Windhorse Trekking is a private enterprise with a social approach. One of our objectives is to provide quality high altitude mountaineering instructions. Courses are designed to instruct foreign climbers and local climbing Sherpas with the skills necessary to succeed in Himalaya style climbing. We believe there is no alpine environment that can compare with the Nepal Himalaya for quality mountaineering instruction. This is due to the easily accessible training areas just off the trail from some of the most culturally rich treks in the world. Our courses are a complete and intensive introduction to mountaineering among the most sought after and spiritual mountains in the world .
By joining one of our multiple instructional courses you will receive a thorough course in high altitude mountaineering, world-class trek amongst the Himalaya, and help support a local climber in receiving the training he/she deserves. Due to local climbers ability to speak English, we are able to put the western and local climbers on the same course. The presence of the local climbers allows you to create a relationship and deeper knowledge of their culture than would not otherwise be acquired. Our instructional programs create a high guide to client ratio. On summit day, all members of the program will use their new skills together, increasing the team’s chance of success on the mountain. All members walk away from our courses with much more than just a climb. Our courses are an educational, physical, and cultural experience to the fullest. This truly is a chance of a lifetime for all involved with the program!
Social Aspect: Nepalese climbers are some the strongest athletes in the world, although many of them lack the technical skills needed for rescue and risk assessment within there own field of work. We at the HGI see this as a great disadvantage to our people that has lasted since the first exploration into the Nepal Himalaya. This situation is recognized by most Nepali guides but due to coarse availability and social constraints, such as putting food on the table for their family, proper training is neglected. Our objective is also to encourage the local climbers to join courses and to create more training opportunities.
Currently we are offering three courses although we are flexible and will customize a trip that fits your needs. The climbing courses are all one week long with two optional days in Kathmandu for rock climbing instruction and a complete equipment orientation. The group then flies/drives (dependent on trip selection) early the next day and begins the stunning trek into the mountains. During the trek we will cover and review information along the way. The amount of days trekking depends on the region you choose for your trip. A visit to the aid post of the Himalayan Rescue Association is also included to learn the skills necessary to diagnose symptoms for high altitude sickness from a western doctor. Once the group has arrived at the instructional camp alongside or on the glacier, we immediately resume instruction. During the following five days your small group will learn glacier travel, snow/ice climbing techniques and protection, crevasse rescue, map reading, mountain weather, and hazard evaluation in the mountains. Once all the necessary skills are in place it's time to put everything together and make a summit attempt.