Besides 35 days of intense training, prospective guides must complete field work and classes. Some of the practical training includes rock climbing techniques, emergency response, environmental awareness, and learning about the cultures and habits of the various countries their trekking clients come from.
“I cannot wait to lead my first trek,” says Sunita Dahal, 28, who is married and has just finished her guide training.
Shanti Rai was awarded a fellowship in 2018 for Solo Women Travellers, and the experience convinced her about what she should do with her life. “After my 90 days travelling alone through Nepal, I felt what I had seen and experienced was so authentic that I wanted to share these stories and journeys with the rest of the world, and to inspire other travellers like me,” says Rai. She adds that being a licensed trekking guide is a perfect way to combine her love for Nepal’s great outdoors with earning a living.