Top 7 Mountaineering Institutes in India

Here we enlist the top 7 mountaineering institutes in India and the list of mountaineering courses provided by all these top mountaineering institutes in India.

Mountaineering is an art of climbing where you not only to conquer the mountains but also to conquer your fears and discover the power of your mind and body. There are many mountaineering institutes in India, that offer various levels of mountaineering courses.Anyone can enroll in any of these mountaineering courses to know more about mountaineering and learn the responsibility and ethics in mountaineering. Seats for these courses are always served on the first-cum-first-serve basis, so always plan ahead if you like to join a mountaineering course.

We present to you the list of top 7 mountaineering institutes in India and the list of mountaineering courses provided by all these top mountaineering institutes in India.

Top Mountaineering Institutes in India:

There are many mountaineering institutes in India, that offer several varieties of mountaineering courses to learn. Top Mountaineering Institutes in India are as below:

  1. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM)
  2. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS)
  3. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI)
  4. Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports (JIM&WS)
  5. National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports(NIMAS)
  6. Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM)
  7. Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute (PNSMTI)

Top Mountaineering Courses in India:

Top Mountaineering Courses in India
Top Mountaineering Courses in India

Mountaineering courses in India cover basic to advanced learning of all aspects of mountaineering. Apart from these courses, each of the above institutions has many add-on courses, that include the Skiing course, Rafting Course, etc. All these mountaineering institutes in India provide a wide variety of courses to choose from. The top mountaineering courses in India are listed below:

  • Adventure Course
  • Basic Mountaineering Course
  • Advance Mountaineering Course
  • Search & Rescue
  • Methods Of Instructions (MOI)
  • Special courses

01Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM)

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Khardung La the Highest Motorable Road in the World

Set up in 1965 at Uttarkashi, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering(NIM) is rated as one of the best mountaineering institutes in India and is also considered as the most prestigious mountaineering institute all over Asia.

The aim of this top mountaineering 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.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering offers six professional mountaineering courses, which are as below:

  • Adventure Course
  • Basic Mountaineering Course
  • Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC)
  • Search & Rescue (S&R)
  • Methods Of Instructions (MOI)
  • Special course

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Contact Details:

Location: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
Website: http://www.nimindia.net
Courses:  http://www.nimindia.net/courses
Course Schedule: http://www.nimindia.net/course-schedule
Contact Details: Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi – 249193, Uttarakhand (India)
Tel:  +911374 – 224663 (Principal)
Tel:  +911374 – 222123 (Registrar)
Tel:  +911374 – 223580 (Training Section)
Fax:  911374 – 223344
email:  [email protected], [email protected]

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Map:


02Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS)

Solang Manali Himachal Pradesh
Solang Manali Himachal Pradesh

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports(ABVIMAS) is one of the largest Adventure Sports training centers in the country. ABVIMAS is spread over 20 acres of forested land on the banks of the river Beas. ABVIMAS has nine sub-centers all over the State and so far more than 40,000 people have been trained.

ABVIMAS offers six professional mountaineering courses, which are as below:

  • Basic Mountaineering Course (26 Days)
  • Adventure Course (14 Days)
  • Adventure Course with White Water Rafting (14 Days)
  • Adventure Camp (10 Days)
  • Water Sports (Still Water) 10 days
  • Water Sports (White Water) 10 days
  • Snow Skiing (Duration as per arrangement)

And apart from the above, there are two special programs especially for students:

  • Student Training Programme for Adventure Course- I
  • Student Adventure Camp (10 days) – Manali, Bharmour, Narkanda, Bir, Billing & Sangla Region

ABVIMAS Manali also arranges requirement based Special Adventure Programmes/Activities also, like:

  • Special Mountaineering Expeditions
  • Mountaineering Course Cum Expedition
  • Special BasicMountaineering Courses(For Corporates/Govt. Officials/ Executives)
  • Special Advance Mountaineering Courses(For Corporates/Govt. Officials/ Executives)
  • White Water Rafting Expeditions
  • Summer Skiing Courses/ Camps
  • High Altitude Treks (Crossing prominent high passes)
  • Disaster Management courses

ABVIMAS Contact & Course Details:

Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Website: http://www.adventurehimalaya.org
Courses: http://www.adventurehimalaya.org/trainingprogram.php
Contact Details: The Director, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali- 175131
Phone No: (01902) 252342-253789
Fax: 01902-252137
email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

ABVIMAS Map:


03Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI)

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trekking-bhrigu-lake-kullu-manali

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up in 1954 and is located at a very picturesque location offering the morning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,512m) where the first sunrays fall on its peak, giving it a golden tinge.

HMI has the oldest mountaineering museum of the country which was established in 1957. it serves as a center of educational research on mountaineering activities both for trainees and research scholars, it has a rich collection of models, paintings, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, autographs, books and mountaineering equipment belonging to famous mountaineers.

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.

In more than 62 years of its existence, the Institute has trained more than 45,000 thousand students including 2,500 from different foreign countries. The prestigious Course completion certificate from HMI is a prized possession of any trainee, which is given due recognition all over the world.

Mountaineering courses offered by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute include:

  • Basic Course
  • Advance Course
  • Method of Instruction
  • Adventure Course
  • Special Courses on Actual Cost(includes rock climbing, sports climbing, basic & advance mountaineering, etc.)

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Details:

Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal
Website: https://hmidarjeeling.com
Courses Schedule & Fees: https://hmidarjeeling.com/courses/courses-schedule/
Contact Details: HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE, Jawahar Parvat, Darjeeling – 734101. West Bengal, India.
Tel: +91 – 354 – 2254087 (Training Office)
Fax: 91 – 354 – 2254299
email: [email protected]

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Location:


04Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering & Winter Sports (JIM&WS)

Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports came into existence in 1983 on the lines of HMI, Darjeeling and NIM, Uttarkashi. Headquartered in Pahalgam, JIM&WS have sub-centers at Nalthi Bhaderwah, Sanasar-Patnitop-Kud, Shey (Leh) and Gulmarg.

In addition to the adventurous basic and advanced mountaineering courses and basic, intermediate, advanced skiing courses, Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports has also started conducting ad-hoc and special adventure courses, river rafting, paragliding have been included in the curriculum of adventure sports.

Mountaineering courses offered by Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports are as below:

Mountaineering Courses at JIM&WS:

  • Basic Mountaineering
  • Advance Mountaineering(MOI)
  • Search & Rescue

Skiing Courses at JIM&WS:

  • Basic Skiing
  • Intermediate Skiing
  • Advanced Skiing

Adventure Courses at JIM&WS:

  • Adventure 15 days
  • Adhoc Adventure 3/5/7/10 days

Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering Details:

Location:  Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
Website: http://www.jawaharinstitutepahalgam.com
Courses Details: http://www.jawaharinstitutepahalgam.com/courses.php
Course Fees: http://www.jawaharinstitutepahalgam.com/fees.php
Contact Details: The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM & WS), Nunwan, Pahalgam, Dist: Anantnag (J&K) Pin-192126
Tel: 01936-243002
Tel: 01936-243129 (Training Section)
Tel: 01936-243002 (PA to Principal)
Fax: 91-01936-243129
email: [email protected]

Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering Location:


05National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS)

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lahaul spiti leh ladakh mountains

Established in 2013, the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports operates under the control and superintendence of the ministry of defense, Government of India and is the first national institute authorized to conduct land aero and aqua courses.

Spread over an area of 60 acres, NIMAS is located in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated on a hill that is at a height between 7000 and 8000 feet, the institute overlooks the town of Dirang and the Sela Pass and boasts of wonderful scenery all around.

Mountaineering courses offered by the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports are as below:

  • Method Of Instruction Course (21 Days)
  • Search & Rescue Course (21 Days)
  • Advance Mountaineering Course (32 Days)
  • Basic Mountaineering Course (28 Days)
  • Basic White Water Rafting Training Course (12 Days)
  • Intermediate White Water Rafting Course (12 Days)
  • Advance Paragliding Course (P3 Level) (8 Days)
  • Basic Intermediate Para Motor Course(P1 & P2 Level) ( 15 Days)
  • Basic Intermediate Paragliding Course(P1 & P2 Level) (10 Days)

National Institute of Mountaineering Details:

Location: Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh
Website: http://nimasdirang.com/
Courses Schedule http://www.nimasdirang.com/Home/Schedule
Course Fees: http://nimasdirang.com/programs.htm
Contact Details: National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, west kameng Arunachal Pradesh, Postal address-NIMAS, Pin 900190 c/o 99 APONRS- Dekhargaon (Tejpur Assam)
For Course Reservations: (+91)-9774731855
Fax:  (+91)-3780-242310
email: [email protected]

National Institute of Mountaineering Location:


05Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM)

Mountains leh ladakh
Mountains Leh Ladakh

Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering was founded in 1969 at Gulmarg by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism. Initially, it was started as a Project named Gulmarg Winter Sports Project (GWSP) in order to develop Gulmarg as Ski resorts of international standard. Now it has grown into a full-fledged adventure Institute that conducts various adventure courses and exciting corporate activities.

The snow conditions, terrain and the length of skiing season at Gulmarg coupled with a dependable Air service have been major factors in the selection of this place as the Ski Centre in the country.

IISM Contact Details:

Location: Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Website: http://www.iismgulmarg.in
Courses Schedule http://www.iismgulmarg.in/?page_id=29
Course Fees: http://www.iismgulmarg.in/?page_id=80
Contact Details: IISM, House No 183, Kursoo, Raj Bagh, Srinagar, J & K, Pin: 190008 (or)  IISM, Near Golf Club, Gulmarg, J & K, Pin: 193403
Tel/Fax: 0194 – 2312749(Srinagar)
Tel/Fax: 01954 – 254480(Gulmarg)
Mobile: 9419604990, 9419034449, 9419076335, (contact during office hours 10 AM to 04 PM)
email: [email protected]

Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering Map:


06Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute (PNSMTI)

Pandit Nain Singh Surveyor Mountaineering Training Institute (PNSMTI) is a newly established mountaineering institute situated at an altitude of 2,200m in Munsiyari that is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. PNSMTI is the second premier mountaineering institute of Uttarakhand after Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi. The institute is named after the great surveyor Pandit Nain Singh Rawat who played a major role in the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) in the mid-nineteenth century.

The institute has already started inviting applications for adventure courses, skiing courses and will soon start mountaineering courses as well. Courses are designed on the pattern of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering to follow and maintain the training standards that are highly required for an organization to nurture.

PNSMTI Contact Details:

Location: Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
Website: http://www.nimindia.net/pnsmti
Contact Details: Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering
Tel 01374 – 224663 (Principal)
Tel 01374 – 222123 (Registrar)
Tel 01374 – 223580 (Training Section)
email: [email protected], [email protected]

PNSMTI Map:

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