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Himalayan Alpine Climbing Course

Himalayan Alpine Climbing Course

This unique course brings international climbers and Nepalese mountain guides together to learn techniques and skills for climbing and guiding in the Himalayas.  Learn high altitude mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, rescue, and wilderness medicine in the Nepalese Himalaya. 


This is a popular course and tends to fill-up quickly.  Reach out if you are interested in 2024 dates (see dates below).


After doing a gear check and orientation in Kathmandu, students will depart for the Eastern Everest Region by jeep.  Several days are spent trekking through the mountains before reaching Sibuje Village atop a ridge overlooking 7,000 meter peaks and the beautiful landscape of Makalu-Barun National Park.  In Sibuje we stay in the homes of Nepalese mountaineering students while learning rope work, rescue techniques, rock climbing movement skills, high altitude first aid, and a host of other skills before returning to Kathmandu by a different trekking route and a short flight.


Those students who are interested in climbing a 21,247 ft./6,476m glaciated peak may extend their stay an additional twelve days and continue up-valley from Sibuje to Mera Peak.  Not only will we climb the peak, but also practice ice climbing, crevasse rescue, and other snow skills on a high altitude glacier.  The additional cost for this is $1,530 USD ($3880 USD total for the course and climb).  Views from Mera Peak include five 8,000 meter peaks (Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga) along with hundreds of 6,000 meter peaks spread across the Nepalese Himalaya.


Nepalese students are provided a scholarship to attend this course due to financial need.  This is made possible through our relationship with the nonprofit Karma Project:


Category: Climbing: Beginner

Max Elevation: 11,250ft. course only.  21,247 ft. if also climbing Mera Peak

Location: Makalu-Barun Region, Nepal

Course Difficulty: F (easy) This is a French grading system for the technical difficulty of Mera Peak. In spite of its low technical difficulty, the climb of Mera Peak is still very physically demanding, and students must be aerobically fit.

Terrain: Vertical rock and 60 degree ice climbing during training.  Peak ascent includes 30 degree snow/ice with a short step of 60 degree ice.

Number of Days: 17 for the short climbing course.  29 for the longer course with the addition of a Mera Peak climb (including weather days)

Group Size: 5 to 12 (smaller parties may pay a higher price)

Cost:  $2350 for the 17 day climbing course (does not include Mera Peak).  $3980 for the 29 day course including Mera Peak.

Dates for short course: November 16 - December 2nd, 2024 (17 Days)

Dates for long course (with Mera Peak): November 16th - December 14th, 2024 (29 Days)

Deposit Amount: $800 USD (it is the same for either course)

NOTE:  Any payment made is non-refundable unless Nepal Alpine Guides cancels the course.  In extreme circumstances this may happen last-minute (such as for political unrest or the outbreak of a pathogen).  We never intend this to happen, and often have work-arounds.  We STRONGLY recommend you purchase travel and trip cancelation insurance (see details below).

Balance Amount: $1550 USD for short course.  $3,180 USD for long course.  We will reach out to you with payment instructions.

Deposit Due: March 1st, 2024 (you may wish to pay your deposit sooner to hold your place on this course as it may fill-up before the deposit due-date)

Balance/full payment due: June 1st, 2024


This course will be attended by students from Nepal, the United States, and other countries.  It is best suited for students with previous rock climbing and/or ice climbing experience who would like to begin climbing in the Greater Ranges.  If students do not currently have this experience, it may be acquired on a course in the United States (please contact us for details).  If qualified, students from outside Nepal will have the opportunity to teach some of the course content to Nepalese students who work as guides in the Himalayas.  The trip features trekking in Everest Region and Makalu-Barun National Park, rock climbing training, ice climbing training, rescue training, wilderness medical training, and leadership skills training.  We then apply what we have learned during a student-led climb of 21,247 ft. Mera Peak.  The stunning views from the summit include five peaks above 8,000 meters: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Katchenjunga. 

    • All lodging within dates of the trip (hotel in Kathmandu, lodges with beds on approach, tents at base camp and during the climb)
    • All in-country transport, including domestic flights and airport transfers
    • All meals outside of Kathmandu during the trek and climb (three meals prepared by a cook each day)
    • All peak permit fees, park entry charges, and logistics support
    • 15kg of cargo transfer from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-versa
    • Porter support on the approach to Base Camp
    • Guide support above Base Camp
    • All fixed lines, pitons, ice screws, and other rigging material
    • Fully stocked base camp with dining tent, cook, and sleeping tents
    • Insurance for all Nepali staff and guides
    • Government liaison officer (when applicable)
    • Expedition garbage deposit

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