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Expedition Leader



90 Days




This is a big, broad, badass program for people looking to become globally experienced and qualified Expedition Leaders, capable of leading treks into high altitude and developing world regions.


10 Jan - 9 April


10 Jun - 7 Sept


In this program, you'll develop extensive guiding skills and qualifications specialising in altitude and steep terrain, learn wilderness medicine and get crucial developing world leadership experience as you travel the globe learning your trade. 


The program is broken into 3 modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Each module builds on the one before - as the program progresses so will your skills; your proficiency as a global traveller and your confidence to lead others.


The itinerary itself also progresses into more challenging global regions, continuously immersing you in learning experiences and developing key global adventure guiding skills.



There is no other program in the world that specifically trains expedition guides in such an immersive way.


We created this program as an immersive learning experience, where the assessment occurs naturally during everyday experiences, your proficiency will grow as the program itself gets progressively more challenging.


The itinerary was chosen specifically to complement each stage of the training. As the level of skill required increases, the destinations chosen will simarly become more challenging; with language barriers, logistic challenges or poor infrastructure. 


You’ll leave this program confident in your global guiding skills, able to arrive to any destination, assess prospective issues and succeed in running an awesome expedition.



  • 3 month expedition leader training and qualification program
  • Dynamic, immersive course that progresses with each new destination
  • Focus on mentorship & learning through shared experiences
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors and a program manager hosting in all countries
  • Low student - instructor ratio (1:6) for personalised learning
  • NZ Outdoor Leadership Qualifications (completed internationally)
  • International Wilderness First Aid & First Responder certificates
  • Accommodation and most meals provided all program
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel (except your flight to and from home)
  • Gain experience in adventure travel management, expedition/travel medicine, youth work, peer leadership, high alpine/steep terrain/swift water management, leading others above 5,000m, supported and unsupported trek management


  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18 years or older 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, as work placements are held with tourism operators for limited staff numbers. 


Month 1 - Adventure Travel Guiding - China, Laos, Thailand

Time for an introduction to the essentials that will become your bread and butter for the next 4 months - the core skills needed for global travel in groups: Budgeting, logistics, dealing with operators, hygiene, safety, eating, airports and new cultures. You’ll also cover the foundation hiking and guiding skills you’ll need for the training ahead.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: Developing world travel experience Guiding management experience adventure guiding core skills

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Chengdhu, Tiger Leaping Gorge - China, Luang Prabang - Laos, Chiang Mai & surrounds - Thailand


Month 2 - Consolidating skills - Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru

From here, we move to the stunning Central Americas. As well as being immersed in some incredible cultures, you’ll be actively involved with the planning and management of your team’s itinerary - this will be the projects you’re working on, booking your travel from place to place, the itinerary creation and logistics required for trekking. Cultural and language barriers may make some tasks difficult, but literally every day will be a lesson in problem solving, group management, and planning.

Highlights of this part of the course include stunning exploration of the Galapagos Islands, and once in a lifetime treks to Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountains of Ausangate.


WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: Outdoor guiding qualifications Project work and community service, developing world experience in Latin America, more advanced treks & leadership opportunities

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Quito - Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Cusco, Sacred Valley Machu Picchu, Ausangate - Peru

Month 3 - Expedition Leader Training - Supported Expedition Trekking at altitude - Nepal / Northern India

The Himalaya, what many feel is the spiritual home of adventure. This beautiful, rugged country will host your crew as you put into practice the technical, educational and learning principles developed throughout this program. The nature of the high alpine environment will provide a tough classroom at times, but is the ultimate way to learn. You’ll leave a better person, more confident in your skills and richer from an amazing Nepalese experience.

Note, due to the wild nature of the monsoon weather experienced in the Himalaya during June, our program for the June intake takes place in Manali, Nothern India rather than Nepal. Let’s not be fooled here, this region is just as beautiful with less people, arguably better food and unreal landscapes. Both should be on your bucket list for sure!

Highlights will include completing a 3 week high altitude trek with supporting horses and crew, testing your skills under pressure!

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: High altitude trekking management skills, application of your skills learned to date, experience in coordinating high altitude expeditions

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Annapurna Sanctuary & Chitwan National Park - Nepal, Shimla Pass, Manali, Northern India



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