Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia
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Adventure Guide Program - Patagonia

Outdoor Guide Training & Qualification Program


12 Weeks




Patagonia. Where else in the world would you want to become an adventure guide? Rugged, remote, vast and sublime - Patagonia’s beauty is unrivalled, and the trekking is unreal.


31 Jan - 23 Apr


30 Oct - 21 Jan

From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, our comprehensive 3 month Adventure Guide Program will prep you with all the skills needed to pass your guiding qualifications and feel confident to guide groups. And you get to live in Patagonia for 3 months. Rad.


 This 3 month program is broken into 3 modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Your time in Patagonia will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining sought after guiding qualifications. 


This Argentinian based program specialises in the following guiding disciplines:

  • Hiking 
  • Rock Climbing


Adventure lovers, welcome home. Considered by many as the ultimate adventure travel destination, we know you’ll instantly love this place. Clean air, wide spaces, unreal mountainscapes, your camera is going to get a work out as much as your legs! 


While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be cultural activities and exchange; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  


To become a global guide, you will embark on a remarkable journey of learning, experiences and coaching. Patagonia's diverse and spectacular outdoors will be your classroom, with lessons on leadership, technical skills, group dynamics and group psychology, and strategies to help in every area of life. 

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  • 12 week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in El Chalten, Argentina, the gateway to the trails surrounding the incredible peaks of the Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.
  • Accommodation and most meals for duration of program
  • All technical equipment, in-program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • Bush Leader + Rock Leader qualification
  • International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Enjoy the experience of living in an isolated region of South America!


  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program are extremely limited. Most of our candidates apply 8-12 months in advance of start date. 


A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time. 


Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next eight weeks. You’ll get an in-depth briefing and training on hiking and guiding, giving you the core skills needed for the training ahead. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way!

You’ll begin developing technical skills in navigation and bushwalking, day hikes, overnight hikes, bushcraft, interpretation,flora and fauna.

As your intro to Rock climbing we cover top-roping, abseiling, safety, equipment, intro to lead climbing, systems, transitions. 

We’ll build on your existing knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership. 


It’s time to start putting your skills and knowledge to the test, as we start to push your limits and see if we can create some outdoor diamonds!


At this point of the program, we take it up a notch. It’s time to test your limits and push those new skills. We take you to a few more challenging locations where you’ll have to pull together as a team to get through, and where you’ll really start to see the value in ensuring processes are followed and back-up plans are in place!

Bush modules include Multi-day hikes, trip planning, practising leading and getting mileage for your logbook

Rock modules include consolidation and practice of skills learnt in module 1 and 2 and incorporating leading others. 

At the end of this module, you will have received training to satisfy leader qualifications in the above two disciplines


Advanced guiding skills
Hiking core skills
Rock climbing core skills
Outdoor survival techniques

WEEKS 9-12: Assessment & Leadership days


As well as completing your 2 x disciplines to an exam passing standard (as discussed on the previous page), you’ll also complete a Wilderness First Aid certification! 


Fill up your logbook with leading or assistant-leading your peers for hiking and climbing excursions. Get some real experience with what it takes to plan, risk assess and successfully lead a day expedition


Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your leader assessments. We’ve had a fantastic pass rate so far of 98%, so as long as you do the hours and are fit and healthy and raring to go, you’ll be sweet!


Each week will include*

  • 4 days of Technical Training
  • 1 day of Self-Directed Learning
  • 1 day for Classroom Learning
  • 1 day for Admin or as Free Day

*The order of days will change each week and as your training progresses. This is simply a general outline.


If you're keen to maximise your time with us, you might want to consider the following paid add-ons...

Guaranteed* work placement position - NZD$1,500
If you pass your assessments, and have demonstrated a great attitude and potential for guiding, this is when we support your preparation and assist you in being placed into your paid work! Paid work positions would be located in New Zealand. 

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas



This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements

*Guaranteed work placement positions are available as a paid add-on to your course fee, paid in full along with your course fee. We will assist you wherever possible in obtaining employment post course, on the conditions that you have passed your relevant assessments, hold a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand, and have demonstrated a good attitude. You will be placed with one of our partner companies.