Basic Mountaineering Courses in India - NIM vs. HIM vs. ABVIMAS
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Jul 6, 2010 1:02 AM
Basic Mountaineering Courses in India - NIM vs. HIM vs. ABVIMASHey everybody,
having trekked and scrambled in the Himalayas in India and Nepal a few years ago, a finger was given to the devil and I promised myself to return one day to look down from one of the snowy summits above me.
After some research I ended up with the names of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
The NMA I had to leave aside immediately as the 2000$ is way above my limits compared to the 650$ for a month-long Basic Mountaineering Courses in NIM, HMI and ABVIMAS.
I´ve read a number of blogs and forum posts, including here on ThornTree, by people who have attended one of these courses and it seems that both NIM & HMI are rated/recommended way above the ABVIMAS, which is supposed to be rather more laid-back, loose, careless and amateurish compared to the other two. Unfortunately most of the forum posts / blog entries are from 3-6 years ago and a lot can change in this timeframe so I would be extremely grateful for any updated information.
Would You say that NIM & HMI are still highly recommended over ABVIMAS? From what I´ve read, the approach to training in these two places is rather military-like with a heavy emphasis on discipline and overall physical toughening-up. That is fine with me as thorough training and challenging my own limits would be precisely what I´m looking for on one of these courses.
Is that still the case and what exactly are the differences between NIM & HMI? Are the schedules, programme and the qualifications of instructors pretty much equal or is there any noticeable differences in style, approach or whatnot?
In addition I would be very-very thankful for ANY additional information (also blog links) from people who have attended one of these courses in the PAST YEAR or TWO, seeing that majority of the other posts dealing with professional mountaineering training in Himalayas seem to be rather outdated by now.
I´ve sent a query letter to NIM & HMI regarding the availability on BMC courses in Sep., Oct., Nov. 2010, unfortunately the mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (NIM e-mail on official webpage under Contacts) was returned to me as that address has apparently been suspended. Could anyone help me out with an active e-mail address for NIM?
Many-many thanks in advance & safe journeys for all of You,
Jul 6, 2010 10:47 PM
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Jul 8, 2010 4:50 PM
3I checked them out and unfortunately it´s more of a "one time thing" + it´s only a week long.
I´m much more interested in getting a thorough training for my money and a certificate which would allow me to possibly pursue advanced courses in the future, than actually reaching that one minor summit right now.
Still desperately waiting for any comparisons between NIM and HMI.
Jul 24, 2010 12:08 AM
I am from Bangalore, India. Even I am also planning to join the course.. But I have phone all the three institutes - HMI, NIM, ABVIMAS. Both HMI and NIM seats are full this year. ABVIMAS seat is available for this October course. The dates are October1 to October 26. Total 26 days. and I heard that its good only. May be HMI and NIM are better that this. But seats are only 40 per batch at HMI. While ABVIMAS has 80 seats per batch .. and i think tats why the seat is still available. I am going to book my seat on this Monday for the course. If you are interested, you may too join friend. After doing basic course, and if you get the A grade, then you may join for Advance course at HMI or NIM, for that course,, the rush is comparitively low,,, because of eligibility criteria of A grade :) If you can get a leave and visa for 5-6 months,, you can do both the courses and go back to your country as an expert pro mountaineer... :) best of luck.
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