Welcome to Indian Mountaineering Foundation

Apex National Body

Origin and Objective

Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is the apex national body for mountaineering and allied sports. What was initially formed as the 'Sponsoring Committee of the Cho Oyu Expedition', transformed into the IMF on 5th January, 1961, as we know it today. IMF supports, promotes and regulates national and international climbing and mountaineering in India and is affiliated to the UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation). IMF is also the regulatory body for the competitive Olympic sport of Sport Climbing and is affiliated to the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing). IMF is also engaged in mountain protection work, knowledge building and creating awareness of the Indian Himalaya.

About Climbing In India

Current News and Updates
    IMF President, Col. (Retd.) H.S. Chauhan
    Col. (Retd.) H.S. Chauhan
    (President, IMF)
    Mountaineering is a thrilling and challenging activity. The Indian Himalaya offers hundreds of the most fascinating climbing routes, very few of which have been discovered by mountaineers. There are also an immense numbers of fantastic trekking routes to be found here. The Indian Himalaya is also a very fragile eco-system. Mountaineers climbing here have a special responsibility towards protection of this fragile eco-system. It is also a highly unforgiving environment and could be dangerous if not respected. IMF has created guidelines and a set of Dos' and Don'ts, a copy of which may be obtained from the IMF Office and there is a lot of information on this website which I urge climbers and mountaineers to go through and educate themselves before venturing out in the mountains. I would like to quote Edward Whymper here: "Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end." Sport Climbing is fast developing and IMF has been nurturing this sport for several years. Sport climbing emphasises strength, endurance, gymnastic ability and technique. It has gained immense popularity as sport climbing offers an easier, more convenient experience which requires less equipment, and has a lower level of risk than traditional climbing. IMF encourages young climbers from all over the country to take up this sport. At IMF we also look forward to contributors towards environmental protection, specially mountain protection and skill development to provide the fast growing interest in adventure activities with the skilled manpower needed for its growth.
    Contact Us

    Indian Mountaineering Foundation

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

    The Foundation remains open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. apart from gazetted holidays, second Saturdays and Sundays.
    Visiting hours at the IMF are 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM (Indian Standard Time) on working days.

    +9111-2411-1211                www.indmount.org/