01 July 2015


Mountaineering is quite popular in India, since the entire northern and north-eastern borders are the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. The apex body in India is the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, which is affiliated to the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

INDIAN MOUNTAINEERING FOUNDATION. Though instituted in 1957 in the form of a Sponsoring Committee for the Cho Oyu Expedition, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) dates its birth on My 15, 1958 - the day on which the expedition gained its objective and the Indian National Flag flew over the 8,155-meter-high summit of Cho Oyu. This spectacular success encouraged the committee to sponsor more expeditions, including the first Indian Everest Expedition, in 1960.

The stamp shows Nanda Devi, the highest peak in the Kumaon Himalaya. The First Day Cover portrays Indian Mountaineering Foundation Headquarters Complex, New Delhi.

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