Mountaineering Training:

With an aim to promote mountain tourism as a safe tourism, NMA has been actively involving in the training activities intended to produce qualified and skilled resources. NMA conducts Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) and Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) in the month of June i.e. 12 June  and December i.e. 20 December annually.  

Annual Training Schedule:

Basic Mountaineering Course
Basic Mountaineering Courseis conducted in June annually starting from 12 June. The training is intended for the mountaineers to  equip them with new techniques and methodology on mountaineering and rescue activities.  The average duration of the training is 40 days with 10 days theory (Kathmandu) and 30 days practical  (Langtang). The required number of students for the course is minimum 4 and maximum 32.

The interested candidates are requested to read the following directions before applying for the course.

For Nepalese nationals:
The interested Nepali candidates should have the following criteria to apply for the course.

  • Sport background
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Able to write and speak basic English language
  • Basic knowledge about mountaineering and trekking
  • Guide Training (Conducted by Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management ,NATHM)
  • NMA-PETZL Basic Introductory Mountaineering Training (Conducted by PETZL Foundation of France and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
  • Introductory Rock Climbing Course, First Aid Course, Basic Mountain Rescue Course, Hill Walking & Mountain Navigation Course Conducted by Nepal Mountaineering Instructors Association (NMIA) & NMA.
  • Wilderness First Aid Course ( Conducted by NMIA, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), Alliance France and Other related organization )
  • Above 8000 meters Summiteers
  • Basic Mountaineering Training under Foreign Alpine Association (IFMGA  member country)

The following documents should be attached with the application form(distributed by NMA) while submitting.

  1. Passport size photo- 1 pc
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Recommendation Letter from Trekking Agency registered at NMA
  4. Insurance (To be submitted after selection)

For foreign nationals:
NMA accepts also applications from the foreign nationals to attend BMC. They should have the following criteria to apply for the course.

  • Sport background
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Able to write and speak basic English language
  • Basic knowledge about mountaineering and trekking

 The following documents should be attached with the application form (distributed by NMA) while submitting.

Passport size photo- 1 pc
Photocopy of Passport

Advance Mountaineering Course
Advance Mountaineering Course is developed for the mountaineers who have completed  Basic Mountaineering Course carried out by this association. The duration of the training is 40 days with 10 days theory (Kathmandu) and 30 days practical (Langtang). It is conducted in December -January.One doctor from IFREMONT is  also to be involved in the training. Itinerary

The interested candidates are requested to read the following directions before applying for the course.

For Nepalese nationals:
The interested Nepali candidates should have the following criteria to apply for the course.

The following documents should be attached with the application form
(distributed by NMA) while submitting.

  1. Passport size photo- 1 pc
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Recommendation Letter from Trekking Agency registered at NMA
  4. Certificate of Basic Mountaineering Course
  5. Insurance (To be submitted after selection)

For foreign nationals:
NMA accepts also applications from the foreign nationals to attend AMC. They should have to submit all the certificates of mountaineering trainings that they have attended previously. The following documents should be also attached with the application form (distributed by NMA) while submitting.

Passport size photo- 1 pc
Photocopy of Passport

The Training and Expedition Committee screens all the application forms received before the deadline of submission of the forms set by NMA. The applicants with the criteria mentioned above only will be involved for the selection procedure. The name list of the selected candidates will be posted on the notice board of NMA and its official website. 

Training fee:
The cost of per Nepalese student is Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 for BMC and AMC respectively.Training fee for foreign nationals for each training (BMA and AMC) is US $ 3000 and 50% should be deposited for confirmation.

We have special rate for the people of SAARC nations. Training fee for SAARC nationals is US$ 1500 for each training (BMC and AMC) and 50% should be deposited for confirmation.

Bank Transfer Account Number :

Bank : Nepal Investment Bank, Durbarmarg Branch
Account No. : 00101010027422
Swift code: NIBLNPKT
Beneficiary : Nepal Mountaineering Association

The remaining amount can be paid at NMA secretariat after the arrival in Kathmandu. The training fee can be paid in Nepalese currency or US dollar or Euro.

Important information for foreign and SAARC candidates participating in BMC and AMC:

  1. The foreign candidates will have to stay in the hotel booked by NMA.
  2. NMA manages food (except lunch and beverage) and accommodation for the foreign candidates during the training period in Kathmandu.
  3. SAARC nationals will have to manage their own accommodation and food during the training period in Kathmandu.
  4. Training site refers Manang for BMC and Langtang for AMC.
  5. NMA manages transportation (Kathmandu-Training site-Kathmandu), food and accommodation at training site, porters, national park fee. Insurance documents need to be submitted at the secretariat at the time of final payment.
  6. Candidates are required to manage mountaineering equipments and NMA can assist in buying or hiring the necessary equipments. But NMA is not liable for the cost of equipments whether hired or bought.
  7. The international flight expenses should be managed by the candidates.
  8. The training fee once deposited will not refunded, however, request can be made to NMA for the extension up to one year if the candidates cannot appear in the training for the special reason. Executive Board Committee reserves the right to accept or reject the request.
  9. The candidates will have to sign contract before attending the training class.

Rock climbing  
Rock climbing is practiced outside on rock or inside on artificial rock walls with predefined "routes" and it requires a great deal of skill and technique.

Annual Winter Aspirant Guide Training:
NMA and Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA) entered into an agreement to conduct Annual Winter Aspirant Guide Training annually for 4 years from 2008. We intend to provide this training to 6-20 trainees having successfully participated Basic and Advance Mountaineering Course conducted by NMA, High Mountain Rescue Training with climbing experience on the mountains of or above 6000m - 7000m. The training will be carried under the supervision of representative of International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA).

Basic Introductory Mountaineering Course:
NMA in cooperation with Petzl Foundation, France conduct this training for mountain sports professionals in Nepal focusing on three fields: safety, environment and cultural approach from a practical and theoretical point of view. This training aims to provide students with a level of technical and practical knowledge to gain access to training courses needed for diplomas. The duration of the course is 3 weeks in 2 modules. The training is conducted in artificial climbing wall at International Mountaineers' Memorial Park, Kakani.

Artificial Wall climbing
Artificial Wall climbing is practiced on artificially constructed climbing wall with grips (holds) for hands and feet fixed on wooden / fiber panels for indoor and outdoor events.

Mountain Rescue Training
Female out door leadership training. This training is generally developed for the ladies interested in trekking, camping and rock climbing.

Aspirant Guide Training – France  
NMA sends annually three students to ENSA, France for Aspirant Guide Training. The students to be included in the training must complete Basic and Advance Mountaineering Course with good experience in trekking and mountaineering.

Course of Study:

  • Mountain Tourism: Trekking, Mountaineering, Hiking, Rafting, Rock climbing etc.
  • Mountain ecology and Environment : Flora and Fauna
  • Mountain Geography of Nepal Himalayas
  • History of mountaineering and NMA
  • Weather
  • Danger in mountain
  • Mountaineering Terminology
  • Camping and Bivouacking
  • Organizing Trekking and Expeditions
  • Responsibility of Guide on Trekking and Expeditions
  • Introduction Mountaineering Equipment’s (clothing)
  • Equipment Protection
  • Ropes and Knots
  • Belaying and Rope Handling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snow Climbing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Mix Climbing
  • Fixed Rope Technique
  •  Rescue Technique
  • Transportation in mountain
  • Mountain Navigation use of Map and Compass
  • First Aid and Altitude Sickness
  • Communication

Course of Study for Rock Climbing:

  • Ropes and Knots
  • Belaying and Rope Handling
  • Anchors
  • Rock Climbing Techniques Rescue Techniques
  • Single Pitch Climb
  • Multi- Pitch Technique

Training Methods:

  • Lecture
  • Introduction
  • Presentation
  • Audio Visual
  • Practice
  • Demonstration
  • Field Work
  • Reporting
  • Written and Practical Examinations

Minimum Requirement:

  • English speaking
  • Trekkers or climbers (Amateur or professional)
  • Recommendation of Associate Members registered at NMA  (Mandatory for Nepalese only)
  • Citizenship (Photo Copy)
  • Passport size photograph – 2
  • Personal Insurance
  • Foreign Nationals are required to submit valid visa and passport (Photocopy)
  • For Advance Mountaineering Course, the candidate must have completed Basic Mountaineering Course
Seat Harness +Chest Harness 1 set
Descending Device  (Jumar) 1
Ascending Device  1
Helmet   1
Ice Axe   1
Crampons  1
Plastic Boots 1
Gaiters  1
Lock and unlock Karabinnar 3 - 3
Prussic Cord 4~6mm, 2mtr. Lomg 3
Snow Googles 1 pair
Wollen Gloves 2 pair
Waterproof Gloves 2 pairs
Woolen Socks 2-3 pairs
Wollen cap 1
Warm Jacket 1
Warm Pants 1
Wind jacket 1
Wind Pants 1
Sun Cream 1
Water Bottle Capacity 1 Ltr
Pocket knife 1
Ruckshacks  Big 1
Pen, Pencil and Paper 1
Rain Gear 1
Other Clothing As required
Sleeping Bag 1
Mattress 1
Duffel Bag 1
Personal medication  kit 1
Emergency Shelter 1
Bivouac Sack 1

Please mail us at training@nepalmountaineering.org  for more information.

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