Our planet and communities would be in better shape if more people could afford to spend time in the mountains. The following is our attempt to help with that.
Every trip will have one or two 100% or 50% grants, for individuals from backgrounds that typically don't get to go on these kinds of adventures. We are also looking to partner with organizations that work with such individuals. If you would like to apply for a grant please check the section at the bottom of this page. Requirements vary from trip to trip, but typically we'll want you to submit a personal statement and an essay or video on a prescribed topic, of 1000 words / 10 minutes. If you represent an organization that can help to facilitate access to our grants, please introduce yourself using the contact form.
If you don't get a grant, here is some free advice and a few cheaper options:
This is the beginning of a curated list of free resources that you might not find online, that provide information on a range of adventures accessible to people with different capacities, risk appetite, group sizes, and equipment. We have no affiliate connections and do not benefit if you click on anything, and also take no responsibility for what you find. Sometimes web links change or expire, please inform us if that has happened. We'll also try to post useful information through Instagram and Facebook.
2. Skills and courses
The Hanifl Centre, based out of Woodstock School in Uttarakhand, runs good courses at good prices. It may be the best quality/price option out there. Wilderness first aid and mountain travel courses are excellent investments that pay off every time you venture into the wilderness.
The WAFA course is probably the best value in terms of learning vs time and money. The WFR is great learning at twice the cost + time; the WEMT is amazing (so I am told) but not worth the time or money for most people.
WFA courses are not really worth doing.
Indian and Nepali citizens can also access extremely value-for-money mountaineering training through their respective government mountaineering institutes - just google "Basic Mountaineering Course" in India or Nepal.
HMI Darjeeling and NIM Uttarkashi are the best in terms of experience, learning, and time spent.
The Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC, 1 month long) is an essential step to the Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC, also 1 month long). The BMC by itself is time-consuming and rather tedious for people with more than an introductory-level experience in the mountains, but you need to do it to get to the AMC and then to the Search and Rescue Course.
3. Grant Application
Currently accepting applications to the UWC Short Course - Himalaya Environment and Leadership Program. The financial aid section is on the 2nd page.
4. Animator PositionsOur animator position was created to give passionate and able young people a solid entry-point into this industry. We pay for flights, a WFR or similar qualification, and all your expenses, in exchange for your best effort volunteering and 'animating' others on a program.