Indian Mountaineering Foundation

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Indian Mountaineering Foundation
Sponsoring Committee of Everest Expedition
Indian Mountaineering Foundation Logo
Indian Mountaineering Foundation Logo
Founded atDelhi, India
HeadquartersDelhi, India
Col HS Chauhan (Retd)
Wg Cdr Sudhir Kutty (Retd)
Director – IMF Mountain Film Festival
Maninder Kohli
AVM AK Bhattacharya, Col Ajit Dutt (Retd),Shri Manik Banerjee,Brig MP Yadav (Retd), 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 (Governing Council)

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 3 November 1961 and the new building was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi in 1980, then Prime Minister of India.[7]

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 15 January 1961 it was established as the 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]


  1. ^ "At 11, Vaassangyaan Chaudhary is the world's youngest to climb Stok Kangri peak". The Indian Express. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ "All women mountaineering team scales two peaks". Arunachal Times. Itanagar. 27 October 2016. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  3. ^ "2 from Kolkata turn mountain leaders after Alpine course". Times of India. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  4. ^ Tony Ryan (7 May 2016). "What's new in the Indian Himalaya: May 2016". Apex, the newsletter of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The British Mountaineering Council. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  5. ^ Jhinuk Mazumdar and Anwesha Ambaly (11 June 2016). "Odds even out on Everest". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 December 2017.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Golden Jubilee of First Indian Ascent of Mt Everest 1965". The Himalayan Club. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Origin and Objective". IMF. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ "IMF Mountain Movie Festival 2017" (PDF). Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. ^ Laleria, Tushar Kumar (13 February 2017). "Mountain Film Festival: IMF screens 33 short adventure sports movies". The Pioneer. New Delhi. Retrieved 13 December 2017.

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