Girls running near Amadablam
Guides running near Amadablam


We conducted the first women’s high altitude guide training in November 2021. Five female trail-runners, graduates from the Mira Rai Initiative, received guide training while trekking to Everest Base Camp and over the 3 passes (Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La) in the Everest region. Of the five trainees, Anita Rai lead a few treks in the Spring of 2022. Others are looking for opportunities and will potentially get work as trekking guides once trekking tourism returns to near pre-pandemic levels.


We will be conducting another training course in November/December 2022 but will now open up applications to allow for a pool of trainees from different backgrounds. Any female who already has a trekking guide license and wishes to pursue a career in trekking may apply. This training should help them augment their trekking guide skills and should be a plus when they apply for employment either with trekking companies or direct individual trekkers. In this edition, we will also include both a lodge trek and a camping trek component to allow the trainee to gain a clear understanding of what the two formats entail. Other topics covered in the training include:

Outdoor Living Skills:

  • Route Planning
  • Ration Planning
  • Cooking
  • Backpacking
  • Map Reading and Wilderness Navigation
  • Terrain Handling (Rivers, Rocks, Boulders and Slopes)

First Aid:

  • Size up the scene
  • Primary Survey/Life Threats
  • Head-to-Toe examination
  • Head, Face and Neck
  • High altitude sickness
  • Use of Gamow Bag (portable chamber)
  • Use of Supplemental Oxygen

Natural Hazard Handling:

  • Heavy rainfall/storm/hailstorm
  • Lightning
  • Landslides/Avalanches
  • Animal attacks
  • Snake Bites
  • Rock falls
  • Tree falls
  • Plant poisoning

Outdoor Leadership:

  • Leadership skills
  • Leadership role
  • Outdoor decision making
  • Consultative decision-making
  • Risk Management
  • Team work


  • Seven Principles of Leave no trace (LNT)
  • Local Waste Management
  • Ecological Concepts
Women’s high altitude trekking guide training