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Trekking through The Himalayas: Part 4

Greeted with snow and with the finish line in sight, the Nepal group continues their challenging but rewarding descent in the Himalayas.

How to Become an Outdoor Adventure Guide?

Do you have a passion for the outdoors?

Trekking through The Himalayas: Part 3

The holy water Of Gosaikunda Lake takes the Nepal group's breath away as they continue their 12-day hike through Langtang National Park.

Trekking through the Himalayas: Part 2

The Nepal group progresses on the 12-day hike in Langtang National Park, experiencing spectacular views of the Himalayas, Nepalese prayer flags and some unfortunate altitude sickness.

Trekking through the Himalayas

Read all about our Nepal group's magical experience trekking through the Himalayas on a 12-day hike in Langtang National Park.

My Rock Climbing Adventure in Nepal

As we made our way through the dust filled and packed streets of Kathmandu, I couldn’t help but wonder “What will Hattiban look like?”.

Top Destinations for Adventure Travel

Adventure can be found in any country in the world.

Life after the Adventure Guide Program

Rosie joined the Adventure Guide Program back in 2018 and has since joined the Pure Exploration team as a marketing intern.

Safety is No Accident

Before every big hiking adventure comes the most important part; the planning and the packing.

One Year On...

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the 2019 Queenstown Adventure Guide Program, so we caught up with a program Alumni, Summar Tasker, to get her take one year on...

This isn't goodbye, it's see you later...

Coralie writes one last letter to her teammates, reflecting on their abbreviated time in Patagonia...

One Month of Patagonia

Coralie gives us the down low on their first month in Patagonia:

Queenstown Update: A week on the wall

Let's catch up with Caroline as they complete week one of climbing:

Patagonia update; our first training days

It’s Tuesday morning here and we’ve been starting our first climbing week.

Hola El Chalten - our first steps all together.

The Beginning of an Adventure in NZ

I’m Caroline.

Packing and Prepping for Patagonia

How do we feel a few days away from starting the Adventure Guide Patagonia Program?

5 Things to Know About our Program in Thailand

Thailand has been a must visit destination for decades, as tourists flock to the beaches, temples and crowded markets to get a small taste of these exotic lands and experience some of the best that street food and cultural experiences Southeast Asia has to offer.

Dreamy Patagonia... Land of the free!

Dreamy Patagonia… Land of the free!

Hemisphere Hopping

I have come a long, long way from home.

Life after the Expedition Leader Program

Chloe was one of nine participants who joined us on our Expedition Leader Program in June 2019, to embark on a 12 week adventure through Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, China, Laos, Thailand and Nepal.

Introducing Canyoning to the Adventure Guide Program

We are stoked to announce the newest addition to our Adventure Guide Program – canyoning!

6 things to know about the Program in Queenstown

What you learn about yourself when travelling the world

When traveling the world, learning about different cultures, learning about oneself, and pushing limits every day, AH HA!

A Broke Traveler’s Guide to Wonderful Experiences

By: Chloe Saulnier, 21 y/o, Canada

Self-Development: The gift that keeps on giving

Growth, vulnerability, pushing limits, authenticity, connections.

Ausangate? More like Awesome-gate!

54 km, 5 days, 3 course meals, spectacular views, alpacas for days, chilly nights, and very dry hot days.

Summarising Ecuador and the Galapagos

Week 2 - Community project - Expedition Leader program

The Expedition Leader Program is truly one of a kind in the world.

Week 1 - Orientation - Expedition Leader program

How can I become an outdoor guide?

That's a great question.

Pure Exploration takes Top 3 spot at Awards

Exciting news!We are very excited and proud to be announced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards!

My time in NZ on the Adventure Guide Program

It's time to say our farewells to the group of legends that joined us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program for the last few months of 2018.

Ken's Ode to NZ's native parrot, the Kea

Did you know New Zealand has a native parrot that resides within the highest mountain peaks?

Rocking in the free world..

As the year comes to a close, the group that joined us in September for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand are also finishing up their time with us.

Exploring beautiful New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for its varied landscape, beautiful at every turn.

How to become an asset in an emergency

One of the most important parts of our Adventure Guide Program is our Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) qualification.

Why do people choose the Adventure Guide Program?

People decide to join the Adventure Guide Program for many reasons.

Outdoor climbing at it's finest

Next up on the Adventure Guide Program itinerary is a week in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook.

Fiords and mountaintops - More hiking in NZ

As the Adventure Guide Program progresses, alongside the curriculum, the nature of the hikes and climbs the groups get progressively more complex too.

Head for the hills - An intro to hiking in New Zealand

Ken's back!It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country.

Learning the ropes - An intro into rock climbing

Ken Shaffer is a talented videographer and photographer who is currently on our Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand.

Ethan's journey from London to NZ's back country

Ethan joined us in March 2018 for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand.

One year after the NZ Adventure Guide Program

Dana Ester was one of the inspiring students that joined us in 2017 for our Adventure Guide Program based in New Zealand.

Ken lands in NZ for Orientation week

Ken Shaffer is one of the awesome crew who are currently with us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program, which began in September.

Alumni update - Mark's new life at AJ Hackett Bungy

We love hearing what our program alumni are up to after their time with Pure Exploration.

Become a better you in the outdoors

Whether you are looking to get into the adventure tourism industry, or nabbing yourself an awesome break from study or working, our three month adventure guide programs are the ideal place to hone in those outdoor survival skills, clear your head and prioritise your goals in life.

The Expedition Leader Program - what's it all about?

If you're keen to gain confidence hiking at altitude and in developing world regions - you're in the right place.

The power of spending more time outdoors

Here at Pure Exploration we are all about self-love, taking time to focus on yourself, developing skills and working through challenges.

Why should you visit New Zealand?

My upbringing in Colorado ensured a fierce love for snow and all the ways to slide down it, a desire to spend most my time outside, and a refusal to sit in an office working the traditional 9 to 5 spirit-crushing job.

Highlights from the NZ Bush

Highlights from the bush module from the 2018 March intake of our Queenstown (New Zealand) Adventure Guide Program.

From Man to Mountain Goat

8 weeks down and we come to the end of the training phase, finishing on a high with another awesome week of rock climbing training lessons!

How fit do you need to be to come on a Pure Ex program?

Not sure your fitness is up to a three month adventure education program?

Multisport Week | Pure Exploration

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

A day in the life with Pure Ex

When you're on a Pure Ex course we remove the hassle of accommodation by housing all the participants together.

Becoming one with the Rock

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

Gillespie Pass Loop | Vlog 5 | Ethan: Week 4 & 5

VLOG#5: We're back!This vlog we cover a few days of anchor building in Wanaka before heading back into the beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.

Alumni Update - Dana Ester living it up in Florida!

And as if I didn't have enough to look forward to, I've also accepted a seasonal position in the Fall back in California, doing wilderness field trips for a company called Naturalists at Large.

Going Bush | Vlog 4 | Ethan: Week 3

VLOG#4:Things are kicked into high gear for the second bush/hiking module, as we head into Mount Aspiring National Park for a 3 day adventure.

Summing up the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown!

We were lucky enough to have Michel Affkerbach join us in New Zealand for the September intake of the Adventure Education Guide Internship in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Roped up in Wanaka | Vlog 3 | Ethan: Week 2 Wrap-up

VLOG#3: We spend the week in Wanaka, New Zealand's rock climbing training mecca.

Tramping, Camping, and Compasses

VLOG#2: The Pure Ex gang jumps headfirst into the first week of training.

Arrival Weekend | VLog 1 | Ethan

VLOG#1: Meet the new crew for the March intake of adventure guiding program, Pure Exploration, which commenced this weekend in Queenstown NZ.

IVOR LEVIN - LEAD GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water.

A Truly International Program

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country?

Intern Update - Graduation & Work Placement

The final update from Kaylee, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown.

Adventure Guide Intern Update - Work Experience & PHEC

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to practically use the skills and knowledge we have gained through our guide training program thus far.

How to choose a reputable volunteering program and really make a difference

The rise in millenial volunteering programs has been rapid in recent years, as has the profile of international development as a discipline.

Intern Update - Technical Training & Road Trips!

The latest update from Kaylee Pickett, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown:

What's an Adventure Guide Program Like?

Michel Affkerback was one of the team taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand in September 2017.

Adventure Guide Intern Update - Mid-course - Cyril Delteil

Adventure Guide Intern update - Rock Climbing

Why New Zealand is the best place for adventure travel

One of our upcoming Adventure Guide participants, Kaylee Pickett, has been loving her time experiencing adventure travel in New Zealand.

3 ways a semester abroad will improve your life!

It’s not difficult to make the argument to go for a gap year abroad.

Long haul travel hacks

Sustainability in Overseas Community Projects

The concept of volunteering overseas is one that has grown in popularity in recent years, as has the profile of international development as a discipline.

Epic Outdoor Kiwi Adventure – Travel, Train and Earn!

The fire crackles away happily on the soft pebbled beach and as the sun drops behind the stunning New Zealand high country mountains that surround you, you huddle in closer to your new mates and laugh about the days’ activities.

The Summer break you hadn’t thought of...yet!

Sure, university summer breaks in Spain and Thailand are fun!

10 Reasons You Should Take a GAP Year

New Cave Tagged for Addition

Pure Exploration loves using adventure, nature and outdoor sport as opportunities to build our participants self leadership.

German Bloggers' Visit NZ!

Four German travel bloggers have discovered that a winter adventure in New Zealand offers so much more than snow and skiing, after visiting in June.

We're Coming To You Soon!

Any Students from Germany interested in Work and Travel; Adventure Travel; International Trekking Guide Training Programs; English language or just having fun?

Development Activities & University Admission

recent research undertaken in the UK has identified an increasing role in 'soft skill' development, and extra-curricular activities, in the admissions to university and the likelihood of success in studies.

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2021-07-28

Our instructors are born adventurers. They live and breathe the outdoors. As well as being certified to lead groups in mountainous terrain they have teaching skills that are second to none. To be able to pass off such technical knowledge takes heaps of experience and all of our instructors are more than capable of it, they live for it! . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-27

What is a true adventure? We have thought about it a lot in HQ and there isn't really an answer. It varies from person to person. It might be exploring a new city, pushing your limits physically or mentally or just finding a new walk in the area you live in. What we do on an Adventure Guide Program is explore unknown areas, learn new skills, push ourselves and embrace the outdoors. Our destinations are New Zealand, Nepal, Mexico, Slovenia and Italy, Patagonia and Iceland . . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-26

As a true adventurer you should be skilled to deal with many situations. This includes injuries in hard to reach places. On this program we will ensure you come away knowing how to deal with any scenario that you might face. As well as either a Wilderness First Aid or Pre Emergency Hospital Care qualification we will also run through other scenarios you will face in the outdoors! . . . . . .

2021-07-25

Not only do we explore on this 12-week Program, we also get involved with communities in the countries we travel too. This could be playing football with the local kids in Nepal, shopping at local markets in Mexico or carrying out some conservation work in New Zealand. . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-07-24

We are all exploration. Do you ever look out of the window when driving and wonder where a path leads to or see a peak that you wish you could climb. This is what we do on our Adventure Guide Programs. We aren't all about qualifications but more discovery and getting off the beaten track. . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventure

2021-07-23

Welcome to MEXICO! We are excited to launch a Mexico Adventure Guide Program for this October. Only know Mexico for its white beaches and Mayan temples? There's so much more to it! Central Mexico is any adventure travelers' dream with its steep mountains, large pine-oak forests and an immense diversity of plants and animals. This 12-week comprehensive course in one of the world’s best climbing spots will give you 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb and guide in the outdoors. This is adventure travel as it should be. #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-07-20

Top tip for a Tuesday - Prepare for all weathers when out hiking or climbing. The mountain weather can change dramatically and that extra layer or waterproof might just save your life! Packing the right equipment will be one of the skills you will gain during our Programs. . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-19

To become a global adventure guide, you will embark on a remarkable journey of learning, experiences and coaching. Our destinations diverse and spectacular outdoors will be your classroom, with lessons on leadership, technical skills, group dynamics and group psychology, hiking, rock climbing, and strategies to help in every area of life. . . . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project

2021-07-17

Training outdoors doesn't get much better than this. . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-07-15

Experience remote Argentina on our 12-week Adventure Guide Program. Incorporating climbing, hiking, trekking, first aid and activities such as horse riding. We love visiting this area due to the incredible mountains and vast landscapes. . . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-07-14

Our Nelson, New Zealand Adventure Guide Program not only takes in some of the New Zealand Great Walks but also has you kayak across the blue waters surrounding the coast of Nelson. Just a couple of places remaining for our September Program. . . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-07-13

Becoming a whitewater rescue technician is no easy feat. Braving the waters in Nepal overlooked by our experienced instructors will take you from zero to hero when faced with any water crossings out in the field. Our Nepal Program in September still has a few spaces on it with the borders opening this month! We can't wait to have another cohort out there this year! . . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-07-12

Not only do you get to climb in some epic locations on Program but also you can play around in your off time in a few of our accommodation spots. Pretty cool that you can climb while having breakfast, lunch and dinner right? . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-12

What can you expect from an Adventure Guide Program (apart from experienced instructors, first aid courses and qualifications to take you to a career in the outdoor industry)? Epic landscapes and rewarding climbs are available everyday! . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-09

@mikeleowatt has been documenting his recent Nepal Program experience with us. His blog is now on part 4 where he retells the story of his descent through the Nepalese mountains. This story celebrates the conquering of the highest peak but also talks of teamwork during the journey back to base. . . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-07-08

Kevin Jorgeson and Jacob Cook attempt the second ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route, which contains one of the most excruciating crack climbs in the world, known for reducing fingertips to shreds. We can guarantee your fingertips won't be in this bad shape after our Programs but we can guarantee you will come out qualified as a rock leader. Check the link in the bio to watch this epic ascent. . . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-07-07

As well as qualifications that you will gain from your Program with us (whether it is the Adventure Guide Program or the Expedition Leader Program), you will also be treated to views that will take your breath away. We choose locations throughout the world that are hard to reach, culturally diverse and challenging. These locations include Patagonia, New Zealand (also home to our head office), Nepal, Iceland and more. . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-07-05

A great tip for hiking/an essential is to make sure you plan your route and download maps to your phone that can be viewed offline. In the office we love using Alltrails, topo maps and Garmin maps. These enable us to follow routes, plan routes and also get some great ideas for hikes in the local area. It is also great to know how far you are walking so you can estimate a time that you might finish. You never want to be caught out by getting lost or stuck in the dark without lights if the hike takes longer than you think! . . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-07-05

While climbing and hiking are at the core of our programs there are always opportunities to explore and try new activities. Here is one of our students in New Zealand getting a bit of skiing in in between his climbing modules. Here at HQ in New Zealand the ski season has just started and we are all excited in the office! Our September Programs will just catch the end of the snow season this year! . . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide