.


  1. Details of the Course are attached.
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  1. This is to inform all concerned that   Mr Sambor Surong from North East Zone, was issued a Certificate from the IMF on 2nd April 2014 for participating in the 12th  & 13th National Sport Climbing Competitions, held  at  Delhi and Uttarkashi in 2006 & 2007, respectively.


  1. On scrutiny, based on a complaint received by the Foundation, it has been established that the individual had not participated in both the National Sport Climbing Competitions. It has also been brought to the notice of IMF, that the individual has been misusing the Certificate, by taking undue benefits from his native State Government, despite knowing that he had not participated in the National Competitions.


  1. Based on the above the IMF Certificate issued to Mr Sambor Surong on 2nd  April 2014, is  hereby withdrawn and stands   revoked; null and void.


  1. The individual is also debarred from participating in any future Sport Climbing activity of the IMF.



Place: New Delhi                                                                          Honorary Secretary

Date: 1 Jan 2021                                                                          IMF

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  1. Bids are invited for construction of a new building as first floor on the existing building of IMF located at 6, Benito Juarez Marg, South Campus, South Moti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110021.

  2. The approx. built up area is 1186 SQM (12772 SQ FT)..

  3. The bids are invited for Master Planning, Architecture and Interior design services for the construction of the first floor and refurbishment of the existing building of Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The bid to include Comprehensive Master Plan for the construction of the entire first floor on the existing building in 3 acres site for Indian Mountaineering Foundation , Delhi, to include construction a new Museum , an experience centre , Board/Exhibition room , Audio visual room , dormitories , cafeteria / food area and other supporting service areas.


  1. The SCOPE OF WORK to include

  • -  Concept of the Design 

  • -  Proposed Design Strategies 

  • -  Site plan 

  • -  Layout plan 

  • -  Sections ( as required ) 

  • -  Project brief 

  • -  3D Renderings for Architecture and Interior design 

  • -  First cut estimate for the proposed design of the project 

  1. The bid should include the time required to submit the same, cost, payment schedule and terms and conditions, if any. A brief on the projects carried out in past and experience in the projected work OF Museums is also required to be submitted.

  2. The details required should also fulfil the requirements enumerated in “ Guidelines for processing of cases under Museum Grant Scheme’ of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. The details of which must be perused and can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.



  1. Bids are invited from experienced Museologists/ persons having worked on museum projects to submit the proposal for preparation of DPR for the new Mountain Museum as per the requirements listed in “ Guidelines for processing of cases under Museum Grant Scheme’ of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India. The details of which can be downloaded from the website of Ministry of Culture, 

  2. The bid should include the time required to submit the same, cost, payment schedule and terms and conditions, if any.

  3. A brief on the projects carried out in past and experience in the projected work is also required to be submitted

Please submite your RFP to  or


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We are pleased to share the  Volume 11 of Apex Newsletter of the IMF for your kind perusal. This latest volume  features the following:-


1. Expedition reports

Shivling - Alpine ascent, Uttarakhand Himalaya

Chau Chau Kang Nilda, Ladakh Himalaya

Bhagirathi II, Uttarakhand Himalaya


2. Treks and Explorations

Charang La - Kinner Kailash, Himachal Himalaya


3. Mountain Life (Photo Features)

The Pashmina People of Changthang

Chi Lupo - The Shertukpen Honey Hunters of Arunacha


4, Planning your expedition in the Indian Himalaya


5. At the IMF

Mountain Film Festival 2020

Risk Management Meet 2020

Online Initiatives : Webinar Series & Workshops

Sport Climbing Championships


6, In the Indian Himalaya

Infrastructure related news and events in the Indian Himalaya


7. Book Releases

Recent books released on the Indian Himalaya


Click here to download


PANDEMIC: NO.3:     22ND OCTOBER, 2020

In the wake of the raging COVID-19 pandemic and UNLOCK 5, the central question that arises before every outdoors enthusiast is this:

How do i do the outdoor mountain activities in a manner that is safe for self and safe for others ?

This third framework of principles and action guides, following the second set issued on the 22nd of July, 2020, attempts to address some of the issues born in response to this central question.

While following these guidelines, one must stay updated and scrupulously follow the rules and regulations, periodically issued, by the authorised Central, State and UT agencies dealing with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indian Mountaineering Foundation invites the proposal to utilize the services of suitably qualified resourceful persons for the conduct of Sport Climbing and Associated Adventure Activities on contract basis for one year in the IMF Complex. Vendors may send their proposals under two categories: one to use their own equipment during the contract period  and second if the equipment are provided by the IMF. You are requested to send your quotations  through E.mail:-  by 10 Oct  2020 . Following minimum QRs are expected from the bidders:-

For More Detail Please Download PDF Here

RFP pdf

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IMF Congratulates all the Individuals who have been Honored with Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019.

The Names as under:-

Land Adventure :  Col Sarfaraz Singh, Keval Kakka, Anita Devi and Taka Tumut

LifeTime Achievement Award : Late Magan Bissa

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To Whomsoever It May Concern


This is to inform that consequent to multiple reports of  Misbehaviour & Misconduct against Mr Adarsh Singh, Governing Council in the 346th GC Meeting held on  17 January, 2020, unanimously decided to impose a Lifetime Ban  with immediate effect on  his participation  in all the activities conducted by IMF, either independently or in association with other  organizations, in the best interests of IMF.  



Place: New Delhi                                                                                                                                        Honorary Secretary

Date: 10 Jul 2020                                                                                                                                       IMF

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I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic passing away of Magan Bissa who was my student during his Climbing courses in the HMI and my dear friend .
 Every time I met him, since the Everest days in 1984, I could not help remembering the day on my way to the top of Everest, at South Col , when I said to Magan, “Lets go” (to the top), he said, “Leader ka hukum nahi hai”, so he missed going to the summit. However, on our way down after summitting, Magan came up almost below the South Summit with hot lime juice for us. I repeated then , “You should have come with us, it would have been so easy for you are so fit”. I suppose he regretted his decision to stay behind.  
Rest in peace Magan.  My heartfelf sympathies to his family.

Dorjee Lhatoo


Dear Magan

Shall miss you always. 

We were together in Basic and Advance course at HMI.. 

A born adventurer. You are always going to be in our memories. 

Condolences to the family. RIP Magan

Cdr Sudhir Dua 



Magan was my Advance Course mate in 1978 @ HMI and we have been close associates in various adventure activities and sport climbing. We have been family friends and we enjoyed the couple's generous hospitality at Bikaner. 

A decade ago he successfully fought a life-threatening health condition when everyone at IMF had breathed a sigh of relief.

He was a born adventurer and was a model to everyone with a rare kind of fighting spirit and unlimited zeal for adventure. 

It is unfortunate that we are to miss his flamboyant and friendly disposition at IMF for ever.

He lived and died as an adventurer. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace! 



Very sad to learn about the tragic death of Magan Bissa.   He was a veteran climber and organizer.   My heartfelt  sympathy  for Mrs. Bissa and all in the family.   May his Soul rest in eternal peace.



Death of Magan Bissa, a senior member of IMF is tragic. My condolences. I have lost a good friend who was open and always with laughter.  My heart goes out to his wife and family members  at loss of such an energetic climber in full flow of life.

I am still trying to look for details of what exactly happened to take life of such an experienced climber. One report in Hindi website says his rope broke while demonstrating a move. Some report say that  he fell in a Balloon Accident (but how?).  IMF should look into what happened so that our climbing community and members can learn from this event. The American Alpine Club publishes a separate booklet which covers all accidents in the USA and discusses the events dispassionately to learn. This a great learning  process.  It is high time we too at the IMF do something that will  discuss and bring out the details of any accidents.

This will be a true tribute to Magan Bissa and all others who have died on mountain accidents.

Rest in Peace

Harish Kapadia




NUMBER 2: 22 JULY 2020



In the wake of the raging COVID-19 pandemic and the opening lockdowns, the central question that arises before every outdoors enthusiast is this:

How do  I/WE  do the Mountain Outdoor Activities in a manner that is Safe for Self and Safe for Others ?

This second framework of principles and action guides, following the first set issued on the 22nd of March,2020, attempts to address some of the issues born in response to this central question.

While following these guidelines, one must stay updated and compulsory follow the rules and regulations, periodically issued, by the authorised Central, State and UT agencies dealing with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.




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Apex  2nd  Special Edition on Accidents & Safety- May 2020

    The newsletter is a result of the key deliberations and discussions held during the 2nd edition of India's only Meet on Risk Management held at the IMF Campus in March 2020, which focussed in accidents and casualties while undertaking adventure activities in the Indian Himalaya.

Click here to download

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 IMF has taken on the goliath task of experience mapping the entire Indian Himalayas. The IMF Webinar Series is an initiative of the IMF to draw upon the experiences of accomplished Himalayan explorers, travellers, photographers , adventurers and create a virtual library of the  Himalayan region.
            It gives an opportunity to connect  and interact with the youth and wider adventure community across the world and create a medium to learn skills which will keep one safe in the outdoors .  The short duration webinars provide myriad information on topics ranging from Himalayan peaks, topography, culture, environment,biodiversity,  risk factors and medical issues at high altitude by subject specialists, which can inspire and mould  future generations on adventurers and explorers.
             The IMF Webinar Series is curated by members of the Webinar Editorial Board who utilize their specific skill sets to identify and moderate suitable content and create a memorable audio-visual resource which can catch the attention of a wide audience.

       If you have a story to share, write in to us at

Facebook Link

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76 trainees from all across the country including 22 trainees from Bengal got struck at HMI, Darjeeling since 26 Mar 2020. Basic Mountaineering and Search & Rescue Courses of HMI which commenced on 2nd& 6th March 2020 left for HMI Base Camp at Chowrikhang (West Sikkim 14600 ft) for field training on 10th and 14th March respectively.

Click for IMF Facebook Link

Click for You Tube Link


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Please find below the details of the attachments;



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1.   With a view to enhance the capacity of youth to seek self employment in the field of tour, travel and corporate,  two training courses spread over the year will be conducted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) under directions and help of  Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. The name of the course is “Adventure Travel Escort”. The courses will be conducted in all Mountaineering Training Institutes.


2.  Each course will be conducted for the duration of 15 days.  The first two course are being planned with immediate effect.  The volunteers will report a day prior to the commencement of the course at the designated institute for training. Departure will take place a day after completion of the training

3.    Qualitative requirement   The Volunteers should meet following qualitative requirements:-

(a) Should be 10th Pass

(b) Should be able to read, write and speak English and Hindi

(c) Should be between the age of 18 – 40 years on 1st Nov 2019.

(d) Should qualify  aptitude test.

4.   Application   Application  form and Aptitude Test paper are enclosed. For being part of the course all volunteers are required to fill in the application form and also answer the aptitude test paper and  forward them to Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), 6 Benito Juarez Marg, Near South Campus of Delhi University, New Delhi – 110021 for screening/selection of volunteers for the course.   Finally the and  selected volunteers  and the conducting institutes  will be informed about their selection for conduct of training.

5.      All applications with aptitude test form duly completed should reach IMF latest by 30th March 2020.   Any form received after that will not the entertained.

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IMF Mountain Film Festival 2020


We are back with the Fourth edition of the IMF Mountain Film Festival, to be held at our campus in New Delhi on the 29th Feb & 01st of March 2019.

As you are aware, select adventure films and documentaries shot across India would be screened over the 2 days which would compete for the grand prize.
The filmmakers/team members would be personally there to introduce their films and answer questions from the audience.

Click to register:


You can also follow the Festival Facebook page for more updates


Click on link below for Festival schedule

Click here to book your tickets:,40592


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IMF Everest-Massif Expedition-2020

Team Members

  1. The following climbers have been selected as team members of IMF Everest Massif Expedition-2020 :-





  1. It is also intimated that any member, out of 51 Members who participated in final Training cum Selection camp of IMF conducted during Aug-Sep 2019, may also be considered for inclusion in the team if he/she can arrange sponsorship for him/her to meet the complete expenses of participation including Mountain Clothing and Equipment.


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Dear Sir  ,


1.       Indian Mountaineering Foundation ( IMF ) is National Apex Body in India. IMF is Planning to organize Everest Massif Expedition 2020 ( Everest , Lhotse , Nuptse & Pumori) .


2.         In order to facilitate evaluation of the service provider,  the Appendix attached may kindly be filled in with requisite details and submitted to IMF by 20th January 2020 .


3.         You are requested to apply in two bid system i.e Technical Bid and Price Bid. Both bids should be  separately , submitted in  Sealed Envelopes , with clear markings of the same .  IMF will open the Price Bid only after , the Agency / Handler qualifies in the Technical Evaluation . .


4.         Technical Bid will open on 25th January 2020 , in your presence at IMF Hqrs, New Delhi .


5.       Manner of depositing the Bids: -          Sealed Bids marked as (  TENDER enquiry ( TE )   should be either dropped in the Tender Box at IMF or sent by registered post at the address given below  so as to reach by the due date . Late tenders will not be considered. No responsibility will be taken for postal delay or non-delivery /non- receipt of Bid documents. Bids sent by Fax or email will not be considered .


Honorary Secretary

                                         Indian Mountaineering Foundation

                                              6 Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi – 110 021         



Invitation of Bids for supply of Mountaineering Equipment & Clothing Items.

This TE is divided in to 5 parts as follows:-

(a)     Part-I       Contains General Information and Instructions for the Bidders about the TE such as the time, place of submission and opening of tenders, validity period of tenders, etc.

(b)   Part-II   Contains essential details of the items / services required, such as the Schedule of Requirements (SOR), Technical Specifications, Delivery period, Mode of Delivery and Consignee details.

(c)      Part-III      Contains Standard Conditions of  TE, which will form part of the contract with the successful Bidder.       

(d)     Part-IV       Contains Special Conditions applicable to this TE and which will also form part of the contract with the successful Bidder.

            (e)      Part-V       Contains Evaluation Criteria and Format for price Bids.

Last date & Time for Depositing the Bids :- 10.02. 2020 at 11.00 hrs.

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Pleased to share the latest volume of Apex newsletter for your kind perusal and comments. Volume 10 features the following:
1. Expedition reports 
               Menthosa - by Spencer Gray & Rushad Nanavatty
               Nanda Devi East - Rajsekhar Maity
2. Photo Feature
               Dibibokri Pyramid & Ice Sail - Vinay Hegde
3. Treks and Explorations
                Barafsar Lake - J Ramanan
                Trans-Himachal 2019: 120 Passes in 4 months - Peter Van Geit
4. Special Feature
                 Remembering Hillary on his 100th birth anniversary - Capt. M S Kohli
5. Planning an Expedition in the Indian Himalaya
                 Opening up of New Peaks & Ease of Climbing Initiatives
                 Select featured peaks
                 Virgin peaks 
6. In the IMF
                Himalayan Mountaineering & Tourism Meet
                Pre-Everest Massif IMF expedition to Mt Trishul
                Certificate Course in Mountain Medicine
                Other IMF news
7. News from the Indian Himalaya
8. Book Releases.
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For the Climbing Season 2020 IMF has decided to give 50%  discounts on handling charges to encourage the Foreign Climbers to climb peaks in Indian Himalaya.   Details of  Discounts on handling charges offered are attached for information.



    1. Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is recognised as the National Apex Body for Mountaineering, Trekking Sports climbing and allied Adventure Activities. IMF Would further oversee mountaineering activities and will Control the expedition in the mountain peak within the geographical territory on India in   consolation with Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. Indian Mountaineering Foundation is a society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. It is also registered u/s 12A(a), and also notified u/s 80G.



    1. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation New Delhi  invites Quotation  from reputed and experienced Chartered Accountant (CA) firms to participate in the competitive bidding process of Hiring CA for Following  Purpose :
  1. Audit of Account  Every Year
  2. TDS Return Quarterly and Yearly including Salary of Staff
  3. Utilization Certificated as per requirement.
  4. Yearly Income Tax  Return
  5. Any Other work as per Office Requirements
    1. Mandatory Evaluation Criteria :
  1. Head office of the firm must be in Delhi NCR.
  2. The firm should not be barred or black listed by any Governmental Organization.
  3. The bidder should practicing of CA Partnership firm / LLP last 5 year.
  4. The firm should be minimum 5 years old, i.e. minimum 5 years should have elapsed after the registration of the firm.
  5. The firm should have experience of Audit of Minimum 5 Nos. of societies.
  6. The firm should have average minimum turnover of Rs. 10 Lacs for last 2 years consecutively.
    1. Process of Submitting Bids :  Online on email
    2. Last date of Submission : 15thNovember  2019 , 1700 Hrs.
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Firms offering Fund Raising Services are invited to submit Expression of Interest in the Format as given in the attached document.

Last Date for Sumbission is 25th September 2019



Steve Long, Chairman of the Training Standards Panel of the UIAA recently trekked the Chadar (Frozen River Trek) on Zanskar in Ladakh. During his trek, he was witness to an accident where two local girls were swept under the Chadar ice. He pulled them out of the river and managed to revive one girl, the other unfortunately died.

Having observed the trekkers and guides during the Chadar trek, Steve has made some recommendations. A synopsis of these recommendations given below may be treated as an IMF advisory.

Consequences of an ice collapse are extremely serious. Quick action needs to be taken in the event of a victim being swept under ice following an ice collapse. It is recommended that:-

  • Designated leader should wear crampons or microspikes of a reputed brand/quality and carry an ice axe so that when required they can assist others.
  • One person per 10 should carry a throw-bag on person or outside of backpack.
  • All trekkers must wear at least a small pack, to improve flotation.
  • All ice-bound rescuers should be roped if possible in case of further ice collapse.
  • Party of 10 must have 30 metres of low stretch rope, 2 slings, 4 carabiners and1 spare sleeping bag in case of loss or other damage (eg soaking).
  • Sleeping bag and clothes should be packed in watertight bags
  • Unfastening waist and chest straps is recommended for narrow sections.
  • If in doubt of the stability of ice, use river bank if possible
  • The entire party should be briefed about the seriousness of immersion and action to be taken in such an event. Such briefing should include the following advice.
    • In the event of falling in to water, scream to attract attention. Try to grab the bank and hang on. If swept away, your bag will provide some flotation, but face down. If possible remove it and fix to chest instead. Fight to remain on surface. If unable to reach a bank or shallow, aim for whirlpool or eddy if possible
  • In the event of immersion rescue,
    • Replace wet clothes immediately
    • For hypothermia cases use sleeping bags and hot water bottles to revive casualty.
    • Erect tent and warm interior with stoves for serious cases.
    • Keep close watch of other party members in case of hypothermia.

Note:- Comments on this advisory may be sent to


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The IMF Membership Form is available for download. Click on download pdf to download the form.

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Background: The Chadar is popular winter trek with the objective of walking over the frozen Zanskar river.
In recent years some areas of the river do not freeze over through the winter resulting in situations where
trekkers have to traverse sections which have not frozen.

Advisory released by the IMF on January 3, 2018 :

1. The Chadar trek is typically rated as an easy or moderate trek recommended for first time trekkers.
Based on the current circumstances where the river is in a semi frozen in some sections the trek must
be rated as difficult or demanding.

2. Treks rated difficult or demanding should be conducted in small groups with safety gear to ensure
that multiple safeguards are in place. Adventure lovers who are signing on to do the Chadar in the
2018 season should understand the trek rating and also ensure that the trek operator is adequately
proficient in managing the risk associated with traversing a river with multiple unstable sections.

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Our souls are hardened of pain on hearing of disappearance of those who were our mentors and colleagues. We knew, appreciated and admired! They will remain forever in our memory! Sincere condolences to the bereaved family!

Maj Kulwant Singh Dhami, SM (Veteran)


Sh Nalini D Jayal will be remembered for his contribution to The Society and Indian Mountaineering Foundation for generations to come.


Judges, Route Setters & Belayers Course  22 to 26 February 2020 Held at IMF

List of  Qualified (Level 1) Individuals


a)  Lt Col Yogesh Dhumal - Services(NIM)

b)  Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat - Services

c)  Mr Arindam Patra - East

d)  Mr Gaurav Pant - North


Route Setters

a)  Irfan Shaikh - West

b)  Abhishek Mehta - North



a)  Cicily Jacob - North

b)  Ganpat - North

c)  Anita   Swain - East

d)  Dawa Narbu Sherpa - East .

e)  Sonam Wangdi Sherpa - East

f)   Chauhan Kalpesh Kumar - West

g)  Irish Valsamma - South