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Adventure Guide Program - Nepal

Outdoor Guide Training & Industry Experience


12 Weeks




Iconic landscapes, isolated mountain villages, warm friendly locals, Nepal is unforgettable and carves a place into your heart like no other. Spend 12 weeks in the world’s most dramatic landscapes gaining hiking and climbing guiding qualifications and experience, crucial outdoor skills and a chance to focus on you.

If you’re a mountain person, we’re sure Nepal has always been on your bucket list. Our program will give you an authentic and constructive chance to experience the magic of the Himalayas.


18 Sept - 10 Dec


17 Sept - 9 Dec


Jan 29 - 23 April

This 12 week program is broken down into different key areas that focus on building your repertoire of skills and experience. Your time will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining world-recognised guiding qualifications, plus experience in the adventure tourism industry. All this will give you the best entry into the adventure industry possible, or skillset for becoming a confident outdoor adventurer.


Month 1: Nailing down the fundamental skills
Month 2: Hiking, climbing and wilderness medicine
Month 3: Advanced trekking & climbing and final assessments


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




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.  


Whether you are looking for a stepping stone into the adventure tourism career pathway as a guide, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in the most amazing places on earth, the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program is an epic, constructive, and rewarding way to spend 3 months abroad! 


You’ll love arriving into Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal, sitting at the foothills of the mighty Himalayan mountains. It’s a wonderful melting pot of travellers from around the glove, Buddhism and Hinduism religions, beautiful locally sourced gems, and mountaineering’s the perfect place to begin our journey together.

From here you’ll launch your expeditions into the iconic Himalaya.. seen from a distance from the capital, tempting you with the adventures that await. We’ll venture off the beaten track and into some well known and lesser known places, meeting locals, taking in that magic Nepalese spirit you feel all around you.


  • 12 week adventure training and qualification program in inspiring Nepal
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • Experience the magic of the Nepalese people and the mighty Himalaya
  • Industry standard Bush Leader & Rock Leader qualifications
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Accommodation and food allowance during training
  • Develop hiking and bush skills
  • Develop rock-climbing skills, both top-roping and leading
  • Learn, understand and practice Wilderness medical skills, including pre-hospital emergency care
  • Peer Assessments
  • Informal lectures and discussions on history, culture, society and environment
  • Very personalized small group experience, maximum of 12 participants
  • Experienced Pure Exploration program leader supported by local guides


  • 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.

1. Introduction to Adventure Skills

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.

(Subject to season and program)


2. Get Technical


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!

Jungle & Altitude Foundations
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...


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 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 standard (as discussed on the previous page), you’ll also complete two crucial safety certifications to add to your repertoire:
Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certificate
White Water Level 1 Rescue Certificate


Each week will include*

  • 5 days of Technical Training
  • 1 day of Self-Directed 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.


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. Please note that treks and locations detailed in this itinerary may be subject to change, due to seasonality, operational requirements or health & safety.