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 and Nikki Nembang 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.


The second edition of the female guide training course will be conducted January 15 – 30, 2023. Participants will trek for 15 days to the Langtang region and up to the Gosaikunda Lakes. This training will help participants augment their trekking guide skills and will be a plus when they apply for employment either with trekking companies or when they guide individual trekkers. In this edition, we will 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. We have 8 spots for this course. Participants must submit by email documents and an essay (see below) by January 03. An in-person interview will be conducted on January 05.

Teaching components:

  1. Nepali Tourism industry
    1. History and introduction to Nepali Tourism industry
    1. Tourism Today, it’s challenges and Future
  • Outdoor leadership
    • Leadership, team work and communication
    • Organizational skills
    • Judgement and Decision making
    • Risk/Conflict management and Problem solving
    • Search, Rescue and Evacuation
  • Back Country skills
    • Backpacking, camping and Layering
    • Ration Planning and Outdoor cooking
    • Map reading and navigation
    • Basic rope skills
    • Wilderness medicine/First aid

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive to Syabrubesi. Lodge.

Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel. Lodge.

Day 03: Trek to Riverside. Lodge

Day 04: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa. Lodge

Day 05: Kyanjin Gompa. Lodge

Day 06: Trek to Langshisha Kharka. Tents.

Day 07: Explore to Tillman pass. Tents.

Day 08: Explore to Ganjala pass. Tents

Day 09: Explore to Yala Base Camp. Tents

Day 10: Descend to Thangshyap. Lodge

Day 11: Trek to Bamboo. Lodge

Day 12: Trek to Cholangpati. Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Gosaikunda. Lodge

Day 14: Trek to Sing Gompa. Lodge

Day 15: Trek to Dhunche. Drive back to Kathmandu.

Objectives of the Training course:

  • Develop greater confidence in Outdoor Professionals
  • Promote respect for nature, surrounding and fellow travelers
  • Build essential outdoor skills
  • Foster greater awareness of self, clients and environment.

Requirements for the Female Guide Training course:

  • Photo copy of Nepali Citizenship
  • Age: 25 – 40 years
  • Qualification: Ability to speak and read English or any other foreign language besides Nepali and Hindi. (This will be assessed in the interview)
  • Must have been on at least one high altitude trek (submit photo of trek)
  • Must have a Trekking Guide license, Tour Guide license or a Climbing guide license
  • Along with the above documents, submit a one-page bio data and an essay (fewer than 300 words) explaining why you wish to take this trekking guide course to
Women’s high altitude trekking guide training