The Institute was established in 1983 at Aru, near Pahalgam,J&K with a view to provide numerous adventurous activities at one place in close proximity of each other.
JIM&WS made a humble beginning by conducting the first Basic mountaineering Course on 24 June 85 with seventeen students. From there on, it has never looked over the shoulders. Owing to disturbed conditions in the valley in late 80'sand reluctance on the part of the students,to come to Aru the Institute was shifted across Banihal to Tringla, Batote in Aug 90. Despite odds, the Institute continued to train adventure lovers. Later, with the peace rising back in the valley and rise in tourist activities, it was decided to move back the Institute in the valley in October 2003.