• Trip duration
    25 days
  • Trip level
  • Max people per guide
    7 people
  • Mountain range
  • Best period


Where better to learn alpine mountaineering skills than the Himalayas? If you learn on some of the highest mountains in the world, you’ll be prepared for anywhere future adventures take you. I want to help you realize your alpine mountaineering dreams. That’s why I’m offering this 25-day alpine mountaineering course in the Himalayas in Nepal.

Based out of Kathmandu, we will trek to high altitude through the Gokyo Valley and to Everest base camp. Along the way, we practice many different crucial mountaineering skills, including first aid, crevasse rescue, and rope work. In this way, the course is really a combination of classes plus an expedition.

In fact, the full course includes over 6000 m of peak climbing, so you will be able to practice all the new skills you’ve learned. You’ll also practice getting acclimatized to high mountain climates as we gain thousands of meters of altitude. Some summit highlights of the trip are Gokyo Ri, Lobuche, and Island Peak.

Since this is a very long and difficult program, you must think carefully about your own fitness before booking. I am happy to help you decide if this alpine mountaineering course is right for you. If you’re looking for a Himalayan mountain experience without the emphasis on skill-building, then you can check out some of the other trips I lead in the area. For example, you can join me to climb Mt Lhakpa Ri in Tibet.

If you want to learn high alpine mountaineering skills, then this is the perfect trip for you. The Himalayas are the ideal place to learn, and you’ll trek incredible routes and summit world famous peaks.

Inspired? Book your Himalayan alpine mountaineering course today! It will be a great experience of learning and trekking together. 


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2

Kathmandu Preparations and First Aid Class

Day 3

Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phakding – 2656m

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar – 3450m

Day 5

Acclimatization trek Namche Bazaar – 3450m

Day 6

Trek to Dole – 4040m, rope work

Day 7

Trek to Machermo – 4400m, rope work

Day 8

Acclimatization trek Machermo and training – 4452m, rock anchor different types

Day 9

Trek to Gokiyo Lake – 4750m, roping practice

Day 10

Hike up to Gokyo Ri 5364m, back to Dangnak - Himalaya crevasse rescue/theory

Day 11

Trek to Zongla 4830m, over Chola pass 5330 m, crevasse rescue practice

Day 12

Hike up to High camp of Lobuche, practice snow anchorage

Day 13

Summit day of Lobhuche peak, back to Lobuche or stay at high camp

Day 14

From Lobuche, hike to Kalapather, and Everest BC

Day 15

Trek to Chucking over Khongmala pass

Day 16

Chuking Peak, short rope practice

Day 17

Rest day, short rope and short rappel practice at cuckung around lodge

Day 18

Hike to island peak base camp

Day 19

Summit day for island peak, and back to base camp

Day 20

Back to Pangboche

Day 21

Back to Namche

Day 22

Back to Lukla

Day 23

Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 24

Free day in Kathmandu

Day 25

Fly home

Price per person

1 Person4225USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Flights
  • Lifts
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters
Price includes flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, but not your roundtrip flight from your home to Kathmandu. Price does not include tips for local staff- about USD 10 per day per porter. Personal travel insurance and medical insurance (required).

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point



Mountain lodges or tents at base camps.

More info

You must be physically and mentally well-prepared, with some basic technical mountaineering and climbing skills.