Established in 1954, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) was set up to boost mountaineering as a sport in the country. This institute remains a major attraction of the city as it houses two important museums, namely Mountaineering Museum and the Everest Museum.
A large collection of different equipments which are required for mountaineering are displayed in these museums. They also house a relief model as well as the specimens of flora and fauna found in the Himalayan ranges. The Everest museum also houses a statue of the director of the institute.
Famous for giving training to mountaineers, this institute was established by two people who scaled Mount Everest, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Different courses related to mountaineering are conducted regularly and include every single detail which is helpful for the students. People who have interest in trekking, hiking or mountaineering often enroll themselves in this institute to have a deeper knowledge of this activity.