Nalanda College Adventure Club has just made the history of Sri Lankan schools mountaineering by becoming the
1st school team to complete the month long basic mountaineering course (BMC) in HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) in Indian Himalayas.
While successfully completing the basic mountaineering course at HMI-India, they were able to reach the top of the Renok peak(16500ft) at Himalayan Mountain Range.
Furthermore, two members of the team have won the 1st and the 2nd places at the sports climbing event which was held during the BMC program.
Nalanda College Adventure Club BMC team
Mr. Manoj Wijesundara (Master in charge)
2.Janith iddamalgoda(Team Leader)
What is HMI
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI darjelling) was established in Darjeeling, India on November 4, 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary sparked a keen interest in establishing mountaineering as a well-respected endeavour for people in the region. With the impetus provided by the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, HMI was established in Darjeeling. Tenzing Norgay was the first director of field training for HMI.
HMI regularly conducts Adventure, Basic and Advanced Mountaineering courses. These are very comprehensive courses. They are also highly subsidised to encourage mountaineering as a sport.