Indian Mountaineering Foundation

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Indian Mountaineering Foundation
Sponsoring Committee of Everest Expedition
Indian Mountaineering Foundation Logo
Indian Mountaineering Foundation Logo
Abbreviation IMF
Founded at Delhi, India
Purpose Mountaineering
Headquarters Delhi, India
Owner Col HS Chauhan (Retd)
Secretary General
Wg Cdr Sudhir Kutty
Director - IMF Mountain Film Festival
Maninder Kohli
AVM AK Bhattacharya, Col Ajit Dutt (Retd),Shri Manik Banerjee,Brig MP Yadav (Retd), Dr KP Krishnan, Ms K Saraswati, Wg Cdr T Sridharan, Wg Cdr Amit Chowdhury(Retd), Maj K S Dhami (Retd), Ms Chaula Jagirdar, Shri Prem Singh, Shri Sorab Gandh, Shri Magan Bissa

Indian Mountaineering Foundation is an apex national body which organize and support, mountaineering and rock climbing expeditions at high altitudes in the Himalayas. The organization also promote and encourage schemes for related adventure activities and environmental protection work in the Indian Himalayas.[1][2][3][4] IMF has organized many expeditions to the high peaks in the Himalayas including Mt.Everest.[5]

History of IMF[edit]

The first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay generated interest in mountaineering in India which led to the establishment of Indian mountaineering Foundation.[6] IMF was formed in 1957 as the Sponsoring Committee of the Cho Oyu Expedition. The foundation was registered on November 3, 1961 and the new building was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi in 1980, then Prime Minister of India.

Alternative Names[edit]

In 1959, the organization changed its name to the 'Sponsoring Committee of Everest Expedition' and in the following year it was changed to`Sponsoring Committee for Mountaineering Expeditions'. On January 15, 1961 it was established as Indian Mountaineering Foundation with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.[7]

IMF Mountain Film Festival[edit]

The IMF Mountain Film Festival is a mountain film festival organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, India. This competitive event showcases adventure films shot in the Himalayas.[8] The film festival takes place at the campus of Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi, India.

The festival is directed by Maninder Kohli, son of legendary Himalayan mountaineer, Capt. Mohan Singh Kohli who was a member of India's first expedition to the summit of Everest in 1965. Capt. Mohan Kohli was the President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation from 1989 to 1993.[9]

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