India is home to seven major mountain ranges including the Western and Eastern Ghats along with other smaller ranges. The great Himalayan range offers spectacular views and some of the tallest peaks in the world whereas, the Karakoram and Pir Panjal ranges offer the most distinct and dense bio-diversity on display. India has a substantial number of high altitude mountaineering options with numerous peaks ranging from an altitude of 6,000 meters to above 8,000 meters. These extreme expeditions, which including climbing Himalayas, require a higher level of physical and fitness along with exceptional mountaineering skills. There are various mountaineering institutes that provide a range of mountaineering courses in India with quality training from professionals.
The prominent landscape variations in the Indian mountain ranges provide for mountaineering options throughout the year. However, the majority of high altitude areas in the Himalayas are accessible only through spring and early winter i.e months of March to December, due to excessive snowfall which leads to temporary geographical restrictions. While most parts of the lower Himalayas are accessible round the year, the Indian monsoon turns the southern and eastern ranges of Nilgiri and Pir Panjal into difficult and marshy terrain. The diverse mountaineering options in India in terms of geography, make mountaineering a lucrative adventure sport for many in search of nature, peace, adventure and thrill.
The most prominent mountaineering institutes in India are nestled higher up North in the Himalayan ranges. Here is a list of some mountaineering institutes affiliated to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi that provide professional courses like the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC), Search and Rescue and various other certified courses related to mountaineering and corresponding adventure sports.