Mountaineering Course in Nepal

Mountaineering Course in Nepal

An extensive mountaineering course led by IFMGA guide

  • Group Size:Min 2 Max 12
  • Duration:21 Days
  • Max Altitude:5630m/18,472ft
  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Activity:Mountaineering Courses
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Start Point:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • End Point:Kathmandu, Nepal
Package difficulty Challenging  

Join us on our Mountaineering course in the Rolwaling region of Nepal for extensive training on general mountaineering skills led by IFMGA guide

Trip Overview

Highlights

  • Learn mountaineering skills from an expert guide
  • Theoretical and Practical Training Courses 
  • Trek to Rolwaling Valley and climb Yalung Ri Peak
  • Extensive mountaineering course for 24 days

The mountaineering course in Nepal is designed for people looking to learn or sharpen their mountaineering skills.

Whether you are looking to climb big mountains in the future or looking to learn new skills, our mountaineering course in Nepal is designed to help equip you with the fundamental principles of mountaineering and ensure safe climbing practices, fostering self-reliance in the mountains.

Join us for a 21-day mountaineering course in the Rolwaling region of Nepal every year from November onwards, where our expert guides will provide you with extensive training on mountaineering skills and Himalayan climbing techniques.

Our mountaineering course in Nepal and its training syllabus are meticulously designed by expert guides (UIAGM/IFMGA Certified Guides), and they will be your instructors as well for this course. The course is aimed to provide you with the essential skills required when climbing in the Himalayas and elsewhere in the world. Once you have completed the course, you will establish a solid foundation of knowledge upon which you will build your future endeavours. You will get to apply all your training on this course at the end as we climb Yalung Ri Peak situated at 5600m.

This course is fully guided and supported with 1 UIAGM/IFMGA Guide as your lead instructor, and there will be assistant climbing guides on a ratio of three to one, guaranteeing full support as you acquire or refresh your skills.

Our Mountaineering course in Nepal will take place in two different places, Kathmandu and the Rolwaling Region. After you arrive in Kathmandu, there will be 3 full days of the course which will include orientation, gear check with familiarization and demonstration, rope works, and a basic high altitude sickness course.

After Kathmandu, we head east and trek into the Rolwaling region. Along the trek, there will be some basic courses every evening as well. Two rest and acclimatization days have been kept at Beding and Naa to ensure we adapt well to the increasing altitude.

Your main course will start from Naa onwards, where nature becomes our ultimate classroom. The Rolwaling region serves as a fantastic training playground as there are multiple learning possibilities on different terrain.

From Naa, we head up to the base camp of Yalung Ri, where we will stay five nights doing extensive training. Close to the Yalung Ri base camp, we have access to glaciers and ice where we will conduct our training.

Glacial activities with safe navigation, Cramponing techniques, ascending/descending with the use of devices, walking techniques wearing big boots, self-arrest, and rope works will be taught during these 5 days at the Yalung Ri base camp.

Note: Depending on the condition of the mountain, your guides can modify courses. 

After 5 days of extensive training at the Yalung Ri base camp area, we will apply all that we have learned on a peak ascent program. We will climb Yalung Ri Peak 5630m at the end, and you will be using all that you have learned in this course. Your guides will climb hand in hand with you so that they provide additional support if and when required.

Whether you aspire to master the art of mountaineering or wish to enhance your existing skills, this Mountaineering course in Nepal provides the perfect opportunity.

Mountaineering Course Topics: 

  • Introduction to Himalayan climbing.
  • Climbing equipment familiarization with a demonstration
  • Layering and proper usage of gears and equipment
  • Climbing knots, Rope coiling and simple ropeworks
  • High altitude sickness prevention and treatment 
  • Indoor wall climbing 
  • Backpacking and use of poles
  • Glacier Walk
  • Cramponing Techniques
  • Man Roping / Rope Up Technique 
  • Progression on rock, snow and ice
  • Ascending/Descending with devices
  • Mixed terrain climbing  
  • Peak Ascent of 5630m 

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please lookout for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of the arrival hall.Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02-03 - First phase of training in Kathmandu

    Day 02:
    - Climbing equipment check, familiarization and demonstration
    - Climbing Knots, Rope Coiling and Indoor Wall Climbing

    Day 03:
    - High altitude sickness prevention and treatment
    - Backpacking

    • Meal: (B,L)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 04 - Drive to Chechet and trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    Leaving Kathmandu, we will drive toward Chechet Khola via Charikot. Located atop the hill, Charikot offers scenic views of Gaurishanker Mountain, Melungtse Mountain and other peaks and mountains. We will drive past rustic villages and town to reach Chechet which is located near to Jagat village. From here, we trek 2 hrs uphill to reach our first overnight place, Simigaun.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 2-3 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    From Simigaon, our route leads towards North East. Beginning the walk on a gradual uphill slope, we pass through the thick rhododendron and magnolia forests, and the pastures with numerous clearing that are used for summer grazing. In this area, the change from lush Tama Koshi to the mountainside of Rolwaling Valley is very apparent. We will pass through the small settlement area of kyalche and reach the wooden bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will make it to Dongang where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    Today, crossing the Rolwaling Khola we take a path leading through the jungles on the northern side, the walk heading to a gradual climb & then coming to a clearing passing along little settlements of Nyimare, Ramding and through the farm fields and reaching at Beding for the overnight stop after a good walk of five hours or more with time to visit Beding village where we can do some chatting with the local folks. It is the principal Sherpa village in the Rolwaling area. Situated in a narrow gorge, it is enlivened somewhat by its well-positioned Gompa, comprising of about thirty-six houses.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 07 - Rest and acclimatization day at Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    A day for rest and acclimatization at Beding. Beding is the main settlement in this region. Visit Monastery, School and explore the area.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 08 - Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]

    From Beding onwards, we can feel the increasing altitude and the cold chill from the surrounding high mountains getting into our bones. Our trek today will be a short walk of three hours or more along the Rolwaling River, as we take it easy on this high altitude terrain with its impressive vistas of the surrounding high landscapes and the snow-capped peaks. Our walk continues slowly in order to acclimatize, just before Na the valley opens out into a classic, glaciated U-shape. On reaching our overnight camp at Na, which is a scattered village and a temporary settlement of the villagers of Beding and beyond, it is a summer yersa (grazing pasture) and potatoes are grown hereabouts. There is a roughly built monastery around here. Ahead, up the valley beyond Na, the majestic summit of Chobutse 6,689m rises above the Tsho Rolpa at the confluence of the Ripimo Shar and Trakarding glaciers. We just relax & relish these stunning surroundings.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 09 - Hike to Tso Rolpa Lake and back to Naa [4,200m/13,783ft]

    Today, we hike up to Tso Rolpa lake [4,600m/15,092ft] which takes around 3 hrs up and down. This hike is particularly done for an acclimatization purpose. We retrace back to Naa by lunch and rest for the remaining of the day.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 10 - Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp [4,900m/16,067ft]

    From Naa, we head towards the Yalung Ri base camp following an uphill ascent for nearly 3 hrs. As we ascent, the view of the surrounding mountains become surreal with the valley-wide opening. After lunch, we will run the climbing course, where your guide will teach you the required skills for climbing Yalung Ri.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 11-13 - Second phase of training at Yalung Ri Base Camp [4,900m/16,067ft]

    - Glacier Walk
    - Cramponing Techniques
    - Mixed terrain climbing
    - Ascending/Jumaring on Fixed Ropes
    - Descending / Rapelling with ATC Guide/Figure of 8
    - Rope Up techniques
    - Progression on rock, snow and ice

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 14 - Rest day and prepare for summit

    A day to rest and recover from training and also to do final preparation for Yalung Ri summit

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 15 - Peak Ascent / Climb Yalung Ri Peak [5,630m/18,472ft]

    We wake up early in the morning at around 3 am and get ready to hit the trail before dawn. After early morning breakfast, we leave the base camp and begin our summit push. The total duration of the climb will be 6-8 hrs on average from base camp to base camp.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 16 - Trek to Naa [4,200m/13,783ft]

    Pack up base camp and desend to Naa village. Its a 2 hrs of full descent to Naa from Yalung Ri base camp.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 17 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    From Naa, its 5 hrs walk down to Dhongang via Beding and Tandingma. Overnight at Dhongang tonight

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 18 - Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    Trek to Simigaun following the Rolwaling Khola. Overnight at Simigaun for our final night in the mountains

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Camping
  • Day 19 - Trek to Chechet and drive to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Trek to Chechet for an hour from Simigaun. From here, drive to Kathmandu for 7 hrs via Charikot.

    • Meal: (B,L)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 20 - Free day in Kathmandu
    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 21 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this course and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this course has provided you with extensive skills and trainings

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: None

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Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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Nov, 2023

Trip Start Date26 Nov, 2023
Trip End Date16 Dec, 2023
PriceUSD 4,999
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Nov, 2024

Trip Start Date24 Nov, 2024
Trip End Date14 Dec, 2024
PriceUSD 4,999
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Cost Inclusion

  • Extensive training in Kathmandu and Rolwaling Region
  • Training materials (Rope, Anchor, Technical Devices)  
  • Expert UIAGM/IFMGA Instructor for the course 
  • Assistant guide with 1:2 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew (Porters and Kitchen Team) 
  • Yalung Ri Peak Climbing 
  • All meals (B, L, D) during the trek with boiled water for drinking purposes
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 6 nights with breakfast
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek on a tent
  • All camping logistical arrangements for your comfort (Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent etc) 
  • All ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • All required permits for the trek 
  • International and domestic airport transfers as per flight time
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high-altitude medicine
  • Supplementary oxygen system and Thuraya satellite phone for emergency purposes
  • Waterproof Duffel bag and use of the sleeping bag and down Jacket 
  • Staff wages, equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Completion certificate (Upon request)
  • Group welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant 

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on a trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment 

Essential Information

Who can take part in this course?

Anyone with mountaineering aspirations can join this course. This course is suitable for people of any age group and background with a good fitness level as this trip involves a longer duration of trek/climb. 

Who will be the Instructor?

Your instructor for this course will be a fully certified UIAGM/IFMGA guide with previous experience in training. There will also be a assistant guides to assist and provide additional support. 

We possess a deep passion for alpine adventure & the outdoors, and with the small professional group we have on board, we’ve notched up experience that spans almost 3 decades on some of the most isolated trails and highest peaks. We take great pride in calling ourselves a ‘high-altitude adventure specialist’ and all this is due to our diverse and qualified team of guides. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in.  Your trip will be led by an experienced mountain guide with and 1:3 sherpa guide to client ratio

Is this training good for me?

This training course has been devised keeping every aspect in mind and we are confident that this course is suitable for anyone looking to build a solid foundation of mountaineering skills. The course covers important topics of general mountaineering skills and we also have a peak ascent program after the training where you will actually climb the peak and apply all that you have learned.

Why Rolwaling as a training ground?

Rolwaling serves as a fantastic training ground due to its close vicinity with all types of terrains (Rock, Ice and Snow). Rolwaling is also the closest and easily accessible place as compared to other parts of Nepal. 

Difficulty Level

Grading: 5-6 (Challenging)

Physically challenging, involving daily trekking of approximately 6–8 hours. No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and be adaptable to high altitude conditions. This course is considered challenging due to a longer duration trek/climb in a remote and isolated area that goes above 5500m and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m for multiple days. Climbers are required to have an excellent physical level. On summit days, you will leave base camp at around 2 am and will only be back to base camp by late afternoon. This grade trip involves the usage of climbing equipment (Harness, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Ascender). 

Yalung Ri is graded as Alpine PD, which suggests it to be a challenging climb with very little technical climb and fewer objective hazards. The majority of the climb involves walking in a glacier at a relatively fair degree of steepness with the use of crampons and an ice axe. The final section of the climb involves an ascent following a ridge at a 4o degree angle with the use of a short rope system or ascender/jumar on a fixed rope system depending on the group size.  

Accommodation on this course

Hotel: 5 Nights, Camping: 15 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like the Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. If you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay a single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel's beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

In the mountains:
In the mountains, your accommodation will be on fully tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 climbers. If in case of a single by default, then we will provide a single tent without any additional cost. There will also be a dining tent, toilet tent etc for your comfort. 

Single supplement: 
A single supplement will be charged if someone wishes to have their own room in Kathmandu. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of the same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of a single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement. Please note that on the trek, a single supplement is not available due to limited rooms

Meals on this course

All meals are included from Day 04 to 19 lunch. We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek with hot water/tea/coffee provided. Our kitchen crew will freshly prepare the food for us and there will be a decent variety of meals.

In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited. 

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining a small group of cohesive climbers so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. Our group generally consists of climbers from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, but on average our group size is 4-6 climbers with the support team of guides and sherpas. 

Min participant required to run this trip is 2. 

Safety and emergency

Safety is always a priority while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Our itinerary for this course has been devised carefully ensuring safety and success. We carry a supplementary oxygen system and medical kit on our high altitude trip be it a group of 2 or 12. Besides, we provide a high staff-to-client ratio to ensure more support. 

Do i need Insurance?

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

More information: Travel Insurance

Can I rent climbing gears?

Yes, you can rent all climbing gear in Kathmandu. After you arrive, you can let us know and we will assist you with the gear rental. 

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended for this kind of trip. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment.   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Head gears:

- Sunhat X 1
- Warm hat (should cover head & ear comfortably) X 1
- Buffs X 2 
- Sunglasses (High-quality, UV-blocking sunglasses with good all-around protection) X 1
- Headlamp with spare batteries (200-300 lumens output) X 1

Upper Body:

- Thermal or fleece base layer top X 2
- Trekking shirts/t-shirts (Breathable and quick-dry materials) – full sleeve x 2 and short sleeve x 2 
- Mid-Layer Jacket X 2 (Lightweight downs are good as well) 
- Soft-shell jacket X 1 (Water and Wind Resistant) 
- Hardshell jacket with a hood X 1 (Fully waterproof shell jacket, must fit comfortably over mid layers) 
- Insulated Down Jacket X 1 (provided by us at request) 

Lower Body:

- Thermal or fleece base layer bottom X 2
- Trekking trousers/pants X 3 
- Warm trekking trousers X 1
- Hardshell pants X 1 for climbing days (Non-insulated and waterproof) 
- Insulated down pants X 1

Underwear:

- 4 pairs of synthetic or wool fabrics only

Hand Wear:

- Liner Gloves X 1
- Midweight gloves X 1 
- Expedition Down Mittens (Leather Palm) X 1

Foot Wear:

- Waterproof Hiking Boots (Preferably full to protect/support your ankle) X 1
- Double Layer Mountaineering Boot X 1
- Hiking socks X 4 pairs medium to heavy (synthetic and wool)
- Summit socks X 2 
- Liner socks X 2
- Gaiters X 1 Pair

Climbing Gears:

- Helmet
- Ice Axe 
- Crampons
- Harness
- Carabiners (2 X Screw Gate and 2 X Snap Gate )
- Belay Device X 1 
- Ascender/Jumar (Large Handle) 
- Prussik Cord
- Safety Cord (2 m length) 

Gears / Personal equipment:

- Daypack 40-45 litres (To carry water and personal items that you may require while trekking and climbing)
- Duffel bag (provided by us at request)
- Down Sleeping bag (-20 C rated) with compression sack (provided by us at request)
- One litre capacity water bottle X 2 (Nalgene) 
- Insulated Cover for Water bottle X 1 
- Trekking poles X 1
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- Personal snacks, comfort foods, energy bars and gels 
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Padlock
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Flip flops 

Toiletries and hygiene 

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Face mask
- Water treatment tools
- Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer
- Sunscreen SPF30+ and Lip balm SPF 30+
- Hand sanitiser/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit (Pepto Bismol, Cipro (500mg tablets), Metronidazole, Hydration salts, Eye drops for dry ears, Azithromycin (250mg tablets), Diamox (250mg tablets, approx. 35 total), and a variety of standard painkillers including Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc) 

Documents: 

- Passport with validity of 6 months. 
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets

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