“In the mountains there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.” (Rusty Baille)

Why do we love Mountains?

I have climbed several higher mountains without guide or path, and have found, as might be expected, that it takes only more time and patience commonly than to travel the smoothest highway. Mountaineering has never been easy. It requires a lot of passion and strong determinations to overcome one’s comfort zone.

At the same time Technical Skills,Leadership qualities and learning to survive in harsh weather conditions at high altitudes also play an vital roles to be a perfect MOUNTAINEER.

 SO how and where to get trained to be a perfect MOUNTAINEER?? 

 I have accomplished my Basic Mountaineering Course at  Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports (J&K) during SEPTEMBER 2016.

Below are some of the top school in INDIA.


1.Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is rated as one of the best mountaineering institutes in India and also considered as the most prestigious mountaineering institute in Asia.

The aim of the Institute is to introduce and initiate young men, women and school children to the mountains and nature through its various Mountaineering and Adventure courses. Emphasis is laid on instilling the concept of Adventure and following conventional environmental guidelines to ensure environmental awareness and conservation

NIM was established at Uttarkashi on 14th Nov 1965 to honor the great desire of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was an ardent mountain lover.


Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering

Uttarkashi - 249193

Uttarakhand (India)

Tel: +911374-222123, 224663, 223580




2.Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal

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.

The training takes students to west Sikkim through Kanchenjunga National Park, another added bonus. It is known for its hard treks and heavy rucksack loads.

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.


Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling

Phone: +91 (354) 2254083/ 2254087

Fax: +91 (354) 2253760


3.Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir

The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM&WS) was established at Aru (Pahalgam),Jammu & Kashmir in 25 October 1983.The Institute is a Registered Body under the J&K Society Registration Act VI of Samvat 1998 (1941 AD). Raksha Mantri is the President and Chief Minister, Jammu &Kashmir is the Vice President of the Institute. The superintendence, direction and control of the affairs of the Institute vest in the Executive Council of the Institute.


The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM & WS)

Postal Address

C/O JIM & WS, Nunwan, Pahalgam

Distt: Anantnag (J&K) Pin-192126

Nunwan Pahalgam (J&K)

Ph.: 01936-243002 Fax: 91-01936-243129



 4.Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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.



Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports,

Manali 175131 .

Phone No-(01902) 252342-253789

Fax No- 01902-252137 Grams - Himount.

E-Mail :

5.National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh

The National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) was metaphorically born when the Government of India felt the need for an institute with a holistic approach towards adventure sports. For the same reason, we are crafting the institute carefully to offer training across land, air and water – a first of its kind that allows civilians to experience challenges across a variety of outdoor surfaces as well as pursue a career in adventure sports.

Right from its concept stage, the idea behind NIMAS has been to drive home the true spirit behind adventure. We have created every training programme at NIMAS to draw upon the ideas of self- exploration and individual evolution – much of which have been inspired by the splendid inner and outer journeys of individuals closely associated with the institute. Another continuing goal that has driven us forward is to contribute to the local economy through sustainable employment. Over the years, the institute has seen a plethora of locals intent on working hard and making NIMAS a success, every step of the way.


National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS)

Dirang, west kameng Arunachal Pradesh

Postal address-NIMAS, Pin 900190 c/o 99 APO

NRS- Dekhargaon (Tejpur Assam)

Nearest Airport: Guwahati (Assam)

+ 09434054084

+ 03780 242107

6.Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering was set up at Gulmarg by the Government of India, Department of Tourism, in the year 1969 with the aim to introduce adventure sports among the youth and to promote the tourism industry. The Institute imparts technical training and conducts various courses such as Snow Skiing at Gulmarg (mid December- early April), Water Skiing in beautiful lakes of Kashmir Valley (May-August), Trekking/Mountaineering programmes in Kashmir & Ladakh (September-October). Besides the Institute proposes to start with White Water Rafting in Lidder and Sindh rivers (May-September), Paragliding at Gulmarg, Yousmarg and Sonmarg as well as higher reaches (April-October). The Institute has qualified Ski Instructors most of whom have had advance training in abroad. The Institute has latest and best-imported equipment. The Institute provides the facilities of boarding , lodging and training during the conduct of courses.


IISM, Hourse No 183, Kursoo, Raj Bagh,

Srinagar, J & K

Pin: 190008

Tel / Fax: 0194 – 2312749

IISM, Near Golf Club,

Gulmarg, J & K,

Pin: 193403

Tel / Fax: 01954 – 254480

Mobile: (0)  9419604990, 9419034449,   9419076335,

(contact during office hours 10 AM to 04 PM)

7.Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute, Munsiyari, Uttarkhand

Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute Munsyari Located  in Uttarakhand is the famous hill station of District Pithoragarh at an altitude of 2200M . It borders with China on the North and Nepal towards its West: Average temperature during summers is around 20°C during summers.The aim of the Institute is to introduce and initiate young men, women and school children to the mountains and nature through its various Mountaineering and Adventure courses. Emphasis is laid on instilling the concept of Adventure and following conventional environmental guidelines to ensure environmental awareness and conservation.




8.Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute, Gangtok, Sikkim

Sonam Gyatso (1923–1968) was an Indian mountaineer and the first person from Sikkim to summit Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.The institute, set up in 1963, organizes different adventure courses, including Basic Mountaineering Course (B.M.C.). The institute has trained several noted mountaineers, such as Sonam Gyatso, Phu Dorjee and Yangdi Sherpa. The institute does not have online presence, but you can write to the principal at the following address for more details:


Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute

(Ministry of Home Affairs) Govt of India,

Ladakhi Mansion

Gangtok (Sikkim)

India+91 3592 222 044

9.High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

The High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) is a training and research establishment of the Indian Army. In 1948, Indian Army established a ski school in Gulmarg which later became the High Altitude Warfare School of the Indian army specializing in snow–craft and winter warfare. It is one of the most famous warfare academies. Royal armies like UK, Germany gives regular visit for training purpose of selected militants.

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