About the Course Options


You might think of Nepal as somewhere only expert mountaineers climb, but even advanced beginners can find a place to play in the mighty Himalayas. Nepal has several peaks over 20,000 feet that require only basic mountaineering skills, like using crampons and traveling in rope teams. If you still need to learn these skills, plenty of guides will include some time for training upfront. Then you’ll have a chance to practice them on mountains like Island Peak (20,305 ft), Mera Peak (21,245 ft), and Yala Peak (18,806 ft), where the terrain is easy and low-risk enough to take early-stage mountaineers on guided expeditions.

Mystical, moving and marvelous, Nepal is where the overpowering of the senses becomes a natural occurrence.

- Ram Chhetri

Many such expeditions last over a month and link multiple peaks via high passes to make the most of your acclimatization. As an added benefit, this gives you a chance to see how your body reacts to spending extended periods at altitude, which is a requirement before taking on higher, less forgiving peaks. Another option if you have a flexible work schedule is to take a 40-day course with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). NMA offers top-notch mountaineering training for a fraction of the price of international operators. There are only two course start dates per year, one for the basic course in June and one for the advanced course in December, but it’s worth moving your schedule around to take part in this renowned training program.

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