Mountaineering Institute was established in the natural geographic environs of Manali in the picturesque Kullu valley, with the name “Western Himalayan Mountaineering Institute”, on the 16th September, 1961, under the dynamic leadership of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India as the Kullu valley, better known as the valley of gods, came into limelight after his regular visits, resulting in a big boost to adventure tourism. It is one of the largest adventure training institutes in the world. It has been doing yeoman’s service in the field of adventure training, especially adventure sports like Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Skiing, Water Sports, Outbound adventure and Mountain Rescue.
“The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (ABVIMAS) today is the largest Adventure Sports training centre in the country. Spread over 20 acres of forested land on the banks of the river Beas, the Directorate can boast of having a hostel that can accommodate 260 people at a time, a dining hall that can cater to more than 200 people at once and an auditorium that has a seating capacity of 680 people.
It also has an up to date library, museum and lecture halls. All this is located on this beautiful campus. Apart from this the Directorate has various adventure training centres all over Himachal.
The great son of India, the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee who as a lover of nature and an adventure enthusiast has special passion for Manali and the Mountaineering Institute, always made it a point to visit the Institute whenever he happened to be in Manali. He visited the Institute many times and chaired number of conferences, seminars and poetry sessions. In the year 2008 Himachal Pradesh Government renamed the Institute as “Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh”.
Since its inception, the Institute has trained about 1, 60,000 youth, women & men from India and abroad in different disciplines of adventure activities at its Manali headquarters and the other Centre located at various places in Himachal Pradesh. The Institute produced national and international level prominent mountaineers who climbed Mount Everest and other many high peaks and participated in winter Olympics and Asian winter sports championships. It is also proud to have faculty of qualified and professional instructors and officers having number of prominent peaks, including the Mount Everest, to their credit.
Scenic beauty, sylvan surroundings and salubrious climate are most conducive to the training in the field of adventure activities and, therefore, the area is a paradise for adventure lovers.
It is around 2 kilometres from Mall Road Manali on Naggar Highway.
For more details and training programs one can contact below mentioned numbers and website.
Director: (01902) 253789,252206
Deputy Director: (01902)250337
Superintendent: (01902) 252342
Training Wing: (01902) 253841
Tele fax: (01902)252137