Basic Mountaineering Course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling – Part 9

My batch of Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling

Last days at HMI

After completing the Snow craft and Ice craft training, we came back to HMI campus in Darjeeling on 28 April. While coming back we all were quite happy because everyone did good training and the best thing was we all were fit and fine. When we reached the campus, everyone welcomed and congratulated us. Now we were left with some tasks such as written test, cross country competition, sports climbing competition, and a personal interview. Before all this, we were given a day for an outing and we had fun on that day.

There were two competitions that I already knew that they are out of my league but still I gave my best. Both the competitions were new for me and I was participating for the first time. However, it was a nice experience. Now written test left. I was not at all worried about the test because I attended all the classes so I knew almost everything which is going to be asked in the test. The test was gone well. I answered all of the questions. The interview was taken by the HMI Principal. He just asked simple questions like how was your experience, how was the food and training, and etc.

Artificial Wall Climbing at HMI Darjeeling
Artificial Wall Climbing at HMI Darjeeling

Graduation Ceremony

Initially, we were given a demonstration of the graduation ceremony and then we did the practice of the same. We were quite excited for this day as this was the main day for all of us. We were about to receive a badge (a small ice ax) and the badge was the sign of a Mountaineer 😎

After the graduation practice, we all came back to our room and got ready for the ceremony. Then we were given HMI pullovers and monograms to wear in the ceremony. After all the setup, HMI Principal came and started giving the badges and simultaneously we started doing swiss claps. Then the time came when my name was announced “Manu Khandelwal, private candidate from Agra”. Woah! That moment cannot be described in words. I was literally on cloud nine. Seriously, when I received the badge, it was one of the best moments of my life.

Graduation Ceremony at HMI Darjeeling
Graduation Ceremony at HMI Darjeeling
After receiving the badge at HMI Darjeeling
After receiving the badge at HMI Darjeeling

After all this, all the competition winners were awarded by the medals and HMI Principal Capt. Rahul Goyal gave an ending speech. Firstly he congratulated all of us and told incidents related to Mountaineering.

He said “a Mountaineer should always be cautious and courageous. In 1952, when Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was trying to attempt the summit of Mount Everest, he was just 830 feet below the summit. Unfortunately, the weather turned bad and he decided to come down. He could have taken a risk and reached the summit to set the world record, but he did not make hurry and that is why now he is called a ‘legend’. In 1953, he summited Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary and became the first man to climb Everest and then he climbed many other peaks and made so many records. To climb a peak, caution and courage are two most important things that one should have. All the best. May you climb from peak to peak.” and he ended.

Later we had a photo shoot and refreshment and then we started leaving the campus as we were going back to our home. I met with all my friends and instructors and then started my journey back to home with lots of memories.

BMC 319 Course at HMI Darjeeling
BMC 319 Course at HMI Darjeeling

So this was the whole experience of my basic Mountaineering Course at HMI. Hope you liked it. For any query related to HMI, comment below.

Mountaineers Badge
Mountaineers Badge – HMI Darjeeling

Part 1 – How I came to know about this course?
Part 2 – Darjeeling Excursion
Part 3 – Begining of course at HMI campus in Darjeeling
Part 4 – Rock Craft training
Part 5 – Moving to Sikkim for further training
Part 6 – Trekking to HMI Basecamp at Chaurikhang
Part 7 – Life at HMI Base Camp
Part 8 – Rock Craft and Ice Craft Training at HMI Base Camp
Part 9 – Graduation Ceremony at HMI Darjeeling


An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.


  • Sid May 26, 2018 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Congratulations on completing the Course successfully Manu.
    The photographs on page 8 and 9 appear compressed/pixellated across two browsers I tried. I mean, on opening the photographs they are great but they appear downsized on the page itself.
    I was curious if you could give me a brief overview of the mobile network condition over your whole 28 days period! I am enthralled by the thought of staying out of the hassles of this world, of doing what one loves doing just for myself.

    • Manu Khandelwal March 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm Reply

      Thank you soo much Sid 🙂 Actually, there was some glitch due to the website theme. Now the photos look good. Initial 10 days, while I was in Darjeeling the network was good and strong. 4G networks were available. Then in Sikkim, networks were available till Yuksom only. No networks for around 14 days. Also, while using internet in Darjeeling, do check for the network first. Coz sometimes it catches the network of Nepal and international roaming applies.

  • Harsh September 17, 2018 at 4:25 am Reply

    Congrats to Mountaineer Manu Khandelwal. Really proud of you man. This makes you a deserving Wraveler 😬👍🏻 Fells great to have summited Kedarkantha with you.

    • Manu Khandelwal March 21, 2019 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Thanks a ton! Harsh. Yaa, it was a great time to summit Kedarkantha with you and your group. Had an amazing time.

  • Bhageerath November 10, 2018 at 4:00 am Reply

    Bro your writing is just awesome. It’s lucent enough for anyone taking up the course. I will be doing the course in 2019 and I’m really excited about it!

    • Manu Khandelwal March 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm Reply

      Hey, thanks for the appreciation 🙂 All the best for the course.

  • Yudhajit Baul November 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm Reply

    I congratulate you to complete BMC at HMI, it is certainly a feat to boast for. I must thank you for vividly articulating your experience. I will be joining the course shortly , I feel cautioned and excited at the same time and I eagerly look forward to completing the course successfully. Your narrative certainly has helped me visualize what is in store for me. Thank you again.

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