Nepal is a land of spectacular scenery, ancient Buddhist monasteries and some of the best trekking, mountaineering, and river rafting on earth. Tumultuous rivers fill glaciated valleys, ancient trails meander below towering 8,000 meter peaks and villages dot the landscape. IWLS courses here offer a chance to experience the incredible Sherpa culture, trek through the awesome panorama of the Himalayas, climb among the tallest peaks of the world, and raft awe inspiring whitewater while learning expedition and leadership skills.

Nepal IWLS courses give you the opportunity to visit ancient temples and trek over remote mountain passes alongside local villagers. All courses are accompanied by one of our local Sherpa guides who will share the fascinating culture and history of the country and give you a personal introduction to this magical land. Imagine climbing to the top of one of myriad towering peaks in the Everest region or rafting an exciting section of Class IV rapids. Nepal, the perfect outdoor classroom, is a land of dramatic landscapes, rich culture, and high adventure.

40 days

Advance your high altitude mountaineering skills on the slopes of Imja Tse (20,285 ft/6,183m), Mera Peak (21,247ft/6,476m) and Lobuche (20,160ft/6,145m) on our 30 day Nepal mountaineering course.


12 and 24 days

The Khumbu region of Nepal is one of the special mountain areas in the world. While here, we will visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, the Buddhist shrine Bodhnath, the Hindu temple Pashupatinath as well as the historic Durbar Square. You’ll trek beneath the Himalayan giants of Lhotse and Everest on this awe inspiring leadership course.

Whitewater Rafting
24 days

The Sun Kosi and Karnali Rivers are two of the largest drainages in Nepal. The Sun Kosi descends from the great Mahabharay Lekh Mountains and the Himalaya, encompassing the majority of eastern Nepal’s watershed. The Karnali, of western Nepal, is the longest and largest river in the country.


64+ days

Students on the Nepal semester trek and mountaineer among the highest peaks in the world, learn first aid and rescue skills in the Everest Region, raft guiding skills on the mighty Karnali River, and devote time toward community service with the Sherpa people.