Set up on the top of Birch Hill (locally known as Jawahar Parbat) to encourage the sport of mountaineering, Himalayan Mountaineer Institute is famous all over the world. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India on the 4th of November 1954. The legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was its first Director of Field Training.
The Institute comprises of two very well planned and well laid out museum on mountain lore, a well equipped school, a comfortable hostel for students, a rock garden with a gold fish pool, and Swiss-type houses for the Sherpa ‘trainers’ all add up to the beauty of the spot. The mountaineering Museum has a collection of historic mountaineering equipment, specimens of Himalayan flora and fauna and a relief model of the Himalaya showing the principal peaks while the Everest Museum has displays of different Everest Expeditions.
The tomb of the Everest Conqueror Tenzing Norgay Sherpa is located on the summit of Jawahar Parbat, making a visit to the Institute no less than a pilgrim to Mountaineering enthusiasts.
The Institute is entered through Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, on Jawahar Rd (West). Tourists can visit the Institute either by walking or on horse-back. The Institute remains open from 9 am to 1pm and 3 pm to 5 pm.