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First Adventure Travel Guide Field Training in Nepal Now

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The Adventure Travel Trade Association, in partnership with Wilderness Medical Associates International and Samarth-Nepal Market Development program (or NMDP, funded by UK Aid), is hosting the first Adventure Guide Training event in Kathmandu, Nepal from June 13 – 20, 2016.

In an effort to help build local capacity for tourism and support the economic growth of the adventure travel sector in Nepal, Samarth-NMDP through its Great Himalaya Trails program is working with ATTA  to provide this guide training for nature and adventure travel guides. Guides coming through this program will gain adventure guiding skills and confidence as well as a stronger understanding of how to work with the trekking market segment. The participants will receive two certificates: one from the ATTA’s AdventureEDU, and a wilderness first aid certificate from Wilderness Medical Associates.


Training participants along with the three educators just outside the TAAN training facility in Kathmandu. (Credit: Jean-Claude Razel)

ATTA’s course includes both classroom and field work. The classroom sessions will be held at the headquarters of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu. The field training will be conducted in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park in the Kathmandu Valley. The course will be led by AdventureEDU Educators and longtime guides Gordon Janow, Dan Moore and Jean-Claude Razel, who also created the training content to align with the newly released International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standard. Sue Purvis and Peggy Miller from Wilderness Medical Associates will provide wilderness first aid training in the last three days of the course.

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Educator Jean-Claude Razel leads a session on the first day of the course. (Credit: Dan Moore)

“ATTA is honored and delighted to provide this training to a group of ambitious Nepali guides, which includes two women,” said Christina Beckmann, who leads ATTA’s AdventureEDU program. “We had 86 applications for this program, and it was a challenge to narrow them down to just 20.”

Designed to elevate local guides’ abilities to take on the trip leader role predominantly performed by western guides on adventure travel trips, the course covers group management, communication and interpretation skills in addition to technical skills such as safety and risk management and orienteering. A section on wildlife trafficking teaches participants how they can educate guests to recognize souvenirs and other merchandise made from endangered animal species. The curriculum for Nepal has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the region’s adventure guides, incorporating instruction on topics such as altitude sickness, for example.

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Participants discussing the workbook exercises on Day 2 of the course. (Credit: Jean-Claude Razel)

Sumit Bara, the Tourism Portfolio Manager at Samarth-NMDP remarked, “The Great Himalaya Trails promotes mountain tourism experiences that are exceptional, meaningful and diverse. By supporting the guide training, we hope to contribute to further improving the industry standards and ultimately the quality of experiences offered in Nepal.”

More information on ATTA’s AdventureEDU Guide Training Program

7 Comments to First Adventure Travel Guide Field Training in Nepal Now

  1. I am a happy ATTA member. Great job in Nepal. As part of your training, you mentioned ‘wildlife trafficking’. Hopefully, all AdventureEdu’ training also covers the topic of “human trafficking”, “Sex trafficking” and “exploitation” too. We applaud ATTA’s support of ECPAT’s CODE… Code of Conduct to prevent and fight trafficking and sexual exploitation within the field of tourism.


    Here in Nepal, we all are connected on FACEBOOK that means it is best means of publicity of any activities. If you have KEY BUTTON to link this event on Facebook, it would be really nice to us so that we could SHARE this EVENT on Facebook. Many Thanks!

  3. The first five days of the training was very inspiring! And in response to Joe’s comment above, we did cover human trafficking as well. There is a great organization called Maiti Nepal that is working in Nepal on this subject. The guides in the training were aware of the organization. One correction, there were actually three women participants in the training.

  4. Shes Kanta Sharma

    It was an amazing Training Course, So special to me. Thanks to Samarth (Pranil upadhya Sir) and Adventure EDU team!!!

  5. As an Adventure guide this training was very relevant to my work. We learned more than expected and I wish to be a part of any other upcoming training event if ATTA gives us more opportunities. The training instructors were remarkably friendly and qualified. I would like to say thanks to all the instructors for sharing their experience and knowledge and also thanks to ATTA and the others supporting organizations for offering such a wonderful opportunity to Nepali Adventure Guides.

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