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 & introduction to hiking
Welcome to India! You’ll land in the bustling city of New Delhi then transfer onto Manali. From there you’ll set up camp (literally) at the stunning Bhrigu Lake for the next 4 days! Nestled among the Himalayan mountains this is the perfect place to start our journey, meet the team and start to learn about what your life will be like for the next 6 weeks!
Day 2-6 Bhrigu Lake Camping
You’ll begin to delve into the world of hiking starting with understanding map scales, equipment demonstrations, learn about hiking nutrition, hygiene and fire lighting to name a few! We’ll start you off with the Bhrigu Lake Trek, nicknamed “The Trek to the Pool of the Gods” and for good reason. This stunning high altitude glacial lake boasts incredible panorama views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Get ready to work your legs as well as your camera on this beautiful introductory hike!
Day 7 River Day
By the end of the first week we’ll throw you in the deep end with an exciting day on the river! You’ll learn about river safety including crossings, water readings, surivial swim and rope rescue!
WEEK 2: Multi-day hike in Hampta Pass
Day 8 - Rest day in Manali
Day 9-14 Hampta Pass
Let the first week of hiking skills sink in as you begin your 6 day camping expedition in Hampta Pass, located south east of Manali. This is one of the most dramatic crossover treks in the Himalayas because of its constant changes in scenery. You’ll pass through glacial valleys, open meadows and challenging terrain. During this time we’ll develop navigational skills, compass orienteering, understanding weather systems while constantly building your knowledge of local flora and fauna.
Day 15- Rest day on Manali.
WEEK 3: Long hikes and rugged terrain
Day 16- Preparation for Deo Tibba Trek.
Before we depart on our next adventure we’ll develop knowledge on how to navigate rugged terrian, how to prepare food using a variety of cookers, utilizing rope as a handline and understand the geology and knowledge of the local terrain.
Day 17- 21 Deo Tibba Trek
Now it’s time to put everything into practice as we tackle the 6 day Deo Tibba Trek located in the Manali region of Himachi Pradesh. On this trek you’ll emerge from the lush green forests of pine and spuce, surrounded by amazing views of snow capped mountains including Mt. Deo Tibba that never leaves your sight! Hindu mythology believes that the dome shaped peak of Deo Tibba is where the Gods sit, giving this trek even more meaning for the local people.
Day 22- Rest day Manali
Stay: Guest House and hotel accommodation
WEEK 4: Student led hikes
Day 23- Preparation Day for student led hikes
Day 24-27 Beas Kund Trek
The student lead days are where you’ll put everything you’ve leaned into practice. By week four you’ll be totally competent with equipment usage, planning from a risk management perspective, different instruction styles and peer leadership. All of this will take place on the Beas Kund Trek, famously known for being the source of the river that flows through Manali. The trek offers a variety of scenery as you make your way through the sacred valley to the alpine lake. The hardest part will be remaining focused with all the distracting views!
WEEK 5: Peer Assessment and leadership
Day 28 - 32 Peer Assessment at Manali
Put all of your new knowledge to work in a location that you are familiar with already, in Manali where the journey started. Here you will take your peers on hiking adventures where you practice your instruction style, gear knowledge and climbing skills.
This is a great trial run for those of you who may be considering getting into the adventure tourism industry as a climbing guide. You’ll get real life experience of what it feels like to assess weather, assess client abilities and make their day as fun and informative as possible.
Day 33 Rest day in Manali
WEEK 6: Assessments and program wrap
Day 34-41 Assessment Days
The final piece in the program puzzle is here - time to begin your assessments with a certified assessor. If successful, you will pass your NZOIA Bush Leader certification. We have found with most of our previous Adventure Guide Programs that students have found they are MORE than prepared for these assessments, as long as they did the work required throughout the program. Some said it was a very satisfying feeling knowing they not only could answer what was asked of them, but they in fact knew well beyond the level tested. This resulted in them leaving the program feeling confident in their skills and the use of them moving forward.
On completion of your assessments there will be some super fun wrap up sessions with the team, a suitably celebratory farewell for all your new best mates as you head back to different corners of the globe. Many students tie this program in with further global travel, perhaps down into Australia or New Zealand, or around other beautiful locations in South East Asia.
If you enjoy your time on program and would like to extend to the 12 week, you can always reach out to your Program Advisor to explore this option further.
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