Reach the Mountain Heights with a Career in Mountaineering

By Malavikka

Mountain climbing is an adventure sport that is acknowledged world wide. Be it the world's largest peak, Mount Everest or the second largest Karakoram range, the mountaineers couldn't have made it with nil assistance from those who are professionally trained. The lofty heights and the valley sunrise are a million dollar worth seeing before you die. How about making it your career and embrace the nature's beauty with love? Read on to know how.


Reach the Mountain Heights with a Career

What is Mountaineering?

According to Meriam Webster dictionary, mountaineering is the sport or technique of scaling mountains

Types of Mountaineering


Going around the mountains to explore the place is an activity that mountaineers do as a part of walking.


Long, fast paced walking is hiking. This is usually done for health benefits and practised as an exercise.


Scaling the mountain height from bottom to top is climbing

Snow Trekking

Climbing a snowy mountain breaking the barriers of temperature and atmosphere is snow trekking.


Staying in the mountain for days together and getting accustomed to it is called camping.

Roles of a Mountaineer

Climbing Guide

A climbing guide will help amateurs in scaling the mountains. He has to be aware of the weather conditions in order to be able to predict land slides and temperature change. He also knows routes and the nook and corner of the mountain to be able to take the clients to wherever they want.

Liason Officer

This is an official appointed by the government to help co-ordinate with the village headman to provide sufficient facilities for those who want to trek.


Some times, a porter is required, especially when the journey on the mountains gets tedious. SO porters help other people to carry their baggage and burden all the way through the mountains. Usually, people from a specific ethnic group get into this profession.

Pay Scale

Rs 600 to 1500 per day in India
$75 to $125 per day abroad

Top Colleges in India Offering Courses in Mountaineering

  • Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Utarakshi, Uttarakhand
  • Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports, Pahalgam,Jammu and Kashmir
  • National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Top Colleges Abroad for Mountaineering

  • Australian School of Mountaineering, Katoomba, Australia
  • Alpine Ascents International, Seattle, Washington
  • International Wilderness Leadership School, Haines, Alaska
  • International School of Mountaineering, United Kingdom
  • Colarado Mountain College, Colarado

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