Founded in 2003, Initiative Outdoor is a Nepal-based outdoor leadership school and multi-sport adventure company, focused on providing wilderness first aid, technical rescue and leadership development to organizations and individuals. IO courses are based in Nepal’s incredible wilderness and consist of activities such as white water rafting and kayaking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canyoning and caving. Our aspiration is to empower people. We strive to help individuals develop vision, practice leadership and teamwork skills and to create members of society who are tolerant in the face of adversity, respect diversity and who are aware and respectful of their environment
Chandra has been living and working outdoors sports since the late ‘80s. He has trekked extensively throughout Nepal in the Annapurna, the Khumbu, the Ganesh Himal and Langtang regions. He started working as a river guide in 1992 and has progressed through a series of roles such as trip leader, senior guide, operations manager including completing the first Nepali descent of the Maha Kali and Upper Seti rivers (1999), both of which are solid Class V whitewater. Chandra has both worked professionally and explored personal goals outside of Nepal, on rivers and in mountains, in fields such such as ice-climbing in Norway, rafting in Japan and Canada and climbing and trekking in the USA. Much of Chandra’s expertise comes from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Wyoming, USA. He is a registered instructor with Rescue3 International and SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine based in USA. He works as the lead instructor in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater and Whitewater Rescue. Having seen the emphasis placed on outdoor education, rescue, first aid and professionalism in other countries, Chandra is determined to bring the same personal development skills to Nepal’s youth and tourism industry to ensure they are not denied the same well-rounded education as being offered overseas.
Immerse yourself in a unique diverse culture and adventure
Everything that I.O does is based on the following core values. These assist us in creating a safe and trusting environment in which participants can discover the outdoors, develop skills and open themselves to the world around them and within them.
Leadership and Responsibility
Sangha and Seva
Awareness and the Environment
Learning by Experience
Challenge and Adventure
What people are saying?
Bag packing course :
We learned about the leave no trace, camping, cooking, hiking, unity among friends, the necessity of people for us during the hike, learned about about the culture of the people living there.....
We did a great canyon outside the tourist circuits near Bandipur: great watered waterfalls, slides, jumps... For 7 hours of descent in a magnificent setting, all in perfect safety thanks to the skills of the very experienced guide: Chandra thank you to you for your hospitality and for this sublime Nepalese day at the level of the best canyons that we could do in the Alps.
Enjoyed my first rock climbing day trip in Nepal thanks to the Initiative Outdoor team. I reached out to them on Instagram and they suggested a good place in Hattiban. It was perfect. So many good routes. They organized and coordinated the day's transportation, food, water, climbing equipment (harnesses, shoes, ropes, etc). They are very responsive on Insta and WhatsApp, too, in case you had questions. BTW it doesn't matter if you have climbing experience or not, they will teach you basics. I could tell they really love what they do. If you're looking for professional but easy-going guides they are the best you can find :)
Wilderness First Aid was great, Full of knowledge and loves to share it, uses great scenarios to get the students involved, and makes it as real as possible. Valuable learner and a round great dude
Learning becomes real when we understand through direct experience. At I.O. we strive to create a safe environment in which ideas and concepts can be tested and challenged. Students are encouraged to explore and discover first-hand the consequences, application and relevance of theories, ideas and even their attitudes.
Leave No Trace (LNT) We at I.O. consider it our responsibility to help conserve those places that we explore, enjoy and learn from. LNT is a set of guidelines devised to reduce the impact of one's activities on the environment while traveling in the outdoors. I.O. adheres to the LNT principles and enforces them on all of trips.
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