The Manipur Mountaineering & Trekking Association was established on September 21, 1980 and its first activity was the Combined Shiroy Expedition comprising 300 adventure enthusiasts from the state.
With a Motto of"Higher & Higher towards Life’s Goal", the MMTA continues to draw inspirations from great adventure lovers whose success is premised on hard work, commitment and discipline. The year 1984 was the first turning point of MMTA as the first Adventure Course was launched at Leimatak Khongnung in collaboration with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) Darjeeling. The historic trek of 1985 covering the entire boundary of Manipur was done in a record time of 70 days by our energetic and dedicated volunteers of MMTA.
Sir Tenzing Norgay’s maiden and only visit to Manipur in the year 1985 to lay the Foundation Stone of Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) at Lamdan is of great significance as it gave a new impetus in the field of adventure in the region. "AIM HIGH" is the Motto of Manipur Mountaineering Institute. The said complex was donated by the noble villagers of Lamdan (Ramtan) headed by Mr. Thaitoungam, Chief of the Lamdan Village. Our friend, philosopher and guide, Lt Col NPKNambiar, the then Chief Engineer of NHPC’s Loktak Hydro Electric Project helped untiringly for the development of the MMI Complex and a road was namedafter him within the MMI Complex.
The government of Manipur recognized Manipur Mountaineering Institute of Manipur Mountaineering & Trekking Association as “The State Institute of Adventure” in the year 1992. MMTA plays an important role in Environment protection & conservation and continues to respond to challenges of different nature.
Besides the adventure related activities, the members of MMTA are always at the forefront to respond to humanitarian needs even during the most difficult times.It was the MMTA Climbers that first reached the crash site of the Indian Airlines Boeing Crash at Thangzing peak in 1991.It was the recording on the MMTA.s alitmeter that had pinpointed the exact altitude of the crash and had also taken up Shri T.N.Haokip the Hon’ble Minister of Tourism then to the crash site the only elected representative to reach there. Volunteers of MMTA worked with the Indian Red Cross Society during ethnic crisis in Manipur to reach out to remote areas to deliver essential commodities and relief materials to the affected people under the leadership of Lt. Gen. V.K. Nayar, His Excellency the Governor of Manipur.
MMTA & MMI continues to conduct various adventure and environmental and also eco-tourism activities such as:- Adventure Course, Mountaineering Trekking, Scientific Expedition to the Nature, Himalayan Expedition, Everest Base Camp Trekking Expedition, Foreign Expedition, Rafting, waterman ship, Para sailing, Para-Gliding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing in Natural and Artificial faces both. MMTA has hosted the North East Zone Sports Climbing Competition at the Kangla Rock and Sports Climbing Wallat Minuthong for eleven times.