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First ever degree in Mountaineering Studies starts in Nepal


Kathmandu, November 1, 2017: In Nepal, a substantive number of students are going abroad for higher education seeking better quality and relevance. Tribhuvan University (TU) is all set to roll out a new academic program, Bachelors of Mountaineering Study (BMS), to minimize the trend of migration of youths and develop professional and technical expertise within the country itself.

Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA) affiliated to TU is going to launch the very new academic program from this year. The academy seeks to make mountaineering studies part of the core identity of the University by building on the academy’s existing world-class strength in research and teaching on the mountains and the mountaineering studies.

The syllabus for the course has been developed by following international standards in a way to cater the needs of rapidly developing tourism and hospitality industry in the globe and in Nepal as well. It comprises of foundation courses of management studies, mountaineering and tourism core courses, elective and project works culminating in thesis writing representing both sectors of management, mountain tourism and mountaineering.

This academic program primarily follows the three-pronged approaches: professional, vocational, and entrepreneurial with an aptitude for lifelong learning mountain education. The academy’s academic programs are divided into two phases: first, the beginners’ theoretical courses will be conducted in Kathmandu and the second phase will take the students to the Solukhumbu campus located in Garma, an hour walk from Salleri, in its own spacious premises specially built for technical and practical mountain studies program.

Solukhumbu campus located in Garma

More than 200 students will be attending the academy for their undergraduate program where they receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the most awaited mountain studies in truly desired locations of Nepal and along with mountain trades and allied courses of mountain and tourism studies.

NMA eventually envisions to be a University for mountain and mountaineering studies that promotes, coordinates, and conducts academic activities and carries out research from across the disciplines on mountain places, peoples and practices, and advances both theoretical and experiential learning on campus and in mountain environments in the future. Presently, the main vision of this academy is to be a nationally and internationally reputed learning center, recognized for academic and practical excellence in teaching and research in mountaineering studies education in Nepal.

Teaching Methods:

  • Lecture and interactions
  • Individual and group presentation
  • Case studies, text, audio and visual
  • Project works and field trips
  • Review work, Books/Journals
  • Guest lectures
  • Practical demonstrations of village studies, rock climbing, trekking, peak climbing and mountaineering

The total fee for the course has been set at NRs. 600,000 for Nepalese, NRS. 800,000 for SAARC nationals and NRs.1,200,000 for foreign nationals outside SAARC.