Mountain & River Guide Course

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Highlights

Global EduTours offers a rare 85 DAY TRIP- a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a certified River Guide and Mountain Climbing Guide, two of the most desired adventure certifications!
Learn the art of Mountain and River Guiding in one of the most exhilarating, diverse, and scenic countries on the planet as the Course takes you deep into the heart of breathtaking Nepal!
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/River Guide! Chase your dreams and trek across the natural beauty of Nepal!
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!
And the great part is, No previous knowledge is necessary! You’ll learn all you need to along the way from our Professional Tour Guides and Professors!
The ultimate mountain leadership course! Seven international certifications and access to a global network for job opportunities! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Global EduTours 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!

Global EduTours Mountain & River Guide 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!

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!

You’ll then be tested on what you’ve learned before trekking to Sayrbu Beshi to begin River Guide Training!

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!


Typical day


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.
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
Week 3
  • Day 15 – Study and acclimatisation day. Local culture and customs.
  • Day 17 – 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
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 25Yala Peak Glacier: Equipment handling techniques.
  • 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 33 – Pack up Access Camp, trek to Lama Hotel.
  • Day 34 – Trek to Saybru Beshi. Settle into guesthouse and good bye to mountain crew.
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 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 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 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 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 67 – Rest day on the river. Individual feedback.
  • Day 68 – 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 73 – WRT Pro course.
Week 12
  • Day 78 – 3-Star Kayak pre-examination training.
  • 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 organized either in the beginning before day 1 or at the end starting day 83.

Free-time activities

White water rafting.
Kayaking in the river
Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking
Winter Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills necessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Global EduTours

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport
Included
Tribhuvan Int. Airport, Kathmandu (CODE: KTM)
Accommodation
Hotel, Teahouse, Tent
Shared
Hotel Camping
Food & Beverages
Breakfast, lunch, dinner & water included
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2019: 15th September. // 2020: 13th September.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
13 - 13 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
13 weeks (min. stay)
$ 15,300
13 weeks (max. stay)
$ 15,300
Average fees
$ 1,177 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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