The Basic Mountaineering Course is the foundation course aimed at systematically teaching the art and craft of mountaineering. The course involves extensive trekking opportunities but it is not a trekking package per se. Here the focus is to teach the intricacies of mountaineering through lectures, demonstrations and practice in high altitude locations. The deliverables or takeaways from the BMC are entirely different from the various recreational trekking packages available online. Without compromising with the outdoor fun element, the emphasis here is on transforming the participants into responsible explorers. The BMC is an excellent outdoor learning opportunity for the youth in India.

The entire course is conducted under the direct supervision of ex instructors from the Indian Army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) at Gulmurg, ITBP’s Institute of Mountaineering and Skiing at Auli and seasoned mountaineers and guest instructors at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. The 13 days course is a unique opportunity to learn and spend time with some of the famous mountaineers from India including Everesters. Check instructors profiles Nanda Devi Institute of Adventure Sports and Outdoor Education is the first private institute duly certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Attention Mid Age Participants: To encourage participation from mid age group, individual tents at base camp and baggage offload during height gain exercise is allowed on payment of extra charges.

Course Objectives

Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI

  • To systematically impart training in the area of basic mountaineering skills with focus on life saving and survival skills.
  • To inculcate leadership qualities and expedition behavior by actively involving participants in the outdoor management.
  • To provide experiential and formal learning opportunities during treks in the high altitude Himalayan meadows.
  • Systematic exposure to high altitude Himalayan environment for acclimatization and increasing resistance to cold, hunger and fatigue.
  • Inculcate conservation and sustainable lifestyle ethics.

Course Location

Multiple locations in Assi Ganga valley near the NDI base camp with a 5-6 days endurance trek to 11000 ft. plus altitude.


 Nanda Devi Institute is duly certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi to organize courses in Ski and Snow Craft based Search & Rescue in snow bound areas and training in rock climbing and mountaineering. NDI is also recognized by the Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Government of Uttarakhand as a resource agency to organize trainings in Search and Rescue. The institute has been involved in providing Search and Rescue trainings to SDRF Uttarakhand and SDRF Uttar Pradesh. However, a BMC certificate from NDI will not make you eligible to apply for AMC at any government mountaineering institute.  This is due to the government monopoly in the area of training in mountaineering and allied  policies.  Though, the training output in terms of transfer of skills in the area of rope and rock craft is similar to that of any government institute. Established in 2011, NDI is the first private adventure sports and outdoor education institute in India with focus on capacity building in outdoor adventure sports and life saving skills. The BMC at NDI is best suited for individuals who are already involved in exploring remote destinations in the Himalayas but lack the basic skills of mountaineering.  NDI also encourages youth to learn the basics before embarking on exploratory journeys in their life. This will definitely help in reducing the number of accidents/injuries and make them responsible explorers. NDI courses are not an outdoor recreational package for trekking or camping.


  1. A strong desire to learn the skills and the willingness to learn from younger instructors.
  2. A thorough pre-training medical check-up and a certificate of physical fitness from a registered medical practitioner certifying the participant as physically fit to undergo such training and physically fit to gain altitude of 3500 meters above msl.

Packing Advice

  1. During endurance trek, participants can leave the extra baggage at NDI base camp. It is advised to pack light as the participants are supposed to carry their baggage from road head to NDI base, a short but steep walk of 200 meters.
  2. The participants will be responsible for taking care of their valuable items.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Terms and Conditions for admission in the courses offered by the Nanda Devi Institute. Do check the cancellation policy before proceeding.
  2. Based on your availability, select the course dates suitable to you. Do check the travel logistics simultaneously for booking of train/air tickets. It’s better to first confirm your travel logistics first.
  3. Download the application and indemnity form. Read carefully the terms and conditions. If you agree with the terms and conditions proceed to pay the course fee online. The hard copies of the downloaded admission and indemnity form needs to be submitted at the time for reporting for the course.


Category: General
Age: 18 - 45 years
Duration: 13 days
Course Strength: 16-32 participants
Instructor-Trainee ratio: 1:8
Stay Arrangements: In Arctic Tents


Rs.18,900/- per person
(inclusive of GST)

Please read and download the Indemnity Form and Admission Form before booking the course. Hard copies of the Admission and Indemnity forms has to be submitted while joining the course. For Cancellation Policy please read the Terms and Conditions

How to Reach

The basic mountaineering course will be conducted at Kuflon near Uttarkashi. The nearest railway station and airport is at Dehradun. From Dehradun buses and shared Sumo jeeps are available till Uttarkashi.  Participants can make their own travel arrangements till Uttarkashi reporting center from where transport arrangements will be made for the NDI Campus in Assi Ganga Valley. Special pick up arrangements can also be made from Dehradun on payment of actual fare. Do write to us in case of any assistance.

Equipment and Clothing

  1. Personal toiletries.
  2. Personal medicine kit.
  3. Trek suit
  4. Thermals one set
  5. Undergarments (4 set)
  6. Socks cotton/woolen ( 4 pairs)
  7. Warm shirt/trouser/cotton shirt
  8. Wind cheater 1
  9. Light rain coat 1
  10. Light cap and woolen cap (1 each)
  11. woolen gloves (1 pair)
  12. Torch/head lamp (1)
  13. Trekking shoes
  14. Notebook with pen
  15. Dark googles
  16. Water bottle
  17. Sun screen (SPF 40 and above)
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI
Basic Mountaineering Course-NDI