Himalayan Climbing Course

Climbers stop for a rest as they ascend Lobuche East
Rope 2 SL
Glacier SL

Cut your mountaineering teeth on the course that teaches big mountain skills in the home of big mountains— the Himalaya. Developed and led by our experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides, our Himalayan Climbing Course provides you with both a solid foundation in high altitude mountaineering and your first 6,000m summit!

Learn high-altitude mountaineering skills from our experienced Himalayan mountain guides and how to look after yourself properly in this stunning, yet high consequence environment. Our Himalayan Climbing Course will help you on the pathway to becoming a mountaineer by introducing skills then immediately putting them into practice on climbs of increasing difficulty and elevation.

At the completion of the skills development phase, the course culminates in an ascent of Lobuche East at 6,119m/20,075ft. In addition to actual climbing skills and mountain movement, you will develop your self-awareness and you can utilise the learning to springboard your high-altitude climbing career on an uphill trajectory!

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  • Focus on the skills for climbing at altitude
  • Learn from the best in our Himalayan Climbing School
  • Option to add on Island Peak ascent

Climbing Ability

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26 or 32 days





Arrive in Kathmandu, team meet and greet and welcome meal

Introduction to Course—overview of program, lectures on expedition planning and processes, introduction to altitude illnesses and evacuation procedures
Gear checks and trip preparation
Fly to Lukla 2,860m/9,383ft, trek to Phakding 2,610m/8,563ft. Expedition medicine lecture

Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m/11,286ft. Meteorology lesson

Climb Khunde Peak 4,200m/13,779ft
Training day—introductory rope skills, anchors, belaying, rappelling, prussiking. Overnight in Khumjung

Rock climbing/training around Khumjung 3780m/12402ft, overnight in Khumjung


Trek to Phortse 3,950m/12,959ft via the Mong La Pass 3,970m/13,025ft. Visit Khumbu Climbing Centre

DAY 10

Phortse to Pheriche 4,270m/14,009ft. High altitude medicine lecture

DAY 11
Pheriche rest and acclimatisation day. Avalanche safety training
DAY 12

Pheriche to Dzongla 4830m/15,846ft

DAY 13

Rest and training day

DAY 14

Dzongla to Cho La 5,420m/17,782 ft. Snow camping skills

DAY 15
Training day—glacier travel, crevasse rescue, snow and ice techniques
DAY 16
Trek to Lobuche Base Camp 4,800m/15,750ft
DAY 17

Training day—alpine rock climbing techniques

DAY 18

Training day—rope work training, fixed ropes, ascending and descending, ladder training, rope rescue techniques

DAY 19
Climb to High Camp on Lobuche East 5,400m/17,720ft
DAY 20

Summit Bid on Lobuche East 6,119m/20,075ft, return to Base Camp

DAY 21

Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche 3,985m/13,074ft
* Island Peak add-on commences—see second Itineraries tab

DAY 22

Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

DAY 23
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
DAY 24

Contingency day

DAY 25

Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

DAY 26

Trip ends, depart from Kathmandu

Interactive Himalayan Climbing Course Map

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
6 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 $10,900 USD $ Book Now
14 Apr - 9 May 2025 $10,900 USD $ Book Now

Add on your Island Peak climb in the booking form



Participants must have good fitness, balance and coordination. A regular training programme must be followed for many months to achieve the level of fitness required. We suggest a programme tailored to mountaineering such as those from the Uphill Athlete.

Technical Experience

Previous snowcraft or rock climbing are not necessary, as these skills will be taught on the course.

Altitude Experience

No prior altitude experience required.

Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing and instruction courses. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

Our courses have been designed by Guy Cotter who has been climbing for over 45 years. Additional to his extensive record in New Zealand, his career has includes over 40 high altitude expeditions and polar journeys, including several ascents of Mount Everest and other 8,000m peaks.

As an IFMGA Guide since 1991, Guy Cotter recognises the need for people to learn about ‘climbing’, and not just being taught the technical skills in isolation. This is not an easy task and cannot be achieved without experienced and highly skilled guides with good instructional skills. The guides and Sherpa staff at Adventure Consultants are recognised as amongst the best in the industry with the ability to help you get the most from your time with us.

The main points of difference on an Adventure Consultants Course are:

  • More time to gain experience while practicing skills
  • Highly experienced expedition guides and Sherpa instructing
  • Gain valuable experience at altitude while learning essential expedition skills
Island Peak add-on

Make the most of your acclimatisation with an additional ascent of Island Peak, an ideal challenging progression from Lobuche East. Easily climbed in a short six day itinerary following your Himalayan Climbing Course.


The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Professional, qualified guides
  • Experienced Sherpa team
  • Helicopter flights Kathmandu-Lukla and return
  • Excellent food and catering
  • Expert logistics
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team.
Climbers on the summit of Lobuche East

It is imperative to learn the correct skills for every situation which comes over time. Start with a high caliber course in the Himalaya.

Climbers prepare their bags ready for porters

There is much to be enjoyed as we travel to several peaks to climb and learn along the way.

Climbers take in the view from Lobuche East High Camp

There is no other way to develop skills for high altitude climbing than immersion on a course such as the Himalayan Climbing Course.

Our Team
Guy Cotter
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Looking down at Lobuche East High Camp

"The support from Adventure Consultants prior to the trip was 110%...which is mathematically impossible, but behaviourally explainable..."

Dale West, Australia
High Camp on Lobuche East

"Besides the mountaineering experience, the week was very inspiring and an extremely enriching and valuable personal experience. Thanks for the excellent organisation!"

Gitta Unger, Vietnam
Approaching the summit of Lobuche East on fixed ropes with the Lobuche lake below

"The trip was fantastic. Before the trip, I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have the fitness or the guts to pull it off, but my guide's instruction and confidence in us made the whole experience really enjoyable. I was on a huge high by the end of it as I really felt I'd succeeded in pushing myself out of my comfort zone - thanks!!"

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