The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali (ABVIMAS) today is the largest Adventure Sports training centre in the country. Spread over 20 acres of forested land on the banks of the river Beas, the Directorate can boast of having a hostel that can accommodate 260 people at a time, a dining hall that can cater to more than 200 people at once and an auditorium that has a seating capacity of 680 people.
It also has an up to date library, museum and lecture halls. All this is located on this beautiful campus. Apart from this the Directorate has various adventure training centers all over Himachal.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) has nine sub centers all over the State and so far more than 40,000 people have been trained.
This Directorate has played a very major role in inculcating the spirit of Adventure amongst the youth in the country and tourism promotion of Adventure Tourism in the State.
Almost all tour operators and this Institute has initially trained guides in the State and majority of them in Delhi. The Institute is contributing towards the protection of Himalayan environs.
Traveling Safely and Ethically – ABVIMAS recognizes the magnitude of our environmental and cultural impact. It is therefore extremely important that our groups adhere the “Leave No Trace” travel and camping techniques in passing through local and foreign lands.
We endeavor to be role models for those around us and hope that our travels contribute to awareness and change needed for reducing the impact of future tourism.