A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.
WEEK 1: ORIENTATION
Orientation is a bit like your first week at college. You will get to know the local area, learn local customs and culture, get to know your program mates, and really absorb the plan for your program. Your Pure Exploration program leader will lead you on tours, challenges, games and practical tasks to help turn you into a team, immerse you in Nepalese culture, learn ‘how things are done round here’ and help you find your way around town! By the end of the week you’ll feel as though you’ve known your program mates for a lifetime, and will be getting used to sharing daily life with them!
SOME OF THE LOCATIONS THAT YOU’ll GO (subject to season and program)
- Kathmandu & surrounding areas
- Langtang National Park
- Annapurna Conservation Area
Month 1: Introduction to Adventure Skills & Leadership
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 bush walking. 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.
ROCK CLIMBING - LEARN THE ROPES
Start your journey into the vertical world with an introduction to rock climbing & abseiling equipment, techniques and get hooked! We’ll start with top rope climbing and anchors in Hattiban, approximately 25km from the Kathmandu valley. The vertical rock with slight over hangs is suitable for all climbing levels and is a great place to start your climbing adventure. Your days will be spent with loads of climbing day trips, socializing and indulging in the local cuisine.
Hiking, camping, geology, flora & fauna, history and natural interpretation skills all start with a walk and a tent! So you will too. Starting in the Langtang National Park you’ll learn about map reading, navigation, risk assessment and management along with leadership skills while you backpack through the Himalayas.
CORE SKILLS GUIDING
Professional guiding is a little different to what most hobby outdoors people think - a lot more involved than just the skills required for the sport! You’ll learn about risk assessment, leadership theory, nutrition, weather analysis and group dynamics among much, much more. This module includes some classroom elements to introduce theoretical components of professional instructing & guiding. This short stage is followed by full-on practical tasks, challenges and field assignments.... Intensely practical, fun and learning by discovery.
Month 2: Get Technical
BECOME AN EXPERT
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!
During this time you’ll be given an introduction to trad climbing, lead climbing and multi pitch sport climbing while also furthering your trekking knowldge and skillset on more advanced hikes. So at the end of this module, you will have received training to satisfy Bush Leader and Rock Leader qualifications.
Time in the saddle can’t be beaten in regards to preparation, and you’ll experience a range of weather conditions, situational scenarios and group simulations to prep you for anything. This is the true nuts and bolts of the course where you’ll emerge a true leader, skilled practitioner and confident and enthusiastic outdoor expert!
Understand the dangers of high altitude & jungle expeditions, remote medicine and learn all about the logistics of a 30 person supported trek in the high Himalaya, with porters, horses, guides, cooks etc. Imagine the possibilities that might open up...
Month 3: PEER ASSESSMENT & EXAMS
Time to jump into guiding with peer assessments! This is a great time to practice all the skills you’ve learned in preparation for those final exams. You’ll also be placed with industry employers over these final weeks to satisfy log book requirements, giving each of you a minimum of 5 leadership days as leader, guide and instructor in bush walking and rock-climbing.
PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO THE TEST
You'll then buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your 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!
As well as completing your 2 x disciplines to standards, you’ll also complete two crucial safety certifications to add to your repertoire:
- Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate
- White Water Level 1 Rescue Certificate
This is a sample guide to what you can expect to do on the program. Please note that treks, locations and the order in which the activities occur may be subject to change, due to seasonality, operational requirements or health & safety.