Mountain & River Guide Course

Company : Worldaway Learning Tours
Location : Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 1 week to 6 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

The ultimate mountain leadership course! Seven international certifications and access to a global network for job opportunities!

Worldaway Tours offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonder of Nepal and become a Professional Mountain and River Guide. Learn the art of Mountain and River Guiding in one of the most exhilarating, diverse, and scenic countries on the planet as the Mountain & River Guide Course takes you deep into the heart of breathtaking Nepal!

This course begins in beautiful Kathmandu, a thriving and diverse culture that will be the home of our team intros and a Mountain Trek with lessons on communication, navigation and weather, and dynamic risk analysis. In week 2 the trek continues over the pass at 4600 meters to the Sacred Lake Gosaikunda and features lessons on Leadership, Sustainability, and Mountain Ecology!

The Mountain & River Guide Course then arrives at Kenjing Base Camp at 3870 meter for Week 3 and lessons on Rock Climbing, Mountain Terminology, and Active Repelling before an amazing Week 4 at the Yala Peak Base Camp (4850 meters) and Crevasse Rescue Training on the Yala Peak Glacier that includes Tope Rope Ice Climbing!

To introduce the river portion of the Mountain & River Guide Course, you’ll be scouting White Water Rapids and kayaking the river before Rafting Training in Week 7. Week 8 of the Mountain & River Guide Course begins the Lower Kali Ghandaki River expedition including Wilderness Camping and Cooking, Raft Flips, and Kayaking Training!

The next expedition will be hosted by the Breathtaking Sun Koshi River for in-depth lessons on hydrology and navigation! Week 11 and 12 of the Mountain & River Guide Course will allow you to get your certifications! The WRT Pro Course, the IRGT pre-examination training, and the 3-Star Kayaking pre-examination training will all lead up to and ensure your success in passing the 3-Star Kayak Exam, the IRGT Exam, and the Expedition Skills Exam!

Upon completing the exams, you’ll finish up the great times of the Mountain & River Guide Course with a graduation ceremony and party with the group. No previous knowledge is necessary as you’ll learn all you need to along the way from our Professional Tour Guides and Professors!

On one of our most unique tours yet, you’ll not only have the time of your life, but you’ll become a certified Mountain and River Guide! Sign up today to chase your dreams and trek across the natural beauty of Nepal!

Itinerary

Week 1

  • Day 1 – Arrival to Kathmandu. Settle into hotel.
  • Day 2 – Team introduction, risk analysis, planning route, equipment handling and final preparations.
  • Day 3 – Start trekking. Communication. Team work. Health and fitness considerations.
  • Day 4 – Use of lodges and customer care. Group roles and responsibilities.
  • Day 5 – Navigation and weather. Movement on loose or steep terrain.
  • Day 6 – Rest day. Short acclimatisation walk. Individual feedback.
  • Day 7 – Dynamic risk analysis and altitude sickness awareness.

Week 2

  • Day 8  –  Long day trek, over the pass at 4600 m and reaching the sacred lake Gosaikunda.
  • Day 9  –  Leadership skills. Soft & hard trekking guide skills.
  • Day 10 – Mountain Ecology and Environment.
  • Day 11 – Sustainability: social, environmental and economic impact.
  • Day 12 – Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.
  • Day 13 – Afternoon arrival to Kenjing at 3870 m. Settle into our Access Camp. Organise personal and group equipment for the basic mountaineering course. Technical equipment handling. Hygiene.
  • Day 14 – Rest day.

Week 3

  • Day 15 – Study and acclimatisation day. Local culture and customs.
  • Day 16 – Study and acclimatisation day. Knots and rope. Altitude sickness and risks.
  • Day 17 – Basic Rock Climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.
  • Day 18 – Basic Rock Climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.
  • Day 19 – Mountain terminology. Teamwork. Individual feedback.
  • Day 20 – Rock climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.
  • Day 21 – Rock climbing. Active Rappelling. Self Rescue.

Week 4

  • Day 22 – Move to Lower Base camp at 4500 m. Camp management & camp set up.
  • Day 23 – Move to Yala Peak Base camp at 4850 m. Camp management & camp set up.
  • Day 24 – Crevasse Rescue training and Glacier Travel Technique. Walking axe use.
  • Day 25 – Yala Peak Glacier: Equipment handling techniques.
  • Day 26 – Tope rope ice climbing, Safety/Belay, ICE/Snow Anchorage Technique.
  • Day 27 – Fixed line, practice on different terrain. Glacier travel and crevasse rescue technique. Snow & avalanche.
  • Day 28 – Rest day. Summit Strategy, emergency procedures. Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.

Week 5

  • Day 29 – Summit Day. Early rise for the summit.
  • Day 30 – Pack up Yala Base Camp, move to Access Camp at Kenjing. Preparations for examination.
  • Day 31 – Test & Examination: Trekking guide course.
  • Day 32 – Test & Examination: Basic mountaineering course.
  • Day 33 – Pack up Access Camp, trek to Lama Hotel.
  • Day 34 – Trek to Saybru Beshi. Settle into guesthouse and good bye to mountain crew.
  • Day 35 – Travel to river starting point. Meet the river crew and set up camp. Camp organisation, hygiene and considerations. Raft construction and equipment handling.

Week 6

  • Day 36 – Introduction to river expeditions. Equipment handling, safety talk, group roles and responsibilities. Selecting camp areas. White water rafting.
  • Day 37 – White water rafting. Scouting rapids. Arrive to the Royal Beach Camp. Post- expedition dry cleaning.
  • Day 38 – Rest day. Individual feedback.
  • Day 39 – Outdoor Sustainability class & workshop.
  • Day 40 – Kayaking and pool training.
  • Day 41 – Kayaking in the river. River Ecology and Environment.
  • Day 42 – Kayaking in the river. Safety kayaker's role on the river.

Week 7

  • Day 43 – Rafting training. Introduction to guiding the boat. River reading.
  • Day 44 – Rafting training. Ferry gliding. River reading. River hydraulic.
  • Day 45 – Rest day. Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.
  • Day 46 – Rafting training. Communication & river signals. White water terminology.
  • Day 47 – Rafting training. Equipment maintenance & repair class.
  • Day 48 – Rafting training. Safety talk & briefing. Leadership skills. Teamwork.
  • Day 49 – Kayaking training. Preplanning & risk assessment.

Week 8

  • Day 50 – Group work on sustainability.
  • Day 51 – Expedition planning, preparations & packing. Nutrition, health and hygiene.
  • Day 52 – Start Lower Kali Ghandaki river expedition. Selecting camp areas.
  • Day 53 – Wilderness camping & cooking. Rafting & kayaking training.
  • Day 54 – Customer care. Teamwork. Leadership skills. Rafting & kayaking training.
  • Day 55 – Raft flips. White water swimming. Rafting & kayaking training.
  • Day 56 – Rafting & kayaking training. Scouting rapids & dynamic risk analysis.

Week 9

  • Day 57 – Pack up camp and transportation to RBC. Post expedition dry cleaning.
  • Day 58 – Rest day. Individual feedback.
  • Day 59 – Eskimo roll training in the pool. Present Sustainability Challenge.
  • Day 60 – Packing, planning & preparations for the river expedition. Personal and group kit and equipment handling.
  • Day 61 – Start Sun Koshi river expedition. Travel to starting point and set up camp.
  • Day 62 – Briefing. Leadership skills. Group management. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 63 – Analysing risk and hazards. Rafting & kayaking.

Week 10

  • Day 64 – Scouting and portaging rivers. Hydrology and navigation. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 65 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 66 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 67 – Rest day on the river. Individual feedback.
  • Day 68 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 69 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.
  • Day 70 – Pack up camp and transportation to RBC.

Week 11

  • Day 71 – Morning arrival to RBC. Post expedition dry cleaning.
  • Day 72 – Rest day. Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor. Personal preparations.
  • Day 73 – WRT Pro course.
  • Day 74 – WRT Pro course.
  • Day 75 – WRT Pro course.
  • Day 76 – IRGT pre-examination training.
  • Day 77 – IRGT pre-examination training.

Week 12

  • Day 78 – 3-Star Kayak pre-examination training.
  • Day 79 – Individual feedback. Preparations for examination.
  • Day 80 – 3-Star Kayak exam.
  • Day 81 – IRGT exam.
  • Day 82 – Expedition skills exam.
  • Day 83 – Mountain & river awards and graduation ceremony. Congratulations for your achievements!
  • Day 84 – Travel to Kathmandu. Final celebration together.

Week 13

  • Day 85 – Departure.
  • Optional:  Additional 3 days for Wilderness First Aid training.  This will be organised either in the beginning ‘before day 1’ or at the end starting day 83.

Travel

  • Airport Pickup
  • Internal Flights
  • Internal Travel
  • Minibus
  • Taxi

Accomodation

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Meals

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