Outdoor Leadership Course
Duration: 10 days
Recommended Group Size: 12-20 students
Course Price: .



Initiative Outdoors’s internationally acclaimed curriculum approaches teambuilding and leadership development through experiential learning and for over 20 years, we have inspired character and group development through wilderness learning expeditions.

At Initiative Outdoor, we’ve adapted these wilderness teaching methods to serve those who are intentional about the culture they develop, exhibit, and reward. By tackling challenging scenarios that involve problem solving, decision making, communications, and risk taking, colleagues develop group trust and organizations develop the ability to adapt, grow and succeed.

Whether your organization is facing specific challenges, looking to create and deepen relationships, or is simply ready to improve its performance, Initiative Outdoor courses helps individuals see and achieve their potential as a team.



Our outstanding facilitators are experienced in generating conversations on leadership and teamwork while leading expeditions through wild landscapes all over the world. Outward Bound Professional has an unparalleled safety record as the leader in the industry. But we know you don’t need to go far to bring people together, you just need challenge. Mental and physical challenge naturally brings people together to solve problems creatively, to improve listening and communication skills, and achieve common goals. Our programs transform individuals and teams; yielding stronger leaders and gaining greater performance and satisfaction. Begin today.

The courses offered by I.O. are modeled after programs that have gained international acceptance, such as  Leave no Trace (LNT), Stonehearth Open Learning Institute (SOLO), and O.B. (Outward Bound).

What to expect?


The course will start with basic skills, including camp craft, sanitation, cooking and stove use(optional), and Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Priniciple. As they will gain comfort and experience, they will move on to topics that may include backcountry safety, leadership, and environmental issues. 

Through the various games and initiatives, thrives to impart experiential learning that will teach various social and academic skills that the participants can take back to their school and home. Increasing cross cultural interaction, coordination and planning, communication and team work from sheer cliffs and slides to pounding waterfalls, they will experience all the joys of canyoning, backpacking and whitewater rafting. 



Course Description 

130km from Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara lies Thumpka, Bandipur, 

We leave Kathmandu in the early morning and reach Thumpka, Bandipur in the early afternoon, setting up camp, exploring village for the rest of the day before enjoying the evening at our campsite under the stars, deep in the Nepali countryside among villages. 

Siddha Gufa Caving is the largest and most popular caving destination in Nepal. It provides the astounding experience inside the darkness of the cave. Siddha Gufa is the largest cave in Nepal and second largest in Asia with 437m depth and 50m height. Being the largest cave in the whole country, it provides the best experiences of encounter with dark environment, bats chattering, mice moving and many more. Its interior is full of stalactites and stalagmites. It is also known as the place from where Siddha baba got his enlightenment. Surrounded by expansive views of the vast Himalayas and the mighty Marshyandi River, Bandipur has a multiple platform for adventure activities.  

Rafting on Seti River - is an ideal trip for those wanting to experience some of the stunning river scenery in Nepal. The warm and beautiful Seti River passes through stunning jungle scenery, green hills and valleys. It is an excellent river for bird-watchers and those interested in the abundance of nature found on this trip.

Prepare them to learn two amazing ways to travel in the backcountry. They will enhance their outdoor skills such as camping, rope skills, caving, hiking, paddle the Seti River and cultural hike through the Gurung Villages. 



The price includes:  

  • Food and 2 person sharing basis camping accommodation
  • All the equipment needed for the course
  • SOLO, NOLS and Rescue 3 international certified instructors and First aid
  • Ground Transportation

The above costs exclude:  

  • Participants Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.



T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Learning Goals at I.O. 

The aim of all I.O. courses is to offer participants the opportunity to develop essential skills that will serve their overall development and future success. In the context of the outdoors, participants test their physical abilities, develop technical skills and come to master activities. Moreover, they gain confidence in their own abilities to work with a team to meet defined goals. These abilities require skills of communication, cooperation, sound judgment, self-reliance and awareness - qualities that are carefully fostered in all I.O. courses. Such skills are ones that participants take with them long after the course is over; they are life skills. 


  • Duration: 10 days 
  • Course sections:  
    • Camp Craft (Day 1 – Day 3) – Gearing up for outdoor adventure (rope & knots skills, camping skills, safety measures, risk, teamwork & leadership, outdoor principle etc.)
    • Caving & Rappelling (Day 4) – Astonishing experience, interior is dark full of stalactites and stalagmites.
    • Whitewater River Techniques (Day 5) – Whitewater safety and water dynamics (Kayaking)
    • Hike to Chimkeshwori – Rejoice (Day 6) the magnificent mountain view (Dhaulagiri - North West 8000 meter + ,  Annapurna 1 , Manaslu , Sishapagnama in Tibet, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal range). 
    • Hike to Fort and Gurung Village (Day 7) – Stay in local homestay, experience the traditional cultural performance. 
    • Rafting in Seti River (Day 8 – Day 10) - Paddle Seti River and overnight on the beach and drive back to Kathmandu on 10th Day. 
  • Terrain: Combination of on- and off-trail travel, remote wilderness; possibility of encountering up to Class II- III rapids on the Seti river

Groups welcome, start planning your courses today.

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