The Nanda Devi Institute is a subsidiary of Mountain Shepherds, a grassroots venture which has developed a new model for adventure tourism in the high Himalayas. All adventure and mountaineering courses conducted by The Nanda Devi Institute has been technically evaluated and certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Our Story

Our story is an old one, almost as old as the mountains themselves. It begins at the foot of Nanda Devi, in the sister villages of Lata and Reni where the first ever ascent of this seemingly impossible mountain was made possible, where ordinary people fought an extraordinary battle to save their forests and their way of life and the Chipko movement was born.

What started as a battle for survival has now, through our parent organisation Mountain Shepherds, become an amazing example for disadvantaged communities around the world to turn adversity into opportunity. The energy that has been our driving force has now crystallised into the Nanda Devi Institute.

The Nanda Devi Institute is an independent educational organisation that trains people to discover and hone their potential. It is a place of experiential and formal learning where we conduct outdoor adventure courses not for recreational purposes but with an aim to transfer knowledge and skills.

In the past NDI has organised courses for various institutions, including Uttarakhand Police, Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force, Forest Department (Uttarakhand), ONGC Himalayan Association, Green Peace, Reliance Foundation and various schools and educational institutions including Woodstock School, Mussoorie and Ashoka University.

Now beginning from summer 2018, the institute is opening its doors to general candidates for training in basic mountaineering. All mountain craft courses provided by NDI are technically evaluated and certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

NDI Campus

Currently NDI operates out of its Kuflon, Uttarkashi, campus. Our campus in Lata, District Chamoli is for advance courses. The Field Training Centre at Kuflon is situated in the Assi Ganga valley at an altitude of 4900 feet and is equipped with a lecture hall, a dining hall and tented accommodation for participants.

Technical Certification

Certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi to organise courses in Ski and Snow Craft based Search & Rescue in snow bound areas and training in rock climbing and mountaineering. Recognised by the Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Government of Uttarakhand as a resource agency to organise Search and Rescue Trainings.

Legal Status

Incorporated as a private limited company on 15th April 2011, Nanda Devi Institute of Adventure Sports and Outdoor Education Pvt. Ltd. (NDI) is a subsidiary company of the Mountain Shepherds Initiative Pvt. Ltd. (MSI). The registered H.Q. of the Nanda Devi Institute is located at Kuflon, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.