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Adventure Guide Program - Nepal



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.


4 Mar - 27 May


16 Sep - 9 Dec


6 March - 28 May



An Adventure Guide Program is the first step in your dream of becoming an outdoor adventure guide. Your time on this 12-week course will be split between practical and theoretical training, while you explore Nepal and gain world-recognized hiking qualifications and rock climbing certifications!


This program gains participants the following guiding qualifications:

  • Industry Standard Trekking Leader Qualification
  • Industry Standard Rock Climbing Supervisor Qualification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
  • International Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • White Water Level 1 Rescue Certificate



Our Nepal Adventure Guide Program offers you an epic 12 weeks in some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. Explore Kathmandu, hike through the Himalayas and be stunned by the mountains around you. But 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 one of the most amazing places on earth, this Adventure Guide Program is an epic and rewarding way to spend 3 months abroad!


Adventure Guide Program Nepal




If you’re a mountain person, we’re sure Nepal has always been on your bucket list. 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 travelers from around the glove, Buddhism and Hinduism religions, beautiful locally sourced gems, and mountaineering culture.


From here you’ll launch your expeditions into the iconic Himalayas, 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.



This outdoor adventure course is suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career to become a global outdoor guide, or simply to challenge their own understanding of what it means to take on the wild. Gain skills you'll use your whole life as a hiker, climber and lover of exploring untouched regions. Bring on the adventures!


  • 12-week adventure training and qualification program in inspiring Nepal
  • Accommodation and food allowance during training
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Experienced Pure Exploration program leader supported by local guides
  • Industry standard Trekking Leader qualification
  • Industry standard Rock Climbing Supervisor qualification
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • International Wilderness First Aid certification
  • White Water Level 1 Rescue Certification
  • Altitude trekking foundation skills
  • Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills
  • Very personalized small group experience, maximum of 12 participants
  • Experience the magic of the Nepalese people and the mighty Himalaya


  • 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!


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


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.


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.


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


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...



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.


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.



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

Outdoor Instructor Program - This is an accelerated, practical immersion program, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry.

Adventure Guide Program New Zealand - A fan favourite and for good reason! Mountains, beaches and everything in between! Become a certified where it all began!