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Mountain & River Guide Course

Worldaway Tours offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonder of Nepal and become a Professional Mountain and River Guide!

Learn the art of Mountain and River Guiding in one of the most exhilarating, diverse, and scenic countries on the planet as the Mountain & River Guide Course takes you deep into the heart of breathtaking Nepal!

Worldaway Tours Mountain & River Guide Course begins in beautiful Kathmandu, a thriving and diverse culture that will be the home of our team intros and a Mountain Trek with lessons on communication, navigation and weather, and dynamic risk analysis!

Week 2: the trek continues over the pass at 4600 meters to the Sacred Lake Gosaikunda and features lessons on Leadership, Sustainability, and Mountain Ecology!

The Mountain & River Guide Course then arrives at Kenjing Base Camp at 3870 meter for Week 3 and lessons on Rock Climbing, Mountain Terminology, and Active Repelling before an amazing Week 4 at the Yala Peak Base Camp (4850 meters) and Crevasse Rescue Training on the Yala Peak Glacier that includes Tope Rope Ice Climbing!

You’ll then be tested on what you’ve learned before trekking to Sayrbu Beshi to begin River Guide Training!

To introduce the river portion of the Mountain & River Guide Course, you’ll be scouting White Water Rapids and kayaking the river before Rafting Training in Week 7.

Week 8 of the Mountain & River Guide Course begins the Lower Kali Ghandaki River expedition including Wilderness Camping and Cooking, Raft Flips, and Kayaking Training!

The next expedition will be hosted by the Breathtaking Sun Koshi River for in-depth lessons on hydrology and navigation!

Week 11 and 12 of the Mountain & River Guide Course will allow you to get your certifications! The WRT Pro Course, the IRGT pre-examination training, and the 3-Star Kayaking pre-examination training will all lead up to and ensure your success in passing the 3-Star Kayak Exam, the IRGT Exam, and the Expedition Skills Exam!

Upon completing the exams, you’ll finish up the great times of the Mountain & River Guide Course with a graduation ceremony and party with the group!

No previous knowledge is necessary as you’ll learn all you need to along the way from our Professional Tour Guides and Professors!

On one of our most unique tours yet, you’ll not only have the time of your life, but you’ll become a certified Mountain and River Guide! Sign up today to chase your dreams and trek across the natural beauty of Nepal!


  • WEEK 1


    Day 1 – Arrival to Kathmandu. Settle into hotel.

    Day 2 – Team introduction, risk analysis, planning route, equipment handling and final

    Day 3 – Start trekking. Communication. Team work. Health and fitness considerations.

    Day 4 – Use of lodges and customer care. Group roles and responsibilities.

    Day 5 – Navigation and weather. Movement on loose or steep terrain.

    Day 6 – Rest day. Short acclimatisation walk. Individual feedback.

    Day 7 – Dynamic risk analysis and altitude sickness awareness.

  • WEEK 2

    Day 8  –  Long day trek, over the pass at 4600 m and reaching the sacred lake Gosaikunda.

    Day 9  –  Leadership skills. Soft & hard trekking guide skills.

    Day 10 – Mountain Ecology and Environment.

    Day 11 – Sustainability: social, environmental and economic impact.

    Day 12 – Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.

    Day 13 – Afternoon arrival to Kenjing at 3870 m. Settle into our Access Camp. Organise
    personal and group equipment for the basic mountaineering course. Technical
    equipment handling. Hygiene.

    Day 14 – Rest day.

  • WEEK 3

    Day 15 – Study and acclimatisation day. Local culture and customs.

    Day 16 – Study and acclimatisation day. Knots and rope. Altitude sickness and risks.

    Day 17 – Basic Rock Climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.

    Day 18 – Basic Rock Climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.

    Day 19 – Mountain terminology. Teamwork. Individual feedback.

    Day 20 – Rock climbing. Anchors and belay techniques on rock.

    Day 21 – Rock climbing. Active Rappelling. Self Rescue.

  • WEEK 4

    Day 22 – Move to Lower Base camp at 4500 m. Camp management & camp set up.

    Day 23 – Move to Yala Peak Base camp at 4850 m. Camp management & camp set up.

    Day 24 – Crevasse Rescue training and Glacier Travel Technique. Walking axe use.

    Day 25 – Yala Peak Glacier: Equipment handling techniques.

    Day 26 – Tope rope ice climbing, Safety/Belay, ICE/Snow Anchorage Technique.

    Day 27 – Fixed line, practice on different terrain. Glacier travel and crevasse rescue
    technique. Snow & avalanche.

    Day 28 – Rest day. Summit Strategy, emergency procedures. Group feedback.
    Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.

  • WEEK 5

    Day 29 – Summit Day. Early rise for the summit.

    Day 30 – Pack up Yala Base Camp, move to Access Camp at Kenjing. Preparations for

    Day 31 – Test & Examination: Trekking guide course.

    Day 32 – Test & Examination: Basic mountaineering course.

    Day 33 – Pack up Access Camp, trek to Lama Hotel.

    Day 34 – Trek to Saybru Beshi. Settle into guesthouse and good bye to mountain crew.

    Day 35 – Travel to river starting point. Meet the river crew and set up camp. Camp
    organisation, hygiene and considerations. Raft construction and equipment handling.

  • WEEK 6

    Day 36 – Introduction to river expeditions. Equipment handling, safety talk, group roles
    and responsibilities. Selecting camp areas. White water rafting.

    Day 37 – White water rafting. Scouting rapids. Arrive to the Royal Beach Camp. Post-
    expedition dry cleaning.

    Day 38 – Rest day. Individual feedback.

    Day 39 – Outdoor Sustainability class & workshop.

    Day 40 – Kayaking and pool training.

    Day 41 – Kayaking in the river. River Ecology and Environment.

    Day 42 – Kayaking in the river. Safety kayaker’s role on the river.

  • WEEK 7

    Day 43 – Rafting training. Introduction to guiding the boat. River reading.

    Day 44 – Rafting training. Ferry gliding. River reading. River hydraulic.

    Day 45 – Rest day. Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.

    Day 46 – Rafting training. Communication & river signals. White water terminology.

    Day 47 – Rafting training. Equipment maintenance & repair class.

    Day 48 – Rafting training. Safety talk & briefing. Leadership skills. Teamwork.

    Day 49 – Kayaking training. Preplanning & risk assessment.

  • WEEK 8

    Day 50 – Group work on sustainability.

    Day 51 – Expedition planning, preparations & packing. Nutrition, health and hygiene.

    Day 52 – Start Lower Kali Ghandaki river expedition. Selecting camp areas.

    Day 53 – Wilderness camping & cooking. Rafting & kayaking training.

    Day 54 – Customer care. Teamwork. Leadership skills. Rafting & kayaking training.

    Day 55 – Raft flips. White water swimming. Rafting & kayaking training.

    Day 56 – Rafting & kayaking training. Scouting rapids & dynamic risk analysis.

  • WEEK 9

    Day 57 – Pack up camp and transportation to RBC. Post expedition dry cleaning.

    Day 58 – Rest day. Individual feedback.

    Day 59 – Eskimo roll training in the pool. Present Sustainability Challenge.

    Day 60 – Packing, planning & preparations for the river expedition. Personal and group
    kit and equipment handling.

    Day 61 – Start Sun Koshi river expedition. Travel to starting point and set up camp.

    Day 62 – Briefing. Leadership skills. Group management. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 63 – Analysing risk and hazards. Rafting & kayaking.

  • WEEK 10

    Day 64 – Scouting and portaging rivers. Hydrology and navigation. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 65 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 66 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 67 – Rest day on the river. Individual feedback.

    Day 68 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 69 – Training your personal skills. Rafting & kayaking.

    Day 70 – Pack up camp and transportation to RBC.

  • WEEK 11

    Day 71 – Morning arrival to RBC. Post expedition dry cleaning.

    Day 72 – Rest day. Group feedback. Opportunity for individuals to speak with instructor.
    Personal preparations.

    Day 73 – WRT Pro course.

    Day 74 – WRT Pro course.

    Day 75 – WRT Pro course.

    Day 76 – IRGT pre-examination training.

    Day 77 – IRGT pre-examination training.

  • WEEK 12

    Day 78 – 3-Star Kayak pre-examination training.

    Day 79 – Individual feedback. Preparations for examination.

    Day 80 – 3-Star Kayak exam.

    Day 81 – IRGT exam.

    Day 82 – Expedition skills exam.

    Day 83 – Mountain & river awards and graduation ceremony.
    Congratulations for your achievements!

    Day 84 – Travel to Kathmandu. Final celebration together.

  • WEEK 13

    Day 85 – Departure.

    Optional:  Additional 3 days for Wilderness First Aid training.  This will be organised either in the beginning ‘before day 1’ or at the end starting day 83.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

Free Time

*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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The Mountain & River Guide Course (85 Days)

The Ultimate Leadership Course!
US$ 12750
  • 3+ Star Hotels w/Daily Breakfast
  • Twin or Multi-Share w/Bathroom (split by gender)
  • Mountain Trekking in the Himalayas + White Water Rafting
  • Summit a Himalayan Peak!
  • Kayak some of the world's best rivers
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • Learn how to rock climb with professionals!
  • including:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Mountain Equipment, River Gear, International Instructors & Guides
  • Certificate of Completion

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